The basics – How old are you, which university do you go to and what do you study?
I am 20 years old and go to the University of Kent Studying Computer Science
How did you get into fitness?
My dad asked me if I wanted to go to the gym, as the leisure centre allowed 12 year olds in on specific days, and I said yes and it continued from there.
What made you want to compete?
My friends Jacob and Yasmeen and I all planned on competing together about 2 years ago, but for one reason or another I was the only one able to step on stage, so it’s because of them I started my “competitive career” and I thank them for it.
How many competitions have you done? Is this year’s SPC your first? How are you feeling about it?
I’ve entered two competitions previously, my last one at the Miami Pro Universe late 2015 where I placed 2nd nationally and was awarded my pro status for the Miami Pro. This is the first time entering the spc, yes, but certainly not happy with what I’m bringing as a lot has been going on regarding work and uni.
What is your training like during prep?
It isn’t really much different from when I’m not on prep, except for the fact that I stop training for more reps on more functional calisthenics movements and introduce a bit more weight along with a few more cardio sessions a week than normal, it’s pretty much calisthenics, resistance training and obviously cardio.
I don’t really have a specific weekly split and I’m not a big fan of the whole “bro” split, what I train tends to change based on what I’ve trained over the previous days, recovery and time and stuff, on average I train 6-7 days a week with adequate sleep and rest when I have a lot going on regarding other priorities or just need a break, but my sessions are usually:
Lower body (back squat (10×10) & deadlifts (6×8) followed by 2-3 accessories (3 x 15)
2-3 days a week usually mon, wed, sat
Shoulders (pullups, 2 heavy presses, 1 anterior delt exercise, 2 medial delt exercises, 3 rear delt exercises)
1-2 days a week
Upper body (pull-ups 12 x 5 (1 min rest), pseudo planche pushups, bench flys etc)
Once a week
Back (weighted pullups (wide, neutral and underhand grip 10×5 each) , rows 5 x 12, close grip lat pulldown 12 x 5 etc followed by cardio)
1-2 days a week
Core (Paralette, planche, front/rear lever, pushups, handstand work) – Calisthenics essentially
Once a week –often evenings as a double session for the day.
What is your diet like during prep?
I follow a high carb low fat wholefood plant-based diet, no animal products, no meat, dairy or eggs.
It’s usually around pretty much 70% carb 20% protein 10% fat macro split give or take, more protein less carbs pretty much, gram for gram can’t be 100% but 300g+ carbs, 90-120g+ protein, around 20g fats odd, that’s pretty much similar to when I’m not prepping, only thing that changes would be calories.
How do you stay motivated during prep?
My main goal every prep is to bring a better physique to stage than I did last time, anything more is a bonus.
How do you manage your studies alongside staying in shape?
Regarding prep for the SPC? I failed to do so in this section, but in good reason, I said to myself that I’ll do it under the condition that if studies for university started to take it’s toll, I will always prioritise that over everything else.
In regards to just every day, I usually train in the mornings or in the evenings, it’s easy to get a quick session in after your last lecture of the day, it helps signify an end to the day.
What are your fitness goals for the future?
After prepping for the SPC leaving me unsatisfied, I’m currently dabbling with the idea of continuing for a show on July 1st. Other than that, my performance goal is to get a full planche by this time next year along with handstand push ups with ease.
Finally, is there anything else you would like to add?
To be honest with you, the only reason I’m really going on with the SPC is to support my team all the way as they’ve worked so hard up to this point and I couldn’t let them down and give up and simply drop out along with the fact that it’s the last year I could possibly do it. Also to show people another side of things, that you don’t need meat, dairy or eggs, you don’t need to unnecessarily kill and consume animals to build muscle or for athletic performance. Animal agriculture & consumption leads to so many problems within this world from global warming, loss of habitats, pollution etc. to common diseases which were scarcely found 100 odd years ago such as heart disease, diverticulitis etc. There is no necessity in a lot of the actions we carry out.