‘Ben’s diet was low in nutrition and energy and high in refined sugar,’ says Tobin. ‘He also wasn’t eating enough protein for someone his size and weight, which is a major concern when your main goal is to achieve a beach body physique through gaining muscle mass and losing body fat. Cutting out the high-sugar foods and replacing them with nutritious snacks enables him to train harder and achieve his beach body physique faster.
‘Ben’s increased food intake includes more foods high in healthy fats such as full-fat dairy, nuts, seeds, nut butters, red meat, olive oil and avocados. Fat has more energy than either carbohydrate or protein and also provides the body with essential vitamins and minerals to support health.
‘In order to support muscle growth Ben needed to increase his protein intake. It can be challenging to increase the protein content of some meals, particularly breakfast and snacks, so a scoop of Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey is an easy solution. Ben’s also been adding Optimum Nutrition Creatine to his post-workout shake to enhance performance during repeated bursts of highintensity exercise in the gym, which will improve his power. Finally he’s been taking Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy to support energy and focus during tough training sessions.’ Niall Moody Niall’s mobility has come a long way since the start of training, and he’s addressed years of onfield damage by working with foam rollers and resistance bands. As well as this he’s been getting stronger, back squatting 140kg for four reps and benching 90kg for five sets of five. Niall has a few targets ahead of him, such as playing in a rugby sevens tournament in Reykjavik, before his focus shifts to the new season starting in September.