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Athlete Interviews

By popular demand, we've interviewed some of these sporting stars to get feedback on their diet, exercise and lifestyle choices.

Athlete Interviews

International rugby players, Olympic gold medalists and bodybuilders are all fans of Muscle Food. By popular demand, we have interviewed some of these sporting stars to get their feedback on their diet, exercise and lifestyle choices.

All of the stories are both inspirational and motivational. If you wish to have an interview featured on this page then simply drop us an e-mail.

MEGAN PRESCOTT

Jade Lally

You may remember her from Skins, but Megan Prescott exploded into the bodybuilding scene, lifting her way to an amazing competition back in May.

After breaking her hand three years ago, she was introduced to personal trainer Jay Homewood. At a time she was looking for a project, the opportunity to look after #1 was warmly welcomed – smashing weight training and feeling amazing!

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JADE LALLY

Jade Lally

You may remember Jade Lally’s name from this year’s Rio Olympics – she is the Team GB Discus thrower, and current record holder in Britain!

With her incredible performance on the run up to Rio, her vast history spanning from school to now and her inspiration to carry on with a diet of Musclefood meat, we had to speak to her.

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JACK NOWELL

Laura's Interview

A formidable player for the Exeter Chiefs and an essential asset to our country’s international team – Jack Nowell has done it all.

But yet, upon talking to him, it’s clear he stays so humble amongst all his achievements, living life with team mates and his dogs.

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CALLUM MELLY

Laura's Interview

From the standard University lifestyle of drinking and eating way too much, to getting ripped and starting his own 8-week fitness plan. Callum Melly is proof that with dedication, you can turn everything around.

He started with a sporty background – starting skiing at the age of three and Karate at six. This adrenaline-fuelled sport addiction continued through primary and secondary, which hit a wall when he went to Uni…

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LAURA CIOTTE

Laura's Interview

At 18-years-old, Laura Ciotte has done it all when it comes to breaking into the world of fitness – leaving school and becoming a fully qualified Personal Trainer and Nutritional Advisor!

Her love for sport was immediate from her days in school, but without any clubs for her to really fulfil that as a teenager, she quickly caught the gym bug and started weight training.

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DAVID WEIR

David Interview

Chances are you’ve heard of David Weir – the recently retired Team GB wheelchair athlete who won four gold medals in London in 2012.

Well, it turns out he’s a MASSIVE fan of Muscle Food, so we just had to talk to him about his amazing journey from new starter to Paralympic gold in his home city.

While he’s turned out to be an amazing wheelchair athlete, did you know he actually wanted to be a basketball player first?

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NATHAN MACQUEEN

Nathan Interview

Meet Nathan Macqueen, a 25-year-old Paralympic Archer and Muscle Food fan who is currently representing Team GB over in Rio!

At the age of 17, Nathan was playing professional rugby for Glasgow Warriors and had represented Scotland at an under-21 level. During this time, he had also joined the Scottish archery team.

But then, in a brutal motorbike accident, he broke 29 bones, punctured both lungs and snapped his spinal cord…

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LIAM IRONS

Liam Interview

Meet Liam Irons – a young Paralympic football player with cerebral palsy, who is currently in Rio representing Great Britain.

Suffering with Grade 7 cerebral palsy that mainly affects his right arm, this makes playing the beautiful game rather difficult – especially when it comes to running and throw-ins

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DAVE ATTWOOD

Dave Atwood Interview

What does it take to be a top international Rugby player? As Bath Rugby’s Second Row-man Dave Attwood explains, it takes a lot of calories, a solid fitness plan and A LOT of dedication.

Dave’s sporting career started young, as he joined his primary school rugby team at the age of 8-years-old. Ever since then, his love for the sport didn’t waiver – working harder to be better year after year.

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AL KAVADLO

Al Kavadlo Interview

Meet Al Kavadlo – one of New York City’s most popular personal trainers, and one of the coolest dudes right here on Muscle Food!

He is a leading expert in bodyweight strength training, showing the world that you don’t have to go into a gym to train every muscle in your body for strength.

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BECKI RABIN

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Becki Rabin is more than just “healthy,” she is “Alternatively Healthy,” healing her body of intolerances and becoming one of the big experts in digestive health, wellness and healing.

