One of the most common things you hear as a Personal Trainer is “I’ll start Monday”. Or “I’ll build myself up first then try X,Y or Z!'“ Being frank, this is one of the most frustrating concepts that people buy in to. The truth of the matter is that there is never a perfect time to begin.
A prime example of this is Roy Mclean, one of the team of PTs at Boss Gym. I sat down with Roy to discuss his beginnings in bodybuilding, a career that has landed him multiple national and European titles but one that started later than most.
“My first show I was 38,” Roy explains. “I was on holiday with my family in New York when I decided that I was going to compete.”
When pressed as to why he decided to make this jump at this point in his life, Roy says; “Well, my kids were older so didn’t need looking after anymore. There wasn’t any real moment that triggered it. I had followed bodybuilding for a long time but never really thought I’d compete myself. I had been training for years, since I was younger. I actually started with boxing then moved onto weight training.”
The biggest part of bodybuilding is the prep. This is the process people go through to get themselves from their starting point to stage ready. It includes harsh dieting, long workouts and gruesome cardio. One small slip and the whole competition can be ruined. However, with no real links in the bodybuilding world and less accessible information via the internet, Roy had to rely on some more obscure forms of information.
“There was a TV programme called Body Spectacular on at the time where a bodybuilder John Hodgson, was putting someone through a prep. The show detailed the training and the diet that was being used so I copied that. I ate the same as what they did on the show and trained the same!”