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MD 1 ON 1 With The new IFBB Pro James Llewellin

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  • MD 1 ON 1 With The new IFBB Pro James Llewellin

    Forum Leader marcus300 interviews

    James Llewellin
    UKBFF British Champion
    &

    The new IFBB Pro




    Current competition achievements

    2003 - Nabba SE First timers - 1st Place
    2003 - Nabba Novice Britan Finals - 1st Place
    2003 - UKBFF Stars of Tomorrow Intermediates - 1st Place
    2004 - Gravesnd Clasic Under 200lbs - 1st Place and overall champion
    2004 - UKBFF East of England Under 80kgs - 1st Place
    2004 - Bristish Finals under 80kgs 3rd Place
    2004 - Amature British Grand Prix - 7th Place
    2004 - UKBFF Stars of Tomorrow Under 80kgs - 1st Place
    2005 - UKBFF British Championships Under 80kgs - 1st Place
    2006 - WABBA Body spectacular short class - 1st Place
    2006 - Gravesend Classic Under 90kgs- 1st Place and overall Campion
    2006 - PDI British NOC Under 90kgs - 1st Place
    2006 - Wabba World Champion (Athens) Short Class - 6th place
    2007 - UKBFF Gravesend Classic Under 90kgs - 1st Place and overall Champion
    2007 - UKBFF British Championships 90kgs - 2nd Place
    2008 - IFBB Amature Arnold Classic ( Columbus,Ohio) Under 90kgs - 5th Place
    2008 - UKBFF British Championships under 80kgs - 1st Place and overall Champion and Pro Card



    name- James llewellin
    age- 35
    loctaion- London, UK
    off season weight- 90kgs
    on season weight- 80kgs
    Height-5ft 4"



    marcus300: Thankyou for taking the time to do this interview I know your a busy man nowadays. Lets start at the begining James, when and why did you first start bodybuilding?

    James: I started 'playing' with the weights at school but than as many young kids I drifted away and became involved with surfing and women!! I seriously took up the weights again when I was around 28 which was 2 years before my first show. I have trained consistently now for 7 years, with a few weeks off here and there when I feel I need them


    marcus300: who were your influences when you first walked into the gym?

    James: My father funnily enough. I remember when I was about 7 or 8 my dad used to have a 'bullworker' and he used to 'inconsistently' do some exrcises on it. I used to ask him to show me and my friends his biceps and then I remember having a go myself and liked the feeling of putting effort into something and seeing myself get stronger. I remember thinking when I grow up I wanted to have biceps like my dad!!



    marcus300: What was it like in the early years trying to make a name for yourself? did you have the full support of your family and friends?

    James: I think because bodybuilding is a minority sport which invlves some fairly extreme methods, my family never really took a real interest in it. They still have never been to any of my shows but thats cool, its not their thing. They always get me a good luck card though and like to hear about it all afterwards!
    My friends just realise that this is what I do and have just let me get on with it. They have of course been fully supportive and a fair few can always be found at my shows cheering me on with my number 1 fan, my wife Nicki




    marcus300: What do you do for a living and does it have an effect on your bodybuilding ambitions?

    James: I am a personal trainer so it fits into my lifestyle perfectly. I arrange my clients around my meals and training and also around my commitments such as guest posing.



    marcus300: Who are some of the top pros past and present that you look up to?

    James: I like some of the older guys in the sport such as Franco Columbo, Frank Zane, Tom Platz, Rich Gaspari and also more recent pro's like Shaun Ray, Flex Wheeler and Kevin Levrone. I also like some of todays pro's such as Ronnie Coleman, David Henry, Dexter Jackson and Dennis Wolf.



    marcus300: Your win at The Britian and your Pro card was outstanding, please tell everyone what did it feel like to finally get your Pro card? and what are your thoughts/memories of that special day?

    James: Thankyou. It was all a bit of a haze. I watched it back the other day on a friends video camera and it all came flooding back. It was the culmination of weeks of prep (really since last years UK champs) so when it was finally announced it was like a dream. There were only 2 people I wanted on stage with me first and that was my wife, Nicki and also my coach and good friend Neil Hill; I owe him a lot for my victory, he is an absolute legend and will be in my corner for the rest of my competing days.


    marcus300: What are your thoughts of the results of the other classes?

