ISHMAEL LYTLE: “THE GIFT”

ISHMAEL LYTLE: “THE GIFT” 

I WANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT EVERY TIME I STEP ON STAGE”

Interview by Ben Yosef // Photos by Jordan Samuel

Explicit Language


 

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My interview with twenty-five year old, fan favorite, Natural Bodybuilder, Ishmael Lytle is a classic example of the twists and turns that life can take. What began as a plan to discuss the art of posing and presentation became much more.

The following interview with Ish does delve into his approach to stage performance but also includes his opinions on “questionable” judging and the impact that a loss of employment can have on one’s competition prep and plans.

“I want to bring that to the stage. If I’m known as ‘The Gift’, I’ll take it.”

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Ben Yosef: Bro! Let’s get into it! Tell me about the nickname, “the Gift”…

Ishmael Lytle: When I spoke with Philip Ricardo Jr. I told him that I had a gift for him. I told him I would be bringing an amazing package to the stage. He then told me “we should call you ‘The Gift’ since you are bringing a gift to the stage each time!”

I really just laughed about it but then thinking back to it, I want to bring that to the stage. If I’m known as ‘The gift’, I’ll take it. To me it’s just another way to get my name out there.

BY: As I understand you will be competing soon in Philip’s show, the Legends Classic. What can you tell us about the look you are bringing to that stage?

IL: Insane. I have made so many adjustments with my posing so that I will look bigger and bring great conditioning. I feel as if in some of my poses I tend to look smaller and hide my thickness and size. I will have a shredded and very conditioned look but also display my size and thickness in the best way.

AT THIS POINT WE TOOK A BREAK FROM THE INTERVIEW AS ISHMAEL WENT ON TO COMPETE IN A PRO SHOW, AFTER THE WNBF PRO AMERICA AND BEFORE THE SCHEDULED LEGENDS CLASSIC.

BY: Bro! How was the show?

IL: Got killed. They don’t want guys with size, dense muscle, and good conditioning. All you gotta be is 160 pounds and you’ll win. Fucking dumb.

“In my opinion the best Bodybuilders can display their physiques better than all their competition.”

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BY: Dang, man. What happened?

IL: Then they put Pros on at 630pm, like wtf? It’s fucking sad. We pay good money to do shows and come support for bs judging. If you cant look past conditioning then there is a problem. I’m so fed up. Pros get no respect. I felt like I was an Am not a Pro. They just throw us aside.

I am actually disgusted with many organizations that put Pros at the end of these shows. To me it’s a lack of respect. “Save the best for last” is bs. We put our time in and should be featured better at these shows instead of being tossed to the back.

BY: I know losses can be tough. You are a rock star, man. And you have another show in less than a week.

AT THIS POINT WE TOOK ANOTHER BREAK FROM THE INTERVIEW AS ISHMAEL WAS PREPPING FOR THE INBA/PNBA LEGENDS CLASSIC.

BY: Ish! How did the PNBA show go?!

IL: I didn’t do the Legends Classic. Life happened and I lost my job. It made me put things into perspective. Rough past week on the family and I.

BY: Dang, bro. I am sorry to hear that. Let me know if there is anything I can do.

IL: Hey man, thank you. It’s life and it’s real, you know?

BY: I hear you. Let’s talk posing and presentation. One of the things you are known for is the way in which you display your physique on stage. What drives you to put the attention to detail there while many Bodybuilders tend to fall short in this area?

IL: I love to pose honestly. I think that I can pose better than most Bodybuilders. What motivates me to have that amount of detail is strictly to be better than everyone in all aspects. In my opinion the best Bodybuilders can display their physiques better than all their competition. I’m a fan of actual posing routines instead of dancing for 1.5 minutes. I think Bodybuilders lack posing so in their routines they will just dance and hit 3 poses. I want to hit 8-10 poses that are my best and hold for a good few seconds. It’s all about putting everything out there and doing everything it takes to be number one.

“Time for growth and I’ll be back on stage when I’m 30 years old.”

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BY: So what’s next for you? Where do you go from here?

IL: My plan for now is to take a long off-season. Time for growth and I’ll be back on stage when I’m 30years old. I want to buy a house, get married, and give back to my hometown as much as possible. Time to put on quality size and have more family time!

BY: So you are taking the next 4 – 5 years off? The game is going to miss you.

IL: (laughs) I’ll still be around helping expedite and judge when asked. When I come back I’ll definitely be on the hunt for a world title.

BY: Nice! Maybe you can come and judge at an IPL show!

IL: For sure, man. Just give me a good notice on when and where I’m needed and I’m there. NMI

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