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October 09, 2014

Fact File

Year of Birth: 1967

Height: 5ft 11inchs

Weight: Off season 13st 12lbs / Competion weight 12st 5lbs

Sport: Natural Bodybuilding

Club: Maximums gym, Slough

Represented: at British final and world championship level placing 2nd twice in the masters over 40s and last time out 2nd in the middleweight class INBF world championships.

I have been training for competition for over 30 years. I work as a self employed commercial window cleaner, which enables me to stick to a strict diet and training regime during my competition season. 

Tell us about the sport you compete in?

I compete in natural bodybuilding, this means we are drug tested by polygraph and urine tests to prove we don't take steroids or any other banned substances. We compete on stage in categories defined by weight and age group. Each competitor is judged against each other on their physique through a number of mandatory poses with judges considering the following factors; muscularity, size, vascularity, condition, symmetry and proportion. Depending on the competition the top 3-5 in each class get a trophy and the winner of each class goes through to the best overall line up.

How did you become involved in it?

It all started after seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s physique in the film Conan the Barbarian, I left the cinema thinking I want to have a body like him (at the time I didn’t know the difference between natural and drug assisted physiques). I got my first set of weights aged 18, I started training in my bedroom and soon moved into the garage as I brought more equipment before finally joining a gym.

My first completion was in 1991 and I didn’t place. I had no clue about nutrition, training or the intricacies of posing and how best to show off your individual physique to the judges. With time my knowledge base has grown and I have a trusted team of advisors.

What does an average training week consist of?

I go to the gym 4 days a week and train for roughly an hour and a half including abs and 20 minutes cardio at the end of each session. I split my workouts to focus on individual muscle groups; Monday chest and triceps, Tuesday quadriceps and calves, Thursday shoulders and back and Friday hamstrings and biceps.

How does the CherryActive product range help you during training and competition?

It is an essential part of my supplement regime and helps me to recover from my training. I take it after training with my protein and I also find it helps me sleep better. During my competition phase I switch to the capsules as they are lower in calories.

Career Highlights?

When I placed 2nd at the INBF World Championships in the middle weight class 2012.

Who are your hero’s?

It probably won’t come as a surprise but Arnold Schwarzenegger. I also have two people that have had massive influence on my career Phil Eubank and Keith Fox; I would never have won a single trophy without them, so thank you guys.

What are your future goals?

2014 has been written off with a number injuries which I’m spending the time to get sorted and get my body back to 100%. So the next big goal is the 2015 INBF World Championships.

How do you relax away from your sport?

My competition regime is very restrictive and involves a lot of sacrifices so during my off-season I meet up with friends and family and enjoy life outside of the constraints of the bodybuilding regime.