Every competition has been special and meant a lot to me for different reasons, but it is my two recent wins this year at the PCA Men's Physique and Pure Elite Fitness Model competitions that mean the most to me. I took over a year and a half out from competing to add some muscle and work on weaknesses and the hard work paid off.
I originally took up training in the gym to improve my performance at rugby, but not long after starting I realised I wanted that "cover model" physique! I wanted to look like the guys on the front of fitness magazines. So I started training and researching everything health & fitness related.
It's the reward of setting yourself the challenge of getting in competition shape and achieving it! The feeling you get when you reach that goal of transforming your physique makes you feel like you could do anything you set your mind to in life.
I find I perform my best and enjoy the experience much more if I focus on my own journey and goal rather than looking at the competition. If I am only concerned with my preparation for the stage then I find the whole process far less stressful and actually easier. So if you're a first-time competitor stop worrying about whose competing again you and focus on your journey and constantly improving yourself!
It has been trying to juggle competing with full-time work, family and social commitments and setting up an online business all at the same time!
That CONSISTENCY is key! It's not about fad diets or crazy exercise regimes, it's about being consistent with whatever plan you have, day in, day out.
It isn't actually massively different, to be honest! I now have a lot more variety to my training in the gym and don't feel the need to write down every weight and set as I used to. I do a lot more now by how I feel on the day, rather than having a strict training session!
I take my inspiration from people who have been successful in other fields outside of fitness. People such as Richard Branson, Gordon Ramsey & Dwaine Johnson all inspire me that anything really is possible if you're willing to work for it.
Set a goal or target that is specific to you and what you really want to achieve, not what other people want you to do. You will only succeed if you are driven and motivated to achieve your goals if they actually mean something to you.
Remember what and why you are training. It sounds stupid but so many guys will attempt 1 rep maxes and focus on strength and power when they are actually training for aesthetics! Or they will get annoyed they are losing their definition when they are trying to pack on muscle or increase strength.
Two main highlights:
First was being the face of Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout and being featured in nearly every fitness magazine across the U.K. & Europe!
The second was winning Pure Elite & PCA back to back.
Sometimes I don't, but nerves can work in your favour as they will keep you focused on the job in hand. If I've put the work in and know if given my preparation my all then I'm usually less nervous.
For the past year, I've really enjoyed training legs as they were always a weakness of mine. So putting in the sessions has really brought them up to match the rest of my body and made me actually enjoy the sessions! I'm a big fan of a 45-degree leg press and a walking lunge.
Here is a common regime I use. It is over 8 days, so I train a different body part each Monday for example:
Day 1: Quads/Hamstrings
Day 2: Shoulders/Calves
Day 3: Chest/Back
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Hamstrings/Quads
Day 6: Shoulders
Day 7: Arms/Calves
Day 8: Rest
I don't really have a set genre I like to listen to as it depends on my mood. Although anything that has a bit of aggression is my favourite, so rock/drum & base both work well for me.
I always stick to 6 meals a day whether I'm bulking up or trying to get lean. This is because I love food and find this works really well with my lifestyle. However, the portion sizes and macronutrients of each meal changes depending on what my goal is. With getting lean, I will gradually reduce my calories as and when needed, only making changes to the nutrition of it's really required.
I'm a big fan of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) - Big calorie burn in minimal time.
I currently take supplements from Optimum Nutrition including:
I'm looking to push my new website www.chaseperfection.com as best I can. There are so many people I know I can hugely benefit by making small adjustments to their training, nutrition and lifestyle.
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