An interview with David Kimmerle – Fitness model and competitor
Today, David Kimmerle shares with us his training and diet tips, tells us how he’s fallen victim to fitness gimmicks and let’s us know what truly motivates him to better himself.
How did you get started with modelling and fitness?
David Kimmerle: I got started early in 2009 when I was overweight and lost my business. This resulted in anger and frustration.
So at 26% body fat, weighing 230 something pounds, I went to the gym to “train away” this anger and frustration. I must have been pretty angry and frustrated because four months after I first stepped into a gym, I received a call for my first modeling gig and four months later my first cover of a fitness magazine. I have been trying ever since to make a living in this industry.
What is the number one thing that has kept you motivated?
David Kimmerle: The idea that my story is relatable to millions who have lost everything and started over with nothing. I am trying to push beyond my wildest dreams and accomplish the un-accomplishable proving that it is possible to go from negative to positive and then into abundance.
What is your training routine like, and what does it involve?
10×10 45 second rest Workout
Flat bench press barbell or dumbbell, incline bench flys cable or dumbbells, dips (perfect form)
V-bar cable push downs, standing tricep extensions (behind the neck), dumbbell straight bar reverse grip push-downs
I follow the 10 sets of 10 for this day, choose the weight and ab movement I can do 100 of total (with 20 seconds rest). Do the same exercise and only one exercise (this is my heavy day for abs).
Military press front, dumbbell side lateral raises, rear delt machine flys (I use cables or dumbbells bent over with back parallel to the ground)
Olympic barbell curl (stripping method: start with a weight I can’t do 10 of and drop weight to finish set), standing dumbbell curl (elbows at side not moving both hands curling at the same time), seated hammer dumbbell curl
I murder them with VERY heavy weights — Train them for 20 mins (sets of 30 mandatory!) 45 second rest.
Chin-ups (10 sets of 5 perfect form, 45 second rest), lat pulldown (cable or machine wide grip), Bent over dumbbell row, Hip extensions (45 degree with 25 pound weight on chest or chin — slow!)
Train abdominals for 20 min (pick my favorite workout or whatever is available and play the pain game).
Lunges (dumbbells at least 50-60lbs for twenty steps – I cut out some work on legs so do this heavy and correctly), leg extensions, leg curl machine (seated or lying down)
To burnout my legs and finish off my calves. This is strip set method, much like boxing, I start off the weight heaviest I can do for 3 min and drop it down over and over again (it’s kinda like a fist fight only with your calves). Do not stop.
What are some of the other writers, artists, models and fitness leaders that have inspired you?
David Kimmerle: I need to give a shout to my friend Michelle LeSueur, she is not a fitness model or an athlete, she is a mother of 5 who looks amazing for her age. She has helped me to understand and prioritize the inside of my body, explained how it works alongside with what used to be my biggest worry (the outside of my body). As fitness models and athletes, we are willing to kill ourselves in competitions or auditions to look the part externally. Michelle made me understand this is not a good trade in the long term.
I fell victim to is myself and the misunderstanding that I could buy my dream in a box, rather than with sweat from a workout and tears of a diet.
Is there anything fitness related that you’ve fallen victim to yourself and wasted your money on in the past?
David Kimmerle: Yes, supplements. This is what I call the “bells and whistles”. I used to buy bottles and boxes of everything that said it would build muscle and burn fat. I honestly thought there was a magic pill. So what I fell victim to is myself and the misunderstanding that I could buy my dream in a box, rather than with sweat from a workout and tears of a diet.
What’s the physical feature you’re most proud of?
David Kimmerle: My biceps, I have worked hard on them.
Are there any KEY diet or training tips that you adhere to?
David Kimmerle: Yeah, my basic top five are…
- Know what you’re eating, why you’re eating it when you’re eating it.
- Train educated. Have a plan and hold it accountable with a heart rate monitor.
- Always do cardio after weight training.
- Use accesories at the gym or while training. Mine include versa grips, heart rate monitor, iPod, headphones and a good pair of shoes.
- If all else fails and you can’t make it to the gym, try to do 400 push ups in an hour. It works I promise.
I wake up every morning at 7am and run 6 miles round trip from my front door to the top of Runyon canyon and back.
What’s a day-in-the-life for DK like? Give us a run-down of how you eat, train and move on a regular day.
David Kimmerle: I wake up every morning at 7am and run 6 miles round trip from my front door to the top of Runyon canyon and back. Around 10am I start working on my website and other obligations such as sponsorships, modeling, etc. 6pm I usually go back to the gym following these numbered workouts and then edit video from 9:30pm to midnight. I do this about 6 days a week.
What supplements do you use if any? If not, why not?
TAKEN WITH MEAL ONE
DHEA 25 mg
TAKEN WITH MEAL TWO
Beta alanine 3g
Carnosine 250 mg
TAKEN WITH MEAL THREE
Green (dried greens) drink
TAKEN WITH MEAL FOUR
TAKEN WITH MEAL FIVE (last meal)
Pm Vitamins (bodylogix)
Creatine ethyl ester 3-5g
Bodylogix Pre-workout or similar pump – go get em drink
Creatine ethyl ester 3g
Beta alanine 3g
Digest Gold – take with the four largest meals of the day, 5 minutes prior to eating.
David Kimmerle: “Be proud of how far you’ve come & have faith in how far you can go”
What’s next on the horizon for David Kimmerle?
David Kimmerle: Launching kimmerleplan.com membership site, I am pretty excited, it has been a year in the making. I am working hard on my transition from fitness into Hollywood, acting and hosting.
Thanks for your time David, is there anything you’d like to add?
David Kimmerle: Check out my website launching this winter 2012 and follow me on youtube, twitter & facebook.
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