Bodybuilding History: How did you get into Bodybuilding?
I got into bodybuilding when I was 15 as a way to build my strength and power for sport - I played a lot of football and needed to be bigger and stronger. A few years later, I realised I enjoyed the training more than playing the football and I was making noticeable gains. My hero’s were always muscle men from the movies like Arnold and Stallone so I had plenty of inspiration. A few guys at the local gym suggested I should do a bodybuilding show, I was 18 and I trained for a year for it. That was back in 2006. The show eventually came around and I won! After that, I was hooked and the rest is history.
How did you become part of the Chemical Warfare family?
I’ve known about the brand since at least 2002, so when I seen Kirk had brought it back I knew I immediately wanted to be part of the Chemical Warfare family. I’m a hardcore bodybuilder, I compete and I love how CW is invested in the sport. I knew I had to be part of it after a chat with Kirk at the 2019 Mr Universe contest. I loved what he was doing and wanted to be a part of the brand.
What are your go-to Chemical Warfare supplements?
I use Nitro Pump regularly, that’s a staple, I also like the OP3 Whey and use the Creatine. The whey I use to get all the protein I need first thing in the morning, and post workout. The Nitro Pump is a great pre workout to get me ready for a session, I think it’s got the right balance of stimulants, and active ingredients without being over the top. The creatine is a classic supplement that helps build power and strength, it just works.
Favourite body part to train?
That’s an easy one, Legs!
Describe your current training split?
Currently, I’m following my own programme called the “Pro Prep Squat Protocol” - It’s a modified version of the classic Russian squat programme. You train 4 times per week and squat every session. The plan lasts 6 weeks and you test your 1RM at the end of it. It works out at around 15 to 25 sets of squat per week and between 13 to 18 sets per session on all body parts. This particular time I’ve managed to put around 10kg on my current back and front squat 1RM. I’ve given an example of the split below, alongside the squats I’ll do Bench, Deadlift and Strict press, I’m a classic PowerBuilder.
Monday: Squat 6 x 2 reps: 85% 1RM, Front Squat 3 x 6 reps 80%
Wednesday: Squat with Knee wraps 3 x 3 reps: 92.5 % 1 RM
Thursday: Overhead Squats 3 x 12 reps: RPE 8
Friday: Box Squat 4 x 4 reps: 80% 1RM
How often do you train?
It really depends on the phase of training, sometimes I’ll train 4 days and others 6 days like when I’m prepping for competition. My favourite though is a 4 day split, I think that awards just the right amount of stimulus and rest. Plus, you can take the weekend off as well and still have a life away from the gym.
What’s your favourite cardio machine?
I like the cross trainer, I just like being able to move my arms and legs in tandem while getting good hip mobility at the same time.
Who are your role models?
Arnold as I mentioned earlier is a big hero of mine. I really like Joe Rogan, Jocko Willink, Sam Harris, Eric Weinstein, Jordan Peterson and Niall Ferguson. In the bodybuilding world I look to Lee Labrada, Shawn Ray and Big Ronnie Coleman. I think it’s important to look beyond the confines of your sport, The guys I mentioned above are intellectuals. They challenge ideas and stir up debate and I think that’s important.
What is your best achievement to date?
Obtaining my PhD, and becoming a dad. In the world of bodybuilding though it would be probably winning 2 Pro Cards as a natural bodybuilder and competing at the WNBF worlds in 2019, I came 3rd in the middleweights, next time I’m going to try and win.
What music do you listen to whilst training?
I’m a rocker, give me some rage against the machine every day of the week.
Any advice would you give to beginners?
Form is critical, always aim for full reps in the gym and don’t worry about the weight. You’ll get stronger in time and your physique will be more balanced if you avoid doing the half reps.
What’s your current job?
Sports Nutritionist and Full Time Coach
What is your favourite hobby?
Aside from bodybuilding, I love reading and watching documentaries.
Are you married/single?
I have a partner Steff Noble she’s a figure pro and I love her to pieces.
Do you have any kids?
One, a little boy named Lachlan Jack
What’s your favourite food?
Steak is always a favourite, I love fruit though.
Do you have a favourite cheat meal?
I’m quite partial to a hot dog, but I love a Chinese
What is your favourite film?
Pulp Fiction, Interstellar, the prestige, and Mad Max Fury Road, Apollo 13, there’s so many to choose, but all of those are great.
What’s your dream car?
I like American muscle cars so it has to be a Ford Mustang
What’s your favourite TV programme?
I like wildlife and space documentaries. Louis Theroux has done some great stuff down the years.
What are you currently reading?
Genuinely I’m reading Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace. It was my grandads favourite book and had to get round to it sooner or later. I like history and adventure stories and recently read all the Flashman and Captain Jack Audberry Master and Commander books which are all set during the Napoleonic wars so it fits in with the current theme of reading. I’m not going to lie though the it’s fairly slow and the Russian names don’t make it easy to follow!