Meet British Men’s Physique champion Aiden Broddell!
Aiden had an exclusive chat with Bodybulk about his fitness lifestyle and journey. Find out all about Aiden and how he’s got his ripped physique, his carefully structured diet plan and how he did it all as a Type-1 diabetic.
Height: 5’10” – 179cm
Weight: 182lbs – 82.6kg
I suppose a good place to start is how much of a challenge, or how easier, does being a diabetic make hitting your goals and targets?
Well, it certainly doesn’t make it easier that’s for sure!
Being diabetic does present some barriers in regards to fitness, however, it should not be a deterrent. Sometimes it’s difficult to control blood sugar levels due to high-intensity workouts and/or variations in diet. It takes some getting used to, and it’s always a learning curve, but I adapt, as should other diabetics, and succeed in what I put my mind to.
What really triggered your passion and motivation for fitness?
I have been involved in sports my entire life; rugby specifically, as well as cricket, football, golf, and athletics. I love the competition, the arduous training, and the team spirit behind it. Although fitness can be seen as quite an individual type of sport, it most definitely still attributes a type of team ethic through social media, expos, and sponsors. Rugby was primarily my trigger for fitness, and I still play, however not as much as I’d like but life takes over sometimes; my priority at present is to balance my university work, businesses, and fitness, and not letting any of them take a back foot.
Typically, what does your training and nutrition look like?
My training and nutrition vary, my nutrition especially.
Although I train heavy, I don’t go to the gym to try and smash PB’s every evening; I have found through years of playing rugby and weight training that longevity and sustainability is key, therefore I make sure I keep my form correct most of all, whilst hitting a certain rep range (usually 10-12 unless hitting a heavy set then I will aim for 4-6). I tend to split my muscle groups rather than a push, pull, leg split, but this I just my personal preference, as I like to concentrate on particular muscles and try and incorporate an EPOC element, even when bulking.
In regards to nutrition, I tend to abide by a car back-approach, on both on and off-season, with an alteration to my calories between cut and bulk.
Does your training or nutrition evolve under different circumstances e.g. prepping for a competition or photoshoot?
Most definitely, it all depends on the time frame of course but I will adjust my diet depending on my current situation (how fat am I basically!). I usually gradually cut calories over a period of time to deplete myself, implementing re-feeds when needed (note reefed, not cheat!)
Is the occasional cheat meal a thing? If so, what’s the food you can’t live without?
In the off-season I have a cheat meal once a week, in on-season, I implement a re-feed as and when needed (i.e. glycogen store depletion – a little more difficult to monitor when diabetic, however).
I love a BBQ chicken pizza and a Belgian bun, and they’re most definitely a staple in my cheat meals.
I suppose this is a big one; if you had to give a fellow diabetic one piece of advice if they’re starting up in the gym, what would it be?
Don’t let being diabetic make you believe you’re starting on the back foot; it takes time to monitor how your body/ insulin sensitivity reacts to calorie and physical exertion, however, once you get your head around it, you will not fail to make the much wanted gains and improvements. Making sure you have glucose tablets or a glucose drink near hand is vital however on a cut; blood sugar levels can be a nightmare to control when you begin, or even throughout cutting.
What’re your favourite three exercises in the gym?
Low row, incline chest press, and bicep curl – I feel you can feel the pump / squeeze the most with these exercises.
And your three least favourite?
I don’t really have a least favourite exercise; I find deadlifts the most difficult due to previously suffering from a groin injury, but I’m slowly but surely working my way back up.
What’s your one pet peeve?
The bloke who wears either an overly tight t-shirt or string vest actively looking to tell people how they should be training in the gym rather than doing any training themselves… it seems 90% of gyms I’ve ever been to has one of these guys
“Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit
(Latin for Nothing Comes From Nothing)
What supplements do you use that give you the best results?
Just to finish, what’s next for you?
I am currently starting a business in Nottingham, opening a cocktail bar to be called calluna, opening soon @callunanottingham. On top of this, I’m also undertaking my final year of university studying property finance and investment, so as you can imagine I’m pretty busy right now! However, in regards to fitness, my aim is to do another international shoot in the summer of 2018.