Full name: Filip Dropulic
Height: 6’1″ (184cm)
Weight: 220-225lbs (100kg-102kg)
Birth Year: 1995
Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you get started with training?
I’ve been doing sports since i was seven years old. First I did karate and have successfully competed for seven years. After that i switched to football where i played for various clubs. Unfortunately, after a few knee injuries i had to cut my ties with football. As my next hobby i picked up MMA and at the same time i started hitting the gym. After some time i found working out to be quite fulfilling for me, the results were promising so i just kept going and started with bodybuilding at the end of 2011.
In 2014, i competed at Musclemania and won two gold prizes, Balkan & European Championship in Men’s Physique category. After that i had to take a brake from competitive bodybuilding to get a college degree until 2017. After getting my degree, i moved to the capital city of Croatia where i continued to compete and pursue bodybuilding. Only this time in IFBB, one of the world’s toughest bodybuilding organizations where to this date i made some decent results such as: Multiple State Champion, bronze on European Championship in classic bodybuilding category, gold in Pepa Grand Prix, World Championship Finals & gold in local competitions.
Where does your motivation come from?
My motivation comes from my love for the sport, i just love being active. Bodybuilding has become my way of life, the motivation is sometimes high and sometimes low but striving for progress is always there which makes me consistent throughout this whole story and that’s important for success.
What made you wanna compete?
Competing was a “side effect” of my love towards training, I had to try it out. When i felt that it’s just as fulfilling for me in a special kind of way and that i was successful in it, i just wanned to keep competing.
What is your daily diet like?
My daily diet depends on a phase in which i’m currently at, competition prep, bulking or just maintaining. When prepping for a competition i try to maintain or even gain some muscles while at the same time i cut down my body fat percentage as much as possible. What i like to do is cycle my carbs while keeping my fat intake on a minimum and proteins on average-high.
How does your diet change when the competition gets closer?
I don’t really make sudden changes in diet, i do everything gradually and planned because that is the key for maintaining maximum muscle mass while slowly going deeper into the competition prep phases.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
My workout routine is changed constantly and my workouts are never the same. I do my exercises by the feeling, i never solely rely on something that i wrote to myself. You have to listen to your body, take a look in the mirror and see which body part you should focus on the most.
If you had to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be & why?
- Dips – Because your whole upper body is activated which has a purpose of pushing (chest, triceps, shoulders)
- Pull-ups – They activate all upper body pull muscle groups (back, biceps, rear delts, traps)
- Lunges – It’s the most complete exercise for lower body and it works our torso for stabilization (quads, hamstring, glutes, calves, stomach, lower back).
What are your accomplishments so far?
- EBFF 1st
- IFBB Pepa Grand Prix 1st
- Multiple State Championships 1st
- World Finals
- Classic BB Europe 3rd
- Absolute Winner on Regional Competitions
What is your supplementation like?
- Omega 3
- Whey protein
If i had to choose two supplements, those would be whey protein and omega 3.
If you could go back & tell your old self something, what would it be?
I’d say that It’s not worth stressing about things that won’t matter in a year, two, three…relax and do what you really have and love to do. And regarding training i would say that with less work and more brain you can accomplish greater results.
Quote that is dear to me and that first comes to mind is:
“You’re gonna die!”
Do you have any advice for our readers?
The most important thing is how you see yourself and not how someone else sees you. Be what you really want to be, because if you’re not, you’ll be a slave of society forever and you’ll never have that inner peace. And for training, approach is the most important, everything starts and ends with your head, the details make the difference, you have to know why and how to do something for maximum results.