Special Edition Post: MW – Part One
This weeks post has a slightly different focus than my usual posts. It’s not about me or my views, instead it’s what I’d like to be known as a ‘Special Edition Profile Post’.
I have the pleasure of introducing you to a friend of ours, Martin Winston, who for the last 16 weeks has stepped up his game and been training ruthlessly in preparation for his first body-building contest.
The reason I wanted to feature Martin is because I was intrigued into what’s really involved in preparing and competing in body-building, from an insiders view.
This coming Sunday Mr & Ms Plymouth will be held and will showcase some of the locals finest, this post is a one to one with Martin solely on his background and thoughts in the run up to the big event.
How long have you had an interest in body-building?
I have been training for 10 years but it has only been the last 3-4 years I have taken it seriously.
Was there a specific reason that made you get into body-building?
I guess you can say I was very body conscious as a teenager with your typical beer belly frame. One day I decided to change this and started at a small gym at my work and began to change my diet.
How did you find out about Mr Plymouth?
When I moved to a larger gym at about 20 a lot of the guys would train for it. That’s when I started to go and watch the show.
When did you decide that you wanted to enter into Mr Plymouth?
17 weeks ago I had a serious think about what I wanted to do. I had a serious chat with my girlfriend and a friend of mine who is a professional body-building coach. Both were very supportive and this made my decision final.
How long have you been preparing for the contest?
I have run a 16 week programme.
Have you had to change your diet much?
My diet had to change dramatically for the first 4 weeks as I needed to put on some extra size. As I did not prepare with an off season diet I had to do this along with my cutting diet within the 16 week period.
How have your training sessions varied from your regular workouts?
My coach has changed my workouts throughout the 16 weeks. I started with a 3 day a week schedule as it was key that I had enough recovery time between sessions. This was then stepped up to 4 days a week and then the last 3 weeks I have been doing 5 days a week, this includes 2 leg days.
What has a regular week looked like for you in the run up to the contest?
|AM||CV session||CV session||CV session||CV session||CV session||CV session||CV session|
|PM||Legs||Shoulders, Tris & Abs||Back and Abs||Legs||Chest, Bis & Abs||CV session||Rest|
What have been the highlights during your prep work?
2 words ………. Cheat meal!
Over the 16 weeks I have a set period on Sunday to eat as much low fat sugary carb foods as possible. I started at 6 hours and gradually went down to a period of 1 hour come the end.
Apart from that I have enjoyed it all really, I love the variety of my training, the diet doesn’t really bother me.
What have been the lows?
Getting up at the crack of dawn for CV (Cardio Vascular). I’m not a morning person but you get used to it. Also endless hours spent in the kitchen cooking and doing the dishes.
Have you had to do anything out of your comfort zone to prepare for the contest?
Nope. I’m a pretty open minded guy and I know what you have to put yourself through in the body-building game.
Have you been surprised by anything in the run up to the contest that you weren’t expecting?
I was surprised how quickly I picked my posing routine up. It’s one thing I was worried about but as they say, practice makes perfect, and it didn’t take too long to put something together.
It’s only a few days until you complete, how do you feel at this precise moment?
Very positive and confident, but not over confident, and wishing it was actually time to step on stage as I can’t wait!
And for those of you who would like to put a face, and for that matter a body to Martin, here he is;
Look out for part two of this special edition post where I will be bringing you photos of the event as well as a post-contest chat with Martin!