Over 20 magazine covers, titles in numerous countries, qualification for Mr. Olympia in his 1st pro show and the record holder for entries into bodybuilding contests at 72, Miloš Šarčev is a legend in every sense of the word!
The Man Behind The Physique
Born on January 17, 1964 in Bečej, Serbia, he studied Nutritional Technology in the University of Novi Sad before moving to USA in 1987 to pursue his dreams. A glittering bodybuilding career awaited him in his chosen country starting off in 1989 where he won the Mr. Universe title allowing him to became an IFBB professional in 1991.
His pro debut ( the San Jose Pro Invitational) was to be his coming out party as he qualified for his first Mr. Olympia competition at the 1st attempt. Known for being in contest shape year round, Miloš had just raised the bar for how an athlete needed to maintain their appearance on a yearly basis. The new standard amongst IFBB professionals had just been raised by competing in every organised show throughout a year.
Qualifying for the Mr. Olympia competition is an achievement in itself. To qualify for ten consecutive years, is a true testament to just how good Miloš was! Once his competitive career had come to and end he became known for coaching/advising a number of professional athletes and future Olympic medalists. As a nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach for Tim Montgomery, during the PROJECT WORLD RECORD team, he went on to succeed in creating the fastest man alive by breaking the 100 meters World Record with someone you may remember, achieving a time of 9.77 seconds with Maurice Greene within less then 9 months of his expert coaching.
Everybody has a contest prep guru or coach nowadays. You are constantly force-fed that someone needs to be getting you out of bed and walking you to the kitchen for your early morning protein and carbs meal, or placing you on a treadmill for fasted cardio at 5am before tucking you back into bed at night or you can’t possibly ever succeed in anything. Sounds ridiculous right? Not if that man is Miloš Šarčev! Popularising the term contest preparation guru by being one of the 1st, and best, he has prepared a ridiculously high level of competitors for numerous top IFBB competitions. The list is as follows: Mr. Olympia finalists, like: Nasser El Sonbaty, Flex Wheeler, James ‘Flex’ Lewis, Chris Cormier, Gustavo Badell, Dennis Wolf, Dennis James, Troy Alves, Sonny Schmidt, Richard Jones, Hidetada Yamagishi, Silvio Samuel, Tarek El Setouhi, Joel Stubbs, Luke Wood, Ben Pakulski, Kris Dim, Marius Dohne, Johnnie Jackson, King Kamali, Mustafa Mohammed, Alfonso Del Rio, Jari Mentula, Armin Scholz, Manuel Manchado, Ahmad Ahmad, Edie Abbew, Ed van Amsterdam. and many more.
Miloš Šarčev was always known for his excellent muscular proportion, aesthetic shape, balance, symmetry and conditioning. Something that many would argue is missing from today’s stages! His presence on stage was one of perfection and detail. His posing routines were deep in the vein of Ed Corney (former IFBB pro), full of smooth transitions and artistic poses. On today’s stages there is more of an emphasis on mass, sheer size, and bass thumping soundtracks to which the competitors shake, strain and contort themselves to!
The Training Behind The Legend
Miloš training routines and techniques have always been all about maximum stimulation of muscle fibers whilst utilising a wide variety of different training techniques, angles, grips, stances, range of motion, tempo…etc. basically everything you or I should be practising every time we wage war with the iron!
These routines and strategies consist of three major groups of movements.
1. Compound exercises performed explosively and with heavy weight.
2. Exercises with moderate weight and sets in the 8-12 repetition protocol.
3. Multi-exercise sets that are performed one exercise after another with as little rest in between sets as possible. These exercises stimulate Type 1 slow twitch muscle fibers and type 2 a and b fast twitch muscle fibers.
He was also a pioneer of the intake of specific nutritional sport supplements pre,during and post training! All based on his HYPEREMIA ADVANTAGE PRINCIPLE TRAINING PRINCIPLES (designed to allow a maximum increase of blood flow to the working muscles during the training).
