I started lifting at the age of 16, I was a skinny teenager inspired by another pupil at the college I went to who’s physique I had never seen the likes of before. I remember approaching him and asking how he got that way and he said he simply got some training equipment and trained at home.
When I think about it, that was the first and last time I asked someone how to build muscle, to me what he said made perfect sense and that was all I needed to know. That afternoon I bought some dumbbells and had my first training session, the addiction to the pump started that same day. Now as a Musclemania athlete I plan to show my physique to the world and help others achieve their natural potential.
When I first started, I’d train the same body parts 7 days a week, there was no set session time. I would work out any time of the day and sometimes all day, I loved the feeling and the pump I’d often train late into the night. I had a close friend who’s house everyone would go to chill out and play video games; I used to take my dumbbells with me and at various times you would catch me doing curls, shoulder pressing or dips. Hard to judge whether all of that would be described as a mistake or building a foundation but if I went back I know I’d have more structure.
I’m not going to sugarcoat this, anyone struggling to stay consistent you simply don’t want it hard enough; you cannot teach someone drive and ambition. Once you set yourself a task how can you willingly let yourself down?
Only you have control of your future success, the ability to be better, being consistent is the only way you can progress, the only way that you become better at performing the task you endeavor to master. You have the chance to build the skinny you of yesterday to the mountain of muscle you place so highly on a pedestal, you have the chance to obliterate the excess fat that has plagued you all your life, do not let something as simple as showing up every time you are supposed to come between you and your goals.
Music is the best training supplement out there, have the right tunes playing and finding beast mode is as easy as pressing play. My playlist consist of hardcore hip-hop with the likes of 2Pac, DMX, Mobb Deep, Papoose, Styles P and others.
To me that last rep is what separates the mortals from those trying to reach a new level. Going for that last rep for me is saying I am fully aware of the pain and struggle I will endure and I embrace it, I want it to be as painful and unbearable as possible so I know that where I am going few will attempt to follow.
Nutrition comes second nature to me, I plan my meals in the supermarket as I’m buying the ingredients, I know exactly what my body needs. I normally plan my training routine en route to the gym but the exercises I choose are structured to hit every major muscle of the body part being trained that day.
I have never bulked even once in all the years I’ve been training, it’s not how I do things. I eat clean, stay lean and build mass gradually.
As a result of my strict diet my body fat always remains low, I stay cut all year round. However when I do want to cut down even lower I find slow cardio brisk walking on a treadmill or using the step machine works for me.
I train 6 days a week:
Tuesday: Back & Calves
Wednesday: Legs (incl Calves)
Friday: Arms (Bi’s and Tri’s)
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: Legs – Heavy (incl Calves)
My body is in peak condition all year, I maintain a healthy diet all year, I train hard all year, I ‘live’ bodybuilding, it is not seasonal.
1. Consistency – Doesn’t matter how many times you hear it, it’s key and you won’t achieve a thing without it.
2. Lift Heavy – You want your body to react? Don’t tease it with silly light weights, punish it, hit it hard until it gets better, until it gets stronger, until it grows.
3. Structure your training – If you hit the gym with no direction you will end up nowhere, you need to understand what exactly will help you achieve your goal and plan meticulously what you need to do to achieve it.
Year of birth: 1986 Weight: 230lb Height: 6’1
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