I have been into sport since I was young and played competitively in several different teams at school. I never had a six-pack and I always carried a little extra flab. When I went to university, I gained “the freshman 15”. I thought I had better do something about it so I started to work out. As I increased my knowledge both in the gym and with regard to nutrition and supplementation I started to see great results. I am fortunate enough that I now work in the industry I love as a nutrition consultant, with a bit of fitness modelling on the side.
So many. I look back and think, what would my physique be like if only I had known then what I know now! I think I did what all newbies do and lifted with ego rather than with purpose. I lifted too heavy, I cheated too often and my nutrition was miles away from where it should have been.
I wouldn’t say I preach that people should be consistent, as most people need a degree of flexibility. Too many people can become obsessive both with training and nutrition. On the other hand, I would say that people need to assess their priorities, make certain sacrifices but most importantly they need to find a balance if they are trying to change their physique. James Allen said, “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves”, so I would recommend that people take small steps rather than jumping straight in at the deep end. By making small changes to your training routine and gradually incorporating new foods or removing certain foods from your diet, then you are far more likely to achieve your goal.
I love heavy southern rock when I am training with weights. My favourite bands for the gym are Alterbridge, Shinedown, Hinder, RevTheory and Stereoside. When I am doing “gym-based cardio” then I prefer dance tunes that have a good beat.
I picture what I want to look like. If I am slogging out on a cardio machine then I imagine myself with ripped abs. If I am lifting heavy then I picture myself looking huge. I find this visualisation really helps.
The most popular part of the website is the healthy, fitness recipes section. I love cooking and I believe all physique changes are 80% down to the nutrition. I like to give straightforward recipes a twist, usually by adding in more protein for example, or removing dairy and gluten.
Apologies for the plug but I am also focussing on promoting my own nutrition services where I create custom nutrition and supplement plans for anyone looking to build muscle, lose fat or improve sports performance. Generic plans yield generic results. Individual plans yield outstanding results!
The gym is a hard place to measure success. When you play sport you can measure your performance by winning, being selected for teams, representing your country etc. When you train in the gym for functionality, health and aesthetics then it is harder to gauge success unless you compete in power/weight lifting or bodybuilding.
When I first started out, my goal was to be on the cover of a magazine. I have been fortunate enough to shoot some features for magazines recently and I am due to appear on a cover later in the year. These have been fantastic opportunities and I hope it shows that the models on these covers are just “regular guys”. If you put in the work with your training and nutrition then it is certainly possible to get a body that can be used in fitness magazines.
This is a tricky one for me. It is always a case of “grass is greener on the other side”. When I am cutting, I long to be bigger and have more freedom with my diet. When I am adding mass then it is the opposite, I want to be ripped. At the moment I am in good condition because I have some shoots lined up. I am about to start a very controlled lean mass phase so hopefully I will be able to add some quality size without too much unwanted bodyfat.
I vary my cardio a lot. If I am in the gym then I like to do a mix of HIIT and LI work on the treadmill, bike and cross trainer. However, I much prefer having a high intensity game of squash, badminton or heading out on the road bike.
For the last few months, I have been following the Y3T principles for training. I follow a 5-day split (chest, arms, back, legs and shoulders). Week one focuses on compound moves in the 8-10 rep range. Week two is a mix of compound and isolation in the 12-14 rep range then week 3, or “total annihilation week” is mainly isolation work with a rep range of anything between 15-50 reps. You follow this cycle for 9 weeks then take a rest week. It is a killer and I curse the inventor of this (Flex Lewis’s trainer – Neil Hill) every time week 3 rolls round……in a good way! I throw in the occasional cardio and abs session every few days.
As an endomorph, I don’t tolerate carbohydrates too well. I like to stick to a high protein, moderate carbohydrate, moderate fat diet. The majority of my carbohydrates are consumed around the workout so I have a pre-workout carb based meal, post-workout shake then a high carb post workout meal. My other meals are usually high protein with lots of omega 3 fats and some green veg or salads. I am a staunch believer in the weekly reward meal and anyone on my facebook page will see that I like to go to town with these.
I once watched a video with Whitney Reid called “how to be a fitness model” and that video really made a great impression on me. That was when I decided to take my passion for the gym to the next level and try and do some fitness modelling. There are some great physiques coming through on the UK scene at the moment such as James St Leger (interview with James), Shaun Stafford (Interview with Shaun), Jamie Alderton (Interview with Jamie) and Luke Haslett. Like many in the UK, I always looked up to Olly Foster (Interview with Olly) and I am fortunate now to call him, and the others mentioned above, friends.
I think one of the best physiques on the go at the moment is David Kimmerle (Interview with David) . In my opinion, he has the perfect balance of size, symmetry and shreddedness…(if that actually is a word).
MaxiRaw and Maximuscle provide me with my supplements.
I use Cyclone (post-workout shake), whey protein isolate, a multivitamin, BCAAs, glutamine and Maxipower (pre-workout stimulant).
Born: 1986 – Height: 5ft 8inches – Weight: 172lbs (12st)