Starting off with gymnastics at the age of two, sports and fitness has played a HUGE part in her life since childhood…

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JAMIE LLOYD

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If you’re a Muscle Food fan, chances are you’ve read some of the articles from Kettlebell legend Jamie Lloyd!

Starting out, he was all over the shop – playing rugby and football, chopping his way through karate, and running and mountain biking. Throughout his 20s, he moved onto marathons and triathlons, followed shortly by Kettlebell Sport.

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PHIL GRAHAM

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For most people, bodybuilding is a life-changing transformation that comes at a later point. Phil Graham picked up his first weights 14 years ago and hasn’t stopped since!

But what you don’t see is the amazing opportunities this kind of clean living grants you, as Phil travelled the world to compete on bodybuilding stages across the globe.

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KELLY-LOUISE ROWDEN

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Meet Kelly-Louise – one half of the FittSisters, and a down-to-earth fitness fanatic who has taken her work to the competitive bikini scene!

She began professional dancer at the age of 21-28, working with some of the best choreographers and learning the art of dedication. But after a knee injury while marathon training, it gave her some time to really think about what she wanted her future to be.

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Melody Coleman

Melody Coleman

Melody Coleman has come from a rich sporting history to become a successful personal trainer and blogger with a rich background in nutrition and strong aspirations to help others.

It all began with the encouragement of her parents to join a whole host of after school sports clubs and go swimming…

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John Clark

Sam Whitaker

John Clark is not your standard strongman…Breaking records and sharing knowledge in his own gym, the strongest man in the Midlands has made his impact felt in the world of health and fitness.

It all began with a fractured neck while playing Rugby in 2013…

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Sam Whitaker

Sam Whitaker

Sam Whitaker has built up his knowledge on health and fitness from when he first lifted a weight 13 years ago. Since then, he found his passion for helping people get in shape and reach their goals - that is when Body Target was created.

This AFL diet comes from a LOT of research into all aspects of the fitness industry…

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Callum Norton

Callum Norton

Callum Norton first began hitting the weights eight years ago after joining a local boxing gym and realising he was more interested in gaining an outstanding aesthetic physique rather than the body of a boxer.

Plus, the thought of getting hit in the face didn’t really appeal to the then 16-year-old…

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Georgina Spenceley

Georgina Spenceley

Georgina Spenceley is quickly becoming one of the UK’s most prolific and respected fitness writers having been shortlisted for the Fitness Bloggers Awards in 2015.

One read at her honest and refreshingly down to earth blog, and it’s easy to see why she earned such an accolade,…

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Tally Rye

Tally Rye

It’s fair to say the past few years for the lovely Tally Rye have been, in her own words, “mental.”

From an overweight Drama School student, to a social media sensation, PT and spin fanatic, Tally never once expected her meteoric rise in the ranks of the fitness industry…

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Ahmed Nasir

Ahmed Nasir

Ahmed grew up basking in the sun by the sea, so his introduction to sport and fitness began at quite a young age.

Intrigue led to passion and Ahmed began focusing on building a physique he admired without impeding on his swimming athleticism…

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Louise Plumb

Louise Plumb

37 y/o Louise is a mum of two, fitness model, a competing muscle model and a business woman

What's even more impressive is that she only began really exercising in 2009 after the birth of her second child!

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Lucy Buckingham

Lucy Buckingham

At just 24-years-old, Lucy Buckingham has managed to turn one rather unusual, yet highly delicious, product into a fitness foddie must have…

We spoke to Lucy to find out what it takes to set up one of the most successful fitness foodie brands in the UK.

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Melissa Haywood

Melissa Haywood

After spending 9 years in the British Army, it’s safe to say that Melissa Haywood isn’t shy of some serious hard work...

which is probably why after leaving the army, Mel went on to win her very first bikini competition!...

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Mitch Gosling

Mitch Gosling

Mitch Gosling has been a personal trainer and transformation specialist for 18 years. But he hasn’t always had bulging biceps and rippling abs!

Having been bullied for being overweight during his early twenties, Mitch decided to take control and transform not only his physique but his life…

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Helen Christie

Helen Christie - Hells Fitness

Helen’s passion for fitness stemmed from her childhood days of training at the gym with her Dad.

Following this love for fitness, Helen went on to Derby College to study Sport Coaching and Development...

