My 2017 Training – PT James Allen

After competing on the 5th June  2016 at the USN classic and coming third place in the teens category, I came away immensely proud of what I’d achieved at my first bodybuilding show. I was also extremely thankful to Ian Scammell for his time and help me throughout my prep, but I knew I had a lot to do ready for this year.


After my show, I was still unsure whether I was going to compete this year or whether to wait until next year. As I turned 20 in August 2016, I knew I would no longer be able to compete in the teen category and had to decide whether to take on the Juniors (ages 20-23) or the men’s Under 70kg category (last year’s show weight was around 64kg).

I upped my food and continued with training, although I have to admit I became a bit lazy. No cardio, eating McDonalds on a Thursday, Dominoes on a Friday and whatever else I wanted over the weekend. After a few too many weeks of this, I knew it was time to start taking off-season more seriously.

Many natural bodybuilders inspire me, and I do loads of research into diet and different types of weight training to see what works for me, but I really want to up my game this year, so in January I began Y3T training. Yoda 3 Training is rotating your training style over a 3-week period. The principle of Y3T is to systematically keep your muscles guessing how you are going to train so that your body has less chance to adapt. I am now in my 5th week of this and love the fact it’s different each week; it constantly pushes me to my limits and every week I feel stronger.

I also got myself a coach for four weeks, Zac Fotheringham. He completely changed my diet and supplements and each week I had a ‘check in’ which I sent pictures, measurements and my weight. I have now finished my four weeks with Zac but am continuing with everything he told me, until around June/July, depending on how much weight I gain over the next few months.

Once off-season is over, I will begin my prep, which will last around 3 months ready for Heart of England UK Championship qualifier on 30th September in Rugby. I hope that I will qualify and go on to the UK and International Championships on 22nd October.