Steve Kuclo

Birthdate: August 15, 1985
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 260-265 pounds (contest); 280 pounds (off-season)
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Current residence: Plano, Texas
Career highlights:
2012 IFBB New York Pro, 3rd; 2011 NPC USA Championships 1st Super Heavyweight and Overall; 2010 NPC Nationals, super heavyweight, 3rd; 2008 NPC Nationals, super heavyweight, 3rd; 2005 Teen Nationals heavyweight winner; 2004 Teen Nationals heavyweight winner.

Steve Kuclo, one of bodybuilding's up-and-coming new superstars, has been an athlete his entire life. Growing up in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, just outside Detroit, Steve was an only child of a tight-knit family, where he excelled in several sports, including baseball, hockey and football. Steve's been lucky that his entire family has followed his athletic career, from baseball, to hockey and eventually football. As a young athlete, Steve's prowess led him to both national and international recognition in hockey, including being placed in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Even now, with his newest physical "addiction", bodybuilding, his grandparents, aunt and cousins continue to be his biggest supporters.
 
After high school, Steve attended the University of Michigan, where his two years studying Engineering shifted course. Steve decided to pursue a career as a fire-fighter/medic. As Steve's path began to evolve, his newly found passion for this noble, life-saving career fueled his drive to excel through the fire fighting and paramedic academy. But at the same time, another passion began to evolve in Steve - his love for bodybuilding.
 
Steve decided to enter his first competition at the age of 18. It was a natural fit from the start, as Steve took placed 1st in the Teen division of that contest, and 3rd in the Men's Open division. From that point on, he was hooked. Steve would go on to win back-to-back Heavyweight division titles at the NPC Teen Nationals before moving up to the Men's Open divisions.
 
Steve placed fairly well on the national-level, but something always seemed to be missing - until he made the decision to hook up with the best trainer/nutritionist in the business for the 2011 season. Joining forces with "The Pro Creator" Hany Rambod proved to be an instant recipe for success, as Steve took home the Super Heavyweight and Overall titles from the NPC USA Championships - arguably the most prestigious amateur title in the world - and graduated to the IFBB Professional League.
 
Steve has only competed once on the professional level, at the ultra-competitive New York Pro Championships in May of 2012, where he battled to an impressive 3rd-place finish against some of the best bodybuilders in the world. Now, Steve has his sights set on a bigger goal - the Europa Super Show title, and an automatic qualification to compete in Joe Weider's Mr. Olympia.

Steve says, "I'd like to thank my parents for giving me the support and the genetics to push my body to the limits that most people can not achieve; and I'd like to thank all my family and friends who put up with me during my contest prep and accept the lifestyle I live."

Steve's spirituality provides a foundation for his daily life:
Phillipians, 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

Q. What do you do for a living?
A. I work as a Firefighter/Medic for the city of Dallas. I feel very fortunate to have a gift that God has given me, that is my body to help inspire and become one of the best in bodybuilding. Having Evogen on my side to be one of my sponsors allows me to pursue one of my passions in life to the fullest, bodybuilding!

Q. Long term goal in the sport of bodybuilding?
A. I plan on spending many years in the sport and will work my hardest to become to the top of the sport. My ultimate goal is to compete on the Olympia stage one day and become Mr. Olympia!

steve kucloQ. How did you get into bodybuilding/start competing?
A. My bodybuilding addiction started when I was a freshman in high school. I was a jock and played all sports, hockey and football being my favorite. I lifted everyday after practice and always was able to build muscle fairly easy which started my addiction to iron. After high school I joined my first gym that had many people that competed and was very interested in the sport. I loved to read about and attending many local competitions. When I was 18 I decided to compete in my first bodybuilding show and from that point on I’ve always loved the challenge to one’s self to continually better and work hard day in a day out.

Q. Favorite exercise -
A. It’s a love hate relationship with it but I would have to say squats. I always try to challenge myself with some crazy set and rep scheme most of my leg workouts. My training partner is never excited when I tell him, “I have a bad idea!” while I have a smile on my face.

Q. Favorite body part -
A. My favorite body part is legs! You have to bust your ass to have them! There’s nothing like finishing an awesome leg workout and barely able to walk. I guess that’s what makes us bodybuilders, unique people. We like to inflict pain on ourselves.

Q. What was the first equipment you trained on?
A. I first started training in high school for football and hockey at my high school. My football coach was a huge advocate for the weights so he outfitted the school weight room with cages, benches and hammer strength. I started off my lifting doing power movements like power-cleans, squats, bench press and fell in love with free weights.

Q. What made you become a bodybuilder?
A. I always picked up the bodybuilding magazines and read them growing up but thinking I had to be as big as Jay Cutler starting off so I didn’t think I could do it. When I switched gyms and started training at a more bodybuilders style gym, I was hooked. I was 18 and was told about the teen divisions in bodybuilding and decided I wanted to do it!

