My Body Workz

Athlete Profile

Max Philisaire

Age: 36
Height: 6’1” – 185 cm
Weight: 195 lbs. – 88 kg

Transformation story:

In high school I was 6’1” – 150 pounds and had a deep passion for basketball, I lived for it! I didn’t have a healthy lifestyle as I would eat chips, burgers and pizza on a daily basis. I looked like a walking skeleton. People always reminded me of how skinny I was. It didn’t bother me much but after hearing it for so long, it definitely affected my self-esteem. Although at the time Basketball was my sport and as long as I could score on the basketball court, I was satisfied. Upon graduating from high school, I made it a mission to put on some muscle. FLEX magazines always stood out whenever I was at the grocery store, so one day I decided to pick one up.

I started following workouts, proper form and diet to a T, results came quicker than I expected and I guess that’s how it all started.

Where does your motivation come from?

The people who are inspired by me to live a healthier life motivate me to be the best I can be. Also with the help of the media platform and social media I’ve been able to reach and inspire many. Imagine how much energy these people are sending back my way. It’s unlimited energy and motivation.

What is your life like now that you’ve made a transformation?

My life is as amazing as it was before my transformation. I just didn’t know it back then because I thought the body would make life more amazing. The body comes with its perks but during my transformation I learned that the body is just an extension of me, the person. With or without the body, I will conquer as long as I have the right mindset. It’s important to appreciate the beginning or pre-transformation. Your beginning inspired the transformation. That’s one reason I respect beginners and get inspired when I see them getting started.

“Life is rough but we’re equipped with the tools to succeed” – Max Philisaire

What is your current training philosophy?

I keep things simple. Easier to filter BS and distractions that way. I don’t talk a lot about fitness. I prefer taking knowledge into the gym and using trial and error to perfect a routine, form or results. Stop talking. Shut your mouth. Sometimes you have to tell yourself and your workout partners that. More time, focus and energy should go into proper execution and form of the exercise. New exercises, new toys, no problem. They are cute. Lots of options. But too many options can be overwhelming and confusing at times. Keep it simple with basic movements and form. Your body will have no choice but to adapt and overcome which equals results.

Full Routine ;

Monday: Shoulders

  • Machine Shoulder Press 3×10
  • Dumbbell Press 4×10
  • Smith Machine Press 4×10
  • Upright Row 4×10
  • Bent Lateral Raise 4×10
  • Front Raise 4×10
  • Lateral Raise 4×10
  • Dumbbell Shrugs 8×10

Tuesday: Biceps/Triceps

  • Barbell Curl 4×10
  • Machine Preacher Curl 4×10
  • Dumbbell Curl 4×10
  • Cable Rope Hammer Curl 4×10
  • Reverse Barbell Curl 4×10
  • Wrist Curl 4×10
  • Close Hand Incline Push Up 4×10
  • Cable Rope Push Down 4×10
  • Seated Dumbbell Overhead Ext 4×10
  • Cable Bar Push Down 4×10
  • Cable Kickback 4×10

Wednesday: Chest

  • Push Ups 1×30
  • Barbell Chest Press 5×10
  • Incline Dumbbell Press 4×10
  • Low Cable Cross Over 4×10
  • Incline Dumbbell Fly 4×10
  • Machine Wide Press 4×10

Thursday: Back

  • Pull Ups 6×10
  • Dead Lifts 5×10
  • Lat Pull Down 4×10
  • Dumbbell Row 4×10
  • Seated Cable Row 4×10
  • T-Bar Row 4×10

Friday: Legs

  • Leg extension 6×10
  • Leg Press 4×10
  • Squats 4×10
  • Hack Squats 4×10
  • Leg Curls 4×10
  • Standing Calf Raise 4×10
  • Seated Calf Raise 4×10

Saturday: Off

  • Rest day

Sunday: Off

  • Rest day

Favorite form of cardio?

I hate cardio. I find it boring and hate the fact that it burns so many calories but it’s important for my cardiovascular system and aesthetic look. I like running and doing sprints uphill at Runyon Canyon because it reminds me of good times in Army Boot Camp. Basketball also tickles my fancy as I stated before. There are many different types of cardio to choose from.

What is your approach to nutrition?

Genetically I’m a lean guy and I also like to lean bulk. I don’t train or eat like someone training for definition. I train and eat like I’m bulking. That is why it’s important to take your genetics into account and use trial and error with the research you’ve done. How I eat or train will not work for everyone. The no B.S mentality will. Use it.

Daily Diet ;

  • Meal 1: Weight Gaining Shake
  • Meal 2: 10 Egg Whites and a bowl of Oatmeal
  • Meal 3: Weight Gaining Shake
  • Meal 4: Pasta and Meat Sauce
  • Meal 5: Weight Gaining Shake
  • Meal 6: Chicken/Turkey Sandwich
  • Meal 7: Weight Gaining Shake
  • Meal 8: Chicken Breast and Pasta/Vegetables
  • Meal 9: Fruits and Nuts


It never gets easier, you just get stronger