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A Career In Bodybuilding
I’m Martin Stevenson and have been competing as a bodybuilder since 2001. I got hooked on this sport in 2001 when I entered my first competition, Mr Northern UK Intermediates, with only 12 months training and placed 4th.
After this contest, I realised that bodybuilding was the passionate sport I wanted to pursue and, under the direction of Stuart Cosgraove, I set about training more vigorously for the same competition the following year.
Feeling fit, healthy and strong, I entered and placed 1st – this day cemented my determination to succeed in this sport and I went onto compete in the NABBA Mr England Intermediates in 2003, I qualified as a personal trainer in 2006 and place 3rd in the 2010 UKPFF Mr Hercules Super Heavyweights to name but a few!
The training for these competitions demands a lot of dedication. I spent a lot of time studying all the information I could get on how vital nutrition and eating right was in helping me perform better. I think all of the knowledge I gained pushed me to open my own gym so I could share my experience with others who wanted to train hard and compete.
In November 2005 I succeeded in this and opened Olney Health & Fitness Ltd based in Olney near Milton Keynes.
I’ve qualified for the WABBA Universe in December 2012 and am wanting to win the Extra Tall Class, but am currently enjoying the off-season.
OPEN ‘Mr. Northern UK’ Intermediates 4th
OPEN ‘Mr. Northern UK’ Open 4th2002
OPEN ‘Mr. Northern UK’ Intermediates 1st
OPEN ‘Mr. Northern UK’ O/80kg 2nd
EFBB ‘Mansfield Classic’ Intermediates 3rd
EFBB ‘British Finalist’ Intermediates
OPEN ‘Fitness 2000-Mike Ahearn Classic’ Intermediates 1st
OPEN ‘Fitness 2000-Mike Ahearn Classic’ OPEN 4th2003
NABBA ‘Mr. England’ Intermediates 4th2006
Qualified as Personal Trainer
UKBFF ‘Midlands’ Super Heavyweights 2nd
UKBFF British Super Heavyweights Finalist2010
UKBFF ‘Leicester’ Super Heavyweights 1st
UKBFF British Final Super Heavyweights 5th
UKBFF ‘Mr. Hercules’ Super Heavyweights 3rd2011
IFBB Amateur Olympia International Grand Prix 9th
UKBFF ‘Bodypower’ Super Heavyweights 3rd
UKBFF ‘Bedford’ Super Heavyweights 1st
UKBFF British Super Heavyweights Finalist
WABBA Mr. UNIVERSE Germany Extra Tall Class 7th
Example Off-Season Diet Plan
7.30am - 50g Whey Protein/ 60g Vitargo
9am - 150g (Dry) oats / chopped banana / 3 scoops Whey Protein / 3 Dessert Spoons Udo’s Oil
12pm - Large Baked Potato / Brocolli / 300g MuscleFood Fillet Steak
3pm - Pre training 3 scoops TTP Anabolic
4pm - Post training 75g Whey Protein / 100g Vitargo
5pm - 100g Basmati Rice / 300g Cooked Turkey
6pm - Large Sweet Potato / 300g Cooked MuscleFood Chicken Breast
8pm - 3 scoops Casein / 3 dessert spoons Udo’s oil.
Example Pre Comp Diet Plan
7am - 150g (Dry) oats / 40g Whey Protein
10am - 150g cooked MuscleFood Chicken Breast / 1 tablesp Udos oil
12pm - 100g brown rice / 10oz green beans / 150g cooked MuscleFood Chicken Breast
3pm - 150g cooked MuscleFood Chicken Breast / 1 tablesp udos oil / 10g glutamine
7pm - 150g MuscleFood Fillet Steak
8.30pm - 150g cooked MuscleFood Chicken Breast
10pm - 150g cooked MuscleFood Chicken Breast / 1 tablesp udos oil / 10g Glutamine
It’s important to stay in shape even during the off-season it’s better for your blood pressure and joints. I like to eat a lot of protein rich foods like chicken, turkey and steak with a moderate carb intake.
My food is my fuel, without it, or if I have the wrong intake, can seriously affect my training and performance.
Example Of Training Split
Monday - Chest & abs
Tuesday - Back
Wednesday - Legs & abs
Thursday - Shoulders, traps and rear delts
Friday - Biceps / triceps & abs
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - Rest
I work out 5 days a week, for about 1 hour a session, with 2 rest days. Normally I train heavy for 6 weeks then a further 6 weeks with higher reps and shorter rest times.
My Top Tip
Enjoy your training and constantly evaluate your progress.