Jeremy Potvin

Bodybuilder, Fitness Model

Lifting heavy weights wasn’t something Jeremy did from his early age, like a lot of famous competitors. In fact, he was involved in everything but training and nutrition until his early 20s when he enlisted in the US Army and served in Iraq.

During his service in Iraq, he developed a passion for lifting weights. It was a way for him to cut out all the negativity and stress that living in Iraq brought with it. After he came back to The United States, he realized that his new passion became part of him, and decided to take it a step further by competing.

Jeremy is known for his aesthetic body, having an incredible waist to shoulder ratio. As a former veteran of the U.S. Army and an IFBB Men’s Physique Pro, he surely is one of the best in the sport but also an inspiration for people everywhere, and this is his story:



Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Jeremy Potvin
185 - 195lbs (83.9 - 88.5kg)5'6" (167.5cm)AmericanBodybuilder, Fitness Model
2010, 2000
Weight185 - 195lbs (83.9 - 88.5kg)
Height5'6" (167.5cm)
ProfessionBodybuilder, Fitness Model
Era2010, 2000



“The time I served in the army was a defining moment for me, and it set the basis of discipline and fitness, which has allowed me to continue doing what I do”.


Jeremy has been competing in many bodybuilding shows around the world, which eventually got him a status of IFBB Pro. In 2016, he stepped on stage in Men’s Physique Mr. Olympia for the first time and placed 3rd. He also has a status of The U.S. Army veteran, which he got after serving the country in Iraq.




Early Years And Military

Born in Fort Lewis, Washington in 1989, but resides in San Diego, California. Jeremy is an IFBB Men’s physique competitor with a Pro Card in bodybuilding. 

From an early age, Jeremy was a patriot like his father and grandfather. Because of his love for America, he decided to join The U.S. Army and serve as a soldier in Iraq.

He was not interested in bodybuilding until he served in Iraq and discovered that working out became his passion.  

Day by day, he would train there, exhaust himself to relieve the stress of a being in a worn torn country and serving in hostile situations. He later discovered that exercise was something he couldn’t live without.

Discovery Of Bodybuilding

After returning home from Iraq, Jeremy started to focus more on training and dieting for bodybuilding. His body started to change dramatically through years of dedication and hard work.

This is when he decided to compete in local shows, and then in 2016 he competed in the 2016 Men’s Physique Mr. Olympia where he took home 3rd place.

He admitted that it was very hard to continue during the time of his competition, mostly because of the mental struggle and fatigue that comes with constant competing and dieting, but the discipline and courage he cultivated over the years in Iraq really helped him stay on track and get that bronze spot in his first ever Mr. Olympia.



Jeremy before and after.



“My motivation comes from a continuous desire to better myself. There’s no settling for me because I believe there’s always something that can be improved upon. I also find motivation from those around me, my family, friends, and all of my supporters”.


Jeremy likes to alter his training regimen often. However, one thing almost always stays the same; his calves routine. He makes sure that his calves are trained at least 3 times a week, as he feels that they are the body part of his that have the most room for improvement.

Even though he likes to train this particular body part often, Jeremy also likes to stress the importance of recovery. He says by giving the body enough time to rest and heal is the key in bodybuilding. According to Jeremy, this may be more important than training itself.

Abdominal Development

One of Jeremy’s main assets is his small waist. He’s managed to build an incredibly strong core, and according to Jeremy, his secret for strong abdominals is trying to lift as much weight as possible with his favorite exercise – the EZ-Bar pulldown.

By using a strict movement all the way, he says his abs, “are burning afterward”. This is Jeremy’s secret to building a strong core.

Training Regimen

“Going by the feel” is the motto for his workouts. Jeremy is a fan of switching things up constantly so he can shock the body and keep it guessing. He likes to train his back and biceps, as well as chest and triceps in supersets, as he feels that it’s the best way to tear his muscle fibers and develop a huge upper body.

This is what his usual weekly routine looks like:

Monday: Chest/Triceps

  • Flat Barbell Press 5 x 8-10
  • Incline Smith Machine Press 5 x 8-10
  • Hammer Strength Press Incline  4 x 8-10
  • Dumbbell Fly’s Incline 5 x 12-15
  • Rope Extensions 10 x 10
  • Dumbbell Kickbacks 4 x 8-10

Tuesday: Back

  • Pull Ups 4 x 8
  • Seated Lat Pulldowns 5 x 8-10
  • Seated Neutral Grip Pulldowns 4 x 8-10
  • Bent-Over Barbell Rows 4 x 8-10
  • Seated Cable Rows 4 x 8-10
  • V Bar Pulldowns 4 x 10
  • Pull Ups 3 x 10

Wednesday: Rest

  • Recovery

Thursday: Shoulders

  • Smith Machine Press 5 x 8-10
  • Dumbbell Lateral Raises 10 x 10-12
  • Machine Rear Delt Fly’s 4 x 8-10
  • Rope Face Pulls 4 x 8-10
  • Incline Hammer Strength Cross Body Presses 4 x 8-10
  • Around the Worlds 4 x 15

