Meet the trainer – Tirrel Grant

How and when did you start training?

From a very young age I was playing a high level of football which I enjoyed with a passion.

When I reached the age of 16 it was crunch time, you was either handed a scholarship or

was released from the academy. Unfortunately for me I sustained ligament damage in my

left ankle and was unable to get fit in time to land my scholarship.

I had always had a passion for the gym and part of my rehab sessions consisted of quiet a

bit of gym work. I was pretty amazed how my body adapted from training in the gym and

let’s just say I was bitten by the bug!

As a personal trainer what would you say is key to your clients achieving their goals?

I would say that the key to achieving your goals is to break them down. Set smaller more

manageable goals; let’s call them stepping stones to take you to your final destination of

your long term goal. Preparation is massive when you set out on any journey no matter

what it is, having food prepped from the night before is a quick and easy win. Hit every gym

session like it’s your last and stay consistent.


We know consistency is key, what tips would you give to anyone struggling to stay


A great way to stay consistent can be as simple as just adding some structure into what

you are doing. Once you are more structured and have a routine that fits your lifestyle it

becomes second nature. Be realistic and the results will be motivation in themselves.

Do you listen to music whilst training? If so what’s currently on your playlist?

Yes! I love listening to music while training it helps me to get fired up and push through my


I must admit I do have a bit of cheesy stuff on my iPod, but when training I always listen to

up tempo house music that always does the job for me.


What do you think about when you have to dig deep and push out that last rep?

Good question! Without sounding to crazy I actually talk to myself, When its time to get

out them last reps I think about the changes that It could make to my physique. I visualise

how I want to look at my best and tell myself these reps could be the difference between

me achieving that look or falling short. I do love the burn and the mental side of training no

better feeling.


Free weights vs machines what do you feel are the pros and cons of both and which do

you prefer?

I think that all bits of kit in the gym can have a purpose, depending on your goal and

program will effect the exercise selection. For example many people have office jobs and

are sitting down all day so why come to the gym and do exactly the same? Compound Free

weights are great, massive core activation and calorie expenditure when training at the

correct intensity. However I do like to use fixed machines when doing things like strips sets

or training to failure.


What are you most proud of (inside or outside the gym)?

I get satisfaction from motivating and helping others whether it is with their training,

nutrition or lifestyle change. Knowing that what I do working with my clients is having a

positive effect on there life is a great feeling and something that I am proud of. I do get quiet

a few emails from people that follow my Facebook fitness page and Twitter from different

parts of the world saying that what I post gives them motivation and inspires them to want

to do better. So for me being in my best possible shape all the time knowing that its helping

someone else want to achieve a goal or make positive changes really motivates me so I

would say it’s a win win!


Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

For me I like to stay lean all year round, from when I first stated training I had an idea of

what I wanted to look like and I have never really strayed from that. My body fat percentage

tends to creep up a little around Christmas as I do get through my fair share of chocolate

and cakes, GUILTY! Other than that I enjoy eating healthy and staying lean.


What types of cardio do you do?

Cardio isn’t my favourite part of training but I know it needs to be done so I try to make it

short, sharp and efficient. I usually go for HIIT, if I have the space I like to jazz it up a little

with skipping and cardio circuits. I do more times than not feel pretty rough after a cardio

sessions, I like to hit hard for the time I have set and just get it over and done with ha!

Who are your favourite athletes, bodybuilders or fitness models?

My favourite all time athlete is Linford Christie,I think he was an amazing athlete and had a

incredible physique.


What supplements do you use if any?

Whey protein



Sport Vit

Fish Oils

What top 3 tips would you give to anyone wanting to get lean or build muscle?

1. Set goals with time frames

2. Work your ass off

3. Ambition is priceless so aim high!

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