Team MuscleTalk are all top UK fitness, bodybuilding and strength athletes who are working with James Collier and MuscleTalk for their promotion. The aim is to promote the athletes as well as bodybuilding and strength sports as a whole in the UK. All athletes are available for guest posing spots, gym visits, nutrition and training seminars and photo shoots; for details please contact James Collier on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01536 484631.
Daz Ball - IFBB Pro
Daz is one of the biggest names on the UK circuit. He took the nation by storm in 2007 when he won the UKBFF Heavyweights, and narrowly missed the overall to Flex Lewis. In 2012 he won the Superheavyweights which qualified him for the Amateur Division at the 2013 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus where he shocked the international bodybuilding scene by taking first place in the Superheavyweights and was subsequently awarded his IFBB Pro Card.
Never will you meet a more focused individual; he has what it takes to go far in bodybuilding. He has a very supportive family with his Mum, Dad, brothers, sisters and children. Daz was previously a semi-professional footballer who hung up his boots in order to pursue bodybuilding. He still enjoys the odd kick around still, and also enjoys sparring.
Daz is a down to earth friendly guy, who owns and runs Daz Ball's Extreme Gym in Leicester. Read Daz Ball's Profile here, Daz is sponsored by MuscleTalk, 1 Rep Max clothing, Liquid Sun Rayz, Booost Oxygen and Myprotein.
Terry Hollands - Professional Strongman
Terry Hollands is a well known celebrity and is one of the strongest men alive! He holds a long string of top level titles including UK's Strongest Man, England's Strongest Man and seven times World's Strongest Man finalist; he took the podium in 3rd place in both 2007 and 2011.
As a professional strongman, Terry competes across the world regularly, otherwise spends his time exercising in the gym, event training and with his fiancée Lauren; they live in Dartford, Kent. Prior to strongman Terry played rugby, but now can't risk injuries to doesn't play any more.
Terry is sponsored by MuscleTalk, and his goal is to win World's Strongest Man!
Click here for MT's interview with Terry
Lisa Cross - British Champion & Model
Lisa defines feminine muscle. She made her stage debut in 2009 and won the UKBFF British Finals in 2010. Lisa is currently the top name in UK female bodybuilding and is set to rock the IFBB World Championships in 2011 and through Team MuscleTalk, she's hoping to improve the profile of ladies bodybuilding in the UK.
Lisa is very photogenic as can be seen on her female muscle website (www.lisacross.com) where she has a huge fan base from around the world. Lisa is sponsored by CNP for her nutritional supplements.
Lynsey Beattie – IFBB Pro Figure
Lynsey has been competing since 2000, initially as a Fitness competitor. She competed in numerous shows in her first year taking first place in all including the EFBB British Finals where she earned her IFBB Pro card. After several Pro Fitness shows, Lynsey moved to Pro Figure due to injury. She competed as the first ever British figure competitor in the Arnold Classic and, from there, has competed in over 20 Pro Shows across the USA.
During a break form competing, Lynsey had her twin girls, and she came back to the pro stage in 2011. Recently, Lynsey also had her first part acting in a movie to be released in 2012, and has a couple more roles in the pipeline including one as a Russian Assassin. Lynsey is also an active fitness model and mum to her 2 year old twin girls and 17 year old son.
Oliver Price - British Champion, Actor & Model
As an avid gym goer for several years, Oli was only ever interested in using his phenomenal physique for acting and modelling roles. Eventually in 2010 he had his arm twisted and he hit the stage and won the Intermediate over 90kg category at the UKBFF Midlands qualifying for the British Finals which he also won.
Oli now has his sights on being a Superheavyweight champion with the UKBFF and from there, who knows? Holding the amount of mass he does, Oli certainly has a promising future on the stage. He lives in London and also works as a personal trainer. He's sponsored by MuscleTalk and 1 Rep Max Clothing. His website is www.oliverprice.com.
Luke Nichols - British Champion
Luke is a British bodybuilding champion. He first competed in 1995 when, as a 22 year old, he won the Novice Mr Britain. In 2003 he one the overall NABBA Midlands and Mr Britain, and in 2004 he won the EFBB Light-heavyweight class at the British Finals. Luke has also competed in the Mr Universe, World and European shows never placing lower than fifth, and he took first place in Mr England in 2007. Luke feels his future lies with the UKFBB and has renewed hunger for the u100kg class to be a Heavyweight champion at the British Finals.
