Bodybuilding is an ever-changing landscape at the very pinnacle of the sport, and Spot Me Girl sat down with Obi Vincent, one of the industry’s emerging superstars, for a recent catch-up.
Boasting more than 160,000 Instagram followers and a Facebook following in the tens of thousands, this sponsored juggernaut is already causing waves and is only set to enhance his renown further in the years to come.
We spoke to Obi about his journey from humble beginnings to the very top of his field, as well as how he’s charting a course to future success in the years to come.
SMG: Obi, it’s a pleasure to interview you on SpotMeGirl. To kick off, it would be nice to learn a little about your background growing up. Where did you live and was fitness always a part of your life from an early age?
OV: I am originally from Nigeria, then lived in the States for a while before moving to the UK in my teen years. Fitness was actually never part of my life growing up! I actually used to write fake sick notes to get out of physical education. I was more a video games/food addict; I would play games for hours on end and eat so much junk food.
SMG: After you left school, what part of being a fitness model interested you? When did you start to build toward that career on a full-time basis?
OV: I didn’t intend on being a model, and in some ways, I still don’t see myself as a fitness model, per se. It all started after I set up my Instagram account, and then it just started gaining traction and my following increased and companies started to notice me. If you had asked me if this is what I would be doing, I honestly would have said “not in a million years.” I studied business and finance at college and university, and my aim was to work in finance, but a few years ago things changed.
SMG: It certainly sounds like you made the more fun choice! Can you tell us a little bit about the story behind your first competition? How did you prepare?
OV: My first competition was totally out of the blue. My colleague who I worked with as a personal trainer suggested I tried the stage. It wasn’t something I would have actually done myself if it wasn’t mentioned, and with his help I was able to step on stage. It was a tough experience and most of it was a learning curve. I made a lot of mistakes and due to being an introvert I wasn’t too comfortable at first. My prep was tough as it was my first time dieting; however, working as a PT, it was helpful in terms of eating whenever I wanted in between clients and also working in the gym was helpful as made training twice per day possible.
SMG: Did you feel confident in the build-up? Has your approach/mentality changed since then?
OV: I didn’t feel confident at all my first show, my nerves got the best of me on show day also. I am a lot more confident in myself and what I can bring to the stage now. The introvert side of me will always be lurking, but I have learnt to accept this is who I am and roll with it and turn it into my strength.
SMG: Has your training changed much down the years? Have you tried different methods, and if so, what has been your favorite?
OV: My training has most definitely changed along the years; I have tried a lot of different training methods. However, I now go with how I feel and rarely plan my sessions. I usually know what body part I am training on the day, however I try not to have a set agenda (it makes training more interesting for me). I do go through a periodised stage in my training from strength training (low volume) to hypertrophy (high volume training).
A typical day’s diet for Obi looks something like this:
Meal 1: Powdered Greens, apple cider vinegar and essential amino acids before cardio
Meal 2: Eight egg whites, two whole eggs with lots of mix veg and 200g fish with a cup of mint tea
Meal 3: 500g skinless chicken legs with rice and mixed veg
Meal 4: 500g chicken breast with sweet potatoes
Meal 5: 300g oily fish with mixed veg
Meal 6 (Before Bed): 30g oat biscuits with a protein snack and peppermint & lemon tea