Q. How did you know bodybuilding would be your passion?
A. I’ve always been in athletics and had a passion for the competition aspect of sports. What draws me to bodybuilding is the challenge between you and yourself. I believe that bodybuilding is the most difficult sport in the world. It’s a day in and day out... 24hrs a day…7days a week…365 days a year sport. You’re the only on you can blame for not giving it your all!

Q. How did you get your start?
A. I got my start, or should I say addiction with weights back in high school lifting for football. In my freshman year of college when I competed in my first competition I knew I was hooked with bodybuilding. There was no turning back for me!

Q. What do you do to prepare for a show?
A. The first thing I do is pick a show that is realistic for me on a time line and I will be able to work the show into my work/life schedule. I make sure that I am mentally and physically ready to start my prep and dieting for the show. Competing consumes so much time and money you just have to make sure you have all your ducks in a row!

Q. How do you take advantage of the offseason?
A. I live a very normal life for the most part in the offseason. I enjoy time with family and friends and do things that I would less likely be inclined to do while I’m dieting…like go out to eat with friends whenever or plan a night out on the town! The occasional pizza and ice cream gets thrown in there as well! So yes, I love the offseason.

Q. Who is your inspiration in this sport?
A. Younger guys like Phil Heath are a huge inspiration for me. Showing that age isn’t a factor when getting on stage with the veterans…hard work is everything! I also look up to pioneers like Jay Cutler who’s on the top of the sport and prove hard work year after year pays off.

Q. What kind of physique are you aspiring towards? Which specific bodybuilder?
A. I admire many physiques in the sport. I think one of the most complete bodybuilders is Phil Heath. I strive to build my weak points as much as I can and make my strong points freakier every year.

Q. How has bodybuilding enhanced your life and how do you/will you use it to improve the life of others?
A. Bodybuilding is that inner self challenge that is like no other. If you can survive 16 weeks of hardcore dieting and all out training while taking care of family and working, there is nothing you can’t do! I try and help people when I can and tell people to compete at least once to give it a shot. Once they do they are usually hooked!

Q. What advice would you give to others that want to break into bodybuilding?
A. Don’t just decide to jump into a show prep 7 weeks out, diet, and not do very well and get discouraged. The sport is all about time. Pick a show you want to do, give yourself a good year of training and put on muscle and work on getting together your diet. Get with a good nutritionist to help guide you into your show and follow things to a tee. Hard work, Consistency, and Dedication are some cornerstones to being successful in competing in bodybuilding.

Steve's Training Split (contest prep)

Day Bodypart(s) trained
1 Quads and hams
2 Chest and calves
3 Off
4 Back and abs
5 Delts and traps
6 Off
7 Biceps and triceps

Steve's Cardio (contest prep)

Day Type of Cardio Duration (minutes)
1 Step Mill 30 minutes
2 Treadmill, walking incline 30 minutes
3 Treadmill, walking incline 30 minutes
4 Treadmill, walking incline 30 minutes
5 Step Mill 30 minutes
6 Off Off
7 Treadmill, walking incline 30 minutes

 

Steve's Contest Meal Plan

Meal 1:
1 cup egg whites
6 oz. extra lean ground beef
100 g grits

Between Meals: 1 serving Cell K.E.M.

Meal 2:
8 oz. chicken breast, boneless, skinless
14 oz. sweet potato

Meal 3:
8 oz. chicken breast, boneless, skinless
14 oz.. sweet potato

Between Meals: 1 serving Cell K.E.M.

Meal 4:
8 oz. chicken breast, boneless, skinless
75 g white rice

Preworkout:
2 scoops EVP
2 scoops GlycoJect

During workout:
1 scoop Cell K.E.M.
1 scoop EVP

Postworkout:
2 scoops Cell K.E.M.   
3 scoops GlycoJect

Meal 5:
8 oz. beef
70 g brown rice 
 
Meal 6:
8 oz. chicken breast, boneless, skinless  
50 g brown rice

Before Bed: 1 serving Cell K.E.M.

 

Steve Kuclo and Cody Montgomery Train Back

Steve Kuclo training shoulders at Golds Gym Venice

Evogen Quick Tip: Cable Rows

Evogen Quick Tip: Lower Biceps

Evogen Quick Tip: Back Width

Evogen Quick Tip: Tricep Pushdowns

Evogen Quick Tip: Close Grip Bench Press

Evogen Quick Tip: Lower Pec Development

Evogen Quick Tip: Cambered Curls for Mass Building Biceps

Steve Kuclo Trains Back

Offseason Chest Workout

Steve Kuclo Blasts Arms

200 lb Overhead DB Extension

Steve Kuclo Discusses the Evogen Pre-Workout Stack

Steve Kuclo Discusses the Evogen Post-Workout Stack

Steve Kuclo Trains Chest at UFC Gym

Steve Kuclo prepares for his Mr. Olympia debut with Hany Rambod

Steve Kuclo, Hany Rambod & Allison Frahn Train Back, Part 2

Evogen Quick Tip: Seated Side Lateral Raise with Steve Kuclo

Evogen Quick Tip: Hammer Strength Chest Press

Quick Tip: Lateral Raises