Flex Flex UK - January 2018 - Page 120

I trained legs on Monday, he’d work on my legs on Tuesday morning. I had regular therapy four or five times a week, plus additional sessions to treat any niggles. On average I was having six physical therapy sessions a week, which easily cost over $250. Add up the cost over 52 weeks, and it’s quite pricey. But physical therapy is crucial. I even took Richard with me to the World’s Strongest Man. I DIDN’T HAVE ALCOHOL, HOLIDAYS, OR NIGHTS OUT WITH MY WIFE OR DAYS OUT WITH THE KIDS. THEY WOULD TIRE ME OUT TOO MUCH. I also have lots of recovery equipment at home, so after every training session I’d do hot-cold treatments for at least an hour and then eat. If I had time afterward, I’d go into my hyperbaric chamber for 1½ hours. That’s how I lived for a year. I didn’t have any alcohol, holidays, or nights out with my wife or days out with the kids because they would tire me out too much. My family understood it was what I needed to do to be the best and left me to it. It was 100% dedication. Looking back, I don’t know how I did it. It was a massive obsession to become the World’s Strongest Man. 118 FLEX | JANUARY 2018 WEDNESDAY //// FULL-RECOVERY My idea of a recovery day is different from most others’. I had something small to eat first thing, then did an hour of cardio, which could be tire flipping, sled pushing, or boxing. Straight after that, I’d have a regular exercise session, then I’d go home and eat. I’d have a full English breakfast, plus ce­real, beef jerky, yogurt, and I’d keep eating until my personal trainer arrived at 10:30 a.m. for 1½ hours of intense exercise. Then I’d eat dinner, which would be something like a huge steak or chicken and pasta. Then DAY I’d visit another therapist for shock wave therapy, which helps the muscles recover by breaking them down. Then I’d eat again, something like chicken and rice, and have another 1½-hour exercise session in the afternoon, doing full hip mobility and breaking down the glutes. I then stretched in the pool for 1½ hours and did a good 1½ hours of hot-cold treatments, which consisted of a sauna followed by an ice bath several times. Then I’d go home, eat, and go to bed. That was my day off! It was non-stop.