Last weekend Canadian Riley Janzen won the overall title at the 2016 Ben Weider Legacy Cup in Edmonton, Canada to earn his IFBB Pro Card.
Evolutionofbodybuilding.net contacted Riley immediately after his victory to ask him a few questions about his career and what he has planned for the future.
First of all I would like to say thank you Riley for accepting this interview on www.evolutionofbodybuilding.net
Riley, before we get into what is next regarding competitions. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in Sherwood Park, Alberta , Canada. I’ve been bodybuilding competitively for 6 years now. I’m also a huge gear head and an animal lover.
When you started bodybuilding, when did you know that one day you can possibly be a IFBB Pro one day?
I did my first show back in 2011. I had a few buddy’s from the gym that competed and they would always said “hey you should really compete , you would do well”. So one day I just made the decision to give it a shot. I ended up winning my class and also winning the overall title. Right then I knew this was for me and I was hooked. I always knew deep down that I had something inside me that most of the other athletes didn’t. So i put my head down and just went to work.
Being a Canadian, do you think it is a bit harder to have a career as a professional bodybuilder? Do you think you have to train at Golds Gym Venice California to make a name for yourself?
I think right now Canada is producing high caliber pros and the quality of the national level bodybuilders is getting better yearly here. With that being said I don’t think that Canada gets the same exposer as the American athletes do. The market share in the U.S is just so much larger than here that most companies don’t even look north of the boarder.
I also believe that surrounding yourself with the best only makes a person better in all aspects. So with Golds Gym Venice or whats going on down in Florida or over at the Oxygen Gyms I do think that those environments definitely breed great bodybuilders, and that’s evident by the guys that are coming out of those places right now. But do i think you NEED to live/train at one of those places, of course not.
Your profession, is it just bodybuilding or do you have another career?
How many years have you been trying to earn your IFBB Pro card?
Are you a one man show or do you have a personal trainer and dietitian?
Haha I’m definitely not a one man show. My good friend and IFBB Pro Ron Partlow has been looking after my contest preps since 2011.
How does the last couple of weeks of a contest diet effect you? Do you handle it well?
Favorite cheat meal?
Can you give us an idea about your daily routine regarding diet and training?
What is next on the agenda? Do you have any Pro shows planned for next season?
Every bodybuilder has had somebody to look up to for inspiration. Who did you look up to when you started out and why?
Do you think more IFBB Pro shows should be held in Canada? Such as a Arnold Classic Canada?
I would love to see an Arnold Classic Canada, But I also think there has to be a draw to get the top level Bodybuilders in the world to come and compete and that comes down to money and exposure. I hope that Canada can keep promoting its Pro shows and keep them growing yearly.
The future of bodybuilding. How do you see bodybuilding in the next 10 years? Do you think the bodybuilders will start getting bigger or will the look of the 90’s come back?
What do you think of the Classic Bodybuilding category?
What do you think of Kevin Levrone’s comeback? Will he place in the top ten at the Olympia?
Your predication for the 2016 Mr Olympia and the 212 Olympia.
Who are your major sponsors? And how can fans follow you on social media?