    James:To be honest I was eating and sleeping in my hotel room all day and only came down to the venue a few minutes before I was on so I didn't get to watch the show at all. I heard that there was a bit of a dubious decision in the heavies but when you have so many different kinds of physiques on stage, its a bloody difficult job; I certainly wouldn't like to have sat on the judges table for that class!




    marcus300: Tell us, what was your first meal after the show and what were your cravings throughout contest prep?

    James: Neil booked a table at an Indian just behind the venue but to be honest he has me eating so much food over the 4 days before the show, I wasn't really hungry but I did manage a curry, chips and 2 Keema Naans!! We had already eaten a big mixed grill and cheesecake after the pre judging plus all the carbs from the previous 3 days. All I wanted was a chicken breast and some veg!!



    marcus300: What is the hardest thing about preparing for a contest in your eyes?

    James: I think the hardest thing is how it effects the dynamics in a relationship. My wife has been an absolute rock through all of my prep but it does take its toll. Low carbs mean less enthusiasm for other things in life like socialising, going out for days but we always used to make sure we went out once a week for a nice 3 course meal. Neil is a big fan of a cheat meal and my last was around 14 days prior to the show before the depletion phase took place.



    marcus300: What are your personal goals/ambitions for the future?

    James: I would like to compete and be competitive in the 202 class. This means taking a little time out, making the necessary improvements and then hitting the stage again at my all time best. One thing I have always done is make improvements each time I have competed and this has been rewarded and noticed by the judges over the last 5 years.



    marcus: What kind of training routine do you follow?

    James: In the off season I work to a 9 day split, training mon, weds, fri and then the last muscle group on the following monday. This keeps my enthusiasm high and my body rested. It also means that each bodypart only gets hit every 9 days so the intensity of the workouts is insane. Pre contest I train mon, tues, thur, fri and sat. I like to be in the gym more pre contest but my training isn't quite so intense as I am just in a maintainance phase not building.




    marcus300: whats a typical daily diet look like off season and on season?

    James: I like to spread my meal every 2-2.5 hours apart. I like high fat, high protein and moderate carbs. the macros normally work out about 400g protein, 400g carbs and 120g fat, so each meal has 50/50/15 approx. i like to have a varitey of foods including oats, sweet potatoes, wholewheat bread, rice, fruit and vegetables for my carbs. For protein I have whey, chicken, steak, fish, eggs, milk and nuts with the high fat proteins making up my fats along with added walnut oil or extra virgin olive oil. My website www.jamesllewellin.com has my diets listed so take a look.



    marcus300: What is the hardest thing about contest prep? What is the easiest?



    James: The hardest thing is eating my meals on my own and cooking nice food for my wife!! The easiest thing is the once a week cheat meal. I love cardio, training and posing practice even when on low carbs as I see it as a challenge. I kind of like the depleted feeling as I know then I am nearly ready to hit the stage. The last day of depeltion is tough but also you constantly think about the huge quantity of carbs you are going to eat the following day. By day 2 and 3 of the load you are sick of carbs and in some ways depletion is far easier. That bloated full feeling is horrible as is the huge amount of gas you produce!!!!!





    marcus300: I am huge fan of yours James and your all over development is amazing,what are your goals for the following year on your pysique?

    James: The plan is to take some time out now in 2009 and slowly add some mass to those areas Neil and I feel are still lacking. My chest and back need thickening up so a few extra pounds in these areas would be great. I am pleased with the progress I made in 2007/2008 with my legs especially and I know with my attitude and religious eating I will progress well next year and be competitive when I first hit a pro stage.



    marcus300: What kind of advice would you give someone new starting out in this game?

    James: Be consistently consistent with your eating, training and resting. Allow yourself 1 or 2 cheats a week but for the rest of the time you should have your nutrition nailed as well as your supplementation. My rise to the top has been soley because of my work ethic both in and outside the gym.



    marcus300: Ive heard you have a DVD coming out very soon, can you elaborate more on the content and what we can expect?

    James: Yes, I am really excited about the DVD. It basically follows me for the last 8 weeks of my prep for this years UK Championships and luckily for me it has the perfect ending. It will include training, nutrition, posing, interviews, etc and also has a video diary of my last week spent with Neil including posing each day and my thoughts on the up and coming show. It also has me just before the show in the hotel getting ready and will also have the moment I was crowned middleweight and overall British Champion. Believe me it will be a cracker and hopefully give people a real life insight into show prep and the emotions that go along with it.



    marcus300: You are known to be one of the nicest guys in the business and thats why you have a huge following in the UK, how does it feel to have such loyal fans and what would you like to say to your fan base?

