The basics – How old are you, which university do you go to and what do you study?
21, Southampton Solent. Studying: Electronic Engineering
How did you get into fitness?
My Flatmate was a qualified PT.
What made you want to compete?
To show all my hard-work and network with likeminded, fitness-oriented individuals.
How many competitions have you done? Is this year’s SPC your first? How are you feeling about it?
I have never done a competition before and this year’s SPC will be my first ever. I am feeling nervous as I am not sure I am ready, but also excited to meet so many other people.
What is your training like during prep?
High repetitions for hypertrophy and very regular, I am trying to hold onto as much mass as possible. Not too much cardio as I am aiming to combat fat gain through diet. A lot of posing practice and foam rolling.
I follow a 5 day timed superset split. However I occasionally deter and throw in big lifts, just to ensure that I don’t lose strength. Furthermore I feel as though the big lifts expose imbalances and are more functional forms of training. In addition I ensure that I do cardio at least once a week, as heart and lung health is extremely important; and I want to ensure my training is sustainable.
Mondays I work Legs (anterior and posterior)
Tuesdays Chest, Forearms and Abs
Wednesdays Back and Traps
Thursdays Stretching and Gentle Cardio (I do not classify this as training, more as active rest)
Fridays Shoulders and Abs
Check it out on Muscle & Strength
What is your diet like during prep?
A lot of protein, using MyFitnessPal to track calories and macros. Numbers for macros are C: 389, P: 200, F: 86. I strive to get healthy fats, however I prioritise my micros and protein consumption more. I supplement with Zinc and Fish oils daily and have started to include vitamin D. As well as this I also consume a vegetable medley mix (400g per day) consisting of kale, broccoli, cauliflower, beetroot and carrots. I ensure the foods I eat are low in GI and each meal is balanced out. I cook in batches and split them into 4-5 meals throughout the day. Daily I eat brown rice, vegetable medley and chicken or turkey; due to the low fat content. Furthermore, research shows that chicken and turkey are the most bio available sources of animal protein. I do not drink shakes as my skin disagrees with dairy, so all my calories must be consumed.
How do you stay motivated during prep?
I visualise standing on stage and wanting to make myself and the people that have come to support me proud.
How do you manage your studies alongside staying in shape?
I ensure that I complete my University in the morning and so I have the day to complete the workout and eat all my meals, while browsing through lecture notes; trying to pick up additional information.
What are your fitness goals for the future?
I wish to become the strongest and most aesthetic version of myself and maybe stand on the competition stage again.
Finally, is there anything else you would like to add?
Nothing else, just gratitude for being given this opportunity.