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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.

His cousin was none other than Kris Gethin, one of the world’s best trainers today…

From there he developed having learned from other world-class coaches like Neil Hill, Nick Mitchell and Joe Binley but his approach to fitness has changed dramatically over the last eight years.

Thanks to his extensive knowledge and background, Adam’s whole adult life has really revolved around fitness and bodybuilding having written for, starting up his own magazine and becoming the editor for FitMag.

He also trained a few friends on the side and posted their results on social media to rave response. Soon, the requests for personal training came flooding in and Adam decided to give coaching a try.

He is now one of the most sought after coaches in the world and trains a whole host of celebs, elite professional athletes and VIP Company CEO’s!

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Not content with one to one coaching, though, Adam set up Creating Physiques, the 56-day Challenge, which is a revolutionary online personal training platform which places focus on total body recomposition and lifestyle.

Business entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast and lifestyle guru, Adam Gethin has already achieved so much in his 24 years and we can’t wait to see what happens next…

Interview with Adam Gethin

Let’s start with the basics, tell us a bit about your fitness background…

Adam Gethin

I started training when I was about 16 and I took a typical approach to it wanting to get bigger.

I saw results quickly but, around the same time, I learnt I had a cousin in the industry [Professional Natural Bodybuilder and transformation specialist Kris Gethin]. He taught me a lot and advised me on how I should be training for the results I wanted to see and it kind of just went from there!

Kris then got me into writing for so I spent a lot of time writing for other magazines and eventually I started my own magazine then became an editor for FitMag. My life has really revolved around fitness and bodybuilding…

I don’t have any editorial roles any more but I do features based around my business, which is great.

How and why you decided to pursue it to such a high level?

Adam Gethin

It’s interesting, when I was in 6th form I always knew I wanted my own businesses and teachers said I couldn’t do that. But when I left school I had an ice cream business ironically!

I was writing on the side and working out, but it wasn’t until I got my editorial role that it became apparent to me it working in fitness would be a long-term thing.

In the last 18-24 months, things with my personal training have really picked up on its own, but I didn’t want to be just a personal trainer. I liked business and it fits my mentality now but it took me a while to work out what I actually wanted from it.

What has been the most challenging aspect of your personal fitness journey?

Adam Gethin

It’s funny you should ask because it’s something I’ve been covering recently; my upbringing through weight training was all about bodybuilding. I looked up to and learnt a lot from other world-class coaches like Neil Hill – who has an incredible physique and my cousin. I was surrounded by bodybuilding so I kind of just went along with it but I never competed, it was never for me.

But I was always really active and enjoyed football, motocross and tennis and lots of it too so it wasn’t just about aesthetics for me, I enjoyed, and still do enjoy, sport for sport. So I’ve kind of gone away from bodybuilding at the moment.

After all, a lot of Physique competitors are show prep and a lot of average people looking to get lean might follow a programme with the intention of looking like one of the competitors on stage. But they don’t realise that once they achieve that physique and stop training for it, they’ll lose it! Training like this is pointless in my opinion.

So I’ve switched up my personal routine from traditional bodybuilding where I’d cut and bulk, to someone who has a very healthy lifestyle – like an Olympic athlete. It hasn’t been easy changing the way I’ve trained for so long but it’s been worth it.

You’re known as a “transformation specialist,” so what kind of training and diet would you recommend for those looking to lose fat that are complete beginners?

Adam Gethin

OK, for a total beginner, male or female, it’s very similar but there are minor changes I’d make for eating.

If I have a choice, they will lift weights three times a week. These would be body sessions lifting relatively heavy weights and super-setting antagonistic body parts.

I’d also get them to do cardio – fast walking for beginners and maybe some interval training depending on their body type. If they were very over weight, I wouldn’t recommend the intervals, as it’d be too tough on their joints

With their nutrition, again there are different things I’d recommend for each individual, but generally eat 5 meals a day, protein with each one, have veggies - I like roasted veggies with each meal - and have some carbs somewhere around their workouts.

