Sponsored by: Gymbeing and KillerPhysiquePhotography
When did you first start training?
I started training when I was 16 and have trained regularly since then. I have taken training much more seriously in the last few years though, using specific training regimes, diets etc
How often do you train?
I train in the gym 3-5 days a week depending on work. I also play football up to 3 times a week and road run when possible.
How long do you train for?
No longer than 1 hour on a single muscle group
What are your goals?
To stay fit and healthy. My main goal though is to make it onto the front cover of a fitness magazine (particularly Men’s Health) and maintain my current sponsorship, and also gain more sponsorships where possible.
Which is your favourite muscle group to train?
Abs, as I train these every session in between sets rather than doing them on their own
Can you talk through your weekly workout?
As I work shifts I fit my workouts in when possible but as a guide I aim for the following:
Mon – Legs
Tues – Chest and football in the evening
Wed – Shoulders
Thur – Back and football in the evening
Fri – Squats and arms
Sat – Football
Sun – Rest day or maybe a road run depending on the how the previous weeks training has gone
I also train abs during every workout in-between sets. The above is not a set routine but I try to train 1 muscle group at a time when possible using supersets with lighter weights, rather than lifting heavy with low reps. If I am struggling for time during the week then I will combine a couple of muscle groups together to ensure a full body workout each week. Pre photo shoots I up the CV training for fat burning purposes. As I only work 3 miles away from my home in Birmingham city centre, I run or cycle to work regularly to ensure I get my CV in on a weekly basis. It helps that my job as a Firefighter enables me to train at work as a gym is provided on station.
Do you follow a particular diet?
Yes, as I believe that no matter how hard you train, if your diet is poor then you will not see the maximum benefits. I try to stay as lean as possible so am quite strict with my diet. Although it may sound boring to a lot of people my diet is pretty much the same on a daily basis such as:
Organic porridge and banana with manuka honey for breakfast
Eggs, protein bar or tuna around 10am
Sweet potato mash, brown rice or brown pasta, with green veg and chicken for dinner
Protein shake mid afternoon
Steak, fish or chicken, with greens for evening meal
I always take a protein shake after training of any description and snack on fruit or nuts. I try to stay carb free in the evenings. I have switched tea/coffee for lemon green tea aswell. Although I try to stick to that diet I will have cheat meals every now and again such as pizza or a curry etc. I do crumble sometimes and smash a tub of Ben & Jerries though.
I take PhD Pharma-Pure which is a low carb, low fat protein for lean muscle growth at least twice daily.
What music do you listen to when training?
Most recents are Rudimental, Tinie Tempah, and the Spin and Secret Party Project Podcasts
Who do you look up to or admire?
Anybody who has the dedication to eat clean and train hard on a regular basis, and those who both set and achieve their goals whatever they may be
What is your best achievement?
Last year I entered the Men’s Health cover model competition and made it to the last 16. I then got the call to attend a photo shoot for the final 12 but I was away on holiday so was unable to attend. I will be entering again this year and hopefully be attending the final this time if I make it that far. It is also nice to be recognised for the hard work I have put in to my diet and training, resulting in becoming a sponsored fitness athlete for www.gymbeing.com. I am also a fitness model for KillerPhysique photography @killerphysique on twitter which I am proud of.
What advice would you give anybody who wants to start training?
My best advice is to stick to a good clean diet and when training remember that you do not have to lift heavy weights. I use lighter weights and superset most things as this has helped me to get, and stay lean. The only heavy weights I use is when squatting and dead lifting. Try also switching beer for vodka soda fresh lime.