Julius Maddox: “I eat everything.”

Julius Maddox has become one of the most iconic powerlifters currently competing in the sport. He overcame many hurdles and setbacks to get where he is today. Of course, with his immense strength comes immense size and focused training. Which is why we asked him to detail what the diet and workout of a powerlifter on his level really looks like. In our latest GI Exclusive, Julius Maddox breaks down his diet and workout tactics the help him succeed as a powerlifter.

The first thing you’ll probably notice about powerlifters and strongmen are there immense size. Many of these athletes are usually over 200 pounds and have tall height to match. They’re mammoths lifting up supreme levels of weight. If you are an average man and enter a gym of only powerlifters – you’ll be standing among giants.

But in order to maintain that size and strength – a successful diet and workout plan needs to be achieved. That’s why we asked Julius Maddox to explain briefly what goes into his diet and his training.

While speaking of his diet, his answer started off simple: “I eat everything.” Julius Maddox immediately professed. He continued:

“I try to steer away… I like cake. I like snack cakes and stuff. But I don’t eat as much as people would probably assume. But for the most part like… I eat a lot of steak and just baked potatoes. I might have pizza once a week or a cheeseburger once a week. But for the most part like – I don’t eat like what most people think I would eat. People think that I eat five Big Macs then turn around and drink four milk shakes. No I don’t. I don’t at all.”

So the key takeaway seems to be that while Julius Maddox will eat “everything” he doesn’t eat it all in massive amounts. Despite his titan size and strength – he still needs to keep track of what he’s eating in order to succeed at record-breaking lifts.

Continuing on the topic of lifts, Julius Maddox also gave a brief overview of his training routine as well. Much like many pro athletes – his training, while strict and focused, is also about understanding his body. “I train pretty much as my body feels,” he starts off stating. He then continues to give an overview on how he prepares his training week to week.

Overall, Julius Maddox has four work days he completes each week:

The deadlift and squat training days are a more recent addition. Julius Maddox has recently reincorporated those lifts into his routine – likely to find ways to perfect his performance in those events during competition.

While he didn’t go into detail about sets and reps – he did discuss that he trains like a powerbuilder. A hybrid training tactic combining bodybuilding philosophy with powerlifting philosophy. Perhaps this is the key to his success in the powerlifting world.

You can watch Julius Maddox go into more detail about his diet and workout in our latest GI Exclusive interview segment above.


Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation, NJ.com, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.