Nick Bostock is an amateur UKBFF competitive bodybuilder and he is ready to step up his game and to shake the fitness world.

 

He is prepared to share his life, struggles and victories with you.

 Nick Bostock
Who are you?
Nick Bostock, 2015 UKBFF Scottish Super Heavyweight Champion and Muscle Fury sponsored bodybuilder.
Why did you start training?
I started lifting weights when I was around 14, as I played rugby/karate and felt that weight training would help me reach my goals faster. I was also pretty chubby when I was young so I just wanted to feel better about myself.
The reality is, that I always had an image in my head of what I wanted to look like… and that was big and lean!!
I suppose this is what happens when you play with a lot of He-Man/Thundercats/WWF toys as a kid!!
From age 16 to about 23, I went completely off the rails and when I was 24 I sorted myself out, stopped drinking and smoking etc. and started eating properly. I was just under 11 stone (+- 70kg) at this point. I quickly began to gain weight and I knew that I didn’t want to get fat so I decided to start training again. I bought a home gym with the idea that if I could stick with that for 6 months then I could go back to the gym properly…thus avoiding the pitfall of signing up to a gym membership, not going but paying for it for the rest of my life!
 
What’s the biggest challenge you overcame?
 
The biggest challenge was when I developed Ulcerative Colitis (UC) in November 2010. This massively changed my life. I was 4 weeks out from my first bodybuilding show so I was in an awesome shape at about 14 stone (89kg) and then I spent the next 2 years not being able to eat properly or train. I lost a lot of muscle and put on a fair amount of fat and this, coupled with the UC itself destroyed my self confidence and therefore severely impacted my social and home life.
 
Thankfully, the medication I was on (and that I still have to take daily) worked well and this allowed me to not only avoid having surgery to remove my colon and having a bag in its place BUT also to start eating properly again. Albeit initially a very restricted diet.
I started back at the gym in September 2012, weighing about 14 stone (89kg), most of which was fat. I was very unfit and weak. I couldn’t flat bench press the 20kg dumb-bells! I decided it would be best to go to a leisure centre gym to start with. As going back to a ‘proper gym’ would mean me seeing a lot of people who had last seen me in competition condition and their remarks and the environment I was in, would just make me push myself too hard too fast.
I had effectively started bodybuilding again from scratch. Mentally this was incredibly hard and juggling a bodybuilding lifestyle with my UC was difficult. As whilst the ‘clean’ food definitely helped.The volume that I needed to eat has put a large strain on my system.
 
I started back at cheetahs in October 2012 and hooked up with my friend, training partner and coach, Paul ‘Captain Mustard’ Stenning and we decided then that I should set my sights on doing the UKBFF South Coast Championships in April 2014. I did the Intermediates over 90kg class at that show and placed 1st, qualifying for the 2014 UKBFF British Finals where I went on to place 3rd. I have since become a Muscle Fury sponsored athlete and UKBFF Scottish Super Heavyweight Champion in May this year and am preparing for this year’s British Finals on 4th October.

 

 

What’s your moto?
 Nick Bostock
I have a few…!
 
#1 – I actually come from an old family so I have a family motto, which is; ‘Esse Quam Videri’ or roughly translated ‘To be, rather than to seem to be.’ …But I interpret it as ‘Be the person you would like to be seen as’.
I personally feel that, especially in the social media age we are in now, people are much more concerned with seeming or appearing to be happy/successful/kind, etc. and not actually trying to be those things for themselves or for the benefit of others.
 
Which brings me to my next one…
#2Be happy. Life is too short to spend any more of it unhappy than is necessary for you to appreciate the good things and the happy times you will have. If there is something that you know will make you happy then go and get it! Yes it can be scary and yes it may mean hard work and sacrifice and there is always a chance that you may fail or things wont work out as planned but….
#3Don’t fear failure. In bodybuilding, failure is our friend and it can be in life. Niels Bohr said “An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.” There is nothing wrong with trying your best and failing….but to not try, or to give up for fear of failure…to me, its that that leads to unhappiness and regret more often than not and it’s those wounds that take the longest to heal. Yeah, those last few reps may hurt like hell, they may make you sick and you may fail…but quitting when you know you could have tried….that’s a pain that lasts a long time. Way longer than DOMS!
 
Aside from this I live by
#4Stress is the Devil. Stress is what, in my mind, caused my UC, it made me clinically depressed it consumed a lot of my life. Avoid stress at all costs and find a productive outlet for the stress you can’t avoid. 
 
Finally , the last motto I live by is
#5 – ‘You have to be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time….but smart enough to know when you are there.’ A lot of people like to put the successes of others down to the fact that they have had opportunities that they themselves have not had….Yet I see so many people who have squandered good opportunities that they have been given or let them pass them by because they have been too afraid to take risks.
 

Nick BostockHow did you accomplish your goals?

Through hard work, patience, determination and listening to not only knowledgeable and experienced people but also myself. I am also incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by some very supportive, understanding and loving people which makes a world of difference. This goes for everything that I have achieved, bodybuilding related or otherwise.

What do you still want to accomplish?

