Thanks to the world wide web. I got a chance to chat with Kulbila about his bodybuilding past, present and future. He may not know this but what he’s achieve motivates me here in LA. There is unlimited motivation if you have the ear to hear and the eyes to see. Kulbila’s nickname suits him well, considering the obstacles he not only survived but conquered.
MAX THE BODY: What’s your full name?
KULBILA: My name is Kulbila Agyarko Samuel.
MAX: Do you have a nickname? If so, why?
KULBILA: My nickname is “titanium” . I didn’t have one, until I listened to a song called titanium by “David Guetta” which became one of my favorite tracks. A line in the song states, and I quote: “you shoot me down but I won’t fall I am titanium”, at first i didn’t know the meaning of the word “titanium” so I Google and find out that it is a strong, corrosion-resistant transition metal so I adopted it as my nickname because of it’s strength and it’s resistance to hash weather conditions.
MAX: What’s your height and weight?
KULBILA: My body weight is 87kg and I am 5.8ft tall.
MAX: What’s your nationality? What languages do you speak?
KULBILA: I’m Ghanian by nationality and I speak twi , frafra (ghanian language) and English.
MAX: Where you from? Where do you live?
KULBILA: I’m from Ghana West Africa and lives in a small town called “Akropong akuapim in the eastern region of Ghana.
MAX: What do you do?
KULBILA: I don’t have a permanent job but at times I do part time jobs as a laborer at building construction sites to earns money. I graduated from “mount sinai high school” in the year 2008 and couldn’t continue to the next level, but i wish to regain admission at a tertiary institution hopefully 2015.
MAX: Do you offer personal training service? If so, where?
KULBILA: I haven’t offered any personal training yet but it’s something I wish to do in the near future.
MAX: How did you get started with exercise? How long have you been training? What was the motivation to start and what keeps you motivated?
KULBILA: I got into fitness with the help of a good friend of mine called “Reginald Okyere Mintah” . God bless him. He started training at a local gym and he asked me to join him. I wasn’t interested at first but he kept on pressuring me to join him. I ask him why and he said looking at my body frame I will be very good at the sports, so on the 15 of September 2011 @ 6:30 am we all went to the gymnasium. The first exercises I did as a beginner was for arms and shoulders. The next day I couldn’t breathe properly or scratch my back. I was in pain so I decided not to visit the gym again but he encouraged me not to back down for the pain is just temporary. I kept it Killing at the gym and in a few months of hard work at the gymnasium, people started starring at me when I wore a tank top lol. So from there, I saw that the iron is faithful and it never lies so I kept on lifting and now am 3 years into bodybuilding.
MAX: What is your purpose in life and what motivates you to fulfill your purpose?
KULBILA: My purpose in life is to make bodybuilding popular in my home town and in Ghana as a whole and to also use my place in the gym as a source of motivation to empower everybody across the globe.
MAX: What is your religious belief?
KULBILA: I am a Christian by religion and believe in Jesus Christ the son of the living God.
MAX: What do you do for fun other than lift things up and put them down?
KULBILA: What I do for fun is watching action and adventurous movies. I also do more research about bodybuilding on the Internet, to get more information about the sports to improve. I do this on Saturday and Sundays which are my rest days.
MAX: What does aesthetic mean to you?
KULBILA: Aesthetics is something which is very important to me when it comes to bodybuilding. Bodybuilding is an art of beauty and symmetry and I always make sure that I train every part of my body throughout the week and perform equal reps to each body part example (arms) and other body parts to keep it balance .
MAX: How does exercise and nutrition influence your daily life?
KULBILA: Exercise and nutrition has really influenced my life a lot, because I use to eat certain foods which I thought were good because of the taste and it’s cravings. Foods like “kelewele” (kelewele is ripped naturally spiced plantain which is deeply fried in oil) and plantain chips and highly salted and fatty foods. Staying away from these foods has kept me lean and ripped. I don’t really balance my diets all the time but keeping it healthy has changed my condition and has always kept me on track.
MAX: What would you say to people that look up to you who struggle with obstacles?
KULBILA: What I will say to anybody who is facing an obstacle that makes him or her finding it difficult to achieve the fitness goals is to keep pushing because if “there’s is a will there’s always a way”.
MAX: Do you listen to music while you exercise? If so what’s on your playlist?
KULBILA: I love listening to music while working out because it keeps me going and puts me in the beast mode, afro pop and hip hop is my type of music.
MAX: What’s your workout like? Do you train all week? Please include a few details – training split, sets/reps, exercises, types of cardio, days off etc.
KULBILA: My approach to training is a bit different because i don’t normally make a chart for my training like how most people do in working on a muscle group in each day but I make sure that I train all my body parts during the week. I also at times switch to training twice daily (morning and evening) just to confuse the body to growth. I do 5 sets in all my workout with reps of 15 12, 10, 8, 6 I do this by adding up weights in every reps.
MAX: What is your diet philosophy? Are you on a strict diet? What are your cheat foods?
KULBILA: My diet is simple. I just eat our local dishes like banku, kooko,fufu, yam and rice and stew, gari and ripped boiled plantain with beans but I try my best to keep it balance by getting my protein, greens, fat and carbs. My source of carbs are oats, cassava, yam, rice, cocoyam , sweet potatoes , maize, plantain and millet. My Main source of proteins are beans, peanuts, fish, and eggs. My source of greens are nkontomire (cocoyam leafs), moringa, dandelion, green beans and cabbage. Fats are palm oil and olive oil. I don’t actually have a cheat meal but I do eat “kelewele” (deeply fried ripped plantain which has been spiced up) which has been naturally spiced with ginger roots, Ethiopian pepper, chilly and other local spiced ingredients on weekends once in awhile.
MAX: Do you compete? Why or why not?
Who is your competition?
KULBILA: I competed in my first bodybuilding competition This year at Accra-Ghana which was “2014 MAN GHANA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, where I place 3rd in the middle weight category.
MAX: Who do you look up to and why?
KULBILA: Bodybuilders like Simeon Panda, Ulysses Jr, to name a few are the people that motivate me. Their proportion and symmetry with ripped and shredded conditions keeps me chasing my dream body. I hope to get to their level some day.
MAX: What else are you passionate about?
KULBILA: What I’m most passionate about is to help people gain more interest in fitness and live a healthy lifestyle.
MAX: What is your most prized possession?
KULBILA: My most prized possession is my certificate and a medal which I earned at my first ever competition. It made me feel great about what I’ve achieved.
MAX: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? What are some of your goals?
KULBILA: In the next five years I want to see myself as one of the best motivational bodybuilders across the globe, who’s fitness lifestyle has touched and changed lives in a positive way.
KULBILA: I am looking forward to competing in Muscle-Mania Africa hopefully next year in Kenya and do other local shows in my country.
MAX: Any favorite quotes you’d like to bless us with?
KULBILA: One of my favorite quotes is : IF THERE IS A WILL THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY 🙂
Get up close and personal with Kulbila Here: