Meet semi-professional footballer and fitness model, Leon Scott! Leon had an exclusive chat with Bodybulk about his journey in fitness and sport.
Find out all about the strong and powerful Multipower athlete…
Height: 6’0″ – 183cm
Weight: 188lbs – 86kg
How did you get into fitness?
My journey started at the age of 18 when I discovered a passion for fitness, initially wanting to look bigger but realising that being big and heavy didn’t go with my other passions, which was football and fashion. I had to make the right choices as I also had a job supporting young adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, so finding a balance between the three was key.
Through my role of supporting others, I quickly identified how much self-satisfaction I got back from helping others achieve their goals. One of my main reasons I developed my own e-book is so that I continue to help others achieve their desired goals.
What motivates you to keep going?
I’m very results driven, doing a good job and achieving the desired end result always gives me self-satisfaction. So setting myself goals and achieving them is what motivates to keep going. However, I am always working on something new as I believe it’s important to set goals as you’ll feel a huge sense of achievement when you reach them. This, in turn, will have a positive impact on your motivation.
What workout routine works best for you?
I like to constantly change up my workouts and like to keep my body guessing. I find that what works best for me in relation to weight training are Supersets which is a weight based exercise that incorporates two exercises back to back. Also, giant sets which are a combination of three to four exercises with less than 60 seconds rest in between. The difference between giant sets and supersets is that when you do a giant set, you do three or more exercises in a row and when you a superset you only combine two exercises.
I find that what works best in relation to cardio is Low-Intensity Steady State (LISS) workout which is a workout performed at a steady pace, I would suggest between 60 – 70 % of your maximum heart rate. Also, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) which is another cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise, with less intense recovery periods. Further details of my routines can be found in my e-book.
It’s hard enough for most people to keep on track in the gym whilst having a job, but how do you manage it when your job is a footballer? Do you think this helps or hinders your goals in the gym?
When you say it’s hard, it’s hard to keep on track only if you make excuses. Anyone who is dedicated to improving themselves will always find a way to get in the gym and get it done. There are 24 hours in each day, finding 1 hour to train isn’t that hard. That’s how I approach it whether I’m training for football or working on a modelling shoot, I always find that time to train at least once a day, well apart from Sunday’s which is my rest day.
Football also helps me with the cardio element of training, keeping me fit and sharp. Keeping the right balance is crucial as if I become too big and heavy this impacts on my football so finding and maintaining the balance is key and that’s why I often change up my routines.
If you could only pick three exercises in the gym, what would they be and why?
Squats: For me training legs is one of the most important parts as this helps a lot with my football
Bench press: Chest is always my favourite training day and has been since I first got into training. I enjoy the feeling after a heavy chest workout and also the look from that pump that gives you.
Hanging leg raises: Abs has also been my main focus point, so maintaining them is important to me and I find this exercise works best.
And what are your three least favourite?
Squats: Although squats is one of my favourite exercises, it is also my least favourite exercise this is due to how it makes your legs feel for the next couple of days as I suffer from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which can impact on football.
Bicep curls: I’ve never particularly enjoyed this exercise because I feel I get more out of training larger muscle groups but know the importance to still get it done.
Calf raises: Similarly to squats in relation to DOMS as this can impact on my football.
What’s your approach to nutrition?
My approach is very flexible at the minute, however, this can change dependent on where I am or what I have coming up. My nutritional intake changes if I have a fitness shoot and I will be a lot stricter in order to achieve the desired look. I always ensure that I cook and prepare my meals either the night before or cook a batch of meals over the weekend so that they are ready to be consumed during the week.
How, and when, do you supplement?
I choose to use Multipower supplements as I have found these to give me the right results. Whey Protein with oats for breakfast. BCAA & L-glutamine during my workouts, Whey Isolate straight after my workouts and Casein before bed.
It’s not the smartest people who achieve success, it’s the people who procrastinate less, make fewer excuses, they take action everyday towards the goals that they want to achieve. Decide – commit – act – succeed – repeat.
What is your next goal? Where do you see yourself this time next year?
My fitness goal is to appear on the cover of a fitness magazine if not on the front at least a two page spread inside.
I’m also looking to bring out two more eBooks which are fitness related, these will follow on from my first eBook Lean 365 which I launched earlier this year.
With these at the forefront of my mind, I’m continually striving each day, seeking new ways to improve and become a better version of myself both physically and mentally.
Follow Leon on Social Media:
Leon Scott is a Multipower ambassador. For more information visit www.multipower.com