Luke is 38 year old father of three: Alex, Lucy and Dixie, so he has plenty of cardio exercise running round after his children. Luke owns and runs Corpus Fitness, a sports supplement outlet, personal training and fit clubs from Flexibility Gym, Bedford. Luke has his partner Sianne to help in all aspects, work, training and tanning. As part of Team MuscleTalk, Luke is co-promoter of the annual UKBFF MuscleTalk Championships qualifier. Luke is sponsored by MuscleTalk.
Interview with Luke
Micky McKay - British Champion
Micky has been training since he was about 14 years old and he's 50 now, so it's safe to say he's a very experienced trainer! Professionally he is a personal trainer and exercise consultant with his own personal training company www.fitness121.co.uk and has his own gym where he trains people. He is also a consultant for Healthy Action and is a moderator on MuscleTalk.
Aside from bodybuilding, Micky is very keen on most sports especially boxing and football. He lives with his partner Julie and has a step-daughter Emma. Micky likes to relax by listening to music and reading.
Micky won two British titles in 2008, with the UKBFF and EPF. He returned to the stage in 2010 and was crowned Mr MuscleTalk after winning both the under 80kg class and the overall in the UKBFF MuscleTalk Championships.
Interview with Micky
Known as 'The Granite Man', Luke has that chiselled ripped-look on stage only ever achieved by few. As runner-up in the 2010 UKBFF Finals in the under 80kg category, Luke plans to return to win the class and then compete in the Amateur Arnold's.
Luke is sponsored by MuscleTalk and 1 Rep Max Clothing and lives with his partner Zoe and son Kenley.
At 42 years of age, Martin has competed for several years with 2010 being his best year yet: he reached the final few in the Superheavyweight in the UKBFF Finals. His goal is to improve each year and be a known name in UK bodybuilding.
Martin lives in Olney, Buckinghamshire, where he runs his own gym Olney Health & Fitness and his supplement company Only Supplements. He is sponsored by Boditronics.
Darran Winfield-Stanesby Wheelchair Bodybuilder
Darran is one of the top UKBFF Wheelchair category competitors, making his stage debut in 2010. Darran suffers from a rare type of cerebral ataxia which means he has lost some of his motor actions, including the use of his legs. However, it hasn't stopped him weight training and doctors are marvelling at his progress with, what would normal be, a progressive degenerative disease. Darran is an inspiration and look out for him on the UKBFF circuit. He is sponsored by MuscleTalk, Dinosaur Nutrition and 1 Rep Max clothing.
Read Darran's story
Rod 'Rambo' Lenette – World Arm Wrestling Champion
A true showman, Rambo Rod has a string of arm wrestling titles to his name and has been competing since his army days in 1986. He is also the inventor of the grappler where contestants use their whole bodies in a feat of strength, power and tactics.
Rod lives with his wife Wendy and three children near Bedford. He has had health issues including renal failure leading to a kidney transplant but he's bounced back to full competition strength. With his colleague, Dave O'neill, Rod runs a federation Armed Combat who run events all over their UK and are run their British Grand Prix at the British Grand Prix & Fitness Expo Weekend in London in March.
Chris has never set foot on stage, but he loves training and lives and breathes bodybuilding. He carries a serious amount of muscle, and one day, who knows, we may be able to persuade him to compete; if does, the competition better beware!
Chris lives near Wellingborough, Northants with his wife Sharon and two dogs. He's sponsored by 1 Rep Max Clothing.
James Collier - Organiser of Team MT
James is co-owner of MuscleTalk and runs the nutrition consultancy Healthy Action. James is a recreational bodybuilder himself, and although he competed three times in the 1990s, his passion lies in helping other bodybuilders, strength and fitness trainees reach their goals. James is also a show promoter, running the UKBFF MuscleTalk Championships and the IFBB British Grand Prix & Fitness Expo in 2011.
James has brought Team MuscleTalk together as he feels athletes in the British bodybuilding and strength scene do not get the publicity they deserve. Furthermore, he feels that the sport of bodybuilding in the UK is too apathetic and needs a hard shove, so the public can appreciate bodybuilding in a more positive light. So James has moved into bodybuilding promotion and plans to use Team MT as one avenue to help promote the sport. He acts as promoter and agent for the athletes in the team. If you're interested in having one or some of the athletes in Team MT do a seminar with James in your local area, please contact James on email@example.com or on 01536 484631.
Thanks to Fivos Photography, FitPics and Eric Guy for the photos