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Matt Windle

Matt Windle

Matt ‘Man’ Windle might look like your average boxer, but Matt has another talent that isn’t so obvious – poetry!

In his own words Matt is a ‘poet by day, and boxer by night’ blending his love of lyrical artistry and boxing by spending his days working in schools, prisons, libraries...

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Amy & Tonie

Amy & Tonie Interview

Fitness duo Amy and Tonie first met at a bar in Leeds. Amy says Tonie followed her around like a lost puppy. Tonie says they spent most of the night outside the bar talking in the cold.

The more they got to know each other it became apparent they both had a love for sport, fitness and, specifically, the gym...

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Jonpaul Vital

Jonpaul Vital Interview

Jonpaul began weight training at the age of 19 alongside studying at University. Having always had a slim frame from playing athletic sports, he decided to change his style of training and began lifting weights.

After two solid years of intense training and considerable changes to his physique, Jonpaul decided to enter his first bodybuilding show...

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Courtney Pruce

Courtney Pruce Interview

Just four years after her first danclass, she was accepted into the prestigious Urdang Academy’s Performing Arts training course in London.

Having secured such an incredible opportunity to further her career, Courtney soon realised the pressures surrounding appearance and body image in the industry…

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Antony Fowler

Antony Fowler - Boxer

He is the cousin of famous Footballer Robbie Fowler, but has become a successful and well known athlete in his own right.

Having started boxing in 2002 when a school friend invited him to the local gym, Antony found a passion and true talent for the sport of boxing…

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Protein Chef

Protein Chef - Heather Davies

27 year old Heather originally from Hertfordshire was just your typical fitness fanatic and gym goer. That was until she began sharing her recipes on social media and became to be what you will know her best as – Protein Chef!

Her popularity has grown rapidly in the last year since the launch of her simple and easy to follow recipe blog (proteinchef.co.uk) which is packed with mouth watering recipes...

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Joel Corry

Joel Corry

The last time we chatted to Joel Corry (towards the end of 2013), he was in the midst of juggling his illustrious DJ career with his passion for fitness all the while dreaming of stepping onto the Miami Pro stage and walking off with a title.

However it wasn't until he visited Gold's Gym in San Diego California a few summers ago that he decided to give up rugby and sprinting...

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Chris Spearman

Chris Spearman

25 year old Chris was born and raised in Ireland and has always had a passion for being fit and healthy. As an ex semi-professional rugby player and national champion sprinter, staying active has always been a huge part of Chris's life.

However it wasn't until he visited Gold's Gym in San Diego California a few summers ago that he decided to give up rugby and sprinting...
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Roxy Winstanley

Roxy Winstanley

26 year old Roxy from Liverpool is best known to us as a successful bikini athlete, but we were surprised to learn that she is also a full time veterinary animal health manager too!

Growing up, Roxy was a keen gymnast for 15 years, so it's fair to say she was an active child. Taking part in cross country running and athletics were all part of her childhood. This stood her in good stead for leading a fit and healthy...
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Hollie Philippa

Hollie Philippa

26 year old Hollie Philippa from Cheshire is full time Personal Trainer and Fitness Model

… Who from a young age loved sport and the idea of being fit and healthy; from representing her school in athletics, to climbing the famous Snowdon Mountain.
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Roger Snipes

Roger Snipes

WBFF Pro Muscle Model and personal trainer Roger Snipes is renowned for his incredible physique.

… But as a teen Roger could be found on the athletics track not the weights room. So how did this 36 year old from London transition from a sprinter to a well respected bodybuilder?
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Simon Stevens

Simon Stevens

In 2007 after a successful career in Athletics and Rugby, Simon found himself frustrated and out of shape at the age of 30...

… Shortly after joining the gym Simon was talked into entering a Natural Bodybuilding competition and found himself standing on stage just 16 weeks later!
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Zanna Van Dijk

Zanna Van Dijk

22 year old half Dutch Zanna Van Dijk is originally from Yorkshire but now lives in London…

... Where she works as a personal trainer, nutrition consultant, blogger, vlogger, fitness model and social media fanatic…
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Troy Batchelor

Troy Batchelor

Troy began riding around on a 50cc bike at just 3 years old on his grandfather's land. At 5 he started racing walking away with a trophy in his very first contest.

