Paul Fisher: Squatting Deep and Asking Questions
Paul is a former skinny teen who found the gym. Now years later the muscle has been earned and the leg day gainz show strong. As a physique competitor one would not think legs matter much to Paul. However, he throws the barbell on his back and gets after it. Working on that hip range of motion, like most of us who were not blessed with perfect mobility, Paul has put getting his squat looking better on the top of the to-do list. The future is looking phenomenal for him as he gets ready for the stage and big numbers in the squats.
How old are you, where are you from, and do you squat ass to grass?
I am 30 years OLD and I am from Washington state. I am working on my range of motion and soon will be able to squat ass to grass.
What areas of weight training do you train and what is your best squat?
I have spent the majority of my time in fitness trying to achieve muscle proportions and aesthetics that are attributed to the “classic physique” look, as opposed to working towards strength gains. I am a nationally qualified NPC physique competitor under the professional guidance of Brooke Holloman (owner of CHROME Personal Training Centres) and I’m currently just enjoying being involved with the sport. I am definitely interested in strength and functional fitness but I dictate what I do in the gym based on specific fitness goals. My concern is developing the proper flexibility and range of motion to perform a squat effectively so I couldn’t give you a current max rep. Once I get my range of motion where it needs to be I’ll let you know! 🙂
Where do you train? Do you have a lifting team or partner?
I train at both CHROME locations as well as Gold’s Gym in Spokane. As an NPC physique competitor, I represent TEAM CHROME.
How did you get into bodybuilding?
Basically, it all started with not wanting to be so skinny as a teenager. I am 5’8” with a small frame. Always wanted to be a bigger person. I never knew it would lead to me meeting so many cool people.
What does a normal leg day workout look like for you?
There is no such thing as a duplicate workout at CHROME. Every workout is genuinely crafted depending on several factors, including current diet and condition. Brooke might throw me on a leg press one day and throw heavy chains around me another day and have me do lunges. But intensity and pain are things that remain a constant.
What do your non-lifter friends / family think about what you do?
It was a long process for others around me to accept my lifestyle. I would like to think that with my work ethic and perseverance I demanded respect. I remember going to work and people would make fun of my food bag and containers, and flash forward a few years those people are asking for nutrition and training advice and bringing their lunch in meal bags. My friends and family love me and care about what’s best for me. They don’t completely appreciate some of the extreme nature that comes with the sport. But overall everyone is very positive, loving and supportive.
So what’s next for you? Any goals you have to hit? (short and long term)?
Right now the only thing on my mind is my career goal, which is to make a living creating fitness videos. I am networking and doing everything I can think of to make that a reality.
Do you have any pre-show rituals for the week before a Show?
My only pre-show rituals are keeping my mental attitude in check, and following the professional guidance of my coach Brooke. She is amazing at what she does so all I have to focus on is not making excuses and keeping my attitude positive.
Anything you would like to tell the younger lifters? and/or anything else you would like to add?
For younger lifters I would say get dedicated to lifting and nutrition as soon as you can because body re-comp is a long road so just enjoy the lifestyle and keep a positive attitude. Also, don’t take yourself too seriously.