A musician reveals the secrets behind his quick six-pack fix and he succeeded to look like that in less than a year. Reece Fullwood used to weigh 9st and suffered from low self-esteem, so he tried some different ways to change his body.
The first time he set foot in the gym, he felt so nervous that wore three hoodies to make himself look bigger. But since beginning his fitness journey in January, the 26-year-old has doubled his bodyweight in muscle and now weighs in at 19.5st.
Reece said: “I used to be a very nervous person, terrible at speaking up in public and always shied away from any human interaction. That’s until I found training gradually over the years – the socialisms of a gym environment and the confidence gained through physique and strength helped my mental state and attitude massively.”
Before overhauling his lifestyle, the metal guitarist lived on a diet of sugary foods, pot noodles and takeaways.
Reece spends most of his time at his local Xercise4Less gym, because when he’s not pumping iron he’s working on reception or towards his level three personal training course.
As well as releasing some albums with his band this year, the fitness fanatic is also focused on competing in his first powerlifting competition where he hopes to break British squat records.
He can currently squat 340kg, bench press 200kg and deadlift 330kg – and he’s still aiming for even heavier in the future.
Reece said: “I think a lot of my increased confidence is down to making friends in a gym environment and talking to people with a passion, where people build each other up.
“Too many people think they will be judged when starting at a gym and people will laugh at them but I found the complete opposite, people wanted to help and offer advice and see you succeed.
“When you start noticing changes and feeling changes, it’s a great feeling.”
Now Reece follows a bodybuilder diet which sees him chowing down six times a day.
“When you feel good about yourself, it reflects on other people, and people are nice to you. It’s a great circle,” he added.
Reece’s daily eating plan:
Meal 1 – 5am
8 whole eggs followed by a big bowl of porridge with semi-skimmed milk
Meal 2 – 8am
200g of lean mince beef and 250g of wholegrain rice, with a cupful of veg
Meal 3 – 11am
250g chicken breast with 200g of pasta or sweet potato
Meal 4 – 2pm
1 Bagel with peanut butter and a couple of pieces of fruit
Pre-workout drink at 4pm
Post-workout shake at 7pm – 50g whey protein and 50g of fast release carbs with creatine
Meal 5 – 8pm
A typical meal is something similar to meal two or three
Meal 6 – 10pm
Low fat Greek yogurt and Casein protein.
Reece’s typical weekly workouts:
Upper body – A lot of heavy pressing movements like dips, bench presses and dumbbell presses. Also triceps and pull ups to target the upper back.
Lower body – Heavy squats, stiff leg deadlifts, leg press and hack squats followed by a core and ab workout.
Bodybuilding shoulder work – Lots of shoulder pressing, some lateral raises, rear deltoids and shrugs.
Bodybuilding upper back training – A lot of free weight rows with barbells and dumbbells, more pull ups, pull downs and a little bicep work.
Volume bench training – Higher reps and other chest building movements like dumbbell flys, followed by light, elbow-friendly tricep movements.
Deadlift session – Deadlifts for hours. Light squats and leg movements after, followed by more core and ab work.
Sunday is for eating and recovering before starting the whole process again.