Miloš Šarčev’s world class training routines have been featured on Bodybuilding.com’s Fit Show. Successfully launching his Miloš Šarčev’s Signature Line – International Line of Supplements which can be purchased from www.milossarcev.com, these are class leading products designed with the ultimate results in the minimal amount of time in mind. If you are serious about your training and train seriously, you need to supplement correctly! Miloš created these brands with that exact thought process!
KOLOSEUM GYM was to become the new Mecca of bodybuilding, taking over the building that originally housed GOLDS GYM. Although going through a name change and new ownership, the GOLDS GYM logo remained in various positions, reminding you that although you were in Miloš very own gym, to many it would always be GOLDS GYM in Fullerton, CA. Most people would want to completely wipe out a former business’ identity when taking over with their own brand, but with the history that came with the building, why not embrace it. Miloš did just that!
“The gym itself is pretty cool and very hardcore, on two floors. With lots of equipment everywhere, it’s a bodybuilder’s training paradise where you can grunt, drop heavy weights, and be a true bodybuilder without having to get hassled by someone who doesn’t like to see you sweat.”
This was a real review left by a former member before the gym closed it’s doors with Miloš returning to Europe to continue his personal training. The link to the most brutal of leg workouts in Miloš new home can be found at the bottom of this page along with many others. It is not for the faint hearted, I warn you now! World famous and with the KOLOSEUM GYM logo adorning the pages of major magazines and professionals alike as hardcore workouts were blasted through and new champions were made under Miloš banner. Even if you never realised it, I guarantee you that Miloš legacy has adorned your local gym at some point. Often filled with pros’and former pros’, this place was alive and kicking! Seminars and photo shoots were a regular occurrence. Walking in and seeing your heroes and idols going through their tortuous routines was enough to inspire you to train that much harder, and if you weren’t that kind of lifter then kick back with an amazing protein fuelled smoothie and relax in one of the many pieces of training apparel that all featured the world famous KOLOSEUM logo!
Miloš top 3 choices of exercises for each muscle group are:
CHEST – flat barbell press, incline dumbbell press or fly’s and decline fly’s or dips.
BACK – wide grip pull ups (or pull downs), bent over barbell row and dead lift.
DELTS – overhead presses, side lateral dumbbell raises, bent over lateral raises with dumbbells.
TRICEPS – close grip bench press, overhead triceps extensions, high pulley cable push downs.
BICEPS – barbell curls, alternate dumbbell curls and preacher (Scott bench) curls.
FOREARMS – reverse barbell curls, wrist curls – both with under and over grip.
ABS – hanging leg raises, high pulley cable crunches and twists with the stick.
QUADS – squats, hack squats (feet together), leg presses (feet apart).
HAMSTRINGS – stiff legged dead lift, laying leg curl, standing leg curl.
CALVES – standing calf raises, donkey calf raises and seated calf raises.
“I was a long time Weider athlete and contributing editor for FLEX magazine. Some of the other editors in that magazine gave me my nick name ‘The Mind’, due to my opinions in many aspects of training, nutrition and supplementation that often completely differed from the conventional.”
