Most of us are guilty of complaining about the equipment in our gyms at one point or another. “Why does this POS gym only have 4 squat racks?!” and so on. If you have enough food to eat and a comfortable place to train, it’s easy to lose perspective. If you think having the best gyms with the best equipment is what it takes to achieve your full potential, get ready for an inspiring dose of reality that’ll hit you like 4 scoops of preworkout. After reading this interview with Kulbila Samson, a 24 year old bodybuilder from Ghana, you’ll have a new appreciation for hard work.
(Editor’s Note: Kulbila missed some time at the gym due to MALARIA. What did he have to say about it? “That’s Africa for you.”)
Spot Me Bro: How old are you?
Kulbila: I am 24 years and will turn 25 in October 19th.
Spot Me Bro:Where do you live?
Kulbila: I am from Ghana, West Africa. I live in the eastern region of Ghana in a small town called Akropong Akuapim.
Spot Me Bro: What kind of workout program do you follow? And where do you get your information about training?
Kulbila: I don’t actually have a specific workout plan I just make sure I train all my body parts within the week. I train from Monday to Friday. Saturdays and Sundays are my rest days.
Spot Me Bro: Can you give me a breakdown of a typical workout, including exercises and sets?
Kulbila: Dips – 5 sets of 15, 15, 12, 10, 8 reps.
Bench press – 5 sets of 20, 15, 10, 8, 6 reps.
Inclined bench – 4 sets of 15, 12, 10, 10 reps.
Decline bench – 4 sets of 15, 12, 10, 10 and I increase weight at every stage of sets.
Spot Me Bro: What is your height and weight?
Kulbila: 5’8 tall, weight 87.5kg (193lbs) now. I have reduced a little because I was 88kg due to some sickness but I will bounce back.
Spot Me Bro: What are some of your favorite Ghanaian bodybuilding foods?
Kulbila: Garri and beans with fried plantain, banku with grilled fish, yam with nkontomire stew (cocoyam leafs stew), witj melon seeds, pounded yam with green soup with mushroom snails and catfish.
Spot Me Bro: Tell me more about that homemade gym in your Instagram photos.
Kulbila: Oh ok, the homemade gym is owned by my friend which is not far from where I live and actually I train at two homemade gyms because both have some equipments that the other gym doesn’t so mostly I swap between them.
Spot Me Bro: Do they have names?
Kulbila: Yes we name the place I started working out as Ala’s Gym, that’s the name of the owner. The second one is called Conan’s Gym, it was also named after the owner.
Spot Me Bro: Do you take any supplements, and if so what kind?
Kulbila: Yes, I have taken supplements like fish oil and multivitamins before and have also tried some creatine before but it wasn’t continuous, a friend just gave it to me to try and that was a very long time ago. And in Ghana supplements are scarce and very expensive so I base [my nutrition] on just the diets.
Spot Me Bro: Do girls in Ghana like your muscles?
Kulbila: Not really. They feel scared because they think musclemen are violent (lol) which is never true.
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