Growing up there was always an emphasis on sport and fitness in my household. I was 4 years old when I joined my local Tae Kwon Do club, my parents still don’t forgive me for quitting straight after I got my black tag. In hindsight, I do wish I stuck with it for another 6 months or so and got my black belt, but by the time I was 12 I’d rather socialise after school than go train at the Dojang.
My Dad was a competitive 100-meter Sprinter and Rugby player with a passion for Bodybuilding and a huge book collection which I had access to from an early age. From Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Encyclopaedia of Modern Bodybuilding to books on Plyometric Training, Flexibility Principles, Olympic Weightlifting and everything in between. My Mum, on the other hand, has competed in the London Marathon along with numerous endurance events so I was raised being exposed to both sides of the athletic spectrum.
As a schoolboy, I represented my hometown at the County Athletics Championships in the Long Jump event. I had the explosive power to be competitive at a regional level but being stocky and relatively muscular for my age, I knew I didn’t have the genetic structure to progress to the top ranks of the sport.
Fast forward to 2008 which is when I first joined a gym. As my strength and physique progressed people would ask for training tips on the gym floor. This developed into people asking to train with me, then if I could write them a workout plan or help with their diet or advise what supplements to take. Once brands started approaching me with Fitness Modelling opportunities, I decided it was time to get qualified. Since then I’ve fully dedicated my time to understanding ways of making the human body respond in the desired manner, both aesthetically and from a performance standpoint.
I grew up seeing my Dad record his training sessions on a camcorder then watch the tapes back to evaluate and improve his performance. He’d scrutinise nutrition labels and write weekly meal plans, my Mum would be in the kitchen prepping food. This is the environment I was raised in, all of this is second nature to me. I’ve now developed strategies and protocols to make these principles applicable in a maintainable way for both myself and my clients.