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The Ultimate Physique: UK Fitness Athlete Jamaine Donkor Speaks to Xplosive Growth

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Stats

  • Height: 5ft 11.5ins
  • Weight: 93kg
  • Years Training: 8 years
  • Based: Coventry, United Kingdom
  • Profession: NHS Security Guard
  • Sponsored by Physiq Apparel

Share your story with us, how did you get into this lifestyle?

I had been training as a hobby for a while at Capitol gym in Coventry when one of the guys who worked at the gym approached me and complimented me on my physique and asked if I had ever considered competing in bodybuilding. I was humbled that the thought of my physique being good enough for a competition. I took part in swimming and track from a young age and at a very competitive level. I felt the physical, mental and sporting challenge of competing in a bodybuilding show was one that I could really get myself into.

What does your diet look like?

When I’m dieting down for a competition or shoot I like to eat a clean diet of high protein, high fats and low carbs. I’ll often fill up on fibrous green vegetables.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

My favourite cheat meal of all time has to be home made Lasagne by my mum of course! I always put a request in for this post competition or after a shoot and will have it specially made with lots and LOTS of mature cheddar as I avoid all dairy when I’m cutting.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about fitness athletes?

In my opinion, the biggest misconception in the fitness industry about athletes is that people believe you can achieve a shredded physique or a lean toned body by  just doing a few sessions in the gym each week over a couple of months. Society nowadays has created such a need for instant results and we can have almost anything in a heartbeat, but unfortunately the physiques people admire are not formed overnight. Fitness athletes sacrifice a lot to achieve the incredible physiques emblazoned on magazines and we put hours, months and years of relentless work ethic in and out the gym to achieve the amazing results we all admire. I’ve sacrificed holidays, nights out and even family occasions such as Christmas on my journey to the physique I have today. But I always say anything worth having is worth working hard for.

Tell us about your training regimen?

  • Monday – Legs
  • Tuesday – Chest
  • Wednesday – Back
  • Thursday – Shoulder/Abs
  • Friday – Arms
  • Saturday – Cardio
  • Sunday – Rest

What keeps you motivated?

My motivation comes from those closest around me; my friends and family. Without their unconditional support and understanding I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today. This industry is not just physically challenging but mentally as well. I’m always motivated to make them proud.

Do you do cardio? What type and how often?

I like to do fasted cardio first thing in the morning. It gets my metabolism fired up and really helps kick off my day in the right direction. It also gives me a chance to plan for the day ahead. When I’m shredding, I’ll add in an extra cardio session post training.

Top 3 tips for getting shredded?

  •  Having a good clean diet – It’s absolutely crucial!
  • Drop Sets
  • A mixture of cardio

What supplements do you take?

  • BCAA
  • Whey Isolate
  • Fat Burners
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Dandelion Root
  • Vitamin C
  • Fish Oil

Who inspires you?

The people that follow my progress inspire me to be better. Oh, and also my idol Ulisses haha!

What advice do you have for other young aspiring physique athletes?

The advice I would give to any young fitness athletes wanting to break into the industry would be to stay consistent, don’t let negative comments hinder you, stay hydrated, eat healthy and stay focused on what you are trying to achieve. Make sure that in every training session you go to hell and back within your own means, and most importantly be yourself!

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