Age: 28 years old
Years of training experience: 12 years experience
Reasons for beginning training: Growing up I wasn’t very sporty or athletic, and as a teenager I was never comfortable in my own skin and in all honesty carried a little too much puppy fat with the low self-esteem, and confidence that went with it. Somewhere between 16 and 17 I discovered weight training, which brought about a new self-confidence, and the rest as they say is history.
After a spell of developing a passion for health and fitness I was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Muay Thai - I was hooked! I can proudly say that the old school methods of training are still alive and well today and with reference to BJJ and MMA - Sink or swim! Being constantly paired with, and quite frankly manhandled by stronger, heavier and more experienced guys made me long to be stronger, faster and more powerful to keep up with them, which is where my passion for strength, conditioning and nutrition evolved.
Why you chose your specific sport: The human body is capable of tremendous things and unknown potential - I’ve become fascinated by what I can get out of my own body and achieve. Physique sport is about constantly striving to beat the previous best version of ‘you’ and although on stage you are judged against others, knowing you have done all you can to improve you, ultimately ends in a win every time.
Competition history and success: I placed third in the 75kg + Fitness category in the Miami Pro, 2013 and was runner up to the magazine’s cover model competition. I’ve since competed in the WBFF federation again in the fitness category with aspirations of rolling with the bigger guys such as fellow PhD athlete Roger Snipes in the muscle category. I became PhD nutrition’s ‘face of the ad’ September 2013.
One sentence that sums up your approach to life and sport: Within modern day society we are surrounded by mediocrity yet we all have huge and potentially unlimited capabilities. Dare to be great.
Why you use and endorse the PhD products: The supplement market flooded with fancy marketing material and products containing less than favourable and cheap ingredients, I truly believe that PhD sincerely endeavour to produce quality, innovative and affordable supplements which is why I have used them since first buying a tub of Pharma Whey HT + in my early twenties, and haven’t looked back since.
As a strength coach and nutritionist I value not only what ingest but what I recommend to my clients also. Apart from being the best tasting products within a highly competitive market, all are research driven which fits in with my ethical beliefs as a health practitioner. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak.
Favourite PhD product: Difficult to decide, but PhD Pharma Pure (especially chocolate-orange flavour) has to be my number one. Such a versatile and great tasting product it makes an essential post workout addition but can be used to ‘bump up’ the protein content of other meal concoctions.
As an isolate it also has a minimal lactose content making it an ideal recommendation for those with intolerances.
One interesting fact that no one would know about you: Being overweight as a child aside, I also had a speech impediment and attended speech therapy sessions!
Future goals and plans: This year is a developmental year rehabilitating injuries, working on perceived weaknesses and developing a stronger, more mobile and powerful athlete ahead of a return to competition next year. As one of the smaller guys on stage I’ve been given the feedback to come back ‘bigger’. Fortunately, with PhD’s support, I have given more than a helping hand towards this.
Professionally I will be focusing more on coach education and developing others in a fast evolving industry.