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