6’8″ – 320lb Monster! Martyn Ford Talks With Simplyshredded.com

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Quick Stats:

Age: 33
Height: 6’8″ – 203 cm
Weight: 320 lbs – 145 kg

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How did you get started?

I was training to become a professional cricket player and during that time I sustained a really bad injury. After my injury, I managed to get really bad glandular fever that basically cost me 9-12 months at a vital time in my career.

The end result was that I had to give up my dreams of being a professional cricket player, and I had to find a new focus for my hunger. Then I decided to enter the world of bodybuilding and I absolutely loved it!

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What motivates you to keep going and push harder?

I have a few sources of motivation. My family and especially my daughter really motivate me. I will never stop trying to be all that I can be to show her how much I care for her. Being able to provide for her and set an example of a strong role model to her and many others is an amazing feeling for me. Another thing is I don’t like negativity, I feel it drags you down and eats away at you. I deliberately separate myself from negative people. On social media sites I block and delete them, and in life I avoid or ignore them.

I find negativity is infectious and also very depressing. Choose friends who you admire and aspire to be like! Positive, driven and determined.

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What do you love most about being so huge, and do you face any challenges?

I just feel it’s the real me! I hate feeling skinny and weak; it just depresses me, and it doesn’t feel right. I do have daily challenges, trying to find clothes that fit, cars to drive and having enough food to eat.

When you need to consume up to 8,000 calories in a day, it can be a real pain getting that much food into your system day after day while trying to live a ‘normal’ life.

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What is your current training philosophy? How often do you change your training?

Currently I am doing HIT training. I run a program for 4-5 weeks and then I have a week off, where I do high volume work. I will switch up the exercises in the second phase, but the reps and methods will remain the same. In regards to fitness, I do MMA training twice per week, with two sessions at the Gracie Academy for BJJ and 2-3 interval sessions in the gym.

Full Routine:

Monday: Chest/Biceps

  • Incline Press 3 x 12/8/6
  • Incline Fly’s 3 x 12/8/6
  • Decline Press 3 x 12/8/6
  • Barbell Curls 3 x 12/8/6
  • Concentration Curls 3 x 12/8/6

Tuesday: Back/Traps

  • Bent-Over Rows 3 x 12/8/6
  • Close Grip Pulldowns 3 x 12/8/6
  • Deadlifts 3 x 12/8/6
  • Seated Single Arm Rows 3 x 12/8/6
  • Shrugs 3 x 12/8/6

Wednesday: Recovery

  • Rest day

Thursday: Shoulders/Triceps

  • Seated Dumbbell Press 3 x 12/8/6
  • Seated Laterals 3 x 12/8/6
  • Single Arm Lateral Raises (Using Cable) 3 x 12/8/6
  • Front Raises 3 x 12/8/6
  • Rear Delt Fly’s 3 x 12/8/6
  • French Press 3 x 12/8/6
  • Rope Pushdowns 3 x 12/8/6

Friday: Legs

  • Leg Extensions 3 x 12/8/6
  • Squats 3 x 12/8/6
  • Leg Press 3 x 12/8/6
  • Hamstring Curls 3 x 12/8/6
  • Calf Raises 3 x 12/8/6

Saturday/Sunday: Recovery

  • I rest for 60 seconds between sets and for 2 minutes between exercises. I use forced sets, drop sets and negative reps for advanced techniques.

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What is your approach to nutrition?

Over the last year, I have really started to pay greater attention to my nutrition. I now weigh and monitor my food intake much more closely.

Over the past 6 months, I have been playing around with my macros, and I’m really starting to see what works for me.

How many calories do you consume in a day?

This can vary massively depending on what I’m training for, but I can consume anywhere from 4,500 to 8,000 calories per day.

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Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

I used to bulk and cut, but never to extremes. I have always been more into what my body can do verses how it looks; I guess this comes from my early days of cricket, fighting and athletics. However, my plan now is to get lean and stay lean, so I will be ready for any potential jobs on the acting front.

Daily Diet:

  • Meal 1: 7 ½ ounces Chicken Breast, 2 tablespoons Udo’s Oil and 3 ½ ounces Green Vegetables
  • Meal 2: 5 ounces Chicken Breast, 5 ounces Egg Whites and 3 ounces (dry measure) Oats
  • Post Workout: Protein Shake
  • Meal 3: 7 ½ ounces Chicken Breast, 7 ½ Vegetables, 3 ½ ounces Udo’s Oil and 2 tablespoons (dry measure) Brown Rice
  • Meal 4: Same as meal 3
  • Meal 5: 5 ounces Chicken Breast, 5 ounces Egg Whites and 5 ounces Sweet Potato Salad
  • Meal 6: 7 ½ ounces Chicken Breast, 2 tablespoons Udo’s Oil and 3 ½ ounces Green Vegetables
  • Meal 7: 7 ½ ounces White Fish and 1 cup Large Green Salad
  • Meal 8: 15 Egg Whites, 2 tablespoons Low-Fat Cottage Cheese and 1 cup Green Salad

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What does your supplementation look like?

  • Whey Isolate
  • BCAA’s
  • Creatine
  • Glutamine
  • Multi and Mineral Vitamins
  • ZMA
  • Udo’s Oil
  • Garlic
  • Ginger

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?

I would have to say it has been representing my county in both athletics and cricket in my younger years.

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Favorite Quote:

“The only time you should look down on someone is when you’re helping them up.”

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