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James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding

Welcome to my 2015 Progress Journal!

For those of you who don't know me, I'm James Collier.  I'm co-owner of MuscleTalk and 1 Rep Max clothing and I've also been heavily involved with the UK bodubuilding, fitness and strongman scene for a few years.

My background stems from nutrition and dietetics.  After graduating in 1995, I worked in the NHS as a clinical dietition for several years and in the latter years set up Healthy Action nutrition consultancy as a freelance dietitian and nutritionist.  I've been advising clients on nutrition issues for 21 years on a whole range of issues including clincal nutrition, food intolerances, weight loss, sports nutrition and, more notably, bodybuilding competition preperation, where I also advics on training, supplementation and stage prep.

I've been training since I was 15/16 years old.  I was skinny and bullied at school.  I just wanted to get 'big' and would do anything I could to aid me in that quest!  Looking back, I was obsessed for a fair few years.  When I was 18, I started to look like I trained and this was a major achievement for me and since I left school at 17, I've never been bullied since.  Through uni, I was known as a bodybuilder and it wasn't until I was 21 years old that I first stepped on stage as a junior.  I had decent size for a 21 year old, but my condition wasn't great, despite the fact that I was 2 years into a nutrition degree!  I came 4th in my first show, but qualified for the NABBA Novice Britian junior class a week later and just made the final 6.

I didn't compete again until I was 25, when I competed in the Ultra Bodies show at the Corn Exchange, Bedford (the same venue, where I now stand on stage hosting the MuscleTalk Championships.  Here I placed 5th place in the same line-up as now IFBB Pro Hunni Glanville, who won the class.

I haven't competed since.

I've always been consitant with my my training and have never had more than a three week block away from the gym - I just feel naked without it!  However, there have been periods where my training has been below par, eg during my finals, and when I've had hectic work commitments.

I have built a decent amount of muscle, but most of that was in the first 7-8 years.  Sure, I've made gains since, but most have been just re-gaining any losses.  Although, in 2008-9 I did have a belated growth period, where my triceps grew for some reason!

I have a number of injuries - nothing major, but enough to affect my training - including back problems, shoulder and neck problems and such like.  I'll discuss these later on in the journal.  I also have some ailments which have affected progress in the past, including colitis; although I'm fortunate that it's only the proximal region affected and it's not as severe as some people get.

I'm far from obsessed with training these days: I get my pleasure from helping others and watching them progress.  My work is my main focus.  This has reflected in my physique and, I'm quite blocky these days with little shape and some impressive amount of chub around my sides and lower back!  I still enjoy training and I'll freely admit, I don't train at 100% capacity for about 75% of my workouts.  However, I can absolutely guarantee that my 100% is a lot more than most of your 100%: I've trained with top amateur and pro-bodybuilders and fitness freaks from different sports and have kept up or even lead the way on many occasion.  So, I know what proper training is.
 
I'll also freely admit my diet is well below what a decent bodybuilder's diet should be.  Yes, I'm definitely a do-as-I-say-and-not-as-I-do kinda person!

I'll be 43 years old this year and, on August 15th, the day after my 43rd birthday, I'll be marrying my girlfriend of 3 years: Melanie.  So, I'll use this journal as motivation to improve my condition!

Here's a short video introducing the journal - I'll try to do more vids every 2-3 weeks.  Hope to get some with other people training.  I'll also include some training photos now and again too.
 


I'll update about specific training sessions - but not everyday as this will be boring.  Same for diet plans; I'll post things now and again.


I hope this journal will be an enjoyable read for all of you as well as for me!  Any questions, please ask
post edited by James - 2015/02/16 13:22:12
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/16 13:42:12 (permalink)
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Also, if you Like my Facebook page, there'll be photos there from time-to-time
 
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/16 13:57:07 (permalink)
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Good stuff James, look forwards to following.

 
 
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/16 14:05:05 (permalink)
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Looking forward to this
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/16 14:05:07 (permalink)
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Well done putting yourself up on offer there James.
 
Good luck with it all.



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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/16 15:16:38 (permalink)
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Very keen for this mate.
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/16 15:18:55 (permalink)
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I'm looking forward to this boss, good luck with the quest to glory.

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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/16 15:24:11 (permalink)
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Congratulations!
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/16 15:25:06 (permalink)
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Looking forward to this!
Glad its started!

 
 
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/16 17:41:16 (permalink)
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Good luck and congrattulations. ))
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/17 20:04:23 (permalink)
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I will be following this with great interest  as someone who is under James's charge at the moment I will be looking forward to seeing the changes!
 
Best of luck brother!

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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/18 12:48:32 (permalink)
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I trained at Ultra Bodies, Finedon after work.  I have a delt injury at the moment so this was a crap workout.  No intensity, no will.  Hate workouts like this!
 