 In terms of Bodybuilding; I would like to be UKBFF British Champion, compete at the Amateur Olympia and Arnold Classic and earn an IFBB Pro Card. I would love to make an impact in the pro ranks, but one step at a time!

In my personal and professional lives there are too many things to list! They range from bungee jumping the Verzasca Dam (the dam from the beginning of the James Bond movie Golden Eye), diving the Great Blue Hole in Belize, driving in the Gumball 3000 and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to more subjective accomplishments like being a good Dad to helping change the lives of those who haven’t had the opportunities that I have been fortunate enough to have.
 

How does a day in your life looks like?

 Short answer….BUSY! I will shortly be prepping for the 2015 UKBFF British Finals, so a typical weekday/gym day would be…

05:45 – Wake, hydrate with water and organic lemon juice. begin meal prepping for the day.

06:15 – Cardio

07:00 – Meal 1 and prep the remainder of my meals.

08:00 – Meal 2 (breakfast with my family)

08:30 – Shower and get ready for the gym

09:00 – Meal 3

09:15 – Work for an hour

10:15 – leave for gym, pre-workout shake, train, post workout shake

13:30 – Meal 4 (at my desk working from 13:30 – 17:30)

15:00 – Meal 5

16:15 – Meal 6

17:30 – Meal 7 (Family time, playing with my son, doing his bath and bed time until 19:00)

19:00 – Meal 8 (at my desk working from 19:00 to 20:30)

20:30 – Meal 9 then wind-down time. Prep food for next day, bit of house work, watch some TV or whatever

22:00 – Meal 10

22:30 – Bed!

 

What challenged you the mostNick Bostock
 
Trying to juggle all my work and family commitments with a bodybuilding lifestyle requires a LOT of discipline and its making sure that none of these things suffers too much too often that is the real challenge.
 

What tip would you give to someone that just started this journey?

 That’s quite a tricky one as, to me, no one really starts off thinking that they want to be a competitive bodybuilder. It’s one of those things that just evolves over time as they start to see the results of the work they have done to try and achieve whatever it was they set out to do originally…whether that was to lose weight, get fitter, train for another sport, bulk up to be more attractive or whatever.

If you told someone just starting out on this journey what would actually be required for them to compete at even a good amateur level they would find another ‘hobby’!! …And if they didn’t then they are mad!

I suppose the tip that I would give a gym newbie who approached me and said they wanted to compete would be to actually think long and hard about the impact that this will have on every aspect of their life and decide if it is something that they REALLY want to do.

You just won a competition, what effect had it on you and how did you prepare for it?

 Winning the UKBFF Scottish Championships was a huge achievement for me and all those who helped and supported me. In terms of what effect the win actually had on me….I would say that it just made me more confident. Confidence is so important in bodybuilding, in my opinion.
You will always get some people who are incapable of saying anything nice about your achievements or that feel threatened by your successes and call you arrogant or pretentious but if you lack confidence on stage it will show in a heartbeat and you have to believe in yourself to keep pushing harder and harder all the time that you are off stage. Don’t get me wrong, a little humility goes a long way, but you must have confidence. you must believe you can win, not just want to.
That was only my third show and I have only been competing for 13 months so I still had a lot of self doubt…especially as I was jumping from the intermediates over 90kg class up to the Men’s Open Super Heavyweight over 100kg class. Now I KNOW that I can win at a top amateur level against guys that are bigger than me and have more experience than me…its a great feeling!
 
Paul and I prepared me for the competition the same way as we did for the 2014 British Finals; by adjusting my diet, cardio and supplement regimen as appropriate. I do however respond VERY quickly to change and this time I did a 10-week diet where I almost peaked 4 weeks out from show. This meant that we had to slow down the process with massive cheat meals which is something we have neither had nor wanted to do before and something that I personally found very tough psychologically.
Nick Bostock
For me, I like to move forward towards whatever goal I am trying to achieve, 100%. So to have food that I would normally love for it only to taste of guilt, to then have to deal with craving more of it, to make myself look worse but still feel wiped out from dieting and to work my balls off to effectively tread water for 3 weeks was all a mental mine field!
 

Do you think you are (or that you can be) a roll model for people just starting out? and why

I never saw myself as a role model, nor did I aspire to be one. However, it’s funny how as time has gone by, I have noticed more and more that people, both starting out and well seasoned in bodybuilding/weight training have started to look up to me. Initially it was when those around me said things like “people really look up to you and value your opinion.”

But latterly I have had people approach me directly and say things like “…it’s physiques like yours that inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing.” That’s a direct quote from a guy who did the Masters over 40s class at the show I just did. To have someone who you don’t know approach you and say something like that is incredibly touching and humbling, and the fact that I am able to motivate and inspire even one person on what is essentially a very personal journey is in itself a fantastic achievement and one I am very proud of!

 
Nick Bostock’s body stats :

Height : 6’1″

Weight : Stage weight at end of May 2015 was probably around 16 stone 8 lbs (105kg) by the time I had carbed-up.  My current weight is about 18 stone 7 lbs. (117,5kg)

Age :  32

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