Oly Tomlinson is one of the first to be picked for our Elite Athlete Programme. A Policeman and fitness fanatic, he also came a very respectable runner up in our recent “Most Hench” comp.
You can follow Oly on twitter, where he is always busy “chasing his dreams and accomplishing them.”
Here is his story.
Back in July this year, I decided I wanted to make a real impact on the fitness world, and become much more vocal and interactive during my journey.
I also had personal goals, namely to get in my best possible shape. I gave myself 12 weeks to do this by employing a top coach in Jamie Alderton. This enabled me to hit my exact calories day in, day out. At the start I didn’t have any plans beyond getting into great shape and learning about my body and how it responds.
Well it has gone brilliantly. About 6 weeks in I realised I was starting to look more muscular and lean, and I decided to celebrate this with a photo-shoot at the end of the plan. A photo shoot I felt was a great way to have a keepsake of getting into my best condition to date. And this goal of all a sudden gave me a real extra motivation to succeed!
BUT it didn’t end there! Around week 10 I found out about a competition named Pure-Elite which would mean stepping on stage and competing against some of the best amateur fitness models in the UK. This was 5 weeks away and would take my initial 12 week plan into 15 weeks. I discussed it with Jamie, and we decided to go for it. Now I knew I hadn’t built the same level of muscle to compete and win against the top guys, but I was determined to get as shredded as I could, and really learn about, and experience, this side of things.
This meant my ’12 week’ get into great shape initial plan, had now become a photo-shoot and on stage competition! Amazing how things work out when you work for it huh?
All of a sudden I was including posing practise into my routine, exfoliating and moisturizing my skin and really upping my mental side of things to create confidence in myself for hitting that stage.
I completed the photo-shoot, which was a lot of fun, and am very happy with the results. I took to the stage with great confidence and in my pictures I never stopped smiling! It really was a great but long day, I will go into my stage day experiences in another blog.
Not all plain sailing…
This has been a roller-coaster 15 weeks, with lots of ups, but there were downs. Believe me its very hard to continually eat your own food, putting dinners with friends and family off. I am a Police Officer and eating so strictly at work, never knowing if you will finish on time or not, is also very tough and requires real willpower and mental strength.
I would get food urges. Towards the end of the plan I’d even be lying in bed struggling to sleep because all I could think about was peanut butter!
My plans now are to take the whole of 2015 as a strength and mass year, looking at competing in some strongman competition to keep motivation going (you always need a goal!) competing again on stage in 2016 with a completely new physique, with much more muscle and a clear difference in detail in my body.
Why a whole year?
Muscle building takes a long time and I don’t want to rush it. I’m in this industry for the long haul and I want to make sure I can bring a top level physique. I fear too many people compete 3-4 times a year and never make huge changes as they are constantly cutting down before much more mass has been built. This year was all about putting myself out there, getting a taster of what this industry is all about and beginning my journey.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions over this 15 week period of training, I’m always happy to help.