Physique Photography for body builders

A few years ago now I was asked to do a photoshoot with Dean Burchell for LA muscle. I never published the images as they were destined to be proudly displayed in LA muscles magazine. Anyway I thought it was about time I put the physique photography images on my blog. Dean’s article is also well worth a read!

Dean is an ex Marine so he suggested that we do the photoshoot at the local barracks gymnasium. He sent me some photo’s of the gym and I was hooked. What an amazing place, three floors of retro through to very modern equipment all looking like it could be used a lot more!

Dean is in pretty amazing condition all year round. But he went extra mile and tortured himself with a 12 week cut for the physique photoshoot. I’m sure you will agree it was definitely worth it. Part of the epic LA Muscle magazine article is below.  However, to read the whole thing follow this link to LA Muscles free WORKOUT magazine download.

Nutrition – LA Muscle Article

Back to basics (B2B) is an effort to eat like we used to back in the day, with a significant move away from processed foods…. If your Gran didn’t cook or eat it, neither should you, with one exception, your cheat day! Mine is a Sunday, when I’ll eat whatever I fancy. This also remains flexible, as I don’t want a strict schedule to get in the way of every day life! This cheat day will shock your metabolism but remember a cheat day is to allow you to eat the things you have been restricting, not to eat to excess!

So what is (B2B), anything we could hunt or find – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, seasonal veggies and seeds. Sorry, the pasta, cereal and sweets will have to go! Instead, you’ll be eating things like chicken stir fry, fish dishes and steamed or roasted Mediterranean vegetables.

 

Explain the word ‘Diet’

I don’t like keeping track of how much I’ve eaten or obsessing over how many grams of a particular nutrient I’ve had (with the exception of protein). Not only do I hate counting calories but I know that calories are really only half the battle, as they’re not all created equal – 400 calories of Doritos do NOT affect your body in the same way as 400 calories of high-quality vegetables or protein. If you can implement just a few of these ideas and remove certain types of food from your diet, you can stop worrying about counting calories forever.

Firstly, i’d like to explain the word “diet.” A lot of people associate the word diet with a calorie restriction for weight loss, however your diet is simply what you consume in the way of food and drink, so we all have a “diet” some are better than others! You see, years ago, before healthy choice meals and pre-packed boxed meals with 6 month use by dates, our ancient ancestors thrived as hunt-er-gatherers. Although it’s been a really long time, our genetics haven’t changed that much since then. The average man back then: tall, muscular, agile, athletic and incredibly versatile. The average man now: overweight, out of shape, stressed out, unhappy and sometimes sleep de-prived.

The reason being a few thousand years ago humans discovered farming, the agricultural revolution took off and we advanced from hunter-gatherers to farmers. We settled down, formed soci-eties and the human race progressed to what we are today.

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