Sponsored Athletes: Sebastian Oreb



  • Name: Sebastian Oreb
  • Age: 30
  • Home location: North Sydney
  • Sport: Powerlifting
  • Profession and educational background: Personal Trainer. Dip sport, Dip Remedial Massage, Various Poliquin Certifications.
  • Years in sport of any kind: I've played sport since I was 5 years old
  • Sports participated in: Soccer, Kickboxing, Boxing, Wrestling, BJJ, Powerlifting
  • Years in current sport: 2 years 
  • What got you started? Watching Arnold Shwarzenegger movies as a kid
sebastian oreb

Training, Nutrition & Supplementation

Q: What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are key(s) to your success?
A: Lots of squats!!! Never miss a session.

Q: Any tips or notes you can give beginners who are looking to get further in the sport?
A: Don’t forget to work your butt off!

Q: What is your diet like?
A: Apart from my supplementation, my diet is 100% organic whole food. (even my whole pavlova cakes that usually eat weekly) and gluten free. Lots of meat, lots of veggies, lots of water and coffee (yes organic coffee) Lots of WPI, lots of bcaas and lots of fish oil.

Q: In regards to supplements, what do you currently use? Which are your top-3 products?
A: I use many different supplements and I usually change them around depending on my training. The supplements that I never stop taking are my top 3 supps – BCAA’s (PSN unflavoured brand) Whey protein powder (I usually use Ascend Muscle Vanilla flavoured) and Fish oil (usually Poliquin brand)


Accomplishments & Goals

Q: What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports?
A: Deadlifting 260kg in my second comp to achieve a raw total that qualified me as an elite 2 level lifter.

Q: Have you set yourself new goals? If so, what are they?
A: Yes. My next goal is to achieve a 700kg raw total. This would be a 245kg squat, 170kg bench press and a 285kg deadlift.

Q: What would be your ultimate triumph you wish to achieve? 
A: To be the number 1 ranked raw lifter in 93kg class in Powerlifting Australia (Australia’s drug tested federation) even if it was just for a short time. 

Q: How do you set your goals?
A: I set my goals based on whatever the best lifters in the country are doing.


Motivation & Inspiration

Q: Who or what initially inspired you to begin your sport? Did you have a role model?
A: A powerlifter at my gym Gavin Turrell, I used to watch him lift massive weights. I wanted to critique him on his lifts, but I didn’t feel worthy because he was much stronger than me. I told myself that if I thought that I knew so much then I should practice what I preach. And so I did.

Q: What factors do you believe have allowed you to succeed in your sport?
A: My obsessive nature.

Q: Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?
A: Yes, I came across a squat specialization program (that involved squatting every day for a relatively short period of time) that increased my strength dramatically. I then applied the principle for some other lifts and hey presto!


Q: What was the best advice you were ever given?
A: The best training advice I was given was actually a quote by one of the best wrestlers of all time Dan Gable “if you want to be good at something, do it every day”

Q: Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
A: “If you want to be good at something, do it every day” – Dan gable.

Q: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
A: Continual Progression. Read, Train, Seek advice from others who can do it better.

Q: Who or what are you inspired by?
A: Well there are my favourite lifters – Pyrros Dimas, Lu Xioujun, Dimitry Klokov and Mikael Koklyaev. Type any of these names in you tube and you’ll see why.. 

Q: Do you have any recommended resources to share (books, seminars, websites, coaches)?
A: Some coaches that know their stuff are guys like Charles Poliquin, John Broz, Charlie Francis, Ian King, Ivan Abadjiev, Vladimir Zatsiorsky, Mel Siff. If you find any training articles or books written by these guys, its gonna get results. For food and supplements, check out anything written by Jonny Bowden.