Meet The Body Builder Who's Bringing Back Classic Physiques

Wesley Vissers

Wesley Vissers

We had the privilege of interviewing Wesley Vissers, a bodybuilder and personal trainer out of the Netherlands. He is changing the game and aims to bring back the Classic Arnold Physique from the early days of body building, and you can really see he has managed to achieve this quite well. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on and is about to become huge (not just physically) but in the online fitness space also. If you haven't seen his YouTube videos, I highly recommend them as they are just as entertaining as they are educational. This guy really knows his stuff, from nutrition to supplements to exercises you've never even seen before. Without further ado, here is our interview with Wesley Vissers.

For those who don’t know who you are, tell us about where you grew up and what sets you apart from the rest of the bodybuilders out there?

For those who don’t know who you are, tell us about where you grew up and what sets you apart from the rest of the bodybuilders out there?

My name is Wesley Vissers. I grew up in a small town in The Netherlands called Raamsdonksveer. I always looked up to my dad, because he was a big and strong man (still is) and as a young kid, of course I wanted to be like him!

That's when I found out that to obtain this, I had to work out like him. He taught me all the ropes from the age of 14, so right from day one I was granted knowledge to build a solid physique. I was always pretty strong naturally, as I found out when nobody could beat me at armwrestling; something all the kids partook in during junior high.

Soon after I joined the gym I realized I had potential, I grew quickly and my strength increased every time I worked out. I think what sets me apart is the drive to continue. There have been many days where after a long day of work, school or whatever it may be, I really didn't feel like working out. But never once did I stay home and after the workout I felt better than ever.

Consistency and patience is key in bodybuilding, this is what allowed me to keep building upon what I was yesterday. 

What do you do for work? Do you make a full time income out of bodybuilding, if not, is that the goal?

What do you do for work? Do you make a full time income out of bodybuilding, if not, is that the goal?

Currently my work consists of offering nutritional and workout services, usually in the form of personalized classic workout programs and nutritional plans. Besides that, I have a growing YouTube presence which helps me advertise my services. I also study Nutrition and Dietetics at a Dutch university and with this scientifically backed knowledge I feel like I'm doing the right thing by helping people, which is what I ultimately want to do.

My goal is to make a full time income by helping people with their health, growing their physique and positively changing their lifestyle, using my growing popularity as a bodybuilder to spread the message. 

Do you have any days where you completely rest, or do you train 7 days a week? Do you believe in rest days, if so why?

Do you have any days where you completely rest, or do you train 7 days a week? Do you believe in rest days, if so why?

I train 6 days a week, always a rest day on either Saturday or Sunday. Training 7 days a week would put too much of a strain on my body after a while, which wouldn't allow my body to fully recover from each workout, thus decreasing workout effectiveness. I really do believe in rest days because they help the body recuperate. During rest times, that's when your body grows. You break your muscles down in the gym, if there is not enough time to rest your body, you won't be able to build them back up as much as you would like. Some people might need 2 or 3 rest days, depending on their lifestyle.

Your channel is all about getting that “Vintage Classic Bodybuilding Look”, please explain to the readers what you mean by this and why you have chosen to look like this vs today’s generation of bodybuilders?

Your channel is all about getting that “Vintage Classic Bodybuilding Look”, please explain to the readers what you mean by this and why you have chosen to look like this vs today’s generation of bodybuilders?

My channel is all about Classic Bodybuilding and the Golden Era because in my eyes bodybuilding is an art. It's not just lifting weights to look good. To me it has been a journey of chasing a physique that I can be proud of. This doesn't just consist of mindless weightlifting, but actually includes a lot of thinking as well. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said; We are like a sculptor who sculpts a statue; a piece of art. Every exercise serves a purpose of carving out or adding just the right amount of muscle to progress on your artwork.

I have a lot of respect for any bodybuilder out there, because it requires a lot of work and sacrifice no matter who you are. But in my opinion, modern day bodybuilders have lost the essence of what bodybuilding is; to look aesthetic and pleasing. Nowadays it's mostly about mass, getting as big as possible. This is not for me, the fun thing about bodybuilding is that there is always a way to improve yourself. Just adding plain mass would take away the challenge for me.

When I watch classic bodybuilding footage like Pumping Iron and how they worked out back in the old days, there's a different atmosphere. The posing, the charisma, the personalities and the way in which they work out, it's what I want to be a part of as well. It's time to bring back classic bodybuilding!

What is your favourite muscle group to train and why?

What is your favourite muscle group to train and why?

