Sergio Oliva Jr is a professional bodybuilder from the United States. He’s the son of the legendary 3-time Mr. Olympia Sergio Oliva, also known as The Myth.
Growing up, Sergio Jr wasn’t very involved in bodybuilding. His father was against Sergio Jr following in his footsteps; advising him to do other sports and disciplines, mostly athletics.
However, over time, Sergio Jr became obsessed with the bodybuilding lifestyle. So much so, that he decided to go against his father’s advice, and set about becoming a bodybuilder.
Sergio Jr hasn’t looked back ever since he made this decision to dedicate his life to bodybuilding. He’s since won numerous amateur, and professional shows – establishing himself as a household name in the bodybuilding industry.
This is his story:
“It’s a proven fact: the uglier the face you make the more gains you get. “
Full Name: Sergio Oliva Jr Weight Height Age Date of Birth 255 - 265lbs (115.7 - 120.2kg) 6' (183cm) 39 October 20, 1984 Nationality Profession Era American Professional Bodybuilder 2000, 2010 Weight 255 - 265lbs (115.7 - 120.2kg) Height 6' (183cm) Age 39 Date of Birth October 20, 1984 Nationality American Profession Professional Bodybuilder Era 2000, 2010
“In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take. Life’s too short to worry about the stupid little things. I’m done with pointless drama in my life. Any one of us could be gone tomorrow and we’ll look back at how much time we wasted on bullshit. “
- 2006 Southern USA Middleweight 3rd place
- 2007 Southern USA Lightheavy 4th place
- 2007 Panhandle showdown light heavy 1st place
- 2008 Mr. Northwest Florida Heavyweight 1st place and overall
- 2008 Southern USA Heavyweight 2nd place
- 2009 Jr Nationals Heavyweight 5th place
- 2010 Southern USA Superheavy 1st place & overall
- 2012 Midwest Ironman Heavyweight 1st place & Overall
- 2014 Jr Nationals Superheavy 3rd place
- 2015 NPC USA Championships Superheavy 2nd place
- 2015 NPC Nationals Superheavy 1st place & Overall
- 2016 Pittsburgh Pro, Men’s Physique, Guest Posing
- 2017 New York Pro, IFBB Pro Open, 1st place
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. Genetics have nothing to do with hard work.”
Bodybuilding in the Family
Born and raised in Chicago, Sergio Oliva Jr first experienced bodybuilding as a little child. His father, the legendary 3x Mr. Olympia Sergio Oliva, held him in his arms while performing on the stage.
Sergio Jr’s mother was also an accomplished bodybuilder. She had three female bodybuilding world champion titles, and one Mrs. America title.
However, Sergio Jr didn’t follow in his parents’ footsteps from the start. In fact, his father was against him training with weights and competing in bodybuilding.
“Not only did he not want me to compete, but he didn’t even want me to start working out, lifting weights, none of it. He felt I should focus on other things instead,” Sergio Jr said. It’s for that reason that he mainly focused on athletics and other sports during his schooling years.
Sergio Oliva Jr as a child, sitting in his father’s lap.
Innate Passion for Weightlifting
Although Sergio Jr was quite successful in his athletics career, he also had a growing passion for bodybuilding. Which became stronger and stronger over the years.
Eventually, Sergio Jr decided he would listen to his intuition instead of his father’s advice, and become a bodybuilder. As Sergio Jr’s said; “I was pretty set that this was what I wanted to do with my life though, so I did it anyway.”
When he first began training, Sergio Jr was 20 years old and 140 lbs heavy. However, just three months later, he added an incredible 30 pounds of muscle to his frame.
Sergio was extremely passionate about bodybuilding, and he also had invaluable mentorship from his father. It’s for that reason he progressed extremely quickly in the gym. In his words;“When I set my mind to doing something, I’m going to find a way to do it so there was no stopping me.”
Just one year after his start in bodybuilding, Sergio Jr took part in his first show. It was the 2006 Southern USA contest, where Sergio Jr took 3rd place in the Middleweight category.
His first victory came in 2007, when he won the Panhandle Showdown in the light heavy division.
For the next eight years, Sergio competed in the same number of shows. His best results included winning the 2008 Mr. Northwest Florida, 2010 Southern USA Championships, and the 2012 Midwest Ironman show.
After his last show in 2014, Sergio took almost an entire year off to prepare for his ultimate challenge – Pro Card qualification.
One year later, he came with his best version; winning the 2015 NPC Nationals and earning the long-awaited Professional status.
Sergio Jr’s Pro Career
Impressively, Sergio followed his amateur NPC success by another victory; this time at the professional IFBB stage. It was the 2017 New York Pro, where Sergio once again proved himself.
Sergio Jr’s success in bodybuilding didn’t go unnoticed. In fact, shortly after winning the New York Pro. Sergio Jr was invited to participate in the elite Arnold Classic contest by the Austrian Oak himself.
Leaving a Legacy
With an already long list of achievements under his belt, Sergio Jr continues to achieve greatness in bodybuilding.
His goal is to leave his own mark in the sport of bodybuilding – just like his father, Sergio Oliva “The Myth” did.
“Bodybuilders today have too many ‘Yes Men’ in their lives. Go get you a person who tell’s you the truth and what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. Then you can truly be a champion. ‘Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.'”
Mixing Training Up
Sergio Jr often mixes up his training routines, just like most professional bodybuilders. He prefers pyramid training, heavy volume, and using free weights.
On Sergio’s first training day of the week, he usually trains his favorite body part. Which are his legs, or back. But just like with everything else in his training. Sergio Jr will change this from time to time, and train other body parts on this day as well.
One thing that almost never changes however, is Sergio’s training intensity. Most of the time, Sergio Jr trains to the point of failure, and even goes past it – using super sets, drop sets, and forced reps to increase the intensity.