Warmed up, then 2 light sets of side laterels, then 3 sets of 10 reps.
Machine press - 4 sets of 10 reps
Side laterel machine - 4 sets of 10 reps
Rear delt machine - 4 sets of 10 reps
Seated bent over laterels - 4 sets of 10 reps
 
Workout intensity rating 4/10
 
I have a number of injuries and I have a regular sports therapist who does deep tissue massge. He says, rightly - as I can see objectively in the mirror - that my rear delts are underdeveloped compared to the rest of my delts.  This gives me a slight slouch appearance.  I should be prirotising my rear delts.  Also, I need to improve my posture during training so my shoulders are pulled back, my neck pulled back so my chin is more in my neck.  The unfortaunte effect of this is that I look like one of those pumped up guys who walks around the gym flaring his shoulders with his nose in the air - an arrogant gym prick!
 
But needs must!
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/19 20:03:35 (permalink)
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Last Friday I said to Mel that it was great that I had managed to go through winter without having a cold, especially when so many people around me had suffered including here.  I also commented 'I bet I've tempted fate now...'
 
Well, I did.  For the past two days I've had a cold.  Not a stinker, but definitely notably run down and tonight I'm knackard after the training session:
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/19 20:13:40 (permalink)
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Trained at Alpha Gym, Rushden tonight.  One of my clients traveled down from Nottingham to train.  Although he's been a client since last July, I'd not trained him directly before tonight.  He's come for nutrition and training consultations, but not a workout.  He's a 54 year old guy who's competed a few times in the over 50s class, including two shows under my guidance last autumn.  He's made great progress, but he needs to step it up if he wants to win shows.  I'm trying to get him to do the Supermasters at the MuscleTalk Championships on July 5th.
 
We trained back and I trained with him:
Lat pulldowns - 3 warm up sets, 1 normal set to failure of 10 reps, then 2 pyramid sets of 60 reps per set.  For this, you start on a light weight for 12 reps, put it one heavier for 12 reps, one heavier again for 12 reps, one lighter for 12 reps, one lighter again for 12 reps; all non-stop, 60 reps in total.  We did this twice.
 
Nautilus pull down.  This is a great machine with separate rigid handles with handled that rotate.  3 sets to failure
 
Low pulley rows on a plate loaded Nautilus machine - 3 sets to failure.
 
Straight armed pulldowns (I use a boxer's stance) - 3 sets of 10 reps.
 
DY rows - 3 sets - second set very heavy
 
Stretch back out.
 
This was a hard workout and I'd rate the intensity as 9/10 (bear in mind my 10/10 would be Phil Heath on a good day).
 
When I'm with a new client I do tend to show off a bit - it's human nature!  This means I train harder - all good.  As I have this cold, it does mean I'm really worn out now.  In fact, why am I posting here when I should be relaxing?!
 
I have two clients coming down from Lancashire to train with me at Alpha tomorrow one I've trained with many times before, the other is his mate who's a new client so it needs to be intense again!
 
Night!
 
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/19 20:54:21 (permalink)
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Nothing Wong with upping your game mate!
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/20 09:43:23 (permalink)
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A cold or man flu?

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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/20 12:52:41 (permalink)
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A cold or man flu?


Neither.  It's called realmanflu and it's a lot worse than manflu.  Only Real men can get it, though, which is why I have such a bad case.  You'll be fine
 
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/21 18:42:09 (permalink)
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Trained chest last night at Alpha Gym - two clients came down form Lancs to train - one is someone I've worked with for several years and who competed last year, the other is his mate who enrolled with me last month and I met him for the first time.
 
They had a great workout.  Unfortunately, my shoulder niggle from the other day was extremely painful and I just couldn't work my right side properly.
 
We did:
Seated chest press (Alpha have a lovely machine) - 3 warm up, 3 working sets - really got my niggle
Incline dumbbell press - 1 normal set and 2 squeezy sets (worked well for me due to the injury) - this is a technique I've used for a few years now - video below explains how it's done.
Pec-dec supersetted with cable cross-overs x 3
Chest flye machine x 3 - this is a bit of kit I've only ever seen at Alpha: you stand up and lean into it and do a downward flye movement.
I then quit the workout at this point as my delt was failing.
They did dips and press-ups.
 
Workout rating 6/10 for me
 
I then had to drive 150 mile round trip to pick my daughter up and, this left my right side in quite bad pain all evening and night - from my neck to my delt.  It's as bad as it's ever been.  Hopefully going to get a deep tissue massage session on Tuesday.
 
No training this weekend, but did a long walk today with mrs and daughter - good cardio.  Still got this cold, but it's not that bad.
 
Here's the incline press squeezey video:

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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/21 20:14:52 (permalink)
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Going to give the incline press with the squeeze ago next chest session.
What was the original injury that caused the shoulder issue?

 
 
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Re: James Collier - 2015 Journal to an August Wedding 2015/02/21 20:25:40 (permalink)
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Helpful little tutorial vid mate!
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