Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Time to EXPOSE -> Cypriot Bodybuilder Andys Charalambous!

As many of you already know I am CYPRIOT and PROUD. I was born in Cyprus. My father is full Cypriot and I have always been proud of where I come from even though I spent most of my life in Canada and America. So yes I am in fact MADE IN CYPRUS. This brings me to the introduction of a new section of my blog!

Today's interview is the beginning of my mission to deliver spread Cypriot Fitness Athlete love to the rest of the planet. Personally, I don't think Cypriot Athletes get enough publicity both IN Cyprus, and especially OUTSIDE of Cyprus. Yes we are a small island that most people throughout my life living in Canada and America didn't even know existed, but guess what people...I've been back in my birthplace of Cyprus for 2 years now, and we've got some killer fitness Athlete's that I want to tell you about! Since my on-line audience is mainly made up of these 3 countries --> AMERICA, CANADA, and CYPRUS, I figured that my blog is going to be my way to let the rest of the world know what's going on in gyms over here on the beautiful island of Cyprus. I'd like to share a little of my Cyprus pride by starting this new section on my blog to EXPOSE some of Cyprus's dedicated, hard worked athlete's in the Fitness Industry.

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  • D.O.B.
    March 23, 1985
    170cm (5'7")
    88kg (194 lbs)
  • Category
    Bodybuilding (Under 80 kilos)
  • FAVOURITE Supplement Brand: Muscle Tech
    2014 Cyprus Grand Prix

Steph Costas: So Andy, how many years have you been body-building involved in body-building?
Andy: I started going to the gym when I was 14 years, but I started competing at 25.

Steph Costas: What inspired you to start body-building?
Andy: I played football (soccer) when I was younger and got a bad leg injury. When the doctor told me I had to choose between football (soccer) and body-building, I chose body-building.
Steph Costas: If you can name just one, what is your greatest accomplishment so far in body-building?
Andy: My greatest accomplishment in body-building would have to have been in 2010 when I won "Overall" in the Mr.Cyprus 2010 competition.

Steph Costas: What is your ultimate goal for yourself?
Andy: My biggest dream would be to compete in the Arnold Classic. It's a big dream, especially coming from Cyprus. Unfortunately it's very expensive and difficult to go to such big competitions but I would love it.

Steph Costas: Let's talk a little bit about your training, what would you say is your favourite body part to train?
Andy: That's easy, chest...*he thinks a little bit*...and arms! They are my strongest point.

Steph Costas: What is your favourite chest exercise?
Andy: Decline chest press using dumbbells.

Andys and his Coach Michalis Lokatzis
Steph Costas: What physical challenges or weaknesses do you have when it comes to your body and competition?
Andy: Right now, I have to cut my legs, and my glutes. This is my challenge.

Steph Costas: Personally, I like to train by myself. I like to put on my headphones and get in the zone. Do you prefer to train alone or with a training partner?
Andy: I always train with my Coach Michalis Lokatzis. We are really close and he knows me really well. 

Steph Costas: Tell us which PRO Athletes inspire you?
Andy: Phil Heath is one my favourites, and also Eduardo Correa.

Steph Costas: Do you have a favourite Greek or Cypriot Athlete who inspires you?
Andy: Greek IFBB Pro Body-builder Michael Kefalianos

Steph Costas: Who is your favourite female athlete (except for me of course ;) ?
Andy: I like Larissa Reis! Even though she isn't a bikini girl, I think she still looks feminine and trains hard.

Steph Costas: Is it important to you if you are dating a women, that she is also seriously in to the gym?
Andy: Not completely, but it's good to share similar interests.

Steph Costas: What is the biggest challenge for an Athlete in Cyprus living the body-building lifestyle?
Andy: Money. It's hard to get sponsorships here, it's hard to travel to compete, contest prep with proper food and supplementation with out the money.

Steph Costas: When and where are you going to be competing next?
Andy: In April 2014 at the Grand Prix in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Steph Costas: Have you or will you compete out of Cyprus? 
Andy: If I had the chance to I would for sure. But, like I said, it's not easy to get financial support to compete out of Cyprus

Steph Costas: What do your family and friends say about your lifestyle? Do they support you?
Andy: In the beginning my family didn't like it because they were worried about my health, and didn't really understand it, but they got used to it and now they support me.

Steph Costas: I'm addicted to Nike Free's...What are your favourite shoes to train in?
Andy: It makes no difference to me. I'm not picky about stuff like that.

Steph Costas: What is your favourite "Cheat" food?
Andy: Ice cream, strawberry, chocolate, cherry...actually any of them!!

Steph Costas: As most of my viewers know. I am obsessed with animals. Do you have any animals at home? 
Andy: Actually yes *laughs*, I have 3 dogs..."Juanito", "Tweety", and..."Boobies".

Steph Costas: Boobies? That's so random! Anyway, next question! Who does your meal prep for you?
Andy: I do it on my own.
Steph Costas: What advice would you give to young Cypriots who are considering getting into competitive body-building?
Andy: I would suggest they leave Cyprus and do it somewhere else, because it's really hard to go far in this sport here in Cyprus.

Steph Costas: What do you enjoy doing when you're not in the gym?
Andy: I like watching football, going spear fishing, and hunting.

Steph Costas: How many rest days do you take? 
Andy: I take 2 rest days when I'm off season, and 0 rest days during competition preparation. 

Steph Costas: My final, and most IMPORTANT question for you...on a scale of much do you like PEANUT BUTTER?
Andy: 10/10. I love it.

It was a pleasure interviewing Mr. Andys Charalambous (click his name to find him on Facebook), I look forward to following his progress, and hope we can see him travel and compete one day! I'm sure he would make Cyprus proud on an international stage!

That's it for now guys, more great interviews with some awesome Cypriot Athletes coming soon! 

If you are a Cypriot Athlete looking for some exposure please CLICK HERE and shoot me an email with a short paragraph about yourself and maybe you'll be my next interview! Thanks for reading!

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