Hi all and welcome to my website. My aim is to provide my personal training services online for anyone interested whilst also showing the great quality of life that can be achieved on a plant based diet. I will discuss a range of things, from training and diet to general lifestyle tricks that can help you lead a healthier and more fulfilling life. I will not be preachy and will simply educate people as to the benefits that can be achieved through adopting certain habits.
With regards to training, I will discuss an array of topics, not only resistance based exercise but cardiovascular and other forms of training too. As someone who likes to spend a lot of time reading and researching, I will include my latest discoveries on here for others to view. Where necessary, I will provide links to the resources in which I’ve used to gather my information and the scientific data supporting what I’ve said. Some topics may be personal opinion and what I’ve found work from my own experience and thus won’t necessarily contain references to scientific data. The same will be done when discussing diet and other lifestyle factors.
Now let’s talk a little bit about me personally. I’ve been taking part in regular exercise and training since a young age, Karate being my main focus in my younger years. From the age of 4 I would regularly train with my dad, who also did and still does Karate, until I was old enough to join a club. Throughout my childhood years I spent a huge amount of my free time practising, both in and outside of the Dojo. I achieved my black belt at the age of 10, one of the youngest people in the country to do so, and to date, have won multiple competitions ranging from the FSK Nationals to South West championships. In more recent years my time spent doing Karate has decreased due to university and work commitments, but I’m again starting to implement it into my weekly schedule where possible.
I started gym training a fair few years ago in a friend’s garage, shout out to Popec if you’re reading this, learning the basics and getting to grips with what it’s all about. My knowledge back then wasn’t exactly great when it came to what I needed to do to truly get where I wanted, and to be honest I wasn’t really sure what it was exactly I was hoping to get out of it; I just enjoyed training and that was all that mattered. In more recent years I’ve improved my knowledge and understanding of the human body and have also set clear goals. Thanks to this, I have catered my training regime to allow me to work towards improving my aesthetics and performance. At this moment in time, I thoroughly enjoy weight training and lifting heavy (but sensibly) and combining that with hypertrophy work. Something I will be including in future workouts is more speed and power based work, with the aim of this having a direct impact on my performance in Karate.
In terms of diet, I used to consume the standard omnivorous diet that most of us in this country do. A couple of years ago I decided to stop consuming dairy for health reasons (I hadn’t even considered going fully vegan at that point). Around a year ago, so a year or so after cutting out dairy, I decided to try going vegan. I used to eat meat daily, mainly chicken, and would enjoy a good steak when out for a meal, or indulge in the well known English breakfast. After watching some documentaries, namely What The Health, Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives, it got me interested in a plant based diet. I’m not the type of person to make such a life changing decision from watching a couple of documentaries, so what I did do is research. I read a couple of books, one being How Not To Die, as well as a few others, and decided to give the whole vegan thing a go. At first, I was skeptical, ‘Where am I going to get my protein?’, What about B12?’, ‘What about iron?’ are questions I would often ask myself, and get asked by others. I still get asked this by other people on a regular basis, but thankfully, I no longer have to ask myself these questions for I know the answers. I will delve into this in more detail in a separate post, but what I can say is for a fact I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been, feel the best I’ve ever felt (ask anyone who spends enough time with me, they’ll tell you how I’m always full of energy), and am performing the best I’ve ever performed. All my gym personal bests I’ve set since going vegan.
At the end of the day, I’m just a regular guy trying to make the world a better place. I am under no illusion that I have the ability to change every single person’s outlook on life, nor do I expect everyone to take everything I say as gospel. All I want to do is live a life where at the end of it I can say I did all I could to help people, the animals, and the planet, whilst living as long as possible to do so. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this and I hope you’ll be back in the future to read some more of my blogs. Take care.