    James: The fans have been absolutely fantastic to me and have supported me tirelessly over the last few years. I always try to take the time out to speak to people and answer their questions. I always say that knowledge is useless unless shared with others. I always try to remain humble too, there is far too much arrogance in our sport plus i like to keep my feet planted firmly on the ground. I am just a normal guy with a real passion for the sport I love and know that even once my competing days are over I will still be involved helping others and taking the sport forward into the mainstream.

    I would like to say a huge heartfelt thankyou and hope that they all follow the rest of my bodybuilding career over the years ahead.


    marcus300: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Anything you'd like to add or say?

    James: No problem, my pleasure........Now where did I put that cheesecake!!!!???




    marcus

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    • #3
      Excellent stuff.

      Well done James, I saw you crowned overall on Sunday, well pleased for you and well deserved.

      All the best to you mate, look forward to watching your DVD.

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      • #4
        So chuffed for you James - been said many times but you're one of the most genuine guys in British bodybuilding.

        202lb scalps for you in the future no doubt.

        Did you keep the mountain of natural peanut butter in the pre-comp prep this year?

        Put me down for a few DVDs - excellent crimbo prezzies.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by James
          The hardest thing is eating my meals on my own and cooking nice food for my wife!! The easiest thing is the once a week cheat meal. I love cardio, training and posing practice even when on low carbs as I see it as a challenge. I kind of like the depleted feeling as I know then I am nearly ready to hit the stage. The last day of depeltion is tough but also you constantly think about the huge quantity of carbs you are going to eat the following day. By day 2 and 3 of the load you are sick of carbs and in some ways depletion is far easier. That bloated full feeling is horrible as is the huge amount of gas you produce!!!!!
          How many days do you deplete? And then how many days do you spend loading - 2 to 3? Does this structure stay consistent through your entire prep?

          Thanks! You look fantastic!
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          • #6
            Awesome Interview

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            • #7
              James again we are so proud of you!
              When are you and Nicki coming over to stay? You know we have a cheese cake factory 10mins away.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Warrior View Post
                How many days do you deplete? And then how many days do you spend loading - 2 to 3? Does this structure stay consistent through your entire prep?

                Thanks! You look fantastic!
                It really depends where you are a week out. I saw Neil on the sunday and he said I was ready to load then so my carbs stayed the same and were dipped on the last day. My carbs were low for the last 2-3 weeks so I was fully depleted anyway.

                My weight went down to 169lbs before the load, so I gained a good 6lbs whilst drying out....But man I was stuffed, I like my food but even I was sick of carbs by the end...All I wanted after the show was a chicken breast and a nice salad but I was forced to have a curry!!!LOL!!!!!

                Thanks for your kind comments too.


                J
                www.jamesllewellin.net - The official home of IFBB Pro James Llewellin

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ShinaM View Post
                  James again we are so proud of you!
                  When are you and Nicki coming over to stay? You know we have a cheese cake factory 10mins away.
                  I have promised Nicki a couple of holidays away next year so if we could make one of them to come and see and stay with you guys that would be great.
                  I dont know what yours or Flex's plans are next year competing wise, so we would have to arrange things around those. We wouldn't want to burden you whilst you or flex are prepping. But saying that I would like nothing more than to coincide it with a show so I could see Flex compete and offer my wholehearted support!

                  The idea of seeing you guys was on the agenda but now you have mentioned the cheesecake factory its a given!!LOL

                  J
                  www.jamesllewellin.net - The official home of IFBB Pro James Llewellin

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                  • #10
                    Hi James,
                    can you explain a little better your training... Sets, reps, etc.
                    Would be great if you post your training routine.

                    thanks

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                        • #13
                          Good interview. Good luck James in your pro career.


                          NYC BIG MIKE
                          Looking for the "gang of 20".

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                          • #14
                            Great interview
                            One of the nicest guys you could ever meet

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                            • #15
                              Hi James

                              just like to say well done James and i wish you all the success for the future.

                              Zee

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