Competition History Highlights
2001 Night of Champions XXIII – 10th
2001 Toronto Pro – 7th
1999 IFBB Grand Prix England — 5th
1999 IFBB Joe Weiders Pro World — 5th
1999 IFBB Mr. Olympia — 10th
1999 IFBB Toronto Pro Invitational — 2nd
1999 IFBB Night of Champions — 5th
1999 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational — 2nd
1999 IFBB Arnold Classic — 5th
1997 IFBB Canada Pro Cup — 1st
1997 IFBB Grand Prix Czech Republic — 8th
1997 IFBB Grand Prix England — 8th
1997 IFBB Grand Prix Finland — 8th
1997 IFBB Grand Prix Germany — 7th
1997 IFBB Grand Prix Hungary — 7th
1997 IFBB Grand Prix Russia — 7th
1997 IFBB Grand Prix Spain — 9th
1997 IFBB Night of Champions — 2nd
1997 IFBB Mr. Olympia — 10th
1997 IFBB Toronto Pro International — 1st
1996 IFBB Canada Pro Cup — 3rd
1996 IFBB Florida Pro Invitational — 3rd
1996 IFBB Night of Champions — 4th
1995 IFBB Niagara Falls Invitational — 4th
1995 IFBB Houston Pro Invitational — 5th
1995 IFBB Canada Pro Cup — 3rd
1995 IFBB Night of Champions — 6th
1994 IFBB Grand Prix France — 6th
1994 IFBB Grand Prix England — 8th
1994 IFBB Grand Prix Germany — 4th
1994 IFBB Grand Prix Spain– 4th
1994 IFBB Grand Prix Italy — 4th
1994 IFBB Mr. Olympia — 13th
1993 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Invitational — 3rd
1993 IFBB Mr. Olympia — 11th
1993 IFBB Night of Champions — 5th
1993 IFBB Niagara Falls Invitational — 3rd
1993 IFBB Chicago Pro Invitational — 3rd
1993 IFBB Grand Prix England — 5th
1993 IFBB Grand Prix Finland — 3rd
1993 IFBB Grand Prix Spain — 3rd
1992 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Invitational — 4th
1992 IFBB Niagara Falls Invitational — 4th
1992 IFBB Chicago Pro Invitational — 5th
1992 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational– 6th
1992 IFBB Arnold Classic — 8th
1992 IFBB Night of Champions — 5th
1992 IFBB Grand Prix England– 8th
1992 IFBB Grand Prix Spain — 10th
1992 IFBB Grand Prix Germany — 10th
1992 IFBB Grand Prix Italy — 10th
1991 IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational — 3rd
1991 IFBB Grand Prix Finland — 4th
1991 IFBB Grand Prix Denmark– 5th
1991 IFBB Grand Prix England — 9th
1991 IFBB Grand Prix Switzerland — 6th
1991 IFBB Grand Prix Italy — 7th
1991 IFBB Grand Prix Spain — 7th
1991 IFBB Niagara Falls Invitational — 4th
1991 IFBB Night of Champions — 11th
1989 Mr. Universe — 1st
1987 European Championship — 2nd
1987 Mr. Yugoslavia — 1st
1986 Mr. Yugoslavia — 1st
The Interview (Unedited & Exclusive)
THANK YOU for the opportunity.
1. Can you explain how you first started training and what was key to you deciding you wanted to become a competitive bodybuilder?
Like every boy from former Yugoslavia, I was always involved in sports and I learned to kick the ball and shoot a basketball before I learned to walk.so to speak. However, it was the martial arts that I found most interesting. I started Karate when I was 6 and then practiced Judo when I was 8 and continued to train until I was 17. I was an absolute Bruce Lee fanatic, I had all his books, videos, movies, etc. I was first introduced to weightlifting as a part of strength training for Judo. Of course, I immediately fall in love with the iron and started training up to four hours per day. Needless to say, I didn’t improve due to overtraining, but the lack of results didn’t discourage me. Instead it made me start doing research as to why I wasn’t progressing and I tried to learn everything that can be applied in bodybuilding. I was fortunate to be a medical kid as both of my parents and my older sister were all medical professionals. My father, who was a Doctor in the science of neuropsychiatry, influenced me the most and made me think. He gave me many unconventional yet very logical ideas that I have applied in my training, dieting and supplementation which made me improve dramatically. I developed my whole Hyperemia Advantage Theory for maximal hypertrophy based on his teachings and that is something I shared with many successful top Olympia competitors throughout a years.
As far as pro bodybuilders who inspired me the most, I certainly would mention Frank Zane, Steve Reeves, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Serge Nubret and John Brown, who I was fortunate to watch perform in 1983 in Yugoslavia. I have decided to become competitive bodybuilder after seeing John’s performance.
However, if I would have to single out one person then it would certainly be Frank Zane.
But I would feel that I am not giving credit where credit is due if I didn’t mention Bruce Lee, for being such an exceptional athlete, martial artist, philosopher and human being. Bruce was accepting no limitations as his only limitations and having no style as his only style. Like him, I also “observed everything, accepted what I found useful, discarded what I found useless and then created what was essentially my own (training theory, nutritional regimens, supplementation protocols…etc”
Last, but not least, the person who certainly influenced me the most and made me who I am today is my father, Andjelko Sarcev, the greatest man I have ever known.