Practising after school and competing every weekend, it wasn't long before Troy began to make his mark on the racing scene...
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Sam Hampson

Sam Hampson

25 year old Sam from Surrey is an activity leader and works at GNC by day, but an aspiring bodybuilder in his spare time.

Having come from a rugby background Sam is no stranger to the gym. But having stepped away from rugby into the world of bodybuilding...
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Moe Sasegbon

Moe Sasegbon

British born Nigerian Moe Sasegbon was introduced to athletics in Nigeria by her parents at just 9 years old.

Admitting herself that she wasn't a natural, it took until Moe was 14 for her talents to be recognised by her PE teacher after moving to the UK…
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Lee Selby

Lee Selby

27 year old Lee from Barry, Wales is fast becoming one of the UK’s most successful featherweight boxers.

Born in Cardiff, Lee was introduced to boxing by his father and first stepped into the ring at just 8 years old
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Ricky Boylan

Ricky Boylan

Ricky was brought up in Morden, Surrey where there were few facilities and even fewer opportunities.

But with a strong family behind him, teamed with a strong competitive nature Ricky was destined for greatness.
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Jack Storer

Jack Storer

Jack “The Ripper” Storer has only been bodybuilding for a couple of years and already is making storm waves in the fitness industry.

Having come from a family who are all into fitness, it seemed it was destiny for Jack to follow suit and when he completed his GCSEs he decided to embark on his fitness journey.
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Rachael Burford

Rachael Burford

Rachael Burford tells Muscle Food exactly what it takes to be a professional female rugby player...

Some would say Rachael was born to be a rugby star. With her family all playing for Medway RFC. Rachael grew up playing with a rugby ball and attending the rugby ground, before she took to the field herself at just 6 years old.
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Amanda Stanton

Amanda Stanton

Amanda has always been into fitness, training for long distance running…

But she was unhappy about her body shape, so started weight training. 2 years later she placed 3rd in UKBFF Bikini Class and won Body Power WFC Live 2014 Physique of the Week
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Arran Arogundade

Arran Aragundade

Arran Arogundade has always been a fan of fitness.

His younger days were filled with sport, sport and more sport and when he reached the age to hit to gym, his passion for working out flared exponentially. So, he upped his regime, cleaned up his diet and gave it everything he could in preparation for the fitness stage.
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Joe Rubino

Joe Rubino

Joe Rubino has been bodybuilding for the last 26 years although his path to bodybuilding success has been far from an easy one.

He lifted his first gym weight at just 16 years old having watched his elder brother go through an incredible transformation from flabby to fit at the same age. In fact, Joe says he turned himself into a modern day Hercules. A feat Joe was determined to emulate…Read Full Interview »

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Joshar Andac

Joshar Andac

Joshar is a MuscleFood Sponsored Athlete and winner of World Fitness Championships at BodyPower 2014

He began working out in his bedroom as a teenager and progressed to the school gym, documenting his progress on social media. Photographers started to contact him for modelling work, which inspired him to step onto the competiion stage, and the rest is history…Read Full Interview »

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Sam Welsh

Sam Welsh

Sam is a Personal Trainer, Online Coach and a regular contributor to Men's Fitness magazine, and most recently he's a POTW winner

In the past he has been an RAF Pilot and an Officer, a member of Britain's Olympic Luge Team, a strength coach for the Canadian Olympic Team and an occasional fitness model, placing third in Miami Pro.Read Full Interview »

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Scotty Cardle

Scotty Cardle

Scotty started boxing at just 8 years old, at 14 he won the English Schoolboy Championships.

In 2008 he joined Team GB Development Squad ready for the 2012 Olympics. Unfortunately he didn't make the qualifiers for the final Olympic Team and decided to turn pro. Read Full Interview »

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Jamie Alderton

Jamie Alderton

Jamie is a Pro Muscle Model, picking up his pro card after coming first at WBFF Iceland 2012, and he's founder of grenadejay.com

After leaving the army, Jamie continued to structure his day with his fitness regime and diet planning, but decided that training with a goal was better… Read Full Interview »

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Matt Fiddes

Matt Fiddes

Matt is a martial arts superstar, and a member of the ‘Martial Arts Hall of Fame’

He started training at 7 and by 17 held black belts in 3 styles and had opened his first school. At the age of 18, A-List celebrities approached him for personal training and protection, amongst these was The King of Pop, Michael Jackson! Read Full Interview »

