Ash Got Body

December 9, 2014

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Iron Does Sharpen Iron.

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I caught up to fellow GymShark athlete Ash Grant to chop it up about the aesthetic life. It is a lifestyle indeed. See for yourself.

MAX THE BODY: What’s your full name?

ASHLEY: Ashley Nathan Grant

MAX: Do you have a nickname? If so, why?

ASH: My nickname was given to me by a good friend back in my early years of training. I just started seeing some little progression so I was given the name gotbody lol; it’s stuck with me ever since.

MAX: What’s your height and weight?

ASH: I’m 5’11, 194lbs

MAX: What’s your nationality? What languages do you speak?

ASH: I’m black British and only speak English

MAX: Where you from? Where do you live?

ASH: Im from the United Kingdom, England and lived here my whole life

MAX: What do you do?

ASH: I work full time for my two great sponsors GymShark and GoNutrition.  I also run a personal training studio along side my training partner.

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MAX: What is your religious belief?

ASH: I believe in a high power; of course. However not in a God; not for reasons on ignorance but rather that I haven’t found God yet nor earned it I feel. Hahah religion is a big subject and we’ll have to leave that for another blog

MAX: Do you offer personal training service? If so, where?

ASH: I do offer personal training 1 to 1 guidence. A new studio will be opening very shortly in the West Midlands area. For now I offer my services via online through ashgrantedplan@hotmail.com

MAX: How did you get started with exercise? How long have you been training? What was the motivation to start and what keeps you motivated?

ASH: My influence came from my friends who joined the gym months before I did. I’ve been training for 6 years now. My motivation stems from the opportunity to help and inspire people who need it. The way I see it is if I keep progressing and pursuing my milestones with my physique and mind then I can continue to help people and that maintains my motivation for fitness.

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MAX: What is your purpose in life and what motivates you to fulfill your purpose?

ASH: My personal purpose I’ve come to unseat now is the help. That’s where my happiness will ultimately come from within myself. I only want to strive for happiness within and when I reach it then I can help more people on a larger platform.

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MAX: What do you do for fun other than lift things up and put them down?

ASH: Haha, I enjoy socialising with close friends and getting stuck in on Sunday’s massive cheat days; so epic! Also I’ve Started getting back into my art and sketching again now; massive part of myself for years. Get so much relaxation from it

MAX: What is an ideal date? (Location, activity, etc.)

ASH: Ideally on top of a mountain, chillin having some nice shredded food, some wine. Having some laughs. Then racing each other back down the mountain hahah

MAX: What does aesthetic mean to you?

ASH: Aesthetic to me means pleasing to the eye. A well balanced proportionate physique that looks and works efficiently and impacts.

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MAX: How does exercise and nutrition influence your daily life?

ASH: I’ve adopted the whole fitness living. Nutrition is no longer a chore for me it’s my lifestyle. I live for training and all that comes with it.

MAX: What would you say to people that look up to you who struggle with obstacles?

ASH: Obstacles will always be there to hit you from time to time; it’s part of the process. The key and main rule to follow is simply consistency, that will be your driving force to smash your goals.

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MAX: Do you listen to music while you exercise? If so what’s on your playlist?

ASH: Not often I plug my headphones in and go tunnel vision. From time to time I do enjoy the company of tunes. I’m heavily into rap/hip hop right now and they always get the top spot in powering my workouts.

MAX: What’s your workout like? Do you train all week? Please include a few details – training split, sets/reps, exercises, types of cardio, days off etc.

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ASH: (ex.Monday) – chest

4 sets flat press barbell
3 sets of dumbbell pullovers
3 sets of incline press barbell
2 sets of incline dumbbell
4 sets of flyes (alternate cable & dumbell)

(ex.Tuesday) – quads, core

4 sets of leg press
4 sets of hack squat
3 sets of squat
3 sets of leg extension

(ex.Wednesday) – biceps and triceps

3 sets of dips
3 sets narrow grip barbell press
3 sets of lying skull crushers

Bicep-

4-6sets of barbell curl
3 sets of dumbbell curl
3 sets of preacher curls
4 sets of hammer curl

(ex.Thursday) – chest, shoulders, traps

Chest-heavy Shoulders
3 sets of flat barbell press. 4 sets dumbbell
2 sets of incline press. 3 sets of lateral
3 sets of front
3 sets of rear
5 sets of shrugs

(ex.Friday) – calves, back

3 sets wide pull-ups (weighted)
2 sets of pull-ups close grip
4 sets of lat pulldown
3 sets lat row
2 sets with a back machine

2 warm up sets high reps*
4 sets seated calf raise
4 sets donkey calf raise (between each set rest stand on tiptoes)*

(ex.Saturday/Sunday) – off (depends how I feel*)

Cardio I try get in 3-4 times weekly. Steady state intervals (1min fast/ 1min recovery) on the X-trainer

MAX: What is your diet philosophy? Are you on a strict diet? What are your cheat foods?

ASH: I’m only on ‘strict’ dieting when preparing for a show, any other time I just carb cycle generally: 3 low carb days, 2 higher carb days(just doubling carb intake) then a cheat day on the weekend! So epic!!

MAX: Do you compete? Why or why not?
Who is your competition?

ASH: I do compete in the Men’s physique division; I’m 2013 British Champion. My competition has always and will be myself. Always want to do better in myself and push for better in my physique.

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MAX: Who do you look up to and why?

ASH: Haha as I’m still yet to meet you Max, but you do inspire me in many ways. Although a lot of people inspire me; too many names to mention. I take a lot from different people and try apply their methods to my ethic

MAX: What else are you passionate about?

ASH: Fitness is my one true passion as of now. I’m still yet to explore other avenues and want to next venture out into the broad route of modelling

MAX: What is your most prized possession?

ASH: I would have to say my mind. It’s the one true thing I actually own.

MAX: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? What are some of your goals?

ASH: My goal and one of my dreams is to open my own gym in my home town, and then be able to give back and use my knowledge to the full potential and help people who want to pursue fitness.

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MAX: Do you have any upcoming shoots or travel dates you’d like to share with our readers?

ASH: I have some travelling over next year planned, I’ll be in Germany in April for the Fibo expo, then of course the body power in the country, UK. Hopefully I’ll be in LA over next year but yet to finalize that.

MAX: Any favorite quotes you’d like to bless us with?

ASH: Stay consistent people. Enjoy YOUR process of becoming better

Get up close and personal with Ash on Instagram and Facebook.

Instagram.com/ashgotbody

Facebook.com/ashnathangrant

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