1. Can you describe exactly what you do as a coach and educator?
I'm an established Sports Nutritionist, Trainer, Author and Fitness Educator who has worked with a diverse range of clientele including everyday members of the public, high performance CEO’s and entrepreneurs right through to elite athletes, bodybuilders, fitness and fashion Models.
I've spent over a decade developing my knowledge and experience. I've been responsible for hundreds of life changing transformations and educates thousands of fitness professionals on nutrition, exercise physiology and strength training every single year. When it comes to body transformation and credible fitness education I’ve developed a reputation as a “go to” authority now.
2. What inspired you to become a coach?
Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the tender age of 16 was the driving force behind my interest in health and lifestyle. I used the adversity of my diagnosis to learn all I could about the human body and lifestyle to prevent getting complications from diabetes.
This knowledge was invaluable and allowed me to transform my life.
I leveraged everything I learnt about diet, exercise, physiology and mindset into starting my own fitness business. Since starting out in 2007 I have helped 1000s of people of different ages, shapes, sizes and backgrounds improve their health. body composition and performance.
3. Can you describe the struggles you've faced dealing with type 1 diabetes and how it felt to be diagnosed with it?
Not many to be honest.
Since I became obsessed with learning about the body and diabetes. I was able to predict and react rapidly to problems.
Yes, the odd time low blood sugar strikes at an inconvenient time. But, other than that I’m good.
However, in people that don't control their diabetes - there can be many issues from depression the whole way through to limb amputation.
This can all be avoided if you get your mind right (see my next post).
4. What advice would you give to anybody else who's been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes?
If you have been newly diagnosed with diabetes getting your mindset is extremely important. You must place a value on diabetes - otherwise you won’t respect it.
This is a hugely vast topic beyond the scope of this article.
I have recorded an informative video on ‘How To Bullet Proof Your Mindset with Diabetes’ https://diabeticmuscleandfitness.com/bulletproof-your-mind/
5. What advice would you give to somebody with type 2 diabetes, knowing that it can be cured with improved lifestyle?
1. Set a calorie target and increase the amount of protein in your diet to 1.6g/kg.
2. Buy a pedometer - test your average step count for 5 days. Then double it. Aim to hit the larger figure daily for 1 month then tactfully increase over time as fat loss starts to stall.
3. Strength train x4 per week for 30 minutes a time using a whole body training regime.
Physical activity aids with glucose disposal and will help reverse the complications of type 2 diabetes.
6. Describe a typical training week for you…
X 4 Days Bodybuilding Training
X 2 Days Modified Strongman
I aim to hit 8000 steps per day as I have a tendency to sit for most of the day.
I also take 3-4 minute mobility breaks every 1.5 hours when sitting.
7. What are the toughest parts of your training regime?
Whole body conditioning works with the prowler and farmers walk.
8. How does your nutrition help with recovery and progression?
Massively - it provides the energy to perform and key building blocks for repair and growth. Neglect nutrition at your peril.
9. Can you describe a typical day's eating for you?
I typically eat 4 meals per day. My largest meals are post workout.
80% of my food comes from good quality fresh produce.
20% can come from refined/processed food.
I monitor my bodyweight and performance every 3-4 weeks and adjust my caloires upward or downward in favour of bodyweight maintenance.
10. What are your fundamental beliefs in relation to nutrition?
In order of importance:
1. Make sure your plan is sustainable. Your results are directly proportionate to the sustainability of your diet.
Make sure you diet satisfies taste, is affordable, convenient and accounts for any medical issues you may have.
2. Make sure your calorie intake is specific to your body composition goals (fat loss, muscle gain, weight maintenance)
3. Make sure you consume a minimum protein target of 1.6g/kg. If vegetarian ensure this is from a range of plant sources and supplements particularly BCAAs and Genetic Supplements Vegan Protein.
4. Consume at least 1g of oily Fish or, Fish Oil supplements every day.
5. Aim to consume a minimum of 20-30g finer from mixed fruit and veg sources.
6. Consume as much colour in your diet as possible.
7. Monitor your calorie intake or food portion size.
8. Take your time to eat. Be mindful of what you eat, even if your mind is full.
9. Post workout nutrition is only an immediate concern if you are training fasted or doing double day sessions.
10. The odd bit of bad eating, every now and again won’t do you any harm. In fact, it can actually support your progress.
11. For "every day" people reading this, how important is nutrition to their goals?
12. Why did you choose Genetic Supplements over any other brand?
Attention to detail
13. How important is supplementation to recovery, health and progress?
Icing on the cake. Make sure all the foundation elements of calories, progressive overload, rest and adherence are in place first.
14 - What are your favourite Genetic Supplement products and why?
Game Edge - Mental clarity
Load Up 2.0 - Performance
5-HTP Elite Sleep - Incredible for sleep
15 - Give one piece of advice to the readers which they should keep with them for the rest of their life…
Your thoughts are not reality. Reality is not your thoughts.