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Matt Sallis

Matt Sallis

Matt is the winner of the first ever Mr University UK competition

He is also in his third year at University studying Strength & Conditioning, and has already been a 'Mens Health' cover model! Find out his reasons for entering Mr University, and his future plans… Read Full Interview »

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Holly Welch

Holly Welch

Holly is the winner of the first ever Mr University UK competition - Bikini Class

She is a student studying Physical Education & Youth Sports at Sheffield & Hallam University, and has been training with weights for less than a year, and won her first competition after just 5 months…Read Full Interview »

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Matt Warner

Matt Warner

Matt Warner, a recent POTW winner has always trained for fitness throughout his sporting career.

It wasn't until he left pro-football that he started taking weight training seriously to transform his body from lean and skinny to lean and muscle bound… Read Full Interview »

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David Bissell

David Bissell

One year ago, in 2013, David Bissell was studying for his Masters in Aerospace Engineering at Leicester University.

Now, he's a very well known name in the fitness industry having dedicated his time to setting up the first, and only, UK University Based fitness/bodybuilding competition – Mr University Read Full Interview »

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Non Evans MBE

Non Evans MBE

Non Evans is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring, genuine and gobsmacking-ly talented sportspersons we've ever encountered here at MuscleFood.

When we first looked into her sporting history we were left in a state of awe, admiration and slight shock that one person could accomplish so much in 39 years. Read Full Interview »

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Jayne Nisbet

Jayne Nisbet

International Athlete selected for The Commonwealth Games 2014.

At the end of September 2013, Jayne Nisbet was duly named in the first cut to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 for High Jump. She first took up the High Jump at school and quickly realised she had a talent for it. Within a matter of years she landed her first vest for Scotland and the drive to compete at the Olympics...Read Full Interview »

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Rick Hall

Rick Hall

Bodybuilder, Fitness Entrepreneur and Creative Thinker.

Rick Hall went from self-professed "pro-gamer" and party animal to a lean, muscle bound fitness expert in a mere 4 years, and increased his mass by 100lb!

An undoubtedly passionate guy, he's determined to keep enriching the lives of those around him…Read Full Interview »

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Andrew Coulson

Andrew Coulson

Business entrepreneur and a well-known name in the bodybuilding industry.

Andrew Coulson is undoubtedly incredibly down to earth, passionate and inspiring. He has faced and defeated challenges beyond comprehension with one constant – his love for the sport of bodybuilding.Read Full Interview »

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Scott Galton

Andrew Coulson

34-year-old Scott Galton began his fitness journey fourteen years ago, he hit the weights, researched clean eating and made the decision to go natural.

It wasn't long before he realised he could give the professionals a run for their money!Read Full Interview »

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Dr. Zak Pallikaros

Dr. Zak Pallikaros

Zak Pallikaros (AKA Dr Zak) is the man behind the fantastic Protein Bread and Protein Pasta ranges, although there's much more to this passionate business entrepreneur than delicious nutrition.

He has a wealth of bodybuilding wins under his belt including Mr Cyprus (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010) NPC Jay Cutler Classic (Las Vegas, 2011), UKBFF British Championships (2013). Read Full Interview »

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Joel Corry

Joel Corry

Joel Corry has always been into fitness and began working out at the young age of 16.

He trained hard all through uni and after graduation found himself working for MTV as a production intern looking after the cast of hit programme Geordie Shore. When he's not working out, though, he spends the rest of his time touring the UK DJing – his other true passion – five or six nights a week. Read Full Interview »

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James Tindale

James Tindale

You may know of James as the guy from hit MTV show Geordie Shore, but he is also an avid fitness enthusiast, qualified personal trainer and business entrepreneur.

From early on in his fitness journey he recognised just how vital good nutrition is in reaching your workout goals and so, he set up his own supplement company, to educate the masses in how to train properly, eat right and get results… Read Full Interview »

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Adam Gethin

Adam Gethin

Transformation specialist Adam Gethin began his personal journey to fitness at the tender age of 16 and took a very typical approach – he wanted to get bigger!

He saw results quickly after reading up on how to gain lean muscle mass, but around the same time he learnt he had a cousin who was very well known in the bodybuilding industry and got in touch to learn more.Read Full Interview »

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