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Laurence Holt on Loughborough’s win – MASS Championship

Loughborough president Laurence Holt shares words of encouragement for all 2017 MASS Championship hopefuls as we talk about what it was like to win the title.

Name: Laurence Holt
University: Loughborough
Course: International Business
Year of Study: second

Congratulations! How does it feel to be crowned the MASS Championship University Champions?

Unremarkable! How did we come from a team of just 12 members in 2008 to Mass University champions? I guess we have our competitors to thank.

After eyeing up our main rivals ( Cardiff ) we honestly thought all hope was lost, however over the series of the MASS Championship our members brought the fire and helped secure the title.

Amazing achievement by all the students who competed and we look forward to showing off the trophy.

 

 

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Which competitions did the team compete in, and how did they get on in each of them?

Across the year MASS brought a series of events, ranging from Physique to powerlifting. Fortunately for Loughborough, our members competed in 4 out of 5 sports covering a diverse range of results. Both the Powerlifting and Weightlifting proved to be most successful with coupling PB’s and total Wilks/Sinclair scores.

 

 

Which is your favourite competition and why?

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Powerlifting as it was filled with new competitors and put a refreshing twist on competing in MASS championships.

 

 

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Was it hard to get members interested in competing?

Luckily for us, Loughborough already attracts athletes looking to excel in a variety of sports. Therefore with a little advertising and word of mouth, word quickly spread.

 

Give us the low-down on what it’s like to run a society?

Brilliant! I have had the pleasure of meeting and inspiring new members to the fitness world and attend some pretty cool lectures. With the backing of an enthusiastic committee a simple idea can turn into a extraordinary event.

Although it’s been a roller-coaster of ups and downs, I will be sad to be stepping down.

 

Does the work-load vary between term-time and holidays?

Running a society is simply what you make of it and the effort you put in. Work- loads and deadlines will come and go but a 1 hour meeting a week can make all the difference.

 

What’s the team’s training like in preparation for a competition?

This is a hard question. Some members prefer to train alone and focus on personal goals whilst others prefer to meet up and carry out joint training sessions.  Irrespective of training routines all members however are keen to motivate and provide a helping hand before the big day.

 

 

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Do other committee members help out with the competitions?

Yes, all competitions are seen as a responsibility by committee members to ensure athletes attend events to deliver a ground breaking performance.

 

In the end, is it all worth it?

YES, what’s the worst that could happen? You loose all your gains and look like Jeff Seid

 

What advice would you give to 2017 MASS Championship hopefuls?

What have you got to loose. If you don’t know have a go.

 

What’s next for you?

Hit the gym and get bigger than Dave Bissell himself. It’s always good to aim high Laurence 😉

 

Where can our readers follow your society?

Easy. Simply type in Loughborough Fitness and Wellbeing society on Facebook and await approval.

 

Interview by David Bissell
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Jake Doan – What it Takes to Be the Best

The MASS Team caught up with University of Wales Trinity St David student and male athlete of the year Jake Doan to find out what it’s like, and what it takes, to be the national champ!

 

Name: Jake Doan
University: University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Course: BSc Personal Training- Health & Exercise
Year of Study: 3rd

Congratulations! How does it feel to be crowned the MASS Male athlete of the year?

I am very grateful to be able to receive this award. A lot of training and time went into being able to compete in each event and it has been extremely rewarding year. Just having the ability to compete against the calibre of athletes and in an organization like MASS alone has been gratifying but to receive such a prestigious reward at the end of the year is just incredible and I never would have thought I would be in this situation at this time in my life.

 

Which competitions did you compete in, and how did you get on in each of them?

  • Southern Regional Powerlifting <105kg  1st Place – Biggest Bench- Biggest Squat
  • Southern Regional Strongman <105kg 1st Place
  • Southern Regional Strongman University Team Award
  • National Strongman Championship <105kg 1st Place
  • National Strongman Championship University Team Award
  • SPC Men’s Physique Tall 2nd Place Award
  • Battle of the Student 3rd Place Award

What was your favourite competition and why?

