Instagram Athlete of the Week – Julian Smith

Instagram Athlete of the Week – Julian Smith

Internet fitness celebrities don’t get any more humble and genuine than Julian Smith. Smith had a humble beginning in the fitness industry but has now amassed a mind-blowing 1 million followers on Instagram.

If you have been living under a rock and don’t know about Julian, let us introduce you to him. Julian Smith calls himself The Quad Guy and we would go as far as to say he should put this name on his driver’s license.

Julia Smith – The Quad Guy

After Tom Platz, if someone comes to mind for having monstrous muscle mass on their legs, its Julian Smith. Just like Platz, Smith swears by the squats and consider all the other leg exercises secondary.

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Tag someone who thinks they go ass to grass!! Thicken that pancake butt up 😍 – Are you following the Daily Pump? This exercise is part of the workout that I'll be posting tomorrow on the site. Link in bio – Smith machine floor touch- Slow and controlled negatives into a full stretch with a brief pause at the bottom of the rep! – You have heard me talk about taking toes out of the movement to better target the glutes.. And I give you this! I have NEVER felt a better glute stretch than this. This is literally ass to grass. TOUCHING the floor! – On my smith machine I go as wide as possible and as far out in front as possible! Pure torture. – Go at your pace and work with what your body likes.. If your body says no, then don't do it. Just make sure it's your body and not your mind telling you not to.. Cause you'll miss out 😈😈 – Leg day shorts, shirt, belt and hat by @cliffordLenox – Give this exercise a shot and tag me if you decide to post it! You may wind up getting featured on my page 👀 – #portlandoregon #grateful #winners #bodybuilder #squat #squats

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Julian isn’t your typical bodybuilder. Smith puts out original content with a lot of exercise variations which you could try in your workouts. The exercises Smith shares on his timeline will surely ignite some new gains in your muscles.

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Giveaway! Take what you want! – What was once a weak muscle group/area of yours that you turned into a strength? I wanna hear your tips and tricks!! At the end of the day this post is gonna be a win for everyone. I love it when people help each other out in the comments! This thread will be a hot bed of positive info that could help EVERYONE in some way! – 3 winners will be chosen! Winners will get to pick 2 items (in stock items) of their choice from the @cliffordlenox store for free! – How to enter 👇 1) Follow @cliffordlenox 2) Like this photo 👍 3) Comment a tip or trick that has helped you on your fitness journey. You can comment as many times as you want! The more separate comments with a different tip/trick gets you a better chance to win! 4) End your comment with the two items you want! – Let’s goooo! Winner’s will be picked tomorrow around Noon pacific time! – #oregon #fitnesslife #fitnesslifestyle #fitnessmodel #fitnessmotivation #progress #healthyeating #igfit #cardio #goals #aesthetic #gainz #fitfam #fitlifestyle #arms #armday #biceps

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Smith trains at his personal gym. The Arms Race gym has great lighting and is a paradise for the selfie queens. Julian holds regular open gyms and you should check them out if you live around the area.

It’s Okay to be a Sissy

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One of my favorite ways to hit a sissy squat. No worrying about balance, just quad stimulation 🙌 – Are you following the Daily Pump? This exercise is part of the workout that I'll be posting tomorrow on the site. Link in bio – Hack sissy squats- Slow and controlled time under tension reps. – Form tip 👉 Keeping my hips pushed out and off the pad during the entire movement! As you start pressing up, push onto the outer part of the foot which can help transfer tension more to the outer sweep! – Disclaimer 👉 Sissy squat variations are more advanced exercises. If you have knee problems, limited mobility, or any pre-existing injuries, I would advise skipping this one or using an alternative exercise. There are plenty of ways to work these muscles!! Find one that works for you. If I asked you to do the splits right now, without training for it, it would most likely hurt you. But you don't tell a gymnast who does it daily that it's bad for them! 👌 – Leg day shorts, shirt, belt and beanie by @cliffordLenox – Give this exercise a shot and tag me if you decide to post it! You may wind up getting featured on my page 👀 – #pdx #legs #legday #squats #squat

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Notice that Julian doesn’t use any weights on some of his exercises. The size of his legs should be proof you don’t need to be lifting big weights to add muscle mass. Proper form and a complete range of motion should do the trick.

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One of my favorite row variations for the back! In my opinion, some type of barbell row variation should be incorporated into every back workout. – Are you following the Daily Pump? This exercise is part of the workout that I'll be posting tomorrow on the site. Link in bio – Incline bench supported barbell row – Going after explosive positives, controlled negatives and a brief stop on the floor! – Form tip 👉 Using an incline bench facing down with feet up or on the ground if you want. Grabbing the plates instead of the bar to simulate a D grip style movement. Pulling straight up isolating more mid to upper back! – Ribbed tank by @cliffordLenox – Give this exercise a shot and tag me if you decide to post it! You may wind up getting featured on my page 👀 – #portlandoregon #portland #grateful #winners #bodybuilder #health #healthyliving #muscle #bodypositivity #fit #strong #fitnessgoals #exercise #workhardplayhard #back #backworkout

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Julian Smith shares his daily workouts on his website as the “Daily Pumps”. Going by his Instagram stories, Smith has been getting a lot of love for the results his clients have been getting following his workouts routines.

