Information

Born in: 1989
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Occupation: Fitness consultant and personal trainer
Competition weight: 86kg/ 189,5 lbs
Off-season weight: 94kg/207 lbs
Height: 185 cm/ 6’1”

Interview

– Tell the readers some brief details about you before we get started.

I am based in South West London, where I was born, although spent 8 years in the US growing up, mainly in Houston where I went to Primary and Middle School. Still love the US and have many old friends there. I recently got my own studio/gym which has been a great achievement and I’m looking forward to growing this and my next goal is to have a larger gym designed just how I want it!

– How and when did you get started in health and fitness

While still at school, my mom bought me a series of PT sessions and it all went from there. I started going to the gym regularly, watched other people, learned and tried out different ways of training for myself. Just found I loved it. I also trained as a tennis coach and made my living from this until I discovered other people wanted to know about my training philosophy and methods.

– What mistakes you used to do when you began?

Diet definitely. I had trained as a chef for a short while but really didn’t know anything about what kind of foods I should eat to support a fitness regime. Took me a while to understand how to adapt my diet for desired results while keeping it clean – I hardly eat anything out of a packet and spend a lot of time cooking from scratch for best results and long term health and fitness.
Also not training hard enough… I think a lot of people do this, not realising just how hard you have to push yourself to achieve top results.

– What is your diet like?

Eating is a major priority and think about it constantly, so I always know where my next meal or snack is coming from. I cook and prepare everything in advance. When i am cutting I run my own carb cycling regime which I can fine tune as needed to get into the condition I want for competitions, photo shoots, etc., and I include it in plans for all my clients wanting to cut. I only eat fresh foods and am a big believer in clean eating – this way I know exactly what I am putting in my body. I have also got to know what works for me by trying different things over the years – I have never used anyone else’s diet – always figured it out myself until I now know my body well enough to make the adjustments I need with confidence.

– What is your typical workout routine?

Day 1 Chest and Biceps
Day 2 Quads and Hams
Day 3 Weighted Abs
Day 4 Back and Triceps
Day 5 REST
Day 6 Shoulders and Traps
Day 7 Cardio and ABS

– Which are your top 3 exercises and why?

T Bar Row – big power movement for the back.
Squats – you know you’re lifting big and it’s just the most effective exercise for building mass.
DB Incline Press – really helps build a thicker upper chest.

– How do you keep motivated?

Finding other like-minded people and seeing them fulfil their goals, and even better helping other people wanting to do the same, and then seeing their results and how lives can be changed through fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
It’s also important to keep reassessing my goals – I am right now focusing on my own long term personal fitness goals to make it sustainable and keeping it fresh and interesting, and also my business goals to transform my small business into a lifelong investment for me and my family. Having a purpose drives me.

– What is your favourite body part?

Back, biceps and legs

– What is your favorite healthy meal?

Sweet potato is high up on the list and then has to be chicken, cooked any way – this is my staple diet and I love it!

– What is your favorite cheat meal?

That’s easy – pizza. One of my favourite nights is watching a movie at home with my girlfriend eating a large Mighty Meat or Texas Barbecue.

– Do you do cardio? If so, what type of cardio?

I am a big fan of HIIT cardio and find this is a big part of shedding body fat. Its also great to feel like you have really pushed yourself at the end of a HIIT session – I usually try to do 20 minutes with additional warmup and cool down.
When I’m bulking I’ll mainly do LISS for general fitness and cardio vascular health, using HIIT only as a tool to help control body fat gains if it becomes a problem

– What supplements do you use?

I keep my supps fairly light but my staples I wouldn’t be without are whey protein and BCAAs from EHPLabs. I am also loving EHPLabs pre-workout BUZZ which I have started using recently and find it energises me to really push myself in every training session.

– What is the best advice you have ever been given?

About diet – it’s the most important part of getting the body you want and the most difficult to get right. Keep it clean, avoiding processed food and eat a lot!

– Other hobbies a part from fitness?

I was a tennis coach for a while and I still enjoy a game – I’m very competitive; I love cars and my favourite TV show is TopGear; and then movies and hanging out with friends and family.

– Favorite fitness models, athletes or bodybuilders? Inspirations?

Greg Plitt was someone who I admired and apart from that its mainly people who are willing to help and motivate others.

– What are the most important tips you would give to our readers to achieve a Top Physique?

1. Eat clean
2. Mix it up – tempo, variations of same exercise, etc.
3. Always progress… increasing weight, making it harder every time..

– Any quotes that describes your way of thinking?

If you think you have it hard…. you don’t; Somewhere there is someone who has it harder, and is doing more about it.

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