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Aesthetic Overload: Adam Charlton Talks With Simplyshredded.com

How did you get started with bodybuilding?

Throughout High School I was always called nicknames about my muscles. I was very lean and athletic with well-developed legs. Sprinting came natural to me and I became the fastest 400m runner in the UK for my age group. I loved to be competitive and the feeling of winning was like no other. I went on to compete at a National and European level. At the age of 20 I started picking up injuries and my drive for the sport slowly faded and I needed a new challenge, bodybuilding just seemed to fall into place.

So I joined my local gym and started a basic training program and since then I have never looked back.

Where does your motivation come from?

At the beginning I just loved the idea of getting huge and ripped and receiving compliments from people, that gave me a real buzz. I actually posted a short flexing video on YouTube and the amount of views and encouraging comments shocked me! I then started to realise that if I really focused and worked hard I had the potential to do well at competitions. I’m also an artist so I look at my own body as a piece of work trying to perfect it!

Bodybuilding is an art, your body is the canvas, weights are your brush and nutrition is your paint. We all have the ability to turn a self portrait into a masterpiece.

What workout routine has worked best for you?

I always try to keep the sessions very intense with 2 minutes of recovery between sets. Good form is so important for me as well especially for leg training, I always go deep on squats and leg press. I’m fortunate enough to have a training partner who is just as focused as me so we push each other to the limits!

Full Routine:

Monday: Chest/Calves

  • Incline Dumbbell Press 4×12
  • Incline Hammer Machine Press 4×12
  • Incline Dumbbell Fly’s 4×12
  • Cable Cross Overs FST-7
  • 1 Set Push Ups to Failure
  • Seated Calf Raises 4×15
  • Standing Calf Raises 4×15

Tuesday: Back/Abs

  • Wide Grip Pull Ups 3×10
  • Bent Over Barbell Rows 4×12
  • Seated Cable Rows 4×12
  • Single Arm Dumbbell Rows 3×12
  • Rope Pull Downs FST-7
  • Machine Crunches 1×100
  • Lying Leg Raisers 1×50
  • Side Crunches 1×50

Wednesday: Legs

  • Barbell Squats 6 sets, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6
  • Leg Press 3×15
  • Walking Lunges 3x40m
  • Leg Extension 3×30

Thursday: Shoulders/Hamstrings/Abs

  • Seated Dumbbell Press 4×12
  • Hanging Single Arm Lateral 4×12
  • Front Barbell Raise 4×12
  • Barbell Shrugs 4×15
  • Lying Hamstring Curls 4×12
  • Seated Hamstring Curls 4×12
  • Machine Crunches 1×100
  • Lying Leg Raisers 1×50
  • Side Crunches 1×50

Friday: Arms/Abs

  • Standing Barbell Curls 4×12
  • Dumbbell Hammer Curls 4×12
  • Seated Preacher Cable Curls 3×12
  • Close Grip Barbell Press 4×12
  • Seated Dips Machine 4×12
  • Skull Crushers 4×12
  • Rope Push Downs FST- 7
  • Machine Crunches 1×100
  • Lying Leg Raisers 1×50
  • Side Crunches 1×50

If you have to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?

  1. Squats – Nothing like doing DEEP Squats, a real mass builder for me.
  2. Bent Over Barbell Rows – I can get a really good pump in my back from this and it is also a great mass builder.
  3. Seated Dumbbell Preacher Curls – I like the slow controlled movement and the squeeze at the top working on your peaks.

What is your diet like?

Usually my diet is very clean keeping my protein intake very high with only 5 meals per day. I may throw in a few cheat meals on the weekend during my rest days to help with recovery and growth with the extra calories.

Sample Diet:

  • Meal 1: Protein Shake, 4 Egg Whites, Banana & Bagel with Peanut Butter
  • Meal 2: Jacket Potato & Tuna
  • Meal 3: Steak & small portion of Chips
  • Meal 4: Chicken & Steamed Vegetables
  • Meal 5: Cottage Cheese and a Protein Shake

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When trying to cut down do you prefer to use HIIT or just normal cardio?

I don’t ever do Cardio. My Gym sessions are kept very intense with around 1-2 minutes of rest between sets, so it keeps me well conditioned.

What is your supplementation like?

I’m currently taking:

  • Whey Protein
  • Creatine
  • Multi-vitamins
  • Coffee (Pre-workout)

Favorite Bodybuilders?

The obvious one for me would be Arnold Schwarzenegger. I tend to go for a more aesthetic look rather than the mass monsters of today! I also have a lot of respect for Tom Platz with his amazing legs!

