NEW IPL MEN’S ATHLETIC PRO: ANDREW “KING” KANG
Interview By Ben Yosef | Michael Brooks Photography
Men’s Athletic was also one of the most exciting and intense classes at the 2017 2nd Annual IPL Natural Gainz Magazine Classic on March 11th in Manhattan, NYC. Andrew “KING” Kang brought down the house with his dominating physique.
The level of fullness, conditioning, and stage presence Kang brought was hard to beat. And his posing and presentation was top of the line. This guy’s side pose was CRAY! It was incredibility close in both Athletic Novice and Open. At the top of those classes was Kang and Taylor Lapnow. Shout out to Lapnow who took the Novice class. The Lapnow win must have ignited a fire in Kang, as Kang reappeared for the Open and slayed the class.
At the top of the Open class once again was Kang and Lapnow, with neck and neck scores in all rounds throughout prejudging. Then, at Finals, Kang’s Model Walk/Routine sealed the deal as he pulled ahead for the win and became the IPL’s newest Men’s Athletic Pro. There is no question that Kang will be a force on the IPL Pro stage. And, rumor has it that Kang might be back in just a couple months at the IPL North Atlantic Pro on September 24th in Ridgefield, CT.
“I decided January 1, 2017 that I’d compete at the March 11th IPL show, and I was so glad I did.”
BEN YOSEF: Congrats again on killin’ it in NYC earlier this year! You were awesome, man! And, If I am not mistaken, this was your first time competing, right?
ANDREW KANG: Thank you, Ben! Yes! I decided January 1, 2017 that I’d compete at the March 11th IPL show, and I was so glad I did. I had all my closest friends and family attend to watch and support, and my hard work definitely payed off!
YOSEF: What a debut, man! Awesome! So, you only prepped for two months? What was your training and diet like up to Jan 1?
KANG: Exactly. I was always on the leaner side, and have the fastest metabolism of anyone I know. I knew two months would be a safe and sustainable measure, because 2016 was focused on building lean muscle mass. The difficult part was just shredding up the details and fine tuning.
My training and diet was both very traditional. As much as I love “counting macros,” my coach recommended a diet plan where I’d eat the same exact foods, every single day, every same hour. Obviously not as fun as being able to eat whatever you want as long as it “fit in your macros”, but I loved the discipline I was receiving and the security of attaining that top physique as there were no inconsistencies with my food selection.
In regards to my training, I’m a huge advocate for compound movements. Squat, bench, deadlift. I understand that these lifts are the foundation for the core of my body, and know the details will come later from isolated movements.
“In regards to my training, I’m a huge advocate for compound movements. Squat, bench, deadlift.”
YOSEF: You bring a really powerful package to Men’s Athletic, especially in the “fullness” department. You are coming in, dare I say “big”, while maintaining great lines and a streamlined look. Have you always had an athletic-looking physique like this?
KANG: Thank you for the kind feedback, Ben! To your question, the answer is no. I grew up extremely skinny, and gaining any kind of mass was difficult. Unlike most people, I never had to partake in the process of bulking and shredding, But rather spent my time gaining lean muscle mass over the course of my workout career.
YOSEF: Man! I find it hard to believe that you were ever skinny! [laughs] Seriously though, at what point in time did you notice that you were starting to fill out?
KANG: Ultimately, it came down to eating properly and increasing the volume of quality foods. I could always “get away” with eating poorly, but I found eating consistently during the prep really molded me to that top Physique. Also, thank god for the genes. [laughs]
YOSEF: Your posing and presentation were also top notch, and helped propel you ahead of the pack in NYC. How did you get so good at posing?
KANG: Thank you, Ben! That means a lot, especially after the amount of time I practiced on it. I had the opportunity to learn posing from my coach, Jamil Miller. From there I watched tons of videos of professional bodybuilders and sort of went on a trial and error spree trying to replicate it while adding my own flavor. Most of all, I practiced posing every single chance I got, especially if there was a mirror present!
“I practiced posing every single chance I got, especially if there was a mirror present!”
YOSEF: Nice! Well, it shows! You are a very exciting and inspirational competitor to watch. When will we see you back on the IPL stage?
KANG: I’ve been itching to get back on stage, so it won’t be long before you see me again. [smiles] I have my eyes on the September 16th CT show and/or the October 7th NYC. Angel where you at? [laughs]
YOSEF: Ha! Right??? I know there will be several Pros on stage at the Connecticut Pro show. It should be the largest Men’s Athletic Pro class to date. I am pumped to see you on that Pro stage, brotha!
KANG: That’s great to know! Looks like I’ll have to plan accordingly. [smiles] NMI