Q. What was your childhood dream job?Neil Frost: My dream job was to be a pilot! And still to this day I'd love to be able to fly, maybe not commercially, but even a private license is something I have considered.
Q. If you weren’t an athlete what would you be doing?Neil Frost: This is a tough one to answer because fitness has been a huge part of my life since I was 21 years old and will continue to be until my body gives up. My previous job was as a graphic and web designer, so I would possibly still be involved in that is someway.
Q. How did your career in the fitness industry start, and why?Neil Frost: In 2001 as the internet was still relatively new, I decided to create a webpage which consisted of diet and training tips. Within a few months the website began to attract more and more visitors. At the time I was working as a full time graphic designer, so with any spare time I had I would add new content to the website. By late 2002 the website was getting 5,000 visitors daily and it is when I began to advertise and turn the website into a subscription/membership site. Although a little hesitant at first, but with very little competition out there, I decided to bite the bullet and begin charging for access. It proved to be the right decision! By 2004, I was earning enough to quit my job. I made the jump and began to work full time with the website which by then was getting 15,000 visitors daily. By 2005, I was employing staff to help run it as demand increased and memberships continued to grow.
By 2009, the internet was changing, much more competition, a lot of website creators replicating my website and the fitness industry having more presence online all had a marked effect. It was then that I decided to write a book that I could publish as a paperback and eBook. ‘Abs for Life’ has proved to be very successful for me and the book still continues to sell today, along with my most recent book ‘Bollywood Abs’.
Q. What does a normal week of training look like for you?Neil Frost: I train 5 times a week. Being self-employed gives me the opportunity to train at times when the gym is less busy which I like. My current schedule is:
Saturday: Every second week, I will train legs again as I feel this helps maintain their size. I typically do Tuesday heavy/Saturday light
Q. What will you be eating today?Neil Frost: 9am: 8 egg whites with Leerdammer Light Cheese, a bowl of oats with blueberries, a coffee, 6 almonds and some multivitamins
12pm: Usually 250g of lean meat, chicken with serving of rice and veggies (microwaveable) and 6 almonds.
2pm: 2 tins of tuna mixed with fresh lemon juice and light mayo on Rice Cakes. Once again, 6 almonds.
4pm: Post Workout: 40g of whey with 1 Banana, 10g of Glutamine
6.30pm: Same as midday
9.30pm: It will depend on whether I’m in or out, but if in then egg white omlette or just a casein shake as well as the 6 almonds.
I stick to this Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, I relax from the diet and eat some foods I like...usually Hula Hoops and Chocolate!
Q. How do you stay motivated? Neil Frost: Having a good training partner keeps me motivated. I've rarely trained on my own; finding someone with the same goals and same aspirations has certainly helped me to keep going. I've had the same training partner now for 4 years.
Q. What is your favourite exercise of all time? Neil Frost: Close Grip Bench Press! I used to have the skinniest arms and this exercise is the sole reason I have added thickness to what were once pipe cleaner arms. I urge anyone who struggle with adding thickness to their triceps to make this exercise staple in their routine.
Q. What is your most hated cardio exercise?Neil Frost: Squats! I never do them in fact! I've managed to build good legs without them so I don't do them!
Q. What is the best thing about being a fitness athlete?Neil Frost: I enjoy helping others and seeing them progress is the most important thing for me. I always say to my clients: “If you stick with everything I tell you, I will guarantee you will look completely different in 12 weeks.” The satisfaction I get from people who have that passion and fire to change is really rewarding.
Q. What has been the best moment of career so far?Neil Frost: I've never competed and don't really have any plans or inclination to do so. My highlight, however, was helping and coaching Andrew England to win the Miami Pro in 2015.
Q. What are your goals for 2016?Neil Frost: My goals are to continue to maintain what I currently do. I am genuinely happy with my physique and it's not often guys can say that about themselves. I don't want to be a bodybuilder, I still like aesthetics and having a look between a fitness model and bodybuilder is what I have strived for and believe I have achieved!