Friday: Arms

  • Rope Extensions 10 x 10
  • Seated Dumbbell Extensions 4 x 12
  • EZ-Bar Cable Pushdowns 4 x 8-10
  • Hammer Strength Dips 4 x 8-10
  • Cable Curls 7 x 10
  • Dumbbell Curls 4 x 8-10
  • Preacher Curls 4 x 8-10
  • Cable Hammer Curls 4 x 8-10

Saturday: Legs

  • Leg Extensions 6 x 15
  • Leg Curls 6 x 15
  • Squats 4 x 8-10
  • Single Legged Leg Press 4 x 8-10
  • Leg Press (Feet Together/High) 4 x 20-25
  • Walking Lunges 3 x 12

Sunday: Rest

  • Recovery



“Posing is meant to hide your flaws and highlight your best features. No need to overdo it just because you feel like you don’t have enough of a routine“


Jeremy likes to eat healthily, six times a day, but occasionally allows himself a cheat meal, as he feels it’s necessary for both the body and the mind to “reset” once in a while. His favorite cheat meal is pizza.

Jeremy’s daily diet looks something like this:

  • 1st Meal: 3 Whole Eggs, 1 cup Egg Whites and 5 ounces Chicken
  • 2nd Meal: (Pre-Workout): 1 cup White Rice, 6 ounces Chicken and 1 cup Broccoli
  • 3rd Meal: (Post-Workout): 1 scoop Protein
  • 4th Meal: (1 Hour Post-Workout): 1 cup White Rice and 6 ounces Chicken
  • 5th Meal: 1 cup White Rice, 6 ounces Chicken and 1 cup Broccoli
  • 6th Meal: 1 scoop Casein Protein and 1 ounce Almonds


Jeremy isn’t a fan of using many different supplements, as he believes that it takes a toll on the body over time, so he sticks to the basics; protein and pre workout being the foundation of his supplementation.

However, he does use some supplements such as; 

  • Protein
  •  Pre Workout
  • CLA
  • Casein



Idols and Influences

Jeremy’s main idol is Arnold Schwarzenegger. He feels that he can relate to Arnold the most because both of them had to go through many similar struggles, such as the military and other challenges that made them tougher and more disciplined afterward.



What we can learn from Jeremy Potvin

If there is one thing we can learn from Jeremy, it’s perseverance. Not giving up when it’s hard and staying true to your goals is the main part of his philosophy on life.

He’s also a firm believer that we are all designers of our own destiny, and if we truly want something, we will do whatever it takes to reach that goal, whatever it may be.

Jeremy was a soldier in Iraq, not knowing what may have happened from one day to the next, yet he still found a way to bring light to his life by working out.

Find a passion, and never stop working on turning that passion into your lifestyle, just like Jeremy. By following the same principles, you too can achieve your own greatness.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

It is good work really motivates me! But if you killed any innocent person it is time to seek forgiveness!

You might like...

Nick Jonas Physique and Workout


See Profile

Kevin Heart Physique


See Profile

Joe Manganiello Physique: Achieving an Enviable A-List Fitness Level


See Profile

Tom Hardy Physique


See Profile

10 Meal Planning Mistakes to Avoid: Get Shredded the Right Way

Preparing food in advance is a tool used by pro athletes and bodybuilders to stay lean, strong and aesthetic all year round. Avoid these meal planning mistakes and sail to single-digit body fat in no time at all. 

Read article

Vin Diesel’s Physique


See Profile

KSI Physique: How Did KSI Get In Shape?


See Profile

Jake Gyllenhaal Physique


See Profile

Gerard Butler Physique


See Profile

10 Protein-Rich Foods for Vegetarians

If you're a vegetarian who's serious about strength training, you need to know how to optimize your diet to get the best results. Check out our guide to protein-rich foods to help you on your way - a completely new fitness level is just around the corner.

Read article

Henry Cavill Physique


See Profile

Alex Eubank Physique


See Profile

Will Tennyson Physique


See Profile

Cristiano Ronaldo Physique


See Profile

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger - He's been named the Austrian Oak, The Terminator, John Matrix, Mr. Freeze, The Governator, and to many of his fans just Arnie. Not only is he known as one of the greatest bodybuilders in history, but also as an action movie star, and an American politician.

Read article

Jason Mamoa Physique


See Profile

Ryan Gosling Physique: Ryan Gosling’s Ken Transformation


See Profile

Stephen Amell Physique


See Profile

Chris Pratt Transformation and Physique


See Profile

90 day Muscle Building Workout Plan

You just can’t beat that feeling of knowing that your physique is one you’ve worked hard for. Noticing the appreciative stares from envious strangers, and knowing that every time you hit the gym, you’re pushing the boundaries of what you once thought was impossible - makes it all worthwhile.

Read article