As a teenager Armand Peri looked in the mirror at his then 125 lb body on his 5’11 frame and didn’t like what he saw. That’s not surprising considering Armand’s artistic eye, so he immediately set to work on creating an all new work of art on the living canvas of his own body.
Hitting the gym with a ferocity that startled his contemporaries, Armand was motivated by the challenge of the impossible in transforming the visage of a gangly boy to a muscular man. In just one year’s time, Armand added muscle mass equal to 25% of his entire body weight.
What’s particularly surprising about this colossal achievement is Armand’s lack of formal training and knowledge. Inspired by the great ones in the bodybuilding world (Schwarzenegger, Zane, Paris) he dumped gallons of sweat in the gym agonizing over and under piles of weight several hours per day.
During his first year of grueling training something incredible happened; he won his first bodybuilding competition and he was bitten by the “Iron Bug”.
Fueled by this first victory, Armand kept pushing himself further and harder to bodybuilding greatness throughout the 1990s winning several competitions at the local, national and international level.
During his journey on the road to physical perfection Armand discovered the importance of knowledge coupled with hard work and genetics. Genetics and hard work are certainly critical elements of success in bodybuilding but knowledge, he learned is an even more important element. Immersing himself in hundreds of books on the subjects of nutrition, health and bodybuilding, Armand acquired the collective knowledge of a hundred experts and put that to work for himself and the people around him that he coached and inspired on to bodybuilding greatness.
After realizing his goals in the bodybuilding world, Armand turned his energies to new challenges in the business world requiring a fresh perspective. Armand has become renowned for his awesome physique, his award winning paintings and creating some of the most famous nightclubs in the world such as the notable chain of nightclubs for “Bachelorette Parties” called Hunk-O-Mania.
Full Name: Armand Peri
225 – 235lbs (102.05 – 106.5kg)
Year of Birth
Entrepreneur, Bodybuilder, Fitness Model, Artist, Investor
1990 through 2018
First Place Junior Bodybuilding New Jersey State Championships
First Place Mr. New Jersey
First Place NPC Suburban Overall Winner
3rd. Place NPC Jr. Nationals
4th. Place NPC Jr. USA Championships
6th. Place NPC USA Championships
Bodybuilding Competition In The NPC Nationals
Being used to the competitive environment, Armand started to feel there was something missing in his life. This is when he met John Kemper from Diamond Gym in Maplewood New Jersey. John told Armand “You have the bone structure and genetics to become one of bodybuilding’s best.”
His 8 hour study days from Monday to Friday, and working in nightclubs every weekend forced him to rethink his whole approach to leave no stone unturned. His preparation had to be on point and calculated.
“I knew I wanted to become one of the best bodybuilders in the world, no excuses.”
His sights were set high, his passion was unwavering , but one thing started to get in the way, his ego. As Armand explains it; “Like the majority of people starting out in the gym, my ego tended to get the best of me and I was trading technique and efficiency for too much weight.” He continues” Luckily, I had John Kemper, one of bodybuilding’s best coaches to guide me when something wasn’t working.”
Trouble With Consistency
Even though Armand has the body of a superhuman athlete, he’s no stranger to making mistakes. One of the biggest lessons he’s had to learn is consistency. By making sure that everything was laid out in front of him in the easiest way possible, made sure he could achieve his goals.
One of the things people often ask him is why he trains at such a cheap gym, his answer; “Simple, it’s close to home.” Another thing is food prep. With his 10 hour study days, people would ask, “how do you prep food full day first thing in the morning?” Armand’s answer is; “I didn’t, I left protein, oatmeal, bread, peanut butter and other foods in a locker at school. If you know you want it, you can do it.”
Armand’s proudest moment to date was when he became a father.
Armand is a firm believer in using free weights for building solid muscle. He says this is where the most muscle stimulation occurs. He also likes to stress the importance of developing the supporting muscle through isolation exercises.
