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A little about me:
I’m an 18-year-old natural bodybuilder originally from Manchester, England. I have lived in Perth, Western Australia over half my life, so you could say I’m more of an Aussie now. I currently study full time at Curtin University, studying commerce; I am yet to decide what I want to major in or if I will continue down this road, or down a road linked to my true passion in life, bodybuilding and health. My love for the sport of natural bodybuilding continues to grow and I want to be a part of the natural movement, which is growing not only in Australia but also worldwide. I’m currently reverse dieting from the September 2013 competition season, which was extremely successful for me. I am now looking forward to my future being part of Vitamin King team, and have many exciting things on the horizon.
How did you get into your chosen sport?
Since a young age I have always been active, first playing soccer, then moving onto martial arts, which included boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and mixed martial arts and now bodybuilding. The reason for the jump between sports was due to niggling injuries. Looking back I’m glad I didn’t go back to those previous sports post injuries as I’ve found my place with bodybuilding. It also helped growing up within an active family my grandfather, father and older brother all weightlifted at one stage in their life and without them I would have never considered bodybuilding or been taught the basics. When I first started lifting weights, it was purely for weight loss as I was always quite chubby growing up. Though like most others, it became an addiction not only to get stronger and grow but also to educate my self on proper nutrition, training methods and supplementation. Then from the first time I stepped on stage in 2011, the dreams and goals began to form that are still there today.
What motivates you?
I set myself short, medium and long-term goals, which continually spur and motivate me to keep going. For example achieving a short-term goal that may be hitting a PR on deadlifts, in turn means I’m progressing, getting stronger, and bigger which drives me, giving me the desire to continue to grow before I next get on stage. My ongoing motivation is to become a natural professional bodybuilder and become the biggest and most muscular natural bodybuilder in the world. On top of the goals I set myself, bodybuilding to me is about surpassing the norm and bettering yourself every time you step up on that stage. Nobody wants to be mediocre.
Admittedly I’m someone who has let the demands of bodybuilding take over my life, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love training, dieting, the challenge of the sport, the science behind the sport, living in a routine and striving ever closer to my goals everyday. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, travelling and video games.
When training I like to listen to mainly rap, hip hop, and electronic music.
When it comes to diet and nutrition, I’m big on eating whole unprocessed foods throughout the majority of the day; foods such as sweet potato, chicken, kangaroo, brown rice, avocado, greens etc. If cravings are at a high like they usually are during the reverse dieting phase post competition, I may utilise flexible dieting to allow something like a pop tart or cereal into my diet. This is just my approach to dieting. I have always found it works best for me to eat ‘clean’ which not only assists me in remaining physically strong but also psychologically strong. Which is a huge under looked aspect of bodybuilding. My meals also remain consistent and the same 7 days a week. I will usually eat out (cheat) once a week at the most, as I’m a firm believer that consistency is the key.
I have recently taken a new approach to training incorporating powerlifting training, with hypertrophy/bodybuilding training. Not only is this increasing the frequency my body parts are stimulated but also helps increase strength as much as possible on power days, which in turn will allow me to move more weight on hypertrophy days, optimally leading to more muscle growth. One could say its best off both worlds. Before starting this routine however, I was training one body part once a day five days a week eg. Monday – arms, Tuesday – shoulders, Wednesday – back, Thursday – chest, Friday – legs, and on the Saturday I would train a body part I feel is lagging that I want to focus on. Which I found really helped bring up the lagging body parts. When doing this split, its always-high volume, with lots of sets, drop sets, giant sets, super sets and a wide range of exercises. One thing that has also worked for me is going as heavy as I can on compound movements even if it meant cheating or assisted reps towards the end of the set.
The supplements that I use include whey protein, casein protein, branched chains (bcaa), glutamine, creatine, vitargo and occasionally a pre workout. I generally switch up my bcaas, proteins and pre workouts just for more variety, as there are so many different blends and flavours available.
2011 – 2nd place INBA WA State Titles (teenage men)
2013 – 1st place INBA WA State Titles (teenage men)
2013 – 1st place ANB WA State Titles (teenage men) and posing award
2013 – 3rd place INBA Australian Titles (teenage men)
Below are some of my short, medium and long-term goals in relation to the gym and bodybuilding; I highly recommend using goal setting as a tool in all aspect of your life. When using goal setting its important to make the goals challenging to ensure you push yourself to achieve your goals.
Short-term goal: To reverse diet in the most optimal way possible, being at my previous off-season weight leaner, stronger and eating a higher calorie intake. I’m always aiming to increase strength every workout this could also be an example of my short-term goals.
Medium term goal: Too hit personal records (PR’s) on all my power lifts (bench, deadlifts, squats), and enter my first powerlifting competition in 2014 during my ‘offseason’.
Long-term goal: In 2015 represent Australia at the 2015 INBA Natural Olympia teenage men division, after placing 1st at the INBA Australian titles. Too one day become a natural professional bodybuilder.
I have many favourites, but one quote that has always struck home for me is this famous Arnold quote.
“The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I’d hate that.”
The reason this quote is so important to me is because, one of the reasons I started bodybuilding was to no longer have the same physique as your average Joe. I wanted to be different. To ultimately achieve a status as one of the most muscular natural bodybuilders to have ever walked the planet is to be different than everybody else.
Best advice anyone’s ever given you:
Having a goal gives you a direction to head to, without one you wouldn’t know how fast to move to get it.
Anything else you’d like to add:
For anybody getting started in bodybuilding, or the gym in general. There are two important things I would like to suggest that I’ve found helped me achieve what I have in such a short time.
Number one is goal setting; you must give yourself varied goals to achieve in the foreseeable future. Some must be short-term wether that might be hitting a new PR on squats, or making sure your weight is gradually increasing weekly. The other goals must be long term like loosing or gaining 5kg in a year or achieving a state title at a bodybuilding show, no matter how long it takes you have to stick at these goals. These short term goals help drive you stronger and harder towards your long term goals, making the journey seem much less tedious. Remember know matter what your goal it must be measurable in some way, shape or form.
Number two is ‘consistency’ the term is thrown around a lot in relation to bodybuilding, fitness and health this is where people continually seem to fall short. I guarantee your results will far exceed your expectations on what your body can achieve if you remain consistent with regularly training hard and eating right. Hiccups are expected to happen at the end of the day we’re human and mistakes are made, binge meals are eaten, days off are taken, the sooner you get back to being consistent, the sooner you will start achieving your goals.