Half Swiss – half South Korean, Nicolas Iong has had a passion for sports since he was 14. Initially, he joined a gym to improve his explosiveness in martial arts. But over time, bodybuilding became his main passion.
With a strong drive to excel as a bodybuilder, and discipline to execute on his goals, Nicolas went on to build a fantastic physique. Motivated by his progress, he took on competitive bodybuilding and became the MuscleMania World Champion a few years later.
With an incredible work ethic and results to prove it, Nicolas continues to show everyone how success is achieved in the world of bodybuilding.
This is his story:
Full Name: Nicolas Iong Weight Height Nationality Profession 185 - 195lbs (83.9 - 88.5kg) 5'9" (175cm) Swiss, South Korean Bodybuilder, Model, Sponsored Athlete Era 2010 Weight 185 - 195lbs (83.9 - 88.5kg) Height 5'9" (175cm) Nationality Swiss, South Korean Profession Bodybuilder, Model, Sponsored Athlete Era 2010
- Men’s Physique Europe Champ 2017
- Fitness Model
- Sponsored Athlete
Martial Arts and Bodybuilding
Nicolas Iong is from South Korea and Switzerland. He first got into sports at the age of 14, practicing Brazilian jiujitsu, Thai Boxing, and MMA.
After 2 years of practice, Nicolas’ progress in martial arts was becoming increasingly evident.
To push himself even further, Nicolas joined the gym at the age of 16. His main reason behind this was to increase his strength and explosive power in martial arts.
Little did Nicolas know, bodybuilding became his main passion over time. By the age of 21, he stopped the martial arts practice and committed to becoming a full-time bodybuilder.
Journey Into Bodybuilding Shows
During his early 20s, Nicolas devoted all of his free time to bodybuilding.
He says that by lifting weights, he learned a lot about himself, including how far he could push himself – both physically and mentally.
Throughout this journey, Nicolas learned to be patient, perseverant, and disciplined in pursuit of his goals. He took these qualities into his first ever preparations for a bodybuilding show.
After months of hard work, Nicolas took the bodybuilding world by storm, winning his first show in 2017 at the age of 25.
Nicolas’ success in his first bodybuilding show made him even more eager to compete.
Several months later, he took part at the European Championships to win the Pro Card. He also qualified for the World’s MM Championships in Las Vegas along the way.
Ultimately, Nicolas ended up taking 1st place in Las Vegas too, which saw him become one of the leading fitness models and competitors in the industry.
Nicolas Iong usually trains 5-6 day per week, depending on whether he trains his abs or not. He typically trains his abs on Saturdays, taking Sundays off from training.
Nicolas likes to train at a moderate rep range (8-12) with heavier weights.
His sweet spot is usually 10 reps per set, with the last rep being almost too hard to lift by himself. In some cases, he’ll ask a spotter to help him squeeze out a couple of extra reps.
From time to time, Nicolas will change his approach to train with lighter weights and more volume. He’s found that this forces his body to change and grow.
Nicolas Iong’s Workout Routine
Day 1 – Chest
- Barbell Bench Press, 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Low-Incline Barbell Bench Press, 3 sets of 10 reps
- Machine Chest Press, 2 sets of 10 reps
- Cable Flies Focusing on Lower Chest, 4 sets of 10 reps
- Cable Flys Focusing on Upper Chest, 4 sets of 10 reps
- Machine flies, 4 sets of 10 reps
Day 2 – Back
- Bent-Over Barbell Deadlifts, 5 sets of 10-12 reps
- Standing T-Bar Rows, 4 sets of 10 Reps
- Cable Pulldowns, 4 sets of 10 reps
- Wide-Grip Seated Cable Row, 4 sets of 10 reps
- Straight Arm Pulldowns, 4 sets of 10 reps
Day 3 – Shoulders
- Machine Press, 4 sets of 12 reps
- Lateral Shoulder Dumbbell Raises, 4 sets of 10 reps
- Seated Bent Over Rear Delt Raises, 4 sets of 10 reps
- Delt Machine Flyes, 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Face Pulls, 4 sets of 10-12 reps
Day 4 – Arms
- Biceps Curls with EZ Curl Bar, 4 sets of 12 reps
- Biceps Curls on an Incline Bench, 4 sets of 10 reps
- Dumbbell Hammer Curls, 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Triceps Cable Rope Pushdowns, 4 sets of 10 reps
- Cable Rope Overhead Triceps Extensions, 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Cable Rope Triceps Pushdowns, 4 sets of 12 reps
Day 5 – Legs
- Leg Press Machine, 3 sets of 12 reps
- Leg Extensions, 4 sets of 12 reps
- Lying Leg Curls, 3 sets of 12 reps
- Leg Extensions, 2 sets of 2 reps
- Calf Raises, 4 sets of 12 reps
- Seated Calf Raises, 4 sets of 12 reps
Day 6 – Abs
- Hanging Leg Raises, 3 sets of 12 reps
- Hanging Knee Raises, 3 sets of 15 reps
- Seated Bench Knee-Ups, 4 sets of 12 reps
- Weighted Russian Twists, 4 sets of 12 reps
- Kneeling Cable, 4 sets of 12 reps
- Ab Roller Extensions, 4 sets of 12 reps
Nicolas Iong’s Diet
To maintain and grow his muscular body, Nicolas Iong prefers a diet high in lean protein and good fats, along with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients with each meal for antioxidant protection.
With a balanced combination of foods, including lean chicken, yams, and colorful vegetables, he’s able to stay ripped and grow in his awesome physique at the same time.
However, when it’s time to really dial in for a contest, Nicolas will reduce his calories. Mainly those coming from carbs. This way, he avoids insulin spikes which cause fat storage.
His contest prep usually begins several months before the event. While he allows himself a treat here and there during the ‘off-season’, he completely cuts out junk food once the contest prep beings.
What we can learn from Nicolas Iong
It’s clear to see how hard Nicolas Iong has worked to achieve what he has today.
From a young age, he wanted to be a bigger, stronger, and better version of himself.
Through martial arts, he set the foundation for what would become a lifelong commitment to sports and bodybuilding.
With the same passion for lifting weights as Nicolas – and a little bit of patience – you too could create your own masterpiece of a physique.