Most people would see good results if they follow this.

Tell us about Creating Physiques...

Creating Physiques

All of my coaching until last year was one to one and I have clients all around the world. So because of time constraints I only take so many people on at any one time. That’s why I keep a waiting list – I’m not really one for generic plans because different people have different goals, which means different training.

But, despite this, I thought surely there would be something I could offer everyone. And so, the 56-day plan was born! I based it around the rules for the beginner. It gets people eating wholesome foods, and training properly. They also gain access to the 56 days community, forums and articles, which make a massive difference to people’s accountability.

Essentially, I created a system where people will get healthier – it may not be perfect for everyone but I guarantee it will assist.

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In saying it’s a generic plan, though – it is and it isn’t! Before people sign up, we have photos of men and women and they choose which one they look like the most – roughly - then when they click on that it prescribes a modified their workout. It basically means people with 10% body fat won’t get the same plan as someone with 30% body fat!

The screening process also helps. I analyse their progress, they can email me and if I feel the programme isn’t working for them then I will make changes. We start with a blueprint then I can modify that.

In essence it’s just something for people to get healthier and fitter – it’s great!

What’s your current training plan like?

Generally I try and train 5 days a week, which is a big challenge – 4 days is normal but 5 is a big change!

In very basic terms:

Adam Gethin
  • I start week with pull workout
  • Tuesday – legs
  • Wednesday – push workout
  • Thursday - rest
  • Friday – upper body session
  • Saturday – another leg session
  • Sunday Off

I'm also fairly active with my outdoors training to help burn calories and more than that because I'm an athlete at heart and enjoy it. This will range from a 45-60 minute brisk walk with a handful of sprints to a full-blown 25-40 minute sprint session through the local woodlands!!

What’s your current long-term goal for your training?

Adam Gethin

Training wise, it’s just to be an example. I guess I just want to be the best me and promote that to other people. I really enjoy my lifestyle and I’m never deprived of anything I want, so I don’t ever feel like I’m on a diet – my goals are to keep improving on that.

I used to get into this mind-set where I had to get ready for X, which is a stress in itself, but now I enjoy training for myself.

I use it as a challenge and to release stress, the gym is my hour to forget everything and I want to use how I train as an example to show others that working out can be fun! A lot of people think it’s monotonous – and it is, but it can be fun. I live like a pro athlete one day to the next and I enjoy that.

And what about your businesses?

Creating Physiques

In terms of business, the 56-day challenge is my goal in terms of expanding. My 1-1 is at capacity so I don’t really need to market that. I’ve just moved to Surrey and I’m thinking of 1-1 coaching there too but the big one is the 56-day challenge because it’s so scalable and it’s great that so many people can benefit from it.

It can be lonely working out and the gym can be intimidating! So the 56-day Challenge can give people a sense of community. We work with a lot of women and we want to encourage that to continue to encourage that.

At the end of the day, it’s not all about money to me, but I generally get a kick when I hear of people succeeding, or giving them the tools to achieve that.

I’ve also just launched Boot Camps in 5 different locations in the UK, so you get put through the 56-day challenges three times a week in a group of people. It helps training with people like that and as soon as people see how it works, they’re sold on it!

It’s not magical - it’s basics - but the media has taught so many people wrong things and we’re effectively going against what they’ve been taught, but the results are undeniable and people really love them.

At the end of the day, it’s not all about money to me

Many people initially over train at the start of their fitness journey – how important is rest for recovery?

Adam Gethin Rest

It’s really important. I’ve just increase my training to 5 days, I’m 24 now and I’ve been training for 8 years, and I really feel that extra day. I’ve done it occasionally but I’ve never had it as a normal split – and that extra day can be tough!

I mean I use the right supplements, I eat well and I’m still feeling that change.

