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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.

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. But whatever happened that night, they both left wishing to see each other again.

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. Not only did Jonpaul see a change in his physique, he also found his passion…

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

21 year old Courtney, originally from Kent, began dancing in her early teens. Just four years after her first class, 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

Liverpool born and bred middleweight boxer Antony Fowler is the cousin of famous Liverpool FC 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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