A:I live in Newcastle Upon Tyne, which is one of the major cities in the UK and is only 50 miles from the Scottish border. I actually feel pretty lucky to live here as it has a great social scene (not that I get to see that much as I'm always in the gym or at work), great people, fantastic architecture and most of all some incredible gyms. Goldstar where I train is known as the Mecca in this area for bodybuilding and fitness.
Q:Why did fitness become your passion?
A:My passion for fitness came from my time in the military. Fitness was a daily thing but weight training really appealed to me. It's pretty cliche, but I was bullied a lot in my younger life, right up until I was about 21. I was the skinny kid who was the easy target. I never really fit into a specific group or stereotype so as we all know, kids and teenagers always dislike things that are different and prey on it. I'd had enough of being overlooked and pushed around, this was my chance to change my life and I did. I owe everything to this industry and the people in it for who I am and what I've achieved in and out of fitness.
Q:When did you know you were ready to compete in the UKBFF?
A:After a year or so in the gym I decided I'd take things up a level and train to be a bodybuilder. At this time I had very little knowledge of nutrition and training so I turned to some of the more experienced guys in the gym. The first thing they said to me was "you can't add muscle, you're a hard gainer" basically they told me to give up and just be happy with being a skinny kid. After a solid year and a bit of training people started to comment and say I had great genetics or "the frame" to look great and maybe compete. Now at this time I had no idea what the different federations were or what the classes meant. It wasn't until I spoke to, now IFBB Pro Ryan Terry about what I wanted to do. He explained there was this brand new class coming to the UK called Men's physique. He then got up an image of the guys and I knew right away that was how I wanted to look, that was my aim. The other federations in the UK either didn't support men's physique or had no ties to the IFBB. I asked around, sent photos to everyone asking for advice until another IFBB pro Michelle Brannan said I should give the UKBFF a shot as I had the right look for physique. Soon after that j signed up, prepped for my show and took 2nd with an invite to the British finals.
Q:Why did you choose to compete in the physique division?
A:The main reason for me to choose physique over bodybuilding was that I knew I would never be a Phil Heath or Jay Cutler. I was told from the offset that my tiny waist and wide back (after 1 year of training) was ideal for physique as it was very pleasing. Now don't get me wrong here, I am massively inspired by bodybuilders, particularly Ben Pakulski who I have had the pleasure to work closely with during the initial phases of his latest products, however I have no desire to ever look that way. Oh and before anyone says anything, yes I do train legs! ;)
Q:Can you break down your pre contest workout routine and diet?
A:My pre contest ethos is very much like my offseason. Minimal to no carbs before a workout, carbs during and after workouts for many reasons, the main ones being fat loss and secondly better sleep and recovery.
My typical day pre contest looks like this:
Meal 1: 6 whole eggs cooked in coconut oil
Meal 2: 200g chicken breast with nuts and greens
Meal 3:200g steak and greens
Meal 4:200g chicken handful of nuts 2 scoops Intra MD Intra workout 2 scoops whey isolate+ 50g vitargo post workout
Meal 5:200g chicken breast,200g (uncooked weight) sweet potato
Meal 6:3 whole eggs 6 egg whites
**This will change throughout my contest prep to further decrease body fat.**
My workouts are staged in 6 phases each lasting 2 weeks. A typical week would look like this:
Monday-Back, rear delts, triceps
Tuesday-chest, lateral delts, biceps
Thursday-Chest, front delts
Friday- Back, triceps
Saturday-Rear delts,lateral delts, arms
Sunday-off (or whatever feels most ready...I usually train a weak area with high volume)
Calves 3x a week.
Q:What's the plan for the pro card?
A:To achieve a pro card I've set out a series of options. My main one being to qualify for the Arnold Ohio next year by placing top 6 at this years finals. The other option is to qualify for the amateur Olympia by placing top 3. Both being achievable for me this year if I make the right improvements.
Q:What's next for you and your career?
A:The next things for me in the industry are FIBO Power with my sponsor Musclerage the UK and EU distributor for Prime Nutrition and Blackstone Labs. I'm also looking to compete at a few international shows. My main aim this year is to get top 3 at the finals to guarantee a position at both the Arnold and amateur Olympia. Then from there it's getting that pro card and onto bigger things.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
A:My Twitter is @jayson_gibson
Instagram is @jaygibsonukbff
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for healtHaven.com