Favorite Quote?

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confusius

Bodyspace: http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/add4688/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/adam400m
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/adam400m?feature=mhee

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47 Comments

  1. Jay says:

    One of the best physiques I have ever seen

  2. Alex says:

    Strong tan line is Strong

  3. toby says:

    MONSTER quads!

  4. P says:

    how do you get that hard/crazy dry vascular look?

  5. jimmy k says:

    @P – Most likely a combination of very low bodyfat (super shredded) + big muscles + solid nutrition + flawless genetics + the help of enhanced supplements

    Top work Adam, extremely impressed

  6. Jackson says:

    He is up there with Rob Riches, Lazar, Greg Plitt and Ulisses. Freaky conditioning and shredded quads… lacks a little chest but overall an incredible build

  7. rk says:

    ripped like hell..! amazing

  8. h says:

    @jimmy k “flawless genetics” anyone one can achieve this with years of hard work.

  9. SituAsian says:

    Ridiculous conditioning and those wheels are just phhwwwooooaaaaarrrkkkk!!! But yeah lacking a bit of chest, which considering his chest routine, makes sense. ALL incline (dumbbell + hammer doubling up!??!) and no bench at all, why!??

  10. ilker says:

    Great physique!!

    Does anyone know the song of this remix?

    Kind regards!

  11. igz says:

    WOW. His physique is amazing..

  12. HJ says:

    I agree with Jackson

  13. Matt says:

    Holy cow! Amazing physique bro. Goal quads right there!

  14. Peterparker says:

    Amazing.. Machine mode.

  15. Charlie Shin says:

    fucking amazing

  16. siska says:

    Holy cow!

  17. benbeast says:

    sick physique i hope no clen has been used

  18. Feros says:

    Good to see a bloke who doesn’t wax his chest twice a week for a change haha

  19. Bauger says:

    Dude is shredded! Seriously the ideal way to look if you have wide hips. Chest could be a little more filler out, but at the BF% he’s at, amazing!

  20. nat says:

    what is the song in that video?

    the definition of aesthetic physique

  21. Kingz0rs says:

    Whats the name of the song? :)

  22. bills says:

    Big legs and get your chest bigger to complete a nice body!

  23. Evan says:

    Is he on gear? or all natural? Either way incredible physique, truly inspiring. But I would like to know ;)

  24. Kenny says:

    He claims he is all natural, although I am very interested to find out if he has ever cycled. I really want a realistic grasp of what is achievable without supplementing with hormones?

  25. moz says:

    so jelly… wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  26. ilker says:

    zeez brah is da man!!! thanks

  27. SimonGeorge says:

    Those quads are insane! So much hard work must have went in to them, well done!

  28. Kelly says:

    More evidence that high intensity excersise like sprinting encourages muscle growth, very impressive legs my man

  29. jdog says:

    I swear all these aesthetic guys do not do any bench press or dumbbell press?? is that right or do they forget to mention it

  30. Alex says:

    amazing body, and yeah those quads are just insane

  31. peter says:

    @jdog – Different things work for different people in my opinion

  32. Rocky says:

    Just amazed by his quads.

  33. Solar Leucine says:

    Great physique overall, and quads…. I would not wana to be any bigger than that.

  34. Wow says:

    This guy has amazing legs

  35. Kalo says:

    My dream physique right there . Watched the guy on youtube a few months back and I was mindblown .

  36. Moe says:

    This guy is the definition of FREAK. Probably some of the best genetics I have ever seen. I remember this guy posting on bodybuilding.com before he ever even lifted and he was big and ripped. Now after training hes friggin huge!

  37. jeremy says:

    im mirin

  38. Deniz says:

    big eminem ^^

  39. 3Fitty says:

    You could probably argue that genetics is what’s making it hard to fill out the chest. People have their strong points and weak spots. I personally think his physique is flawless. Genetics just made his best attribute his quads.

  40. Exodus says:

    Adam trained at the gym I used to train at and trust me he looks much bigger in real life and his chest certainly isn’t lacking.

    His form is always impeccable and rep cadence is awesome and perfectly controlled, the weights he uses are pretty insane as well considering the volume of his routine.

  41. antoniocc says:

    what does he do for forearms?? and exodus what gym did you train at?

  42. Lean says:

    Is this physique achieved naturally ? (no hate)

  43. smyd says:

    Legs are unreal..so much mass, im jealous

  44. Jeremy 'the assassin' Huey says:

    Love this guy…i really love him!

  45. Gav says:

    How are people thinking his chest is small? it’s monstrous from the side.

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