This, as Armand puts it, is to avoid the risk of injury through muscle imbalances. “You are only as strong as your weakest link.”
Here is Armand talking about his training approach to sets and reps;
“I always use free weights when I’m doing any low rep heavy lifting, and then move on to high rep drop sets with machines. Machines play an important role for me whenever it’s time to shock any muscle group with intense high rep drop sets or deplete glycogen for contest prep.”
“In a nut shell I train muscle groups once a week split into thickness and width. I owe my aesthetics and symmetry to this training program.”
A lot of bodybuilders have their own approach to cutting up for a competition, some like steady state cardio on the treadmill or cross trainer. While others like to use spinning bikes or other HIIT circuits. Armand likes the Stairmaster, this, he says, gives him the best results.
“Nothing gets me cut up and ready for a competition faster, or more efficiently while sparing muscle mass, than High-intensity interval training.
Armand’s Training Routine
Monday – Chest/Triceps/Calves
Flat Barbell Bench Press 4×8
Incline Barbell Bench Press 4×8
Pec deck Flies 3x drop set
Cable Tricep Extension 3×12
Skull Crushers 3×12
Dumbell Tricep kickbacks with very light weight
Tuesday – Legs/Abs
Leg Press 3×8
Leg Extensions 3x drop set
Stiff Legged Deadlift 4×8
Leg Curls 3x drop set
Cable Abdominal Crunches
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Back/Traps/Calves
Bent Over Barbell Rows 3×8
Bent Over V-Bar Rows 3×8
Seated Cable Rows 3x drop Set
Barbell Shrug 4×8
Standing Calf Raises
Friday – Shoulders/Biceps/Abs
Military Press 3×8
Barbell Upright Rows 3×8
Side Raises 3x drop set
Rear Pec Deck 3x drop set
Barbell Curls 3×12
Hammer Curls 3×12
Cable Curls 3x drop set
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – Rest and food prep for the week
Being a fan of high carb, low fat eating when getting ready for competitions or photo shoots, Armand would extend his carb eating to get the most benefit. His diet would normally consist of 3 days carb, 3 days no carb cycling split; 250 gr, 150,100. There were times when he’d add in an extra day of two of low carbs at 50g per day to get the best results.
Here’s Armand talking about his ratio of low carb days and extra cardio;
Armand’s martial arts background kept him looking lean most of his bodybuilding career, once he started lifting weights, he managed to stay at around 8% bodyfat in his peak.
After he gained 8kg of lean muscle during his bulking phase through good nutrition and a solid training program, he’s a firm believer in clean bulking.
Pre-workout when I need an extra boost
Vitamin C (severely underestimated)
Idols and Influences
He studied many books of Arnold, Frank Zane and many other closely for years, this sparked a keen interest in wanting to become a professional bodybuilder. As Armand puts it; “Like a proper artist or architect I took all the tools and tricks and glued them together into my own method and process.”
Some other idols and influences are Flex Wheeler, which he actually had the pleasure to meet in person. Kevin Levrone and Lee Labrada are also huge inspirations for Armand. He was lucky enough to receive positive comments from these larger than life legends. Their supportive comments, after his first competition win inspired him to be more like his idols.
What we can learn from Armand Peri
There are three main rules Armand lives by and advises to anyone looking to better their life. These rules are;
“Humility grows curiosity, curiosity grows intellect, intellect grows muscles Keep that ego in check”
“How often have you passed an exam without studying? Do your research, learn how your body works, if you leave nothing to chance, success is inevitable.”
“Keep your head in the sky, your feet on the ground, your heart on your sleeve, and some whey in your hand.”
As we can see, Armand’s not short on realistic and positive advice for obtaining greatness. You too can achieve your very own goals with hard work and determination.
Through the years, Armand’s made his dreams into a reality by true grit and a “no-excuses” attitude. With the same mindset, you too can achieve greatness.