Name: Greg Doucette “pound for pound world’s strongest bodybuilder”
Profession: Owner “Doucette personal training and consulting”
Place of Birth: Yarmouth NS, Canada
Date of Birth: Sept 15, 1975
Residence: Halifax, NS
Contest Weight: 195
Off-Season Weight: 210 lbs
Arms: 19 ½’ pumped
Career Highlights Powerlifting:
2010 raw WPC world record total and gold medal and overall winner 1742 lbs @ 198
Career Highlights Bodybuilding:
2012 LH Canadian nationals 1st and pro and IFBB PRO Card
2007 1st light middle and overall IFBB drug tested national physique championships
2006 Fame muscle amateur and professional world champion
Best GYM lifts:
Bench 405 for 15 reps, 532 paused 1 rep
Deadlifts 675 for 6 reps; 385 for 50
Squats 545 for 7
What is your training routine?
Day 1: Quads and Hamstrings (squat focus)
Day 2: Chest shoulders triceps (bench press focus)
Day 3: Back (deadlift focus)
Day 4: Biceps, calf’s abs
Day 5: Repeat
NO DAYS OFF (I only take days off if I’m sick or injured)
How did you get started with bodybuilding/lifting/etc?
I first began serious weight training at the age of 10 with my father and twin brother. Three days a week we trained our whole body using equipment that my father had made by hand. I used to love those training sessions and it is one of my fondest memories growing up. What first sparked my interest in bodybuilding was actually an episode of “That’s Incredible” where a 13 year old was competing in bodybuilding competitions.
Once I hit age 17 I knew I was ready and entered and won my first bodybuilding competition at just over 140 lbs. I first began power lifting competing at local bench press contest at the bar where I was beating grown men as a teenager. In my first official powerlifting meet I set the national record in the bench press for both juniors and seniors on my opening attempt completing 342 lbs at 148 lbs bodyweight raw. The success I saw from the get go is what fueled me to continue bodybuilding and powerlifting all these years.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
I am driven most by personal improvement. I am just as excited setting a personal record in the gym as I am setting a personal record in a meet. I simply enjoy the challenge of competing against myself so that every time I compete I am better than the last time. I am also motivated to show everyone you can look good at any age and that with a healthy and enjoyable diet anyone can look good all year rather than only for a few weeks of the year when a show is on the way.
What’s next for you in bodybuilding? Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
Since I turn 40 this year I plan to compete in a few IFBB PRO masters competitions as well as in the 212 class. I would like to do all the Canadian IFPP pro shows as well as compete overseas. I’m also interested in doing some guest posing and muscle model for a few magazines as well. My other major goal is to set worlds records in the masters category seeing as I turn 40 this year. I have also recently been approved to officially break the Guinness book of world records for most weight deadlifted in a minute after having done 385 for 50 reps in a training video several months ago.
What does your training routine look like?
All my workouts revolve around the big 3 (squat, bench and dead lifts) followed by exercises make me “pretty” so to speak. Basically I train my entire body every 4-5 days. I do squats, bench and dead lift on 3 separate days and about 50% of my workout is spent on the big 3. I believe that intensity not volume is the key to getting strong. One other factor that separates my workout from most is that I believe in doing higher reps in the off season in order to build bigger muscles and allow for joints and injuries to heal. Bodybuilding type training (where the reps are a bit higher) allow for greater muscle growth. Once the muscles get bigger I can then switch over to lower rep training in order to activate more motor units with the result being big muscles that are not just for show but are strong as well. Then, when I switch back over to bodybuilding style training I am able to handle a lot more weight which then forces my muscle to grow even more. The synergistic effect of combining both powerlifting and bodybuilding style training is what has allowed me to set world records in powerlifting while at the same time compete at the highest level in bodybuilding.
Favorite exercises and why?
Hands down it has always been the bench deadlift and squat in that order. The reason for sure because that’s what I’m best at. It is so natural to gravitate to doing and liking what your best at. Benching is by far my favorite because it’s not only what I’m best at but also because it gives you such a great pump and so you always look your best after training chest.
Anything you want to add to your bio that people do not know about you?
I have a master’s degree in education, and had the highest avg. in kinesiology at Acadia University and was a cheerleader in university. I used to compete in triathlons for 13 years and was bodybuilding and powerlifting at the same time so cardio is nothing for me come contest time. I work full time as a contest prep coach, personal trainer and nutrition advisor with my own registered business called “Doucette Personal Training can Consulting”.
What does your nutrition/diet look like?
I never did follow the standard chicken rice broccoli type bodybuilding diet. Long before IIFYM became popular I was making up diet plans that were both tasty and healthy. I eat 5-6 meals a day and focus on foods that are both high in fiber and high in protein. The biggest reason people do not achieve their fitness goals is because the diet is simply too difficult to follow. This is where my diet plans have made such a huge impact in people’s lives. I follow the same meal plans as my clients and love everything I eat so I find it easy to stay in great shape year round.
What does your supplementation look like?
I am a huge believer in proper supplementation. My theory is that if we can put a man on the moon we can create supplements and meal replacements that are just as good as if not better than “real food”. The following are staples in my supplement list year round: whey Isolate and Casein protein powder, Creatine, BCAA, Omega 3 fatty acids, Pre-workout. I use several variations of fat burners when it comes time to lose weight all dependent I am and how close to a show it is..
Any tips for beginners or people trying to follow the same path as you?
Over the years I have learned the importance of staying in good shape and eating nutritious meals even in the off season. This has allowed me to compete a lot leaner than I did at the beginning of my bodybuilding career. It is also very important to not let your ego get in the way of your training. Using proper form and avoiding injury is just as important as training hard. If you get injured you can’t train so do your best to stay injury free.