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Interview with UKBFF Under 21: Robert Plant

How did you get started?

If I’m honest, I got into bodybuilding by accident. I got asked to do an open bodybuilding show in the junior category by the owner of my gym and he is also the guy that runs the show. I didn’t have a clue what to do so 10 months out I began to ask some of the older guys in the gym for advice on what I need and also how long and what my diet will consist of.

It came to the point where I needed to start my diet so I went off the list of meals I had and did all my cardio when It needed to be done no matter what time it was, it was the hardest and the biggest mental and physical 12 weeks of my life. I came in with the best condition and managed to win, ever since then I’ve just loved the sport, nothing beats the thrill of walking on a stage knowing that your looking the best you can be.

What your diet consists of and why?

My diet off season consists of high protein intake, I get this mainly from chicken, fish, red meat and also a high carb intake which I get that from mostly white rice and potatoes, I also have a lot of green veg.

I try to have at least 5 meals a day; also I try to aim between 250-300 gram of protein a day and 400 grams of carbs

What supplements do you use?

The supplements I use consist of the ones no bodybuilder can live without:

  • Protein.
  • Glutamine.
  • Multi-Vitamins.
  • Dextrose.
  • Glucose.
  • Omega 3.

What does your current work-out routine look like?

Monday: Bicep/Triceps.
Tuesday: Shoulders.
Wednesday: Legs/Calves.
Thursday: Chest.
Friday: Abs/Calves/Fore-arms.
Saturday: Rest.
Sunday: Back.

What are your Max Lifts?

I can dead lift 190kg, my max bench press is 140kg, max squat is around 150kg, and max shoulder press is 150kg.

Whats your opinion on the run of the mill “Bulk & Cut” way of training?

I think it’s a good way of training. It’s such a good feeling to see  your improvements each year and the only way you can really see the changes is to cut up and see just how much your body has developed over the bulking period.

Who is your favorite bodybuilder, strongman or powerlifter?

The bodybuilder I admire the most is none other than Kevin Levrone, the size and symmetry and condition he would get himself in was unreal, he was about at the wrong time in my opinion. If Kevin Levrone was around now there would be no touching him for the Mr. Olympia title.

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

Nothing happens over night, this takes time and a lot of effort, train to the full every session but train smart and eat what your body needs to grow. If you do this there is no reason you can’t achieve your full potential.

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Julian Matthews

Julian Matthews

Born and raised in the valley of the Clearwater forest in rural, Julian was involved in fitness from a young age. Mountaineering, running, and climbing were a part of everyday life in the Clearwater forest. This routine of exercise resulted in Julian experimenting in martial arts as a teen, whilst also joining a local powerlifting focused gym. Julian followed a career in fitness, and became a qualified personal trainer in his late teens. Once in college he turned his hand at the corporate aspect of fitness, taking a management position at a large local gym. During that time he became a co-founding member of the Lehi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club, and was in their first competition team.

Outside of college Julian set up his own coaching centre. His list of clients included several professional MMA athletes.

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