“People often tell me that I’m a fighter, that life has brought me to my knees, but that I haven’t let it get me down,” explained Edgard John-Augustin in an Instagram post on Dec. 30, 2023. Indeed, the “Bionic Body” proved himself to be a contender once again last year, not just on the wheelchair circuit but also among his able-bodied peers. He took to the stage in the Men’s Physique division, earning fourth place at the 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow. Now he shares his epic machine workout plan with Muscle & Fitness as he preps for competition in the year ahead.
“This is my actual training schedule,” explains John-Augustin, who finds a way to train every day, often repping his latest on-trend activewear collaboration with BohooMAN as he moves heaven and earth in the weight room. “And my split is push, pull, and legs,” he notes. As you will see from John-Augustin’s extensive machine workout plan, he builds muscle by getting into a state of hypotrophy, taxing his muscle fibers and encourange them to grow back stronger by following a high rep scheme and executing an extensive array of exercises. He also keeps his body guessing by alternating the number of sets and reps that he undertakes for each move, in addition to taking some of his exercises all the way to failure.
As an experienced bodybuilder, his Bionic Body is able to cope with a punishing workout schedule, but for beginners and even intermediate gym goers, it would be wise to take on a sample part of the program initially, or reduce the number of sets and reps rather than expect to complete this champions plan on week one. As if the below schedule wasn’t epic enough, John-Augustin also tells M&F that before he hits the gym and follows this plan, he undertakes morning cardio and trains his abs. On Sundays, on his day of “rest” he still performs cardio and ab training. Whether he’s sweating it out during long workout sessions or tweaking the angles to make sure he’s hitting each muscle part that he possibly can, the “Bionic Body” is a testament to what the human body can accomplish through determination and a driven work ethic. “I receive thousands of messages from people who are inspired,” says our man. “And those messages also help me through my journey! It means a lot to me; to know that I can help at least one person get up and try!”