This is a tough question because all the events were extremely enjoyable. I’d have to say the SPC was my favourite because it was the most rewarding event. Although I didn’t place as high as I did in some of my other events I wasn’t concerned at all because of my feelings toward the other athletes and the how great of a final product all the guys in my category brought to the competition that day.  The majority of my training and year revolved around this event and I was very pleased with the final result and how I represented myself on stage.  The preparation that went into competing was extremely rewarding I learned a lot about myself and how my body reacts to specific types of training methods. To be honest by the end of it I would have been happy just having the courage to step on stage but to go home with a medal that day was amazing. I do have to say that the most fun day overall was the Strongman Championships because both times I competed with fellow team-mates from my university making that event even more enjoyable and rewarding because I got to share those moments with friends.

 

 

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Did you have a lot of support from your family and peers?

As an international student this was a bit difficult at times as a majority of my friends and family are 5500 km away in Sault Ste Marie Ontario. (Shout out to the Hometown crowd) I am extremely fortunate to have the support system I do back home because you couldn’t ask for more supportive influences than I have; my parents, brother, cousins, old teachers, work friends, my social groups all were there for me along the way and I always knew they had my back. Here in the UK I have the best flat mates, I hit the lotto with this bunch and they know that I appreciate them for all their support.

 

Give us the low-down on a typical training week for you?

Typically I train every day of the week, the gym is one of the only places I truly feel in my comfort zone. Right now I am a bit worn down so I have implemented one rest day a week at the end of my split(see below) As a strength and conditioning coach I am a huge fan of periodization and having a set template of my week but will adjust it accordingly to weakness time to time. So it does vary with importance of developing specific muscle groups such as my lacking traps, upper chest, and calves. A huge part of my week is recovery, and I include nutrition and meal preparation in this category as I only eat to replenish and grow. I don’t eat just for the sake of eating, I believe food is fuel that’s it. Nutrition is the largest part of the whole recovery spectrum. I think that people focus more on the foam roller and lacrosse ball side of recovery but don’t meet many of the basic nutritional needs that their bodies and their specific training methods require. That being said I focus on recovery in many of those same manners; I always have my tiger tail with me and spend a lot of my down time rolling out while I watch my favourite TV shows; Suits, and basically anything Marvel or DC. The key thing with me is I listen to my body. I am very focused on recovery and ensuring I don’t get injured. I use what I call the therapies of my training; naps, nutrition, massage, and sleep. As for training I have always been a multi-sport athlete and therefore I like a variety of training methods from Crossfit (don’t hate) to Strongman and obviously bodybuilding methods. I train daily at 5:30 in the evening so that I have the day to fuel up for my lift and currently I am doing fasted cardio at 7:30 in the morning in anticipation for a photoshoot at the end of May. I will provide a training template of what I am currently doing below that way if you want to follow my plan for a week you can.

Does your training vary between term time and holidays?

This is very dependent on my goals at the time of the holiday. For example this Christmas I was weeks into my cut for the SPC so I couldn’t and didn’t miss a single day of training or adjust my meal plan. I had a number of scheduled refeeds over that “break” one of which was Christmas morning when I smashed some Nutella French Toast, it’s my favourite refeed meal. I’ll include a link to the instruction on how to make it below so you can indulge too. The only training variations that occurred over this time period was the time of day I would train. As I said before I like to train at 5:30 pm daily but over the holidays our school gym hours were changed to 10am to 1 pm slightly limiting me to training during that time period, but the gym was kind enough to open up over the holidays that they had the building closed because they understood the importance of me getting each workout in. The staff at the Sports Centre in Carmarthen have been amazing with helping me in that area, letting me stay late on some evenings even. I was extremely fortunate in that area.

Link: http://www.food.com/recipe/nutella-stuffed-french-toast-78305

 

 

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How drastically did you have to alter the way you train between prepping for the different competitions?

