NICKNAME: When I run boot camps, clients call me Chief
DATE OF BIRTH: 27th April
PLACE OF BIRTH: Melbourne
CURRENT RESIDENCE: Victoria
HAIR COLOUR: Bald!
COLOUR OF EYES: Brown
HEIGHT: 174 cm
CONTEST WEIGHT: 89 kg
OFF-SEASON WEIGHT: Around 98 kg. The best thing I ever did was stop getting so fat in the offseason.
OCCUPATION: Trainer/gym owner
MARITAL STATUS: Attached, to a very beautiful girl
FAMILY: I have a sister. No kids that I know of….
PETS: Two dogs; they are the gym reception staff.
FAVOURITE CAR: Nissan Navara STx
FAVOURITE COLOUR: Black or grey
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Cooking, diving, military training
WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? Cook and sleep.
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START WEIGHT TRAINING?
I really started bodybuilding in high school when I was a little skinny 13-year-old teenager. I had dabbled in some martial arts but it wasn’t popular with my parents so after that, I started bodybuilding. I bet they wished they had let me go to ninja school! My mate Turkish Andy and I made weights with all sorts of stuff we’d find around the back yard. I had to beg and do endless amounts of chores to get my parents to buy me a gym membership. Later, I started working at Fitness Factory, Richard Hargreaves’ gym. Those were the tough days when bodybuilders and gym owners told you exactly what they thought and made you work hard.
WHERE DO YOU TRAIN?
I have my own commercially equipped gym—Body Matrix, in South Melbourne—where I also train clients. It has the best equipment I have ever trained on and I have been all over the world. When Fitness Factory closed in 2000, I was living in
Japan. A friend of mine had bought all the equipment and when I came back to Australia, I purchased as much of it as
I could and opened Body Matrix. You’d be surprised to see who sneaks in for a private session.
DO YOU HAVE A TRAINING PARTNER?
I train with a guy that trains and fights mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu. He is good value, always reliable, and most importantly always on time.
TYPICAL TRAINING WEEK:
Monday: Back width
Tuesday: Abs and calves in the morning, shoulders in the afternoon
Wednesday: Hamstrings in the morning, chest in the afternoon
Thursday: Abs and calves in the morning, back thickness in the afternoon
Sunday: Swimming in summer, walking in winter
About three years ago I started using a higher rep range on everything. Now I don’t generally drop below 10 reps, and go as high as 40.
Just get that pump in the muscle. Sometimes it takes more work, sometimes you get it right away, but when it’s pumped up tight and burns without you moving, it’s about done
Curls in the squat rack. When you have your own gym you can do what you want! Just kidding, I hate training arms.
Lunges, they just kill my knees. Some exercises are just not suited to some people.
THE ONE EXERCISE EVERYONE MUST DO:
The popular answer would be squats but I would say push-ups, also deadlifts. Almost every other exercise uses the muscles involved in those two
Nothing I lift is remarkable. I find that as I get bigger, the weights stay the same or drop. What does increase is the skill with which I hit an exercise.
BEST BODY PART:
Probably arms or calves
ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE?
My first competition was Tony Doherty’s 1989 Mr Bendigo back in the Plaza Fitness days. I was 16, there were 10 teenagers in the line-up and I think I came 5th. I was just a six-pack and nothing else. After the show Masters Mr O Sonny Schmidt (RIP), who was guest posing, called me over. He talked to me, and asked me about the show and gave me some advice. I thought I had met a god. I finally cracked my body’s formula and took three Mr Australia titles in a row. No one else has done that in the under-90 kg light-heavyweight category in the 27 years I have been training.
1989: Teen Mr Bendigo
1990: Teen Melbourne
1990: Teen Natural Victoria, 1st
1991: Junior Mr Victoria, 2nd
1992: Junior Mr Victoria, 3rd
1992: Junior Mr Australia, 5th
2003: Mr Victoria, Under 80 kg, 1st
2003: Mr Australia, DNP
2005: Mr Victoria, Under 90 kg, 3rd
2005: Mr Australia, DNP
2006: Mr Victoria, Under 90 kg, 3rd
2006: Mr Australia, Under 90 kg, 4th
2007: Mr Victoria, Under 90 kg, DNP
2007: Mr Australia, Under 90 kg, 3rd
2008: Mr Australia, Under 90 kg, 2nd
2009: Mr Australia, Under 90 kg, 2nd
2010: Mr Australia, Under 90 kg, 1st
2011: Mr Australia, Under 90 kg, 1st
2012: Mr Australia, Under 90 kg, 1st
MOST MEMORABLE COMPETITION MOMENT:
At my first ever Mr Australia in 1992 I remember looking down at the judges’ table and seeing IFBB WA president Mike O’Mara looking up at me. Having him present me in 2010, 18 years later, was pretty special.
MOST EMBARRASSING COMPETITION MOMENT:
Even when I haven’t been in great shape, which has happened a lot, I’ve never been embarrassed.
Air and lettuce! Once a week I have a piece of dried fish for a cheat meal.
ALL-TIME FAVOURITE MEAL:
Sushi, but not uni or taraco, they taste like arse.
Glenmorangie 18 or Macallan 21
FAVOURITE MIDNIGHT SNACK:
Kebabs, but not lately. I’m too busy working and eating my last bodybuilding meal around midnight.
FAVOURITE DIET FOOD:
I make this Thai fish soup with herbs and chilli that is fresh and clean. When you are cold and dieting it fills you up and makes you warm.
Bioflex have been wonderful and very generous sponsors. I am very happy to have signed with them.
Pre-workout: Biocharge, RecoverX, BCAApro, Creaflex, Glutaflex,
Post-workout: HydroFlex (HWPI blend) BCAApro, Creaflex, Glutaflex, BioGreens.
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN YOUR SPORT?
Kai Greene and John Defendis, the 1988 Mr USA winner. Both of them have had tremendous journeys.
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE MOST OUTSIDE YOUR SPORT?
Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali. Their stories epitomise hard work, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of their dreams.
WHO HAS HAD THE MOST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?
Apart from the obvious answer of my father, all the gym fathers I had growing up in the gym. The only gym daddies I had back then who are still around are Neil Gardner, Don Mahoney, Sam Ioannidis and Rocco. Thank you, guys.
HOW HAS WEIGHT TRAINING AFFECTED YOUR LIFE AND SPORT?
For sure it has kept me poorer than I otherwise might have been but I have lived life on my terms and for that I think I’m rich beyond measure.
GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS FOR YOUR FUTURE IN THE SPORT:
IFBB World Championships, or just to compete internationally
HOPES AND AMBITIONS FOR YOUR PERSONAL LIFE:
Peace, love and happiness
THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD PASS ON TO SOMEONE STARTING OFF IN YOUR SPORT:
- Find the hardest way to do an exercise.
- Don’t bulk up on rubbish food. Eat whole foods: your body will grow and you will stay leaner. Just because the scales go up, it doesn’t mean you have gained muscle.
- Be diligent—it’s not 85% diet. It’s 100% training and 100% diet with all the sleep you can jam in between.
- Work hard every day, not just in the gym.
- Be very patient.
ANYONE YOU WANT TO THANK?
All the doubters, naysayers and knockers who put me down, told me I couldn’t. Thank you, you made me. And thanks to FLEX and its Australian editor Gary Phillips, who has always been a great supporter. Thank you for this opportunity.
CONTACT: On Facebook: Rohan J Reid or Body Matrix Hardcore Gym & PT