I’m an Ex Rugby League Player playing in Australia and the UK so I’ve always been fit and in the gym since my early teens. I used to sit in my living room were I had a basic weights set, where I would do leg extension every other night so I could grow my quads so I’d be strong for football.
We focused more on power movements for Football and I got tired of this as I wasn’t seeing the muscle development I wanted. I tended to branch off and do my own weight training focusing on muscle growth not just power. I ended up enjoying the weights more than football, so when injury forced me to retire, I just went 100% in to gym and my nutrition.
Mostly with nutrition, just not understanding the basics to begin with, for all the work you put into training a lot of it is wasted by not supporting it with the right nutrition. Training wise, it was weight over form, with wanting to lift big numbers.
Coming to an understanding that the results aren’t instant!!! Developing a strategy short, medium and long term, without something to aim for, makes it easy to lose sight of what you're trying to achieve at any level of fitness. Consistency and motivation are very much self-driven because you’re the only one that can get you to the gym.
Typically I split my year into 4 blocks:
Anything EDM really, I normally listen to Tiesto’s Clublife, nothing better than a good pump and cranking tunes. I’m a big Bloc Party fan as well.
The contraction… Grow at all cost!!! I want to get the most out of every rep. I can’t bare to leave the gym thinking I haven’t given it everything. To the point I’ll go do extras or a double weight session if I’m not happy with something.
Nutrition is fairly straightforward in terms of my protein/fats/Carbs. I’m pretty structured and I like it that way, I know exactly what my body needs. I normally plan my training when I walk in the gym. I plan what I want to achieve in the session but the exercises I choose are structured to hit the muscle group I’m training that day.
Becoming a father last year, which comes with new challenges and adjustments but still being able to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. No Excuse here If you want it, you’ll get it if not you’ll find a bull shit reason.
I like to stay between 7 – 10% bf year round, I find this easier to maintain and still manage to gain lean muscle mass throughout the year. This means I can be in shoot shape fairly quickly, if required for a photoshoot or other fitness related work.
HIIT cardio 3 or 4 times a week to maintain, normally on the Bike, rower or sled pulls. Either 30 secs on 30 off, or 1 min on 1 min off for 20 to 30 mins.
I often steady state walk as well but not on a treadmill if I can help it.
Protein: Lean cut red meat, salmon, white fish, chicken breast, egg whites and whey protein
Fats: whole eggs, avocado, almond butter and nuts
Carbs: Sweet potato, rice, oats and WaxyMaize
Fiber: Pretty much any green vegetable
Arnold Schwarzenegger like everyone I think he pulled me into the sport with his classic physique, and charisma he made lifting appealing in many ways. Then I came across people like Steve Cook, Lazar Angelo, Sadik Hadzovic and Mark Anthony who had incredible aesthetic physiques. They definitely inspired me to see how far I can progress and if I could reach that level of fitness.
Outside of the gym I’d have to say Bruce Lee, such a strong mind set and physical ability.
Weight: 94kg Height: 183cm