Our classic physique bodybuilder from WA, Tom certainly has the chops to go far!
An ironclad work ethic and superb stage presence earned him the Classic Physique State Title for WA this year! This Perth based personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder was hand picked because he's absolute machine with a promising career and also - he's a fantastic amateur chef!
Find out more about Tom below
I am an amateur bodybuilder for the IFBB Classic Physique division. My journey with weight lifting started 7 years ago when I was just under 18. I remember always being the skinny kid and just wanted to get bigger and bigger.
Since then, I developed a passion and decided to participate further in the sport of weight training. I've had a few highlights including winning the junior ICN Bodybuilding competition twice and recently taking out the Overall Classic Physique title at the WA IFBB Pro League show.
I've been working as a personal trainer for almost 4 years and have a great passion in helping people reaching their goals, whatever they may be.
Becoming part of the team at Bulk Nutrients was an amazing achievement for me as I've been using their products for a long time. If you need help selecting supplements that might benefit you then definitely hit me up on my Instagram @tomstanley_pt.
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I train 6 days a week with a mixture of weight training m and cardio
I train for around an hour for upper body session and my leg days can be close to 90 mins
I keep my rep ranges around 8-10 or most exercises but like to do 15-20 reps for arms and calves
If I’m in a strength phase- my reps on squats; deads and bench might go to 3-6
3 day split
- Chest/back: (minimum 12 sets per muscle group.
- db press (flat or incline)
- chest fly's
- machine press or chest dips
- Seated cable row
- lat pulldown
- t-bar row
- Hack squats 8-12 reps. 4 sets.
- walking lunges or Bulgarian split squats
- leg extensions
- leg curls
- Shoulders/arms: (2 shoulder exercises and 5 arm exercises)
- oh db press
- lateral raises
- preacher curl
- barbell curl
- alternating db curl
- tricep extensions
My approach to nutrition
I approach food in quite simply. I usually aim to have around 30-40g of protein in each meal about 5-6 times throughout the day. I typically have a high carbohydrate diet and sticking to fairly low fats.
I am a big eater so making meals that taste delicious is important to me. I'm lucky to enjoy cooking and actually wanted to be a chef when I was younger so I've always had a passion for food.
My day on a plate
Meal 1: 3 eggs with 2 slices toast with spinach, 4 weet bix. 30g rolled oats with greek yoghurt and blueberries.
Meal 2: 120g Chicken breast, 150g raw weight rice.
Meal 3: 165g lean beef mince, 100g baby peas, 300g White potato.
Post workout: 40g Bulk nutrients whey isolate, 20-30g bulk nutrients dextrose, 5g creatine, 200ml almond milk, 50g coco bombs.
Dinner: 165g beef mince, 100g vegetables, 150g raw weight rice.
Usually dessert is a 300-500 calories snack dependent on what macros need to be increased at the end of the day.
Diet you follow... IIFYM
What is my average daily calorie intake? 4200 calories
Foods I avoid... High fat foods and too much refined sugars for health and for metabolic reasons.
Foods I crave... Particularly when dieting, I crave sweets. And I definately crave dim sum as it's probably my favourite meal or meals to have.
My ultimate cheat meal is... Dim sum. Because i love dumplings and buns. So much saltiness and sweetness the flavours are amazing.
Do you have any medium/long term goals you're working towards?
Building my online coaching business is a huge goal of mine. I have built up a steady business of personal training clients over the last few years and translating that to online would be amazing.
I also have a goal to become an IFBB pro in the classic physique division. This could take years but I aim to achieve this goal at the end of 2021.
Have you had any exceptional results (in competitions or otherwise) in the last few years? Let us know what they are!
Winning the ICN junior bodybuilding twice (2017,2018)
560 total at novice powerlifting competition (2018)
Winning the IFBB Pro League Classic physique overall in WA. (2020)