LIAM MCKEON: THE U.K. WARRIOR
I am a 34 year old Natural Bodybuilder from the United Kingdom. I was born in Manchester in the North West of England and this is where I currently live.
I started Bodybuilding in 2001 and competed in my first show in 2005. After competing in many federations, I won my Pro card with the IFPA in 2009. Since becoming a Pro athlete, I have competed in the following shows: 2011 DFAC Grand Prix placing 3rd, 2012 due to an accident I was unable to compete in the DFAC Grand Prix. 2013 Muscle Mayhem IFPA Pro show California placing 3rd, and the DFAC Grand Prix placing 5th.
THE ART OF WAR
What is your favorite exercise?
The exercise I like the most is squats. There is nothing better than a deep squat and swollen quads after a grueling session.
Over the years I was told it was not upper body that wins shows, but legs. My favourite muscle are my quads and I truly believe that strong foundations (legs) are the key to making gains on your upper body.
What do you feel is your least impressive body part? And, what are you doing to improve it?
“…we are Bodybuilders and not body maintainers.”
My most lacking body parts are my calfs and upper back. My weak points are attacked weekly and I know to be an all-around package I need to bring these body parts up to standard. As Bodybuilders, we all know every muscle is a weak point and can always be improved, which is why we attack the gym daily. In this sport I truly believe there is never a point of perfection and that is why we are Bodybuilders and not body maintainers.
PREPARING FOR BATTLE
What kind of cardio do you do, and do you measure body fat?
My favourite exercise for cardio and stripping body fat is the stair master and HIIT work. I am a fully qualified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist and I measure my own body fat either with mechanical or digital calipers; during my off-season with my clean dieting and clean bulking plans, my body fat is never above 8 or 10 percent. During competition prep the lowest I have been is 3 percent.
FEEDING THE FIGHTING MACHINE
What are your main sources of proteins?
Tuna, chicken, steak, eggs, and turkey.
What are your main sources of carbs and fats?
Rice, sweet potato and white potato. For fats: peanut butter, flax seed, linseed, almonds, walnuts, and pine kernels.
“…the aim being to build as much lean muscle as possible.”
I have never counted my calorific intake, however I do have a set amount of carb, protein, and fat intake daily. During the off-season I continue to eat clean food. However, the amount of food does increase with the aim being to build as much lean muscle as possible.
LIFESTYLE OF A NATURAL WARRIOR
WHAT does posseting a steroid-free natural physique mean to you?
“…I strive daily to promote the natural side of the sport and not a 7 year, not a 10 year, but a Lifetime Natural athlete.”
Having a natural physique has been something I have strived to improve on year after year. My natural gains come from my diet and commitment to my training over many years. I am proud of my natural physique and strive daily to promote the natural side of the sport and not a 7 year, not 10 year, but a Lifetime Natural athlete.
What is the natural Bodybuilding scene like in the uk?
Bodybuilding in the United Kingdom is limited. There are two federations in the UK, the UKFFBA and the DFAC. These are the two polygraphed federations whom I can compete with. However, this would only be once a year.
THE WARRIOR PATH AND HIS FUTURE
“There is only one path for me and only ever has been one path.”
What can you tell us about the sword and the hardcore outfit?
The sword is a close friend’s. He has had it many years. The mask is a motorbike mask for under my helmet. And the hood was hand-made by myself for my last show. I used it in my routine. I’m very good at design.
My plans for competing this year are the IFPA Pro Bowl in New Jersey in May, The IFPA Pro USA in California, hosted by Bob and Tina Bell Smith. The IFPA Pro International in Kansas City hosted by Fred and Jan Rowlett, and the Yorton Cup in Washington.
I am proud of being a Natural athlete and there is only one path for me and only ever has been one path. Good luck to everyone competing this year.
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