2. You have been all over the world, competed at the highest level, graced the cover of magazines and won major championships. Purely in terms of competing, what do you feel was the highest point of your career, subsequently which was the lowest?
My highest point I consider qualifying for Mr. Olympia competition on my IFBB pro debut in 1991 San Jose IFBB Pro Invitational.
Back in a day by placing in the top three in any IFBB professional show meant immediate qualification for the Mr. Olympia contest and needless to say I never even thought I would be able to accomplish that task in my first year as a pro, let alone in my first IFBB Pro competition. Standing next to legendary Albert Beckless, and one of my idols John Brown and actually beating them in that contest was just unreal.
Hundreds of pro bodybuilders dream about ever stepping on that Olympia stage and to many that dream never materializes yet I have succeeded in my very first try. Even though I subsequently qualified for ten consecutive Mr. Olympia competition – my first one was by far most gratifying.
Lowest point of my career came following year at my second Mr. Olympia competition (1992 in Helsinki Finland) when I got really sick just couple of weeks before the show, lost tremendous amount of weight and just looked horrible. Worst thing was that I have signed up for European Grand Prix Tour right after and I had to compete 6 more times in less then acceptable condition, which was absolute nightmare.
3. Given you have competed at the highest levels in this sport, who would you say was your biggest inspiration out of everyone you competed against and who was the one person you always felt in order to win any competition you would have to beat, should you both enter the same event, regardless of the eventual winner?
I was fortunate enough to step on the stage with one of the all time greatest bodybuilders – Mr. Lee Haney at his last contest before his retirement – 1991 Mr. Olympia in Orlando, Florida. He was (and still is) just most unbelievable person I have ever met in this industry. Great bodybuilder and even greater human being. He radiates positive energy and kindness and it is absolute pleasure being around him. He inspired me to be kind and helpful to others (in this selfish sport).
Who was the person I always felt I have to beat in order to win or place at the top?
Well, I competed in the ’90’s – what many believe to be golden era of IFBB Professional bodybuilding with great competitors such as Dorian Yates, Ronnie Coleman, Flex Wheeler, Kevin Levrone, Shawn Ray, Lee Labrada, Nasser El Sonbaty, Sonny Schmidt, Francis Benfato, Vince Taylor, Charles Clairmont, Lee Priest, Chris Cormier, Paul Dillet and up and coming Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson, Dennis James, Tony Freeman…etc.
To be able to beat any of these great champions I always had to be at my best and considering that I was competing in practically every IFBB pro show that was organized in 1990’s (I’ve entered 72 IFBB Pro shows total) I always had to be in great shape just to make Top 6.
I was fortunate enough that with exception of Dorian, Flex and Shawn I managed to beat all the above mentioned grates at one time or another.
4. How do you feel bodybuilding has changed since you began competing ?
Back in the 90’s there were sooooo many great bodybuilders. Great physiques, aesthetic, symmetrical, conditioned, muscular and massive enough to make our sport attractive to watch. Also, back then competitors paid much more attention to their stage presence and posing routines. Then came Dorian and everything changed.
By no means would I even attempt to put down Dorian in any way. He was a revolutionary bodybuilding champion who was certainly different and I very much respect him for his accomplishments and all the discipline, blood and guts, as he called it, to get him where he was as six time Mr. Olympia during the most competitive Era of the sport. But, his shocking appearance at the 1993 Mr. Olympia, that mindboggling sheer size probably confused the judges and made them forget what the true judging criteria in bodybuilding should have been.
Size and conditioning should NEVER be enough to beat the near physical perfection of many other great competitors (I already mentioned above).
From that moment on and almost all the way up until just recently, the most important factor in judging was conditioned size. All other aspects of judging physiques and judging criteria were completely forgotten. With Arnold publicly speaking about that after 2015 Arnold Classic I do have a hope things will change.
