Name: Steve Howarth
Weight: 91Kg (Comp weight) off season 98Kg
Chosen Sport: Competitive Bodybuilding
Lots of football, played at Barnsley as an apprentice, Halifax Town, Altingham, Witton in the old GM Vauxhall – all other sports, Volleyball, Rugby, Athletics, Tri-Athlon, Bodybuilding wise Current NPA British Champion, UKDFBA British Champion, UIBBN World Champion
Strongest Bodypart: Quads
Favourite Bodypart: Serratus
How did you get started?
Told to put on muscle when playing football as a teenager – quickly got hooked on the transformation
Can you described your training programme for us?
In – wham – bam – out J Moderately heavy, 6-10 rep range, no rest between sets. I tend to change my workouts around continually, never letting the muscle adapt to the same stimulus. I try and combine push pull movements so Back/Shoulders, Chest/Biceps, Legs/Triceps. I train abbs every workout (off season) and do 10 mins cv as a cool down after every workout. Coming up to a show I will split out each bodypart and train them individually – sliding in 6/7 sessions of cardio and pounding the streets early morning.
What are your thoughts on nutrition?
You are what you eat. This is often the most over looked aspect of the sport along with sufficient rest. Clean sources of carbs, proteins and fats, with minimal treats, will allow you to progress. Abuse that principle and your body will show that neglect. It is the hardest aspect of bodybuilding and requires real mind over matter – essentially it has to be a way of life and become the norm, to eat clean. And without a specific goal – any diet will fail.
What supplements do you use?
I am lucky enough to be sponsored by EQ Nutrition, so my main supplements are their all in one MM5, Nut Fudge Whey, BCAAs, ZMA, Vit C. Supplements are exactly that – they are not meant to be meal replacements or the Holy Grail. They are there to help and aid recovery and replenish lost nutrients that when you can’t get good clean solid food down.
What are your goals?
Stay healthy is the main one, be happy (always when training) and to retain the British and Worlds titles. I want to look back in later life with my grandkids on my knee and be able to say “I was good at that” to have no regrets and take very opportunity that life throws at you.
What advice would you give to others?
There are no obstacles to stop you achieving, apart from your own self doubt. Believe, set small incremental goals, keep motivated and keep pushing.
Who are your inspirations:
Funny all my hero’s were footballers, Kevin Keegan, Tony Currie, Glen Hoddle – I was never really into bodybuilding as such, so my bodybuilding hero’s are all naturals Nigel Davies, Andy Palmer, Rich Gozdecki and the man who runs this gym Jon Clark. I also have huge respect and admire anybody who works their guts out to reach their goals. It isn’t all about winning trophies; it is more about achieving your aspirations.