This may take a while… The first event I trained for was the Southern powerlifting event, although my training typically consists of all three of the lifts in powerlifting I only had 4 weeks to specifically train for the MASS Southern Regional event. This consisted of ensuring technique met the requirements for the competition of a lift in all three lifts. For example when I barbell bench press I tended to lower the bar to my chest level but never would I touch and pause at the bottom of the lift because I never wanted to lose momentum throughout the lift. So I started to train with pause reps in my training for the bench press to ensure I was going to be able to press the same amount of weight I traditionally lift with the new standard for bench. That was my main change in training for that event, looking back I wish I had more time to work on my sumo deadlift instead of my tradition deadlift because I can pull much more now with my sumo but that’s hind sight for you. Next up was the Southern Regional Strongman, and I changed up my training big time for this event. I actually travelled to Bridge End and was instructed in all the traditional strongman movements by Wales Strongest Man Mark Jeanes. Which I was extremely fortunate for because Mark and his fellow strongmen were extremely helpful throughout my preparation for this event as I had never lifted an atlas stone or even a yoke before training with them. By the end of the day I had lifted a 135kg atlas stone and 190kg yoke walk with ease so I owe them a huge thanks for that day of training. Learning from the best put me on a path to success in these events. Not to be forgotten my strongman Captain Evan Stanton worked me through log press form and methods of a number of other movements such as the keg toss, farmers walks and circus dumbbells, movements that I had never would have even considered implementing in my training before. The SPC was a huge shift in training and is very similar to the way I am training right now again because I have a photoshoot at the end of May. So you will get to see a bit of that training method in the program I will provide. After the SPC I decided to compete in the Battle of the Students. I have always enjoyed a good Crossfit style workout every once and a while I would perform one of the girls to reassure my progress. I am CF-L1 certified so I started to implement a lot of the standard movements of Crossfit, with Crossfit you have to be so well rounded to perform with the elites of the sport. In reality I trained for Crossfit all year, strongman, powerlifting, even some bodybuilding movement are incorporated in Crossfit but most people aren’t thinking that the three would be related but Crossfit literally is the best of it all. I did incorporate higher rep ranges and more callisthenic movements to my workouts throughout that training period because I tend to not do a lot of that during my typical training.

What’s your current training split?

Day 1- Back and Biceps

Exercises Sets Repetition
Sumo Deadlift 5 6-8
Lat Pulldown 4 6-8
Single Arm Bench Row 4 6-8
Bodyweight Inverted Row 4 Failure
Back Extension on Swiss ball Superset with Oblique Crunch 3 12/15×2
Barbell Shrug 5 6-8
Incline Biceps Curl 4 12
Hammer Curl 4 12

 

 Day 2 Chest and Triceps

Exercise Sets Repetition
Push Press 5 6-8
Dumbbell Bench Press 4 6-8
Incline Press 5 6-8
Incline Cable Fly 5 6-8
4 Spot Pushup Superset with Triceps Dip 3 10-10-10-10/ 15-12-10-8
Cable Single Arm Extension 3 12
Triceps Pulldown 4 6-8
Swiss ball Jackknife 4 12
Cable Crunch 4 20

  

Day 3- leg day

Exercises Sets Repetition
Assisted Pistol Squat 3 12
Front Squat 5 6-8
Dumbbell Walking Lunge 4 6-8
Dumbbell Step up (24 inch) 4 6-8
Leg Extension 5 6-8
Leg Curl 5 6-8
Calf Extension 5 15-20
Dumbbell Sit-up 4 20

 

 Day 4 Arms and shoulders

Exercises Sets Repetition
Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press 5 6-8
Cable Lateral Raise 5 6-8
Standing Dumbbell Curl 5 6-8
Triceps Cable Extension 3 6-8
Cable Lateral Raise 3 6-8
Barbell Shoulder Press/ Plate Front Raise 3 15/12
Barbell Wrist Extension/Flex 3 12-16
Cable Rear Deltoid 3 12-16
Dip 4 15

Rest If needed.

 

 

How do you structure your nutrition?

Typically I am a Fitness Pal fanatic but since my SPC show I have just been slowly increasing my caloric intake back to a normal range. When I am not cutting or trying to get lean I would eat around 600 calories with a macronutrient break down of 30/30/40 (30 % fat, 30% protein, 40%carbs) I have tried a number of other ranges lowering and higher each macro to see what is best for me dependent on my goals, this range seems best for me and muscle gains without gaining any additional fat in the process. Keep in mind everyone is different, I am 6’2 almost 6’3 and weigh 112 kg normally so no one will ever be the same as me or you likewise. Currently I have simplified my diet to the basics food to conserve money and time as well, food prep for the contest wore me down.

I scale all my food and eat this meal plan below it’s not the most efficient meal plan for me even, its I just financially what I can bare right now as a student studying aboard. (Canadian dollar isn’t looking so good right now)

Can we see your current diet plan?