5. Finally, since retiring you have opened your own world class gym, become a much sought after personal trainer and designed and released your own supplement line. How ‘hands on’ were you during the design and manufacture process of these products, and what were your goals and inspirations for wanting to take your career in these directions?
After my retirement I started doing my coaching business and became very successful ‘contest preparation guru’ after I made major transformations in very short period of time of some famous, seasoned pros (Mr. Olympia competitors). At the time I had Koloseum Gym in Fullerton that was becoming new Mecca of bodybuilding as many top pros came there to train with me.
However, since I left USA and relocated back to Europe I continued mostly with online coaching business, with some athletes still coming to Belgrade (Serbia) to train with me at Fitmania Personal Training Studio.
I have also started my own Milos Sarcev’s Signature Line of sports supplements with intention to bring the best quality supplements and different formulations, not available on the market, based on my Hyperemia Advantage System Theory.
Many people know that I’ve pioneered intra-workout supplementation movement and they are still very loyal to my formulations.
I want to bring my supplement line to USA and I hope I will succeed by the end of this year.
Whoever is interested in my supplements they can get more information at www.milossarcev.com.
Also, for competitors interested in contest preparation and online coaching – my best email is email@example.com
Milos Training Camps
Experience Milos Sarcev “The Mind” world renown Giant set training. 2-5 day Intensive training camps and lectures.
The Science of Hyperemia Advantage System
Hyperemia Advantage Training System design and exercise selection for maximal muscle fiber stimulation/hypertrophy
Elevations of endogenous anabolic hormones during resistance exercise and enhancement of training-induced muscle hypertrophy
Specific pre-during-post training supplementation for Hyperemia induced stimulation of muscle protein synthesis
2 super intense Training sessions
The Science of Muscle Growth
Biomechanics of Resistance Training; Training Frequency and Volume; Exercise Selection and Order; Training Load and Repetitions
Advanced Training Principles – Heavy Duty, Giant Sets, Super Slow, Cluster Training, Pre/Post Exhaustion Training, Occlusion training, Max-Contraction, Controlled Contraction, Isometrics, Negatives, Forced Reps, Static Contractions, Partial Reps, Power Racks…
Regional Differences in Muscle Activation – Utilization of multiple exercises, various grips, stances, angles, tempo, range of motion and type of muscular contractions for maximal muscle stimulation.
Exercise-induced fiber type transformation
Molecular responses to exercise; The variability in training-induced physiological skeletal muscle adaptation
2 super intense Training sessions
The Science of Sports Nutrition, Supplementation and Bioenergetics of Exercise and Training
Macronutrients; Micronutrients; Fluid and Electrolytes
Nutritional and Caloric requirement and timing of specific nutrients and nutritional supplements for maximal hypertrophy and/or maximal fat loss
How to Evaluate the Adequacy of the Diet
Biological Energy Systems; Metabolic Specificity of Training; Substrate Depletion and Repletion
Substrate turnover during weight resistance training and metabolism of glucose, free fatty acids, and amino acids.
RER (Respiratory Exchange Ratio); Oxygen Uptake and the Aerobic and Anaerobic Contributions to Exercise
Ketogenic, Metabolic and Anabolic diet
2 super intense Training sessions
The Science of Contest Preparation: muscle building fat loss
Science of Accelerated fat loss.
Precompetition Nutrition; Design of controlled anti-catabolic/anabolic fat loss diet for maximal results
Metabolic Boost diet specifics for sluggish metabolisms
Peaking contest preparation methods with specifics on glycogen, water and mineral depletion and loading manipulations.
Pre-contest Nutritional supplementation.
2 super intense Training sessions
The Science of Endocrine/Hormonal Responses to Resistance Training
Primary Anabolic Hormones
Synthesis, Storage, and Secretion of Hormones
Mechanisms of Hormonal Interactions
Performance-enhancing ergogenic aids
Secrets of the Pros; Reveling top secrets of many Mr. Olympia competitors
2 super intense Training sessions
These camps may or may not still continue, but this gives you an idea of what you got from them and why Miloš was such a sort after personal trainer.
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