Adam Foster Interview
– Our very own contributor Adam Foster is the star of this weeks interview. If you don’t know him he has a BA Business Management & MSc Marketing Management & is a competitive bodybuilder, fitness blogger, supplement reviewer, and huge geek. The Bruce Banner guy that turns into the Hulk? That’s pretty much Adam!
Nickname: Shreddy Brek
Height: Between 5ft9 & 5ft10
Weight (current): 215lbs Competition Goal Weight: Under 198lbs
What made you get into bodybuilding?
I think it was probably down to the gym & diet being such a big part of my lifestyle. I originally started going to the gym to “get strong & in shape”. The more i got into it the more I was surrounded by bodybuilders, either from magazines, training videos, advice videos etc.
I quickly had the aspiration to follow in their footsteps and step on stage, then eventually I did.
When did you first start seriously training?
Hmm, hard to say. When I was in college I trained at home. I trained “seriously” then – not missing workouts, doing (what i thought was) everything “right”. Not skipping workouts etc.
So i’ve always been “serious”.
However I was 18 when i first signed up to a gym. During these years at the gym, again, everything I was strict and serious. I wouldn’t half ass my training. I was strict my with diet & rest.
It wasn’t until 2013 when things turned up a notch however and I started training to compete in my first show.
Roughly how often do you train in the week & how long does a typical session last?
Typically 6 weight lifting sessions a week. I’ll sometimes split these workouts up into 2-a-day sessions, such as legs and shoulders. A workout could last anywhere from 40 minutes, to an hour and a half.
Where did your nickname come from?
“Shreddybrek” isn’t a nickname as such. I was talking to a friend, and by talking I mean wrestling style promo rambling, just going through a bunch of things. I said that and it stuck, i decided to name my youtube channel and blog after it.
When i started getting more interest in doing supplement reviews, I decided to launch http://cheapproteindiscountcodes.co.uk separately from the Shreddybrek site. Online people might call me shreddybrek, but its nothing more than a fun “brand” name if you want to categorise it as that.
Which is your favourite & worst muscle group to train?
Im not sure which my favourite is, but my worst would probably be calves. Not because I have bad calves (im not saying I have good ones either) they just seem like such a tedious muscle group to train, despite only taking maybe 15-20minutes.
What are your goals for 2015/ 2016 and beyond?
Id like to continue to grow my website http://cheapproteindiscountcodes.co.uk by offering more supplement & protein discount codes, ramping up the review & articles on there.
In terms of competing, I just want to better my physique from previous years.
Any competitions coming up that you’re entering?
I’ll be doing the NABBA UK later this year, and the NABBA North and UKBFF Maxxmuscle championships in 2016.
Any nutrition tips you can share or popular misconceptions that frustrate you?
Carbs make you fat. If you ever watch any of my full day of eating videos, or see some of the meals I post on my instagram, facebook or twitter, you’ll see that the most popular question is “why so many carbs”.
People think that cutting all carbs is needed to lose fat. I eat based around MY metabolism. That will be different to everyone else.
You’re a Protein Dynamix Ambassador, how did that come about and what has it been like working with them?
They got in touch with me earlier this year to try some of their products. After placing 2nd in the UKBFF Maxxmuscle show, their marketing director contacted me to discuss the potential of becoming a sponsored athlete.
A few weeks passed and I received a contract.
What supplements can you recommend from them that you use?
Their dynapro and muscle mousse are amazing, I honestly can’t get enough of their mousse.
The dynapro is the highest whey blend i the UK, and their protein mousse surpasses that of Muscle Mousse’s offering in my opininon.
I also use their fat burner, intra workout and pre-workout.
I used to mix my own intra workout and pre workout supplements, however the offerings from Protein Dynamix contained everything I would mix separately. It’s much more convenient using their formulas, and they taste pretty damn good to.
What’s your favourite workout music track/s?
I could quite happily train in silence, im not much of a music guy!
Who do you look up to or admire & why?
I’ll assume we’re talking about fitness/bodybuilding here, as this is what the interview is about haha! So from bodybuilding there are so many, and my answers are pretty generic and cliché, Ronnie Coleman, Dorian Yates etc.
A lot of people would answer with them, and for food reason. They were the best in the world at what they set out to do.
What is your best personal achievement/s to date?
Qualifying for the UKBFF British Finals (despite deciding not to compete in it) along with qualifying and placing 6th in the NABBA Britain finals.
If you could go back in time what advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Don’t take the advice of an experienced guy, and try and twist it into what I think will work best.
I remember reading so much, now what I know, is great advice, but as a naive and stupid 18 year old i’d twist it.
Example – have a high carb day every so often when cutting. My thinking “nah if i don’t have the high carbs i’ll lose fat quicker”. So stupid
– The Adam Foster Interview