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Is it hard to maintain such a training and nutrition regime as a student, and on a student budget?

I don’t think it was hard at all, obviously there was times of struggle with both training and nutrition but overall I would say it is much more manageable than most student’s diets, eating habits and the training just kept me focused throughout the year. I feel that budgeting myself to specific foods and supplements was simplified by companies like Musclefood <3 which we don’t have in Canada, you don’t know how fortunate you are.

In the end, is it all worth it?

Absolutely every second of the year was worth it. I have had such a great experience with MASS and everyone I met along the way. To be able to come all the way from Canada to have an experience like this with so many people involved is positively overwhelming. I am extremely grateful for the memories made and experience I have gained.

 

 

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What advice would you give to 2017 MASS Championship hopefuls?

Set yourself small goals that will lead to big achievements and don’t be afraid to fail at anything it’s not about winning it’s about learning and growing as a person.

 

What’s next for you?

I return to Canada at the end of May and will hopefully be continuing my education as a master’s student at the University of Guelph studying Nutrition, Exercise and Metabolism in September. I believe I may step on stage again someday soon but I am not 100% sure when that will happen.

Where can our readers follow you?

My website will be going live at the end of June which is: showmusclegomuscle.com

My personal Instagram is: @jakedoan15 and my company Instagram is: @showmusclegomuscle

 

 

 

Interview by David Bissell

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What It Takes to Be the Best – Rosie Howard

The MASS Team caught up with University of Reading student and female athlete of the year Rosie Howard to find out what it’s like, and what it takes, to be the national champ!

Name: Rosie Howard
University: University of Reading
Course: BSc Archaeology
Year of Study: 2

Congratulations! How does it feel to be crowned the MASS Male/Female athlete of the year?

It feels amazing, I only started competing in powerlifting last year at the MASS London Regional Competition and have improved so much since then! I’ve really enjoyed this year of competing with MASS and I look forward to trying to retain female athlete of the year next year!

Which competitions did you compete in, and how did you get on in each of them?

I competed in the MASS Powerlifting London Regional and MASS Southern Strongman Championship, I managed to win both of these competitions overall. At the MASS Powerlifting competition Team Reading also got the win.

 

 

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What was your favourite competition and why?

I would have to say the strongman competition, because it was something completely new for me and I had great fun competing with the other girls. The powerlifting comp brought back memories of my first ever competition last year with MASS, having Team Reading around definitely spurred me and all the other competitors on.

Did you have a lot of support from your family and peers?

Powerlifting and strongman are individual sports, but the people you surround yourself with can have a huge impact on your performance in and out of competition. Having that support from friends and family really encourages and motivates me to keep on improving and making gains.

 

 

Give us the low-down on a typical training week for you?

I normally train 4 times per week, sometime I do strongman events training as an extra session.

Does your training vary between term time and holidays?

No not really.

How drastically did you have to alter the way you train between prepping for the different competitions?

Not drastically, they are both strength sports so the general principles of training are the same. For the strongwoman competition I changed one of my Bench Press days to a Log Press day and incorporated more events training in.

What’s your current training split?

Delroy McQueen does all my programming for me (http://delroymcqueen.com/coaching.html). My current training split is building up to compete in a GBPF powerlifting competition

 

Session 1 – Bench Press

  • Bench with comp pause
  • Close Grip Bench
  • Dumbbell Chest Supported Row 5 sets of 12
  • Dumbbell Lateral Raise 3 sets of 15
  • Tricep Push Downs 3 sets of 15
  • Dumbbell Shrugs 3 sets of 15

Session 2 – Squat

  • Squat
  • Pause Squat
  • RDL 5 sets of 8
  • Seated Leg Curl (with resistance band) 100 reps total

Session 3 – Bench Press

  • Bench with comp pause
  • Close Grip Bench
  • Lat Pull Down 5 sets of 12
  • Front Dumbbell Raise 3 sets of 15
  • Dumbbell Tricep Extensions 3 sets of 15
  • Dumbbell Curls 3 sets of 15

Session 4 – Deadlift

  • Deadlift
  • Deficit Deadlift
  • Front Squat
  • Seated Leg Curl (with resistance band) 100 reps total
  • Lat Pull Down 4 sets of 10

 

 

How do you structure your nutrition?