I know people have this more is better attitude but I feel it’s out of guilt. I’ve watched people go at it hard in the gym for 10 days in a row, then they say sod this because they feel rubbish, they’re underfed, over-trained, undernourished and just doing too much and it’s boring!

You need to rest because that’s not only where you repair but it’s a lifestyle and if you do too much too quick you’re more likely to quit. You have to have other things in your life.

I get a lot of beginners asking to train 4 times in the week, but I say for them to do three and they see massive results. I even see pro athletes do this! But don’t get into the whole I’ve got to do so much - it’s counterproductive.

Women are pretty notorious for this too and I can totally empathise with it but getting the physique you want isn’t a matter of just exercising more. You just have to eat well, train right and rest up and you will see results.

How important is nutrition in helping you maintain your physique?

Adam Gethin Body

It is and it isn’t everything – A contradiction, I know! There is no denying that hard training will always make a big difference and a lot of people don’t train hard enough.

Although, I’m a big believer that most people can’t out train a bad diet. I do know of exceptions to this rule, but as a whole nutrition is so important so I place a huge emphasis on this with my clients and myself.

With a good, balanced diet people feel and see the results quickly and they feel healthy. Couple that with the training and it’s a win win.

A lot of people don’t know what healthy is.

What three whole foods do you rely on?

  • Lean meats or fish with every meal or organic eggs
  • Lots of vegetables like broccoli, kale, carrots and lots of different colours for antioxidants.
  • Things like almonds and cashews. They’re great for healthy snacking.

There are a lot of contradicting theories surrounding the use of supplements for gains and results – some say they’re essential - others disagree – what’s your view on supplements?

Adam Gethin Body

I’d agree with both! What I mean by that is there are a few things to consider and it depends on whom we’re talking about.

Supplements can make a difference of 5%, but if you’re not training to your full potential and drinking a beer on Saturday night – taking them is pretty pointless.

A lot of marketing focuses on the “benefits of supplements” and while they can have a benefit, many people have their priorities mixed up. If they’re eating good, training right and feel they need something to enhance their training – then look at supplements.

But I’ve seen people with mediocre diets and a supplement stack like Mr Olympia, which is a classic case of mixed up priorities. You’d be better served investing that money in top quality food.

The only supplement I would prescribe regardless are pro-biotics and fish oils. Beyond that it depends on the person, how they eat, how they train and what their goals are.

What three things should people focus on to make sure they start out as they mean to go on?

    Adam Gethin gym
  • I really, really, really want to emphasise to people that this is a lifestyle change. You will get sick of it but the results are worth the perseverance.

    It doesn’t make sense – there’s no start and finish, you’re making a conscience effort to live a healthier life. It’s beyond looking good in the mirror – a healthy body will look good anyway!

    All in all, it’s a long-term plan. Your goals might change within that plan, but bones remain the same, you just make tweaks for different goals.

  • You need good support from the people around you to achieve your goal.
  • Learn that one good meal will not make you and one bad meal won’t break you.

    People get obsessive saying they can’t have a chocolate bar will make me fat – one won’t, but a habit will.

    Also, if you do have a bad day or meal, don’t write-off the rest of the week by saying, “I’ll start again on Monday…” Start again the very next day or meal! You need to get your head in a positive place to succeed.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Adam Gethin fitness

I think it’s important that everyone researches and understands what it really means to get in shape.

It’s funny because the genders have very different outlooks, women tend to avoid weights and men tend to try and lift too much but I once heard a great quote from Nick Mitchell, “Women should train like men and men should train like women!”

The women I train lift as heavy as they can and they really see results. Education is key in terms of diet and training. Stick to a healthy lifestyle and you will see results.

Meal Planner

My nutrition plan changes depending on the goal. Right now I'm eating for steady progress in size and strength whilst avoiding gaining unwanted body fat.

I eat 6-7 meals day, my pre/post workout meals contain carbohydrates as does my intra-workout shake. The rest of my meals consist of protein and fat with fibrous vegetables. Once a week I have a free meal currently.