His rest between sets is 60 seconds at most, sometimes even less than that.
Sergio Oliva Jr Workout Routine
- Incline Db press 5 sets 8-12 reps
- Flat Bb 5 sets 10-12 reps
- Incline smith machine 3 sets 10-15 reps
- Decline Bb 4 sets 8-12 reps
- Weighted dips 3 sets till failure
- Incline Db flyes 4 sets 10-15 reps
- Cable Flyes 3 sets till failure
Tuesday – Quads
- Leg extensions (toes up) 4 sets 10-15 reps
- Squats 5 sets 8-12 reps
- Leg press 5 sets 8-15 reps
- Hack squats 3 sets 10-15 reps
- Leg ext. (toes down) 3 sets till burnout finish with a drop set.
- Walking lunges (length of gym)
- Leg ext. (toes down) 3 sets till burnout finish with a drop set.
Wednesday – Back
- Pull-ups 4sets 8-12 reps
- Deadlifts 5sets 8-12 reps
- BB rows 4 sets 8-12 reps
- T-Bar rows 3 sets 10-12 reps
- Seated cable row 3 sets 10-12 reps
- Lat pulldown 4 sets 10-12 reps
- Straight arm push downs 3 sets till failure
Thursday – Abs and Hamstrings
- Seated leg curl 4 sets 10-15 reps
- Stiff legged dead lifts 5 sets 8-12 reps
- Lying leg curl 3 sets 10-15 reps
- One leg curl 3 sets 10-15 reps
- Crunches and Hanging Leg Raises for Abs
Friday – Shoulders
- Military press 5sets 8-12 reps
- Seated Db press 4 sets 10-12 reps
- Hammer strength machine 3 sets 10-12 reps
- Db side raise 3 sets 10-15 reps, U
- Upright row on smith machine 3 sets 10-15 reps
- Db rear delt on incline bench 3 sets 10-15 reps
- Reverse chest machine rear delt 3 sets till failure
Saturday – Biceps and Triceps
- Preacher curls 4 sets 10-12 reps
- Seated Db curl 3 sets 10-12 reps
- Standing Bb curl 3 sets 10-12 reps
- Hammer curls 3 sets 10-12 reps
- Machine curls till failure
- Skullcrushers 4 sets 10-12 reps
- Hammer strength dip press 4 sets 10-12 reps
- Overhead rope ext. 3 sets 10-15 reps
- Db kickbacks 3 sets 10-15 reps
- Cable pushdowns 3 sets till failure
- Full Body Recovery
Favorite Body Parts and Exercises
Sergio Jr’s favorite body parts are his legs and back. And his favorite exercises are squats, T-bar rows, and deadlifts.
When he first began training, Sergio had difficulties growing his back. However, after incorporating compound free-weight exercises like deadlifts and weighted pull-ups, his back ‘exploded‘ into growth.
“Being a IFBB Pro means dealing with outside shit and not letting it effect your prep. But Being an IFBB Pro ALSO means being a master of manipulating your body to the timing where your on stage. Only if you compete do you know the dreadful saying ‘Man I looked better the day before/after my show’.”
Learning About Correct Nutrition
Growing up with parents who were highly involved in bodybuilding. Sergio Jr learned a lot about correct nutrition from an early age.
He learned that in order to build muscle and lose fat, he would need to eat a lot of proteins and healthy fats, and minimize simple carb intake.
Nowadays, Sergio combines the use of protein shakes and supplements with a clean diet to achieve the best results on the stage.
Alongside nutritious and protein rich foods, Sergio Jr also takes supplements such as BCAAs, carbohydrate supplement, protein powder, pre workouts, glutamine, arginine, and creatine.
Sergio Oliva Jr Meal and Supplementation Plan
- 1st Meal – 10 eggs, 7 white, and 3 whole
- 2nd Meal – protein shake with carb supplement, creatine, glutamine, and BCAAs
- 3rd Meal – 8 oz chicken breast, 2 cups brown rice, and 1 cup spinach
- 4th Meal (Pre workout) – Pre-workout, carb supplement, BCAAs
- 5th Meal (Post workout) – Whey Protein, Glutamine, Creatine, BCAAs, Carb supplement
- 6th Meal – 3 tilapia fillets, sweet potato, and asparagus
- 7th Meal – 10 eggs, 7 white, and 3 whole
- 8th Meal – Whey Protein Shake
“Life moves fast—if you don’t stop every once in a while to look around, it’s gone before you know it.”
Idols and Influences
Sergio’s biggest idol and influence in his career and life is his father – Sergio Oliva. Through his accomplishments in bodybuilding, Sergio Jr hopes to continue the legacy his father left.
Another influence in Sergio’s bodybuilding journey is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was a good friend of his father.
“When people talk about ‘Their Rock’ they are always referring to their spouse. But in my life, ‘My Rock’ is my best friend. She’s the only person who hasn’t ever left or abandoned me in my whole life.
Look, to be in my life is easy but to stay in my life, I’ve learned apparently is very hard and takes the utmost strength to deal with not only me but all the bad situations I get myself into.”
What we can learn from Sergio Oliva Jr
Sergio Oliva Jr’s approach to bodybuilding and his work ethic allowed him to win many trophies in his career. He initially planned on doing athletics, but he gradually transitioned to bodybuilding; following in his father’s footsteps.
What we can learn from Sergio Oliva Jr is: sometimes it might be worth listening to your ‘gut feeling’ and doing what it tells you. For Sergio, it told him that he should become a bodybuilder. He listened to his feeling, and in turn, he became a successful bodybuilder.
If you ever feel a strong desire to do something, and you aren’t sure if it’s a smart decision. Remember Sergio Oliva Jr. He followed his intuition, and it led him to a life full of success and joy.