I take an IIFYM approach to my diet, eating fairly clean most of the time but not being too restrictive. I compete in the u72kg class with GBPF and u75kg with GPC-GB and sit at about 70kg therefore don’t need to worry about cutting weight for my competitions.

Can we see your current diet plan?

My macro split is 235/78/176 (40/30/30)

  • Breakfast 8:00 – at the moment I have 3 eggs and 2 rashers of bacon to start the day
  • 1st Lunch 11:30 – protein shake 50g Protein Dynamix Vanilla Ice Cream flavour
  • 2nd Lunch 14:00 – 150g of chicken & lots of vegetables with 100g rice or pasta
  • Pre-Workout Meal 18:00 – 100g oats, 25g protein dynamix Vanilla Ice Cream flavour, 20g golden syrup. I make this up with water in the morning so the oats have absorbed the water.
  • Post-Workout Meal 21:30 – this varies a lot, I tend to make meals like; shepherd’s pie, lasagne, spaghetti bolognaise, chicken strips and chips, pork chops and mash.
  • Snacks – I have a really sweet tooth, so any leftover macros go on reeses pieces, kinder Buenos, cadbury’s and krispy cremes!

Is it hard to maintain such a training and nutrition regime as a student, and on a student budget?

It’s not that hard at all! I’m quite often working towards a competition and this drives me to keep consistent with training. Nutrition just takes a little bit of thought and planning, I am fairly flexible so can fit in the odd takeaway if I want one. I think if you shop sensibly it’s not hard to achieve on a student budget, I do most of my shopping at Aldi and spend roughly £25 per week on food.

 

Not sure if I have enough meat #protein #meat #gains #powerlifting #eattogrow

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In the end, is it all worth it?

100% I love competing!!

What advice would you give to 2017 MASS Championship hopefuls?

Enter and give it a go regardless of how much experience you feel you have. All the MASS competitions are well run by David and provide a really supportive atmosphere for lifting and competing in!

What’s next for you?

I am competing in GBPF South Midlands Qualifier on May 22nd then at the GPC-GB No Dumbelles competition on the 16th of July. I recently competed in Englands Strongest Woman Southern Qualifier and will be competing in strongwoman again this year. In the autumn I aim to compete in the GBPF and GPC-GB National Competitions. In the next year or so I hope to compete internationally in powerlifting!

Where can our readers follow you?

You can follow me on instgram @rosiemayevelyn

 

 

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From the SPC stage to UKBFF National Finals…

Name: Josh Bridgman
University: Loughborough University
Degree programme and year: Masters: International Business. Just Graduated.

In brief, walk us through journey from SPC to UKBFF National Finals?

From the SPC, I decided to try my luck at a UKBFF Qualifier in Cumbria in June! Fortunately I came second and gained qualification into the British Finals this coming Saturday (3rd October). Between June and October I went travelling around America, but still trained twice a day and added some size! Now its the final week after cutting down my body fat again for the last 8-9 weeks.

Tell us a bit about the UKBFF National Finals – what’s it all about?

UKBFF National finals are an accumulation of the UK’s best physique/bodybuilding and Bikini athletes. The top 2 or 3 who have competed in one of the many qualifiers around the country then qualify for the final.

What was your motivation for entering the UKBFF scene?

It was natural progression, coming to an end at University, the next competition for me to do was UKBFF. It is the most recognised federation in the country so I thought I would try it out!

How did MASS SPC prepare you for the world of professional bodybuilding?

MASS SPC is a fantastic stepping stone for professional bodybuilding. It gives you Vital experience and the classes David puts on have helped me so much with my stage presence and confidence. Moreover, the friends gained in the process are for life and that’s something I will value forever!

 

 

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What is it about stepping on stage that keeps you coming back for more?

The adrenaline rush, the fans shouting and screaming, the fact that all the people on stage with you have worked months if not years just for 5-10mins on stage. It’s every ounce of effort you have that has been put into this moment all coming true. Relishing in it is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had! It’s a bug!

What was the main thing you took away from your experience at the SPC?
The SPC was the start of my journey. I will never be so thankful for David to pushing me into doing this event! It has really kickstarted my passion for fitness and bodybuilding and now my career.

How has your prep evolved throughout this journey?

