Bodybuilder Max O’Connor Talk’s with Muscle-Munch

Bodybuilder Max O’Connor Talk’s with Muscle-Munch

How did you get started?

I began training in the gym after a torn ACL on my right knee playing rugby. The weight training was aimed at increasing strength and stability of my lower body. I joined a gym where the focus of training in there was more about power lifting and bodybuilding. I loved training down there and after training with a friend for his first bodybuilding contest in 2008 I thought I would enter, I havnt looked back since.

What your diet consists of & why?

Meat and A LOT of it, a high protein diet all year round is the most vital part of a bodybuilders diet! I try to mix up my sources of protein e.g. fish, beef mince or steak, chicken, turkey, eggs, cottage cheese & quark.

What supplements do you use?

#1.Off season

  • BSN True mass
  • BSN Cellmass creatine
  • BioX whey complex
  • Dorian Yates NoxPump
  • Vitargo Glutamine
  • Vitamin C
  • ZMA


  • BioX whey complex
  • USN pure protein IGF-1
  • Dorian Yates NoxPump
  • BCAA’s, Glutamine
  • Vitamin C
  • Multivitamin
  • Flex seed oil
  • ZMA

Example of diet

  • 06:30 AM: BCAA’s and Glutamine
  • 07:30 AM: 150g of oats, 50g of whey protein, 12 egg whites, handful of blueberries.
  • 09:30 AM: Scrambled eggs on wholegrain toast
  • 11:30 AM: 300g of cod, green beans and rice cakes
  • 13:30 PM: 250g of beef mince 100g of wholegrain rice
  • 15:30 PM: 200g of chicken breast 100g of new potatos
  • -Train for 1 hour
  • 17:45 PM: Postworkout shake 50g of whey protein
  • 18:30 PM: 300g of beef steak and green beans
  • 20:30 PM: 300g of cottage cheese
  • 21:30 PM: Bed

What does your current work-out routine look like?

Monday: Back
Tuesday: Delts, traps and triceps
Wednesday: Hamstrings, Calves and Biceps
Chest and abs
Quads and Calves
Arms and abs

What are your max lifts?

I have done a 1rep max lift but I don’t feel like it has any benefit to me as a bodybuilder. My strongest lifts are Squats 240kg for sets of 6reps, Seated dumbbell shoulder press 50kg for sets of 10 & I Deadlift 265kg for sets of 6.

What’s your opinion on the run of the mill “Bulk & cut” way of training

It works for me, if you want to add on big muscle mass then unfortunately your going to have to carry round a bit of excess whilst your trying to build mass.

Who is your favorite bodybuilder?

Dorian Yates is my favourite bodybuilder, I love to watch his old videos on YouTube and see the progress he made from year to year. Im probably a little bit biased as he’s from the Midlands same as me!

If you could give someone one piece of advice, what would it be?

Enjoy it!! Bodybuilding is a lifestyle choice, nobodies making you do it!!

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