APOP Studios Feature: Viktor Seredich

Screenshot_2016-01-17-09-38-23-1Name: Viktor Seredich

Age: 23

Subject: Body Transformation

Original Goal(s): To get in shape

Today's Goal(s):

To become the best version of himself.

To train for success at the NPC Gladiator in Baltimore, MD on March 19th, 2015

To become a personal trainer.

Advice: Focus on the journey itself, not the end goal. Also, take your larger goals one step at a time rather than one large leap.

Story: About four years ago Viktor Seredich found himself in a room with Elliott Hulse, a famous Fitness YouTuber. He was dissatisfied with his job and, simply put, where he was in life. He was just floating along; he was going whereever life was taking him and those places were definitely were not exciting. Viktor's dream has always been to be the best possible version of himself-- to constantly keep growing in every aspect of life, yet sitting in this room he discovered that he just wasn't happy with his life and its trajectory. At the conclusion of Hulse’s motivational speech, Hulse asked everyone to ask themselves a key question, "Are you currently the best version of yourself?" He followed up with, "Are you satisfied? If not, then change." Viktor realized at this moment that over the course of his life he had grown little as a person. Viktor had not had any goals and therefore had not achieved much, but that all changed.

ViktorOn January 2nd, 2012 Viktor decided to make that change. He had make a new year's resolution to hit the gym.  Viktor's goal?--to be the best possible version of himself. When asked what exactly he meant he responded, "Having a healthy body is one of the most important things to me." He saw his first solid results three months into hitting the gym and it was at this point he realized working out was more than just something he did after work; it was his calling. Since Viktor was a teenager working his first job, he has always wanted to be his own boss and, now, has dreams of becoming a certified personal trainer.

As of today, Viktor works a small gig unloading trucks. He admits it doesn't sound all too exciting, but loves the flexibility it gives him to pursue his dreams outside of work. Since his main priority became the health of his body in 2012, the flexibility of his day job has proven to be a huge benefit. Viktor has made serious gains. He built muscle through maintaining a mindset ten times stronger than his body--a mindset that has kept him motivated to hit the gym day after day without fail and to make decisions that ultimately will lead to the success of his overarching goal: to become the best person he can.

Now that he has accomplished his primary goal of creating, maintaining and growing a healthy body, Viktor has also begun to focus on the fitness industry for his career. He will be doing his first Men's Physique competition, the NPC Gladiator in Baltimore, MD on March 19th, and from there he plans to start his own fitness brand. He strongly believes his ‘top secret’ unique approach to fitness is what he owes his results to. Now, he wants to help others find that same success!




C: Carlee Myers, Founder of APOP
V: Viktor Seredich

C: What is it about Elliott Hulse that really stood out to you? Is he someone that you look up to?

V: Elliott Hulse has a lot of useful knowledge and has a way of speaking that really clicks. I used to look up to him when I first started. I don't look up to him as much anymore as I'm further on my own journey and relate a bit less. Since everyone's body is so different it makes it difficult to find someone to look up to in such a direct way.

C: Who else do you look to for inspiration?

V: Now I am very self-motivated person although I still get inspiration from different YouTubers and random speakers.

C: What does your typical day look like?

V: I usually do a small job unloading trucks in the morning around 7 am. Once I finish the job I have breakfast and get to work on my personal goals. After eating, I usually read and work. This typically includes doing just about anything I think is beneficial towards accomplishing these goals-- researching, brainstorming new ideas, talking with others about their fitness goals and providing advice, etc. After I accomplish my daily goals, I hit the gym around 7 pm, workout, then head back home to finish working on any daily goals I didn't accomplish. After I finish, I head off to bed. Sometimes it's around 12 am, sometimes it's 4 am. Haha.

C: What does your typical gym routine look like?

V: My gym routine is pretty basic when you actually look it:

Monday - Chest and triceps

Tuesday - Back and biceps

Wednesday - Legs

Thursday - Either chest or back or both. It depends how my body feels.

Friday - Arms and shoulders

Weekends - If I end up going to the gym, I always do legs.

C: Do you diet or watch what you eat?

V: I actually don’t have a strict diet. I never have, but I haven't really had to change my diet due to my high metabolism. On the other hand, I am conscious of what I put in my body. I just avoid certain things: I hate sweets. So I don't eat any sweets, I don't drink soda, I don't eat fried foods and I've cut back on salt.

C: How has your mindset changed since you started your journey?

V: My mindset really shifted once I realized exactly what I wanted to accomplish. I started to understand that setting up unrealistic time frames to accomplish goals can lead to disappointment. You have to focus on the journey itself not the end goal--one step at a time.