Prep has changed so much each time! I now take a more calculated approach which allows me to relax a lot more and not stress about getting lean enough, because when the plan is in motion, nothing will stop you! I’m using lower carbs this time around, as well as lower fats and higher protein has really helped me keep my size and continually lose bodyfat. It’s all a learning curve and I will most likely change things the next time around as that’s the best way to learn!

 

 

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Training

How would you summarize your approach to training?

Pretty Brutal if I’m honest. I like to warm up very well, get blood into the muscle I’m working, and then go for an all out assault on that muscle. Taking to failure through the positive part of the motion and then failure through the negative part of the motion. Complete failure to force the muscle to grow!

How does your training leading up to a show vary from the off-season?

Leading up to a show volume will go up, training intensity will go up, rest time will go down. Generally aiming to burn more calories and fully fatigue the muscle! Also introduce cardio when I need to. Anywhere from 10-30 mins 2-5 times a week.!

How do you personally determine what constitutes a ‘good workout’?

A good workout to me is when you can’t give anymore, because if you come out the workout and you could of given that extra rep or set, then why not? Someone else is probably doing that so why shouldn’t you?

 

 

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How has your strength been affected by cutting?

Strength always takes a big hit, but for me it’s no problem as I leave my ego at the door. Bodybuilding is not about moving the most amount of weight possible, it’s about sculpting and perfecting your physique – sometimes it needs a more calculated approach rather than blunt force trauma!

What will you be doing back stage to pump up on Saturday?

Back stage I will have some dumbbells and just go through an all out circuit for upper body, getting blood into my muscles and generally getting my heart rate bit higher. I won’t over do it though; you don’t want to get fatigued before you go on and have to pose – keeping your abs tight while breathing heavy is not fun!!

Do you think that training or nutrition plays the greater role in achieving a stage-ready physique?

Both. People say its 70/30 or 60/40 or honestly for me its 50/50 If you don’t put everything into both then there’s no point in the other. 100% diet and 100% training. If you don’t train well, your diet becomes useless, other than making you a healthier person etc. And vice versa.

 

 

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Nutrition

Do you subscribe to a certain way of eating?

I do IIFYM, but I remain lactose and dairy free (personal choice) Generally my diet is based around whole grains and lean meats – I don’t have pizza, burgers and other foods which are considered unhealthy (unless it’s a cheat day!). I do this for wealth of life and making my self as healthy internally as externally. So lots of vegetables bit of fruit and a balanced diet.

Does this approach vary in the off-season?

Not really no – I will just increase the amount of food I eat compared to on season. Maybe a few more cheat days and if I want something I will generally have it.

How have you tried to counteract hunger whilst cutting?

Taking my mind off it! Going for a walk or generally remaining busy takes my mind away from food. If you’re bored, or if I’m bored at least, I head straight to the fridge!

Have you had any slip-ups along the way where you have deviated from your diet?

Nope. I have implemented days where I can be more relaxed on my diet; this allows me to focus on keeping to the plan during the days where they are scheduled. Generally my cravings and hunger problems are contained by these relaxed days! Though I’ve been close to caving in!

 

 

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How have you handled social eating or meals out during your competition journey?

I have my scheduled days where I can go out with friends for food and generally relax more. This keeps my sanity level stable! But throughout the week I do not eat out.

How have your primed your nutrition during peak week?

I have done absolutely nothing! I calculated it perfectly this time around, allowing me to cruise into the final week, not having to change anything as I feel I am lean enough and ready for action!

Have you planned a post-show indulgence?

Cheesecake. I am a fiend for cheesecake. I cannot wait!!

What is your post-show nutritional strategy going to look like?

I’m going to have to reverse diet, and slowly taper off my cardio. Ended up on relatively low calories this time around with quite a lot of cardio. If I just stop and start eating with no cardio… Ill definitely gain a lot of unwanted fat. I’m thinking it will take around 4 weeks for this to end and for me to get into a full bulk, which I intend to stay in for a long time! Time to put on some muscle as I’ve been dieting most of the year.

 

 

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An inside on what it’s really like to be a bodybuilding competitor

What are some of the sacrifices you have had to make to reach your goals?

I don’t see my friends too much as they go out and eat a lot. I train twice a day most days so I have had to put people on hold for a long time. Generally putting myself before others, it’s a selfish sport at the end of the day. But I am excited for catching up with everyone and getting my relationships back with some people! hahaha

What has been the hardest part of prepping for the finals?

