Q. What was your childhood dream job?
I guess after watching Top Gun I wanted to be a fighter pilot. I did join my local air cadets but at that point in my life I wasn't very good with discipline. I wasn't there long.
Q. If you weren’t an athlete what would you be doing?
I would still be involved in the health and fitness industry in some shape or form. Probably more so on the coaching side, working with athletes and ironically this is the direction I'm moving towards these days. I am looking to work with golfers, who are athletes by the way, despite what most people think.
Q. How did your career in the fitness industry start, and why?
I guess it started back at uni. I qualified as a gym instructor whilst studying nutrition. After several failed operations to get back to playing rugby at a high level, I entered the men's health cover model competition in 2005. I was lucky enough to win and over the coming years I continued a career as a PT whilst doing some fitness modeling on the side. My goal was always to be a top rugby league player and I would exchange careers even now in a heartbeat if I could but I can't complain at how things have worked out for me.
Q. What does a normal week of training look like for you?
I generally train from 4 to 5 times a week. Recently, I have taken up golf and as mentioned, I am looking to focus on the golf fitness side of the industry. I concentrate my sessions on improving my own game, which, after reflection, enables me to see how I can use my knowledge to make improvements. I do two upper and two lower body sessions with 1 metcon type based session. I always work on the range for at least 1 hour a day and I have on average one lesson a week.
Q. What is your supplement stack?
It is pretty basic these days. I take a multivitamin, fish oils, vitamin D, creatine, L Glutamine, probiotic and zinc / magnesium combo, all from Reflex Nutrition who I have been working with for over 5 years now.
Q. What will you be eating today?
Well, it's usually eggs and salmon or bacon for breakfast. Some kind of turkey or chicken mince chilli for lunch, some red meat such as steak for dinner and then usually before bed I will have some oats and whey. Each meal has a good serving of veg and maybe some carb source but I generally keep carbs for later in the day. I do have the odd Relfex R bar as a snack though.
Q. How do you stay motivated?
I like to read a lot. Reading not only helps broaden my knowledge but inspires me to try new things, applying different methods and see what works and what doesn't. I'm not a biased trainer, there isn't one particular system that works for everyone so I need to try them all to give an honest opinion and to have more ammunition for my clients.
Q. What’s your favourite exercise of all time?
I don't really have one right now, I would say any hip hinge based movement that focuses on glute work though. The glutes are so under developed in almost all clients I train and even within myself. They are such a powerful muscle that due to long periods of sitting, they become deactivated and weak, which leads to a whole host of problems. It was recently said that "sitting is the new smoking."
Q. Most hated cardio exercise?
Jogging - by far the most boring and damaging exercise there is. I don't mind sprinting but ask me to jog and I will tell you to jog on.
Q. What’s your top 3 workout tunes?
I don't listen to music anymore when I train. I don't train with the same intensity that I used to when I played rugby; I just train smarter not harder so these days I listen to podcasts. I find it a great way to learn more and save time. I do feel podcasts are the future when it comes to free information.
So based on that my 3 current favourite podcasts are :
1: The Mindside Podcast by Dr Bhrett McCabe
2: Ben Coomber Radio
3: The Fat Burning Man by Abel James
I listened to several others regularly but these provide a good spectrum of information specific to my needs.
Q. What would you say is the best thing about being a fitness athlete?
I would have to say motivating and inspiring others to achieve their fitness goals. It is great, of course, to also be sponsored and receive free or discounted items from companies. Without that support I wouldn't be where I am. There are loads of fitness athletes that could make a real difference to people's lives by providing knowledge. That’s who I want to be.
Q. Who is the best athlete you have trained with?
Back in my playing days, I had a short training spell with the Manly Sea Eagles NRL team based over in Australia. These guys were machines; I've never seen anything like it.
Q. What are the athletes either past or/and present you wish you could train with?
It is probably a toss between Sonny Bill Williams and The Rock. I respect them both massively for their athleticism, dedication and physiques.
Q. What has been the best moment of your career so far?
Winning the Men's Health cover model competition back in 2005 was probably the best moment. Ironically though this was also the most destructive moment in my career. It is not something that I will elaborate on right now but it is something I will be writing about in the future.
Q. What are your goals for this new year?
I'm looking to continually grow my ‘12-week Action Reaction’ Training body transformation business. The results so far have been amazing and when clients thank you for changing their lives, it makes it the most rewarding job in the world.
On a more personal side of things, I'm working to achieve a single figure handicap in golf. I've been playing nearly 6 months now and I am looking to achieve this within the next 18 months. A little ambitious but I always have high expectations when it’s about me or who I am. I will also be heading over to the states soon to obtain my qualifications in golf training so I can work with golfers directly who are not only looking to improve performance but also improve aesthetics.