Weight: 80kg contest weight, approx 90kg offseason
Chest size: 48″
Waist size: 30″
Bicep size: 19″
Calves size: 17″
Thighs size: 30″
I rotate on a 10 day split, training each body part once over the 10 days, except for back, where I have a day for working width and a day for working thickness. I don’t have any set days for particular body parts or rest days, I just take them as and when I feel my body needs them, so I guess my training is instinctive in that way. Same with my choice of exercises, I do what I feel like the muscle needs on that particular day, although I always tend to keep in the basics, heavy presses, squats, deadlifts, these are the bread and butter for any body builder and should not be left out of any workout!
I eat a clean, healthy diet consisting of 400g protein, 500g carbs and 90g fats daily, spread over 7-8 meals throughout the day. My favourite sources of protein are chicken, fish, lean cuts of beef, egg whites and whey protein powder. For carbohydrates I use oats, rice, potato/sweet potato, fruit and veg, vitargo (post workout) and eziekiel bread. For fats I use olive oil, avocado, udo’s choice and mixed nuts such as almonds, brazils and cashews.
When and why did you get started?
I have been training for 6 years now, I got started because I wanted to do something constructive with my time after leaving school/college and missing out on sports such as football, rugby and swimming. I joined a local body building gym with a friend and was hooked instantly, I progressed really quickly and was competing and winning shows within 18 months of stepping into the gym!
Will you always strive to get stronger or at some point just try to maintain?
Strength doesn’t particularly bother me, although I do boast some impressive lifts such as 190kg squat and 170kg bench at a bodyweight of 85kg. However, I’m a body builder, not a power lifter, there are a lot of very good strongmen out there who can lift some massive, really impressive weight, however I would not want to look like them! I’m more into the aesthetics of body building, stimulating the muscle to grow and shape it in order to be the best physique I can be, not the strongest.
Have you done any competitions or plan to?
I have competed on various occasions between 2006 and now. My first show was the UKBFF East of England Championships in Leicester, where I won the Junior class, I also won the UKBFF Midlands Championships a few weeks later as well. In 2009 I won the NAC British under 23’s Title and represented my country at their World Championships in Amsterdam, coming 4th (IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar’s brother came 3rd), then later that year I won the UKBFF Stars of Tomorrow show in the Intermediate Under 80kg class. In 2010 I earned my biggest title to date by beating 22 other competitors at the UKBFF British Finals when I was crowned British Champion at intermediate Under 80kg class, making me one of the youngest British Champions in history!
What would be your biggest dream to be able to achieve?
To become an IFBB Pro and stand on the Olympia stage in the 212 class with my buddies Flex Lewis and Shaun Joseph Taverier.
Do you ever struggle to stick to your diet and eat lots of junk food?
No, not really. I don’t really crave junk food, my goal is to be the best body builder I can be, and I know eating a load of crap won’t help me do that! I have a treat when I feel like it, maybe once or twice a week at a push, but I don’t use my offseason as an excuse to get out of shape like some people do.
Allot of us out there love a good drink of alcohol from time to time, do you ever drink, if so how often?
I don’t drink, I’ve never been a big drinker, it does nothing for me. After years of working on the doors I’ve seen first hand the effects alcohol has on people, so I tend to avoid it to be honest, I’d rather go out for a nice meal or go to the cinema with my girlfriend.
If you could pick only one supplement what would it be? (Not protein as you can get that from foods easily)
L-Glutamine, the most under rated yet highly effective supplement on the market! I swear by it!
Your favourite food?
Chicken Fajhita’s, healthy and tasty!!
If you could pick only 3 different body parts to put on your body from 3 famous people, what would they be and why?
Ronnie Coleman’s back, Lee Priests arms and Branch Warren’s legs…’Nuff said!
Your favourite quote?
“Strive for the Impossible, to be the best possible!”
Your top 3 tips to someone that might be just starting out bodybuilding?
Train smart, don’t use too much weight, its all about technique and good form
Stick to the basics and build a solid foundation on your physique before you start getting too fancy and over thinking your workouts.
Eat, lift, rest, repeat!! Diet and rest are the most important things to a body builder, you do not grow while your in the gym, u grow while your resting and eating.
What is your favourite motivation picture online and why?