Honestly, this is my 5th prep this year, my body is telling me no more! The diet is really getting to my head, I get mood swings and if I’m hungry, I’m generally Hangry (hungry and angry).

Who has motivated or inspired you through the tough days of contest prep?

My Mum has done so, so much for me this prep. She tells me to keep going everyday, positive motivation from someone like your mum is so valuable when putting your body and mind through contest prep!

 

 

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Can you share with us some of your top ‘hacks’ for surviving contest prep?

Drink lots of water… Eat wholegrains to stay fuller for longer. But essentially there are no quick-fixes or hacks, ultimately, you either want it or you don’t.

Can you confess to trying out any whacky strategies in pursuit of the dream physique?

Haha! Let me think… I have tried stupid workouts… lots of food… Old school techniques. But nothing works better than hard work and putting the basics into action!

Tell us a bit more about your Youtube channel:

Originally, I started my Youtube channel just to document my movement through the fitness industry. Now, it’s more of a passion. I want to make my channel everyone’s channel. If I post a video on, let’s, say ‘carbohydrates’, then I want anyone who can add to what I’ve said to comment so that when people arrive at my channel, theu will get more than just my personal perspective (I’m so far from knowing everything. Also I just love editing and making videos!

 

 

What are some of the stereotypes about bodybuilding you want to shake off?

We are not all meatheads. We are more approachable than your average human. We love what we do so don’t challenge us as to why we do it; it’s the same reason you play golf or football or anything like that. We do not (well, I do not!) eat chicken rice and broccoli everyday haha! It can be fun.

Where do you see yourself going from here?

I want to grow my YouTube channel, along with my physique and hope to compete in the USA eventually and the Olympia if possible. But until then I will just keep grinding!

If you had one piece of advice for a student thinking of competing in bodybuilding, what would it be?

Do it. Just Do it. If you don’t like it then you don’t need to do it again. But I guarantee if you’re interested in bodybuilding, you will love it!

 

Josh Bridgeman
MASS SPC 2015 Champion
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 Interview by Emma Pudge

 

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Brunel University Win British Weightlifting Student Champs!

Brunel University secures overall team result at British Student Weightlifting Championships

 

British Weightlifting Student Championship
Saturday 21st March 2015
St Mary’s University
www.britishweightlifting.org

 

Brunel University held off strong competition to come out on top of the British Student Weightlifting Championships with an impressive overall score of 222 points.

 

Brunel’s result was followed by an overall point score of 205 from Middlesex University and a third place finish from competition hosts St Mary’s University, who achieved a score of 197.

 

At the centre of Brunel’s team was a first place finish from Kristian Mcphee in the men’s 77kg category, followed by a closely fought battle in the men’s 85kg category where Lewis Ridett edged Imperial College London’s Liem Bui-Le by 3kg, lifting 118kg in the snatch, 150kg in the clean and jerk, achieving a total of 268kg.

 

Kristian and Lewis’ success was followed by  second place finishes from Rachael Radman in the women’s 58kg category and Ryan Hambidge in the men’s 62kg category, as well as a third place finish for Patrick Maris in the men’s 105kg category.

 

The competition also hosted Olympic Development athlete Noorin Gulam who entered the Championships off the back of a gold medal result at the English Weightlifting Championships in February. Noorin continued her current run of form with a first place finish in the women’s 53kg competition, achieving 65kg in the snatch and 80kg in the clean and jerk, equalling a total of 145kg.

 

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Brunel University Weighlifting Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participants also had the opportunity to receive some words of advice and meet double Olympic Champion Ilya Ilyin, who attended the Championships as British Weight Lifting’s special guest.

 

Commenting on the competition, Ashley Metcalfe, British Weight Lifting CEO, said: “It was brilliant to have so many young athletes competing over the weekend and to see such talent emerging at this level. Competitions like this one are really important for the growth of the sport and the closely fought battles and performances on display signify real promise amongst our student athletes.

 

“We were honoured to have Ilya Ilyin attend the Championships as our special guest and we would also like to say thanks to St Mary’s University for being excellent hosts and to all the officials and volunteers who played a huge role in the organisation of the competition.”

 

The Scores

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Team

 

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