While most of us were probably playing hide and seek back in the third grade, or cramming homework to beat the clock, Julian Roxas was lifting dumbbells. Weightlifting, he explains, was his accessory workout for playing basketball.
Not that he wasn’t goofing nor studying—as other children of his age usually did—but it was an augury of who he would eventually become; today at 27, whilst completing his master’s degree in Business Administration, Julian is among the most dedicated fitness personalities advocating for active and healthy lifestyle.
For about three to four years now, Julian has been utilizing Instagram as his main channel for online fitness coaching. He might have come a long way, but upon acquainting himself with YouTube—still considered as the world’s leading video-sharing website—Julian’s fitspiration journey has only just begun.
Recently, this licensed and certified fitness trainer has launched his 120-day CrossBuilding Challenge for 2019; a workout program that incorporates crossfitting and bodybuilding in one. Here, Julian tells MBody how he productively makes use of the digital platform as the first ‘fat to fit’ Filipino fitness vlogger to help you succeed on your summer cutting.
How have you been preparing for summer?
I have this program called ‘CrossBuilding.’ CrossFit came to the Philippines late. What was first was bodybuilding, which I have always been into. But when I tried CrossFit, I also fell in love with it. So I thought of finding a way to incorporate the two into one. They say that a bodybuilder cannot have the body of a crossfitter, and a crossfitter cannot have the body of a bodybuilder, because the training is different. I wanted something in the middle. So that is why I created the 120 days of crossbuilding.
Do you follow a specific diet plan to help you achieve your goals? Tell us about it.
I follow intermittent fasting. Many people, coaches and professionals, have a different perspective on intermittent fasting. Like if you look online, or if you ask anybody, what they’re going to say is you’re supposed to fast a specific hour, like 12 to 8 p.m. But what’s in intermittent fasting? It’s burning stored fat. What happens if you wake up ‘pag 11, and then you have to eat at 12? What stored fat did you burn? That’s why I didn’t believe the internet, and that’s my belief. When you wake up, that’s when the fasting time starts.
What specific workout routines do you do the most to achieve a summer-ready body?
Actually, these three workouts that I do, I do it during the CrossBuilding program. But of course I did not invent them. These are the squat, the shoulder press, and the bench press. Bench press is the best.
With all these preparations, how do you intend to spend your summer?
The challenge ends in two months. I have no plans for the summer yet but I will definitely still continue with my fitness routine.
Featured image by Roc Verdera.