How did you get started?
My uncle was really into Bodybuilding and started taking me to the Gym, when I was 17 he said I looked like I had good genetics for Bodybuilding and the journey began! He started taking me to the gym and I was hooked!
What your diet consists of and why?
Nowadays my diet is high protein, moderate carbs and low fat. However…recently I’ve been experimenting with adding more fat, mainly from Udos oil. Due to me having type 1 diabetes I can’t go crazy with carb’s and my protein intake isn’t as high as it was. I’m very cautions due to the kidney complications that can follow diabetes.
What Supplements do you use?
- CNP Pro Vital
- CNP Pro Peptide
- BCAA and EAA
- Udos Oil
- Digestive Enzymes
- Pre Workout NO Drinks ( I usually change brands from time to time )
- True Protein Joint Support
- Vitamin C
Along with other bits and pieces I’ve been adding 5htp lately at night to help with sleep ( I’m a terrible sleeper ! )
Example of diet
- Meal 1: Egg Whites, Pro Peptide & Oats.
- Meal 2: Chicken Breast, Brown Rice, Green Beans & Udos Oil.
- Meal 3: Chicken Breast, Brown Rice, Green Beans & Udos Oil.
- Meal 4: Pro Peptide & Oats.
- Meal 5: Chicken Breast, Green Bean’s & Nut’s/Fruit.
That’s about it, exciting stuff! I might throw in the odd Protein bar here and there. Generally I try to eat clean 6 days a week then loosen up a little at the weekend.
What does your current work-out routine look like?
I’m a big believer in high intensity / short workouts, but as of late due to injuries I have been forced to do more volume with lighter weight. My body seems to have responded well too it so maybe the change did some good! As I said before though, I still believe heavy, brief and infrequent workouts are best for muscle growth and density.
- Monday: Chest/Biceps.
- Tuesday: Rest.
- Wednesday: Quads/Hams.
- Thursday: Rest.
- Friday: Delts/Traps/Triceps.
- Saturday: Abs/Calves.
- Sunday: Back.
What are your Max Lifts?
I’ve never really done a ‘Max Lift’….I usually stick with the 6-10 rep range.
- Squat – 600lb.
- Deadlift – 600lb.
- Incline Dumbbell Press – 175lb.
- Hammer Curls – 110lb.
What’s your opinion on the run of the mill “Bulk & cut” way of training
When I was younger I would get way too heavy during the offseason. Nowadays I try stay a little learner as I find my body is more efficient when I’m not holding a load of water & fat. If I’m honest when I used to bulk right up my workouts and strength were the same as they are now so i don’t see any point in it. Overall I try stay a little tighter in the offseason as this makes it a lot easier come contest time. I think a lot of other guys have started to follow this protocol too.
Who is your favourite bodybuilder, strongman or powerlifter?
Dorian Yates – He didn’t have the greatest genetics amongst the pros of his era but he was known for his brutal intensity and work ethic! I still find Dorian motivating today…
If you could give someone any advice, what would it be?
Keep it simple and stick to the basics! Don’t forget the importance of Rest and Recovery
Special Mention: I want to add a big thank you to my wife Donna, Training Partner Dave and everyone who has given me support and encouragement over the past couple of years since I started competing again ( To many names to mention !) – Thank you, Anth.