I like working every muscle group of the body, but if I had to pick it would be the legs actually. Legs are a weaker point in my physique and as I said earlier, I like a challenge. I come up with different ways to bring up my legs and watch a lot of Tom Platz footage (a bodybuilder from the 70's and 80's) who had arguably the best legs of all time. His tips and tricks made the leg workouts a lot more fun and challenging.

What do you believe is the most important thing to getting the most gains out of your training?

What do you believe is the most important thing to getting the most gains out of your training?

To me a good training always consists of two things; breaking down the muscle and pumping it up. So what I like to do is do a couple of heavy compound exercises to overload and break down the muscle fibers. Then following those exercises, I would do a couple of isolation exercises to fill all those muscles up with blood and deliver fresh nutrients to them to start reparing. Also, the feeling of having a pump in the gym is something everything should chase after. 

 

What does your average day looks like? What do you do in your spare time? What do you do to relax?

What does your average day looks like? What do you do in your spare time? What do you do to relax?

First thing in the morning right when I wake up, I already look forward to breakfast. But more often than not, I choose to walk outside for 20-30 minutes first, there's a park nearby and I enjoy being in nature. This helps a lot with getting the day started fresh and positive. Then when I get back I get straight to making my breakfast. 

Usually I check up on my assignments for my study while I'm eating in the morning. Then after I drive for about 90 minutes to get to the university. Then of course I take with me the meals that I prepped the night before. When I get home, it's usually right around dinner time and about 1.5 to 2 hours after that I hit the gym. 

When I get back home from the gym, I work on homework and/or workout/nutrition programs for people. If I recorded my workout that night, before I sleep I would edit it and the next morning upload the video on the channel. I like watching series like the Flash, Arrow, Suits, Gotham and Better Call Saul to relax and let my mind go elsewhere. 

How do you stay motivated? Most people give up very quickly when it comes to bodybuilding but you seem to have kept it up consistently. What’s your secret?

How do you stay motivated? Most people give up very quickly when it comes to bodybuilding but you seem to have kept it up consistently. What’s your secret?

The first thing you have to do, is let go of your expectations. Just let it happen. You know that working out, using your body, moving around is all healthy for you. Eat right, sleep right, obtain knowledge and stop doubting yourself so much. If you don't love working out then bodybuilding might not be for you. But just give it a chance first.

I learned to love it only after seeing what it did for me. It made me feel better, my physique improved and I learned a lot about myself. All of this WILL happen if you just keep being consistent. Have faith in your potential, because it certainly is there.

You are capable of more than you realize. I get very motivated when watching videos of Arnold, Tom Platz and other bodybuilders who have reached the top of their ability. Knowing the struggles they had, knowing how much effort they put into it. It motivates me to no end that a person is capable of doing this, and so are you. 

What do you think of protein supplements like Whey? Do you believe people should include some kind of supplements in their diet, or should they do it the Rich Piana way and stick to real food? (Right Babe?)

What do you think of protein supplements like Whey? Do you believe people should include some kind of supplements in their diet, or should they do it the Rich Piana way and stick to real food? (Right Babe?)

Diet will always remain the absolute top in terms of giving the body what it needs to grow and improve. Supplements have their place though, but only if your diet is already tailored to your needs and you actually stick to it. Only then, do supplements offer you the greatest benefit. Protein powders such as whey isolate are great for post-workout training along with a fast-acting carbohydrate.

Almost all supplements tell you they work magic, there are some bad ones out there but there definitely are ones that stand for quality. Supplements such as whey isolate, creatine, omega 3 and an anti-oxidant are essential to me personally because I have experienced the benefits of them. So first get your diet to perfection and then think about adding supplements to aid your muscle-building journey. They will then give you the actual benefits that you could expect from them. 

Where do you envision yourself to be in the next 5 years? Would you ever compete in the Mr Olympia or is that “too big” for you?

Where do you envision yourself to be in the next 5 years? Would you ever compete in the Mr Olympia or is that “too big” for you?

In the next 5 years I will be one of the known faces of classic bodybuilding. I truly envision a change in the sport and I intend to be a leader during this time. The Mr. Olympia right now only lets athletes win with an enormous amount of mass, which is something I don't aim for. My aim is to keep my balanced physique and add as much mass as possible without losing the Golden Era aesthetics.

I haven't reached my goal of Arnold's physique yet and when I have, I will reach beyond it and show the world what true bodybuilding is. Perhaps the Mr. Olympia will change over the years into rewarding the aesthetic physiques more, but until they do I can't be on that stage. The new division Classic Physique definitely sounds interesting. I will have to see how that develops over time to know if that is a viable option for me to partake in.

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