Name: James Briggs
Weight: 198 lbs
When did you first start training?
I first started when I was 19, (nearly four years ago now wow) but I can’t lie, for the first 6 months to a year I didn’t have a clue what I was doing ha. That period was the learning curve, trying and testing workouts and of course trying to set new targets each week.
How often do you train?
I used to train three times a week, however now I try to train 6 times a week, with workouts being slightly shorter.
How long do you train for?
My workouts last around 1.5 – 2 hours depending on what I am hitting, I used to stay no longer than an hour, but started to feel I wasn’t making as much progress as I would have to skip certain exercises, there’s always someone on the machine you want or training the same as you right!
What are your goals?
My goal currently is to reach 225 lbs (100kg) lean and 100% Naturally. I believe another year or so and I will be there, as long as my diet and training remain consistent.
Which is your favourite muscle group to train?Back day is by far my most favoured muscle group and so I love training it the most, although starting out I used to hate training it. I have always been naturally quite broad so I guess that helps.
Can you talk through your weekly workout?
I have just started trying to hit a group twice a week, which currently is working really well for me. For example
Monday – Chest
Tuesday – Back
Wednesday – Cardio/Rest
I would then push each day forward, so the second week I would hit Back twice, then the following week legs etc. I try to keep a 3-day window hitting the same body part.
Do you follow a particular diet?
Yes! Religiously, however I’m currently on holiday so I have cheated.. a lot. Still you have to live a little. I usually stick to Porridge, Chicken, salmon, steak and turkey mince for my protein, carbs consist of white rice (there’s a reason why) occasionally pasta and sweet potato. And finally veg broccoli, spinach and green beans. I also love peanut butter and Avocado, for those healthy nuts.
What supplements so you take?
The list is endless! Haha I’m Kidding, I take a pre workout currently to get me going, with BCAA’s during a workout as well I take joint support (Omega etc.) Multi-vitamins and also L-arginine, for the pump!
What music do you listen to when training?
I listen to a wide variety, if you ever saw my iTunes you may think it belonged to multiple people. I have everything from Slipknot to Mozart to Drake. The last few months I have been really into Rap though, Future, Kevin Gates etc. Although any music with a beat and some base to get through each set will be ok.
Who do you look up to or admire?
Honestly, there are not many fitness personalities or Athletes I look up to, I respect the work they put in, and can appreciate a good physique, however everyone is different in terms of training style, work ethic, genetics etc. If I had to choose a few large names it would have to be firstly The Hodgetwins, not so much for their physique or fitness side, but because to me they have done extremely well, helping people achieve their goals while starting their own fan base, I also think they are hilarious some times, and they do have extensive knowledge, despite others discouraging them. Additionally Bradley Martyn seems really cool, humble and down to earth, despite being a monster and again finding success in starting his own business.
What is your best achievement?
My best achievement thus far would be my most recent photo shoot with Simon Barnes, He approached me and believed I could stand out. I have since had a lot of interest, from sponsors, even possible TV appearances; I am so grateful and humbled by the experience.
What advice would you give anybody who wants to start training?
Do it. Simple. Personally I think you don’t even need a goal from the outset, at least not a definite one. I just went to a local gym one day and tried working out, I instantly became addicted to the pump and the muscle soreness after. I kept going for a full month tracking what I did and although progress was slow, it was amazing to see the body react and strength improving. Also you have to remember everyone is different, and so what works for one person may not work for you, trial and error is essential at the start. There is no right or wrong way to reach your goals but consistency is key.