Do you follow a specific diet?
I don't ever get too strict, I maintain a relatively lean physique throughout the year so I don't have to do much to lean down for a competition or a shoot. I have oats for breakfast or 2 whole eggs & 2-3 egg whites, sweet potato & green veggies, for lunch I have either grilled chicken, lean red meat or fish & salad with balsamic or green veggies & sweet potato & dinner is usually the same as lunch. I have cut out sugar, I am having less carbs & fats except for avocado & almonds. For a snack I have rice cakes with almond spread.
What is your favourite cheat meal?
Brazilian BBQ, Mexican or home made pizza.
Do you take any supplements?
I have a protein shake about an hour before training, L-Carnitine first thing in the morning, BCAAS before & after training, Creatine before training & L-Glutamine 3-4 times a day.
How do you feel is the best way to maintain a social life without hampering your results in the gym?
Surround yourself with people with similar fitness & health interests as you. If you're going to eat out, choose somewhere that has a healthy option. Be specific when ordering & ask for your food to be cooked with no butter, oils, fats & salts etc.
If you're going to drink alcohol choose vodka lime sodas so you're skipping all the sugar that is in a lot of alcoholic drinks. Drinking can not only make you fat but you also lose muscle which is reversing all your hard work in the gym. Sometimes your friends & family may give you heaps about the way you're eating, you just need to explain to them why you're doing this & this is what you want to do.
What do you know now that you wish somebody had told you when you first started training?
To listen to your body & not over do it! It's not about how long you train, it's what you do that's important & giving your body enough rest! Last year I got quite sick due to overdoing it in the gym & pushing myself when my body was telling me to stop. I got a virus that affected my heart & I had fluid around my heart.
I was told I couldn't train for a couple of months, I was basically restricted to my bed & lounge because I couldn't do anything that made my heart go much above resting heart rate. To me this was the worst thing I could possibly be told! I listened to the Doctor & I rested & it only took a few weeks & I was recovered & could return to training. I now have learnt to listen to my body & if I'm too tired to train then I don't!
Another important thing I learnt is that it's not how heavy you lift, it's your technique. You get much better results when you do things properly rather than throwing heavy weights around using inertia & gravity to help!