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YES, I look like Hannibal Lector. YES, the harness looks like a BDSM accessory. YES, my neck training partner is Dwight 🤘 – Serious though!! The results are in 👉 I did measurements about this time last year when I decided to really take my neck training seriously. In about one year of isolated neck training I have added over an inch to my neck 😍🙌 success. – Are you following the Daily Pump? This exercise is part of the workout that I'll be posting tomorrow on the site. Link in bio – Incline bench support front neck raise- Slow and controlled negatives, explosive positives. Pauses on the full contraction. – Can be done with holding a plate or dumbbell on your forehead. Just use a beanie, towel or knee sleeve to pad between your forehead and the weight! – Don’t have one at your gym? It’s about as simple as jumping on Amazon and buying one. They range $20 to $30 🙌 This leather one is made by Harbinger! – Shorts and shirt 👉 @cliffordLenox – Give this exercise a shot and tag me if you decide to post it! You may wind up getting featured on my page 👀 – #oregon #fitnesslife #fitnesslifestyle #fitnessmodel #fitnessmotivation #progress #healthyeating #igfit #workhard #cardio #goals #aesthetic #gainz #fitfam #fitlifestyle

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Julian leaves no muscles untouched. He trains his neck, calves, and forearms (what others might think of as accessory muscles) the way he workouts all his other muscles. When was the last time you trained your neck?

The Golden Boy

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What’s everyone up to this weekend!? I’m in Boise with @bodybuildingcom for my photoshoot and the Boise Fit Expo! If you’re around come say hi, drop the pants, flex the quads, take the pics, make the memories 🤘 – Once Boise is checked off the list I’ll be heading down to Houston as one of the judges for the Summer Shredding Classic! – Anyone traveling to fitness events in the near future? Want some ideas!!? Check out the events below that I’ll be attending. – June 10 Boise Fit Expo June 15 Summer Shredding Classic July 21/22 San Jose Fit Expo August 25/26 Anaheim Fit Expo September 1/2 Mexico City Fit Expo September 14/15 Olympia Expo – #oregon #fitnesslife #fitnesslifestyle #fitnessmodel #fitnessmotivation #progress #healthyeating #igfit #workhard #cardio #goals #aesthetic #gainz #fitfam #fitlifestyle #posing

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Smith is a fan of the golden-era bodybuilding and trains for the old school aesthetics. Symmetry and muscle proportions are the cornerstones of Smith’s training. Smith with his golden-era V-taper has all the qualities of a classic physique.

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Tag a homie whose shoulder workout may be getting a little stale! – Are you following the Daily Pump? This exercise is part of the workout that I'll be posting tomorrow on the site. Link in bio – Pronated overhead cable lateral raise- Slow and controlled negatives and explosive positives with a pause on the top of each contraction! – Similar movement to “around the world’s” but just hitting the mid to top part of the rep! – Form tip 👉 Grab cables while directly at your sides, then take a step back. Using a pronated grip, I lower my hands/elbows down to my sides to about a 90 degree angle to the floor. Keep a slight bend in your arms which will be maintained during the entire movement. Keep straight/solid posture during the entire movement. – Give this exercise a shot! Tag me in your story if you do. Might wind up on my IG 👀 – #oregon #fitnesslife #fitnesslifestyle #fitnessmodel #fitnessmotivation #progress #healthyeating #igfit #instagramfitness #body #aesthetics #igdaily #staypositive #gains #flexible #getfit #fitnessgoals #delts #shoulders

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You don’t have to perform the same exercises every time you train a muscle. You can come up with numerous new exercise variations with the same old machines in your gym. Smith will push you to think outside the box.

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The interaction that molded my personality. It’s story time my friends! – I’ve talked about this many times, but when I got into the sport at such a young age (before social media) besides the people in magazines that I strived to one day look like, the only people I could actually talk to/interact with was the local competitors. Who in my opinion back then, were gods. – Let me tell you something! There was one specific person that I looked up to locally, who turned out to being one of the biggest assholes I’ve ever met. He was super rude to me when I went into the local Vitamin Shoppe to ask questions during my first show prep. When I put out my hand to shake his hand and said “I’m a big fan and prepping for my first show, any pointers would mean the world” his response was “Dude, you serious? Can’t you see I’m eating?”. I was hurt and embarrassed and felt pressure in my face from tearing up. But this interaction set me up to be the person I am today. – I don’t care if you’re on my membership site, bought a Clifford Lenox belt/clothing , used one of my affiliate codes etc. All I have ever wanted from my Instagram page, was help people move forward with their fitness journey! If you have tried/learned something on my page that has benefited you in even the smallest way towards achieving your goal, that’s all I’ve ever wanted. – My dad told me at a young age that the definition of a gentleman was a person who made everybody around them feel as comfortable as possible at all times. Never to intimidate them and never to make themselves feel bad about who they are. – I may not be bringing home 1st place trophies.. But ANYONE who approaches me locally, at events etc will receive the interaction I was hoping for over a decade ago. – #oregon #fitnesslife #fitnesslifestyle #fitnessmodel #fitnessmotivation #progress #healthyeating #igfit #instagramfitness #body #aesthetics #igdaily #staypositive #gains #flexible #getfit #fitnessgoals #monday #mondaymotivation

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Julian Smith is a Bodybuilding.com sponsored athlete and can be seen promoting their products on their websites and expos. One thing which separates Smith from many other athletes is that he only recommends the products he uses.

If you’re pumped up to train your legs after seeing all those quad shots, this is the video you should watch before you head out the door. Always remember, fads come and go, but the golden aesthetics stay forever.

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*All images courtesy of Instagram

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