Life Beyond Bodybuilding with Sadik Hadzovic


BY Erick Avila

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As a 4x world champion, IFBB Pro Sadik Hadzovic has been a regular on the center stage of the major bodybuilding shows this past decade. When fans noticed that Sadik didn’t enter any recent competitions the past two years they began to ask him questions.

We caught up with Sadik to talk about his unfinished business.

The Absence From Recent Competitions

I got tons of messages about “What happened? Where did you go? Why did you quit? Why did you give up” That’s the furthest thing from the truth. The reality is that I’ve been training my butt off for the last two years. I haven’t missed any workouts and I’ve only been using this time to improve myself.

The reality is that I’ve been training my butt off for the last two years.

Balancing Personal And Professional Life

There’s more to life than bodybuilding. I took a couple of years off to start my family with my wife. We have a beautiful young boy that I’m super proud of. I needed to make sure my home life was good before I stepped back on stage. Right now, is an adjustment period where I’m trying to pivot being a good father, a good husband, and the best competitor I can be on stage.

Fatherhood As A Motivator

When you’re trying to become the best in the world. It’s very important to be selfish, self-centered, everything is about you. Everything is about your eating, your training, and your sleep. That is your bubble. But as you begin to grow as a human, as a husband, as a father, you realize your time is limited. You can’t be this selfish, self-centered man. Being a father is life-changing. It awakens another gear in your existence. You enter this hyper-drive that you didn’t know you had, this sense of focus. I’m just so motivated on giving my family the best life they can possibly have.

Being a father is life-changing. It awakens another gear in your existence.

Plans To Return To The Stage

When you’re becoming the best in the world, when you’re the top guy, there is no offseason and on-season. Every day is on-season, every day is a day to improve and get better. To me training means the world. Training is my hobby, my profession, my identity. For me, that’s when I start feeling alive and that’s why I’m returning to stage.

Physique Goals

At the moment my goal is to build muscle mass so I’m eating a tremendous amount of calories, upwards of 4000 calories per day. And I’m training very heavy, keeping the reps low, weight low, and lots of compound movements. When I fill out my body which I’ve been doing it’s going to make all the difference in the world and give me that complete overall look. And that’s what I’m excited about.

For me this is personal, this is unfinished business.

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