Check out this inspirational interview with the humble USN Ambassador Jacques Fagan!
Update: Jacques Fagan was officially awarded his WBFF Pro Card!
Share your story with us, how did you get into this lifestyle?
I was born and raised in the beautiful city Cape Town and moved up to Pretoria a year ago. I’ve always been a very active person and played rugby most of the time representing Western Province /U18 ,Western Province /U21 and also played Western Province Sevens. Injuries forced me to stop in 2010 and from there onwards I focused completely on the fitness industry. I’m proud to say that I’m a sponsored athlete and Ambassador for USN. My journey started 3 years ago when I decided to make a positive difference in my own life by stepping out of my comfort zone and taking on new opportunities. I always believe in myself as I follow the dream of living a life of success. Through this whole process, I make sure to stay humble, true to my morals, my values and myself.
What keeps you motivated?
The will to succeed keeps me motivated as well as learning and growing through all life’s experiences. Seeing my body change through the hard work I put in motivates me tremendously to improve more.
What are your plans for the future?
This year I’m just focusing on the MR SA Campaign and from next year I want to get myself onto an International fitness stage.
I Work for USN full time and I feel like my future lies there. I’m very happy, passionate and Inspired by the brand. I’m very much involved in the health & fitness industry. I try to give back by helping and inspiring people to reach their full potential.
My biggest mission is to own the respect of people all around SA and in fact the world by staying true to myself, morals and values and by letting my actions do the “TALKING”!
I live by this quote:
“THE WAY YOU TREAT YOURSELF, SETS THE STANDARDS FOR OTHERS”
What does your training split look like?
- Train twice a day: 45 min Cardio + Abs in morning & Weight training in afternoon
- Focus on Quality… Lighter weights but more reps
Monday (Back) + 45 min Cardio & Abs in the Morning
|Chin-ups wide grip||3||tilll failiure|
|Pull downs close grip||3||15|
|Seated pully rows||3||15|
|One arm dumbell row||3||15|
Tuesday (Shoulders)+45 min Cardio & Abs in the Morning
|Seated dumbbell press||3||tilll failiure|
|Military press barbell||3||15|
|Side lateral raises||3||15|
|Front lateral raises||3||15|
Wednesday (Legs) + 45 min Cardio & Abs in the Morning
|One leg lunges||3||15|
|Lying hamstring curls||3||15|
|Seated calve raises||3||15|
|Standing calve raises (smith machine)||3||15|
Thursday (Chest) + 45 min Cardio & Abs in the Morning
|One week dumbbell, other week barbell|
|Bench machine||2||Till Failiure|
Friday (Arms) + 45 min Cardio & Abs in the Morning
|Scull crushers with EZ bar||3||15|
|Standing barbell curl||3||15|
|Seated dumbbell Curl||3||15|
|Preacher curl EZ bar||3||15|
|Standing dumbbell hammer curl||2||15|
Saturday rest & Sunday cardio + Abs
- 45min CARDIO: 15 min Treadmill (Level 7,incline 6) ,
- 10min Flying Walker,
- 10 Stepper (Hit it hard)
- ABS: 3 x Different Exercises (3 x 30)
What is your diet like?
I have a maintenance diet, which I follow right through the year. If I’m not competing I follow this diet through the week and then on weekends I cheat and eat what ever I want.
Diet and Nutritional Plan
2 x USN Phedracut Hardcore or Phedracut Lipo XT caps 30 min before breakfast
Meal 1 (Breakfast) – 100g rolled Oats plus USN 100% whey protein with semi skimmed milk/water
USN CLA 1000 tablets 30 min, 1 USN Vitamin C
Meal 2 – 2 x wholemeal bread plus 4 egg whites and 1 yolk poached/scrambled or cup Quinoa and Chicken Breast
2 xUSN Phedracut Lipo XT caps 30 min before Lunch
Meal 3 (Lunch) – Jacket potato with a tin of tuna / Chicken Breast
2 x USN CLA 1000 tablets 30 min
Meal 4 – White/brown pasta (60g dry) plus 1 Chicken Breast or cup Quinoa and Chicken Breast
*Pre workout drink USN Hyperdrive 30 minutes (prior to training)*
GYM – 1 hour intense/pushing to limit training
Post workout drink USN Hardcore Whey Gh
2 x USNPhedracut Lipo XT caps 30 min before dinner
Meal 5 (Dinner) – 250g sweet potato plus chicken breast/steak/fish
2 x USN CLA 1000 tablets 30 min
Meal 6 – USN IGF-1 protein shake with HGH500 (1 tea spoon Before bed) or 6 scrambled eggs
This is a high carb, high protein balanced diet, which will aid fat burn and increase muscle size/endurance/strength. To supplement this diet I also have 3 servings of Salmon oil tablets throughout the day and I also drink 3L to 4L still Water every day!
USN Phedracut Lipo XT 5days ON 2 days OFF!
*Each meal must be 2 – 3 hours out of each other
What supplements do you take?
USN Phedracut Lipo XT
USN CLA 1000
USN Hyperdrive (Pre – Workout)
USN IGF-1 protein shake
USN Hardcore Whey GH
USN Vitamin C
How do you maintain a balance between fitness, studying/working, and a social life?
Everything in life is about balance and therefore I make time for all of those areas in my life. I think the biggest problem most people have is focusing too much on the physical outter appearance and not spending equal time in feeding your thoughts with the right “nutrition” (Positive thoughts). Too much of anything is bad for you and its so important to make time for family, friends, social activities, hobbies and your training. A well-balanced combination of all those things constitutes to a healthy lifestyle. Not really a big drinker but occasionally enjoy a beer or wine.
Who inspires you?
- Mohammad Ali
- Albe Geldenhuys (USN CEO & Founder)
- Greg Plitt (World Number 1 Fitness Athlete & Motivational speaker)
- Anthony Robbins
If you apply the 3 D’s (Dedication, Determination & Discipline) and you fuel that with passion every single day of your life, you’ve got a one way ticket to Success!
What advice do you have for other young aspiring bodybuilders?
Make sure you set realistic short and long-term goals. Educate yourself with the right diet and training program from the start. Focus on quality and not quantity and be persistent with your training. Be Dedicated, Determined and Disciplined and you will see the results will motivate you to work and push yourself harder. A healthy Body is a healthy mind and any form of exercise is good for the body and soulFind Jacques on Facebook Find Jacques on Instagram