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Darren Ball

Darren Ball

Always a very gifted athlete Darren began his sporting career playing semi-professional football for Ilkeston Town from the age of 16 to 20. At age 15 he started weight training more seriously to try and improve his size and strength for football and it was there that he fell in love with weight training.

Specifically back in 1996 he remembers seeing the cover of Flex Magazine one day with Dorian Yates and Nasser El Sonbaty on the cover and it was then that he made the decision to pursue a career in bodybuilding and turn what started out as a hobby, into a passion and his chosen sport.

Since then he has gone on to win the EFBB Leicester Heavyweight Class, the UKBFF South Coast Heavyweight Class, the UKBFF British Finals Heavyweight Class and the Belgium Hercules Show.

  • Achievements

  • 2006 EFBB Leicester 'Heavyweights' 1st place
  • 2007 UKBFF South Coast 'Heavyweights' 1st place
  • 2007 UKBFF British Finals 'Heavyweights' 1st place
  • 2008 Belgium Hercules - 1st place
  • 2009 UKBFF British Finals - Superheavyweights 3rd place
  • 2011 UKBFF British Finals - Superheavyweights 4th place

Personal Nutrition

I really try to keep my diet the same all year round, it just makes it easier when dieting and I don't have to lose so much weight. Also I'm a firm believer that if your diet is roughly the same off season as it is when you are dieting, your body won't react badly when you come to a competition. Those guys who eat loads off season and then dramatically change their diet never really know how their bodies are going to react.

Also I really believe that you don't actually need that many calories in your diet to bulk up. I'm currently about 18 stone and I only have about 4,200 calories a day. I think this idea that you need 7,000 - 8,000 calories is more of a British thing since on the European bodybuilding scene athletes aren't eating as much. I find sticking to a 40:40:20 diet (Protein: Carbohydrates: Fat) and getting about 400 grams of protein per day is enough to grow.

Also one of my favourite things about Myprotein is the range of flavours. I find sometimes after doing cardio you don't want a heavy, milk based protein since they sit heavy on the stomach. Whereas the fruit flavoured proteins that Myprotein make are brilliant since they're refreshing and just feels easier to digest. Also because I have a protein shake at 2pm at night, I find the Impact Whey Isolate protein is best for this, since it's low in carbs and fat and just ensures my muscles have everything they need to repair and regrow whilst I'm sleeping.

Products Used

Impact Whey Isolate, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Exceed and Taurine.

Key Insight

I would say consistency and focus are the keys to success. Just have a goal and a dream in mind and don't deviate from that. It was like that for me, when I started in 2001 progress was very slow, but I just stuck with a plan that I knew would work and eventually it paid off. Also listen to yourself since no one knows your body better than you do! We all make mistakes but take charge of that yourself and look to better yourself. I had a great year in 2007 and won almost everything I entered, then I ever so slightly got led astray listening to other people (who were only trying to help.) Now I've realised no-one knows my body better than me and so I'm taking charge and doing everything myself. Everything from even making my own drinks and that's what I like about Myprotein that you can take individual ingredients like Taurine and Leucine and mix them in the quantities you want.