Resistance Training (2023)
16 Weeks - 110kg-90kg (2023)
I won't spend too long on this section, but thought I would add this in as this absolutely counts as an 'interest', but is also very much a lifestyle as it is something I've been enjoying since 2001, where I used to collect all the magazines and most likely over-trained from trying out all the different routines in an effort to put on some muscle. Over the years, I've tried many different styles of training, including calisthenics. For years, I trained with my old friend, Sid Abbey, who was a world powerlifting champion in 1993, national bench press record holder for 8 years and a bodybuilding champion in 2003, where a lot of our training was with lighter weight, high reps and little rest in between sets, with emphasis on technique.
These days, I continue to train 5 days a week but do one set to absolute failure for each exercise, which I have been thoroughly enjoying. My training is usually 45 minutes, maximum. Weight training is something that I deem to be essential, due to the many physical but also mental benefits, especially as it also teaches delayed gratification and discipline. Keep in mind, building and strengthening your body is an amazing goal, so long as it doesn't get in the way of mental development and transcending those barriers and plateaus.
As for my nutrition, I've been on one meal a day since 2020, though as of August 2023, I decided to cut my weight down as I have been 105-110kg for many years. With the expert advice, guidance and regular check-ins with my good friend, Roger Snipes from UHP Fitness, I managed to drop down to 90kg, which is the lightest I've been in 20 years; my relationship with food has also changed. It's very much a case of choosing what you want most over what you want in the moment. I've previously put on weight for some film roles, but these days, I definitely prefer to be slimmer and more athletic, especially as I feel healthier, which is by far, the most important thing.
Mobility and flexibility are also things that are essential, where I hired Taya from THEA Fitness to specifically help me achieve my goals. I've always been flexible since childhood from my martial arts training, but have sustained injuries over the years, which Taya helped me through and beyond, whilst teaching me new methods to build strength and endurance within my flexibility, which have ultimately improved my overall performance and mobility; I would therefore highly recommend incorporating flexibility into a regular routine. Sports massages have also helped me with my injuries and general wear and tear, which is something else I would also recommend once in a while. Alan from Meridien Bodyworks is phenomenal, especially having fixed my sciatica!
I'll probably add more to this section at some point...!