How did you get started?
I started out playing rugby league from a young age. I was always the smallest on the field but also the fastest and at a young age this meant I could hold my own. As we got older and everyone just got bigger and bigger, I didn’t and even though still the fastest when the big lads did get to me I felt it. I took myself off to the gym to weight train to gain some size. I found that I started to enjoy the weights more and the rugby less as many of the lads were turning up to matches and practice late or with hangovers and in a team game the whole team has to be on the game so I found myself moving away from rugby and into the gym where I didn’t have to rely on anyone else.
What your diet consists of & why?
I have a pretty basic diet. Nothing fancy, 6/7 small meals a day with protein, carbs and fat. I like varied food sources and am not an advocate of the ‘chicken, rice and broccoli’ type of diet. There is a massive variety of each of protein/carbs/fats so I don’t see the point of restricting it. I have actually recently had some problems with this myself and found I had restricted my food sources to 6-7 and this was having a very detrimental effect on my training and progress to the point that I sought professional help. I do enjoy eating out but I never go anywhere that serves food in ‘buckets’ and paper bags…I believe you are what you eat.
What supplements do you use?
Extreme Nutrition Whey, Pro 6 and Build & Recover. BCAAs, L-Glutamine, Kre- Evolution and a good multi vit/mineral.
Example of diet
- Meal 1: Oats & Whey, Bio Yoghurt.
- Meal 2: 2 Whole meal toast & Tinned mackerel.
- Meal 3: Baked Potato & Turkey.
- Meal 4 (PRE -Workout): Pro 6, Banana, Rice cakes & Peanut butter.
- Meal 5 (POST-Workout): Build & Recover, 4 Slices fruit loaf & Honey.
- Meal 6: Steak & Pasta.
- Meal 7: Casein & Oats.
What does your current work-out routine look like?
Since the British Gran Prix I have tried my hand at some more powerlifting based training which is something new to me so as of yet I am still kind of bedding myself in. I am training with various people who powerlift exclusively so I will work in with them as they have competitions coming up but for the next 5 weeks it will be: –
Monday: Squat with Hamstrings assistance work.
Wednesday: Bench with Tricep assistance work.
Friday: Deadlift with Back assistance work.
Sunday: Shoulders & Biceps.
What are your max lifts?
Squat – 280kg, Bench 175kg & Deadlift 275kg.
What’s your opinion on the run of the mill “Bulk & cut” way of training
It depends what is meant by ‘bulk’. I have had a lot of lads come to me asking about getting ready for a competition who are have got themselves so far out of shape that they are having to lose 5- 6 stone of fat to even be in with a shout of looking like a bodybuilder. They look at me in disbelief as they think they only have a stone to lose to look shredded. I think in order to make gains you cannot walk around ripped all year round and will have to get slightly out of shape to add muscle mass. There is a middle ground and if you intend to compete then why make a rod for your own back and get so out of shape that you put not only your sanity but you health at more risk than necessary. Too many people think that if they see the scales go up then they have gained size when all they have done is got fatter!
There will always be exceptions but the likelihood of you being one is very small. On the other end of the scale we have the young skinny lads who over train and under eat and insist they eat LOADS. They don’t because if they did then they wouldn’t be skinny, to build a house you need bricks, once you have the house you want an extension and this requires MORE bricks so if you are only putting in enough food to build a kennel then you can train until the hole in your arse heals over and you will never make any progress.
Who is your favorite bodybuilder?
Lee Lebrada, Danny Padilla and Mo Makawi are my favorite bodybuilders and the ones I used as inspiration for my personal goal in bodybuilding, the sculpting of classic lines, small waist, symmetry, proportion and great presentation.
Jon Pal Sigmarsson would be my favorite all time strongman. Big, strong and charismatic.
Emma James is my favorite powerlifter. Incredible bencher with more British/European & World records than you can shake a stick at. She is also affectionately known to her friends as The Brain Ninja for the work she does with other athletes on mental preparation for training and competition. Check her out on www.ironpsyche.com
If you could give someone one piece of advice, what would it be?
When you find your chosen path, whatever it may be, live it, breath it, become it as the pain of regret is worse than pain of failure.