If you think students aren't used to working hard and lack a certain work ethic, 19-year-old student Ethan Halworth is here to change that narrative.
Training with Ultimate Performance Manchester for five days a week — even through England's fluctuating pandemic restrictions — Halworth, who first weighed 59kg, managed to gain over six kilograms in lean body mass, doubled his deadlift PB to over 200kg and flipped the script on healthy eating by modifying his meals to incorporate burgers and chips. Outside the gym, Halworth regularly used a StairMaster machine to increase his step count.
"I have always wanted to bulk up and feel better about myself," Halworth said of this transformation. "I stopped snacking on high sugary items, I ate Haribo and crisps a lot and other useless calories. I switched to a 'clean-eating' diet following my trainer Troy's instructions, eating certain amounts of protein and carbs per meal. I also increased my intake of water to about four litres per day. I have never drank so much water but feel a lot better."
Over the months of training, Halworth's numbers in the weights room skyrocketed. "It came down to compound free-weight movements due to [the] lockdown. We did a lot of squatting, deadlifts, bench press and bent-over rows with accessory exercises using makeshift equipment and dumbbells," he explains. "The focus was always to beat the numbers – I took my trap bar deadlift from 120kg to 220kg from the floor."
By building regular habits, such as meal prep, weekly progress pictures and constantly progressing the loads he was lifting, Halworth was able to quantify his progress. "Preplanning meals so I am not snacking has been very important. Also, having a trainer who keeps track of what exercises [I'm doing] and what food I am consuming each day to make sure that I get the results I'm wanting."
"I put on six kilograms of lean body mass in 10 months even through lockdown, ending up at 6.7 per cent body fat for the shoot. Overall, I went from 59kg up to 69kg then dieted to 60.7kg in the final photo."
"Overall, my confidence has grown as well as my general health. I do feel a lot better about myself and quite proud of what I have accomplished as it did take time." (Continued below)
Ethan Halworths's Bulk-Up Training Split
Monday: Legs, quads and biceps
Tuesday: Shoulders and triceps
Thursday: Back and chest
Friday: Legs, posterior focus
Sunday: Back and delts
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