Ripped To Shreds: Luris Karaj Talks With

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Quick Stats:

Age: 22 years old
Height: 6 ft.
Off season weight: 202- 205 lbs.
Stage weight: 165-168 lbs.


How did you get started with bodybuilding?

I started working out seriously when I was 18 years old. I have always wanted to have a great physique so I told myself that it was time to stop dreaming and start making it happen. My freshman year in college I became part of the bodybuilding club at Eastern Michigan University through which I got the opportunity to meet my coach CJ Jackson of Team Juggernaut. He helped me out with dieting and workouts, and within a few months, I started to notice significant changes in my body. Within a year, I was able to go from being 150lbs to breaking the 200 mark. I started to like the results that I was seeing and that got me even more attracted to this sport.

Where does your motivation come from?

Personally, I am a big fan of Frank Zane and seeing what he was able to accomplish with his physique really inspires me. Seeing the way that my body has been changing through dieting and working out motivates me to keep going and built the physique that I have always dreamed of having. Also, a big motivation for me has been my upcoming show on May 14, I want to make my presence known and bring my best on stage.


What workout routine has worked best for you?

Since my goal was to gain more weight and built muscle I feel like the best workout routine that has worked for me has been sets of 3 or 4 and reps that vary anywhere from 10-15. I try to put up as much weight as possible without risking the form, and resting between sets as little as possible. I like intense training and I am not a big fan of staying in the gym for 3-4 hours at a time, that’s when you start to slack and not give your best.


What is your secret to your incredible recomposition?

I don’t believe that there is any secret to my body recomposition. It is all out there for anybody to take advantage of it but not many do. Train hard, eat clean, do your cardio and lift some heavy weight. That’s it. This has been out there long before I got into bodybuilding and it will be there long after my time is over. People in general are not willing to put in the necessary work so they think there is a shortcut or a magic formula for it, but there is not. It’s all hard work and dedication.


If you had to only pick 3 exercises what would they be and why?

I love working out shoulders and back so if I had to pick three exercises it would be: dumbbell shoulder press, close grip seated rows, and my favorite one which is a tri-set that includes front raises, side raises and rear delts all in one set. The tri-set is my favorite as it gets very intense and brings a lot of blood to your shoulders which give you a crazy pump. My training partner and I like to call it CJ Jacksons special!

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What is your diet like, include sample meal plan (off season)

In offseason, for the most part, I have been doing a clean bulk, but sometimes my coach would switch it up between that and a bit of a dirty bulk by adding either pop tarts, pizza or a burger with fries to one of my meals.



Meal 1

whole eggs

egg whites

shredded cheese


Meal 2:



cup green veggies


Meal 3:

Greek yogurt

peanut butter

protein powder


Meal 4:

ground beef

white rice

green veggies


Meal 5:

fruity pebbles

almond milk


Meal 5.5:

glazed donuts or pop tarts


Meal 6:

APS Protein Isolate


When trying to cut down do you prefer normal cardio of HIIT?

While trying to cut down I prefer normal cardio over HITT. I usually switch back and forth between the elliptical and the treadmill as I have found those to be more effective for me. A couple of days a week my coach, CJ Jackson would throw in a few days of HITT cardio and that is usually done at the beginning of leg day. Some people think that normal cardio is too long and it gets boring, but I have learned to utilize it and use that time to reflect on myself and what I need to do to improve my physique.


What is your supplementation like?


-Team Juggernaut Cut Stack (now that I am in prep)

-Wyked 3.0


Favorite quote:

“Nothing comes easy, but as long as you’re breathing, you’re always one breath away from making your dreams a reality. Make every breath count.” – Kai Greene

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