What does a training session look like?
I put on my favourite playlist, which changes depending on my mood. Then I spend the first 10 to 15 minutes warming up, doing mobility exercises, using a foam roller and activating the muscle groups I’m going to be focusing on. Then I move to the sets of exercises I have for that day. It usually consists of three large compound movements, plus three more exercises targeted towards a specific muscle group. Then I finish with some light stretching to wind down. It can take me anywhere from one to two hours, depending on how focused I am that day.
What are the benefits of weightlifting?
There are so many. It is a great way to support your overall health – from protecting your bone health to getting the endorphins flowing. It can help you move better and also helps keep your body in shape. For me, the most important part is that it makes me feel good. If I’m having a stressful day, I blow off steam in the gym. It helps me to be the best version of myself.
Do you have a special diet?
I wouldn’t say I have a special diet, but I do follow a specific macronutrient breakdown (carbs, fats, protein) for my needs. This is what sparked the idea for My Muscle Chef. I was studying at uni and training at the gym a lot. I struggled to find ready-made meals that were high-protein and clear about the macros in each meal. Eating a diet high in protein with a balanced nutritional profile is extremely beneficial – not just for weightlifters and athletes but for anyone who wants to support their physical and mental health.
Have you ever suffered serious injuries?
Luckily, I haven’t. I’ve just had a few minor niggles that come with years of training.
Love most about weightlifting?
I love that I have the power to transform my body through movement. I love the feeling of progressing and achieving goals consistently over time. There is immense satisfaction in sticking to a plan, executing it and seeing the results – just like in business. I really enjoy the mental and physical challenge.
Dislike about it?
The culture of weightlifting can sometimes be fixated on physical outcomes. It’s also about appreciating the unseen benefits, such as increased mental wellbeing or better mobility.
Tips for people wanting to get into weightlifting?
Give it a go! If it’s something you’re interested in: try. You will be amazed by what you can achieve, and the physical and emotional benefits. I would suggest working with a professional trainer to ensure you start with strong foundations, though.