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Title: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Jon on February 07, 2011, 11:37:06 PM
Welcoming Andrew Merrifield, 2006 UIBBN World Champion, and 2006 NPA British Overall Champion.

Here to answer all your questions at Natural Muscle.  8)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: DDG on February 07, 2011, 11:46:10 PM
Hi Andrew,

I think everyone will agree that you achieved breathtaking condition in 2006, first at the NPA Yorkshire show and thereafter at the finals, before cleaning up at the UIBBN World Championship.

I speak for many, I suspect, in expressing curiousity and interest in the detail of your training protocol, not least your approach to dieting in the weeks leading upto the NPA Yorkshire show. Could you share with us your diet, with a detailed breakdown of the macros and explain how you fine tune your nutrition as a show approaches ... any additional information on supplementation would greatly appreciated.

Cheers

DDG


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 08, 2011, 12:32:56 AM
Firstly i would like to thank Jon for asking if i would like to be on board here,and most of ya may no my gramMa is out of this world ;0)

Hya Dean

 Thanks for your question 2006 was is a very memorable year for good and bad the good i won a few shows the bad i injured my lower back.
Npa Yorkshire i went beyond my prep more so than any year a few reason for this ,i new there were some big names entering the show at the time Neil Ashley who meny thought would kick my rear allso there was kerry ex wnbf pro,mic b and offcorse Big gus who beat me last time at the same show, in my mind they were all potential winners ,there was such a buz surrounding this show that year it was crazy i remember the post on another muscle forum that was very popular at the time getting so meny hits and comments,any way i new if i was going to enter the show i had to go beyond my contest prep more so than eny year.

So i starterd way way out from my usual contest prep diet that was around 8 weeks - january i starterd cardio just 25 min a few times a week and i starterd to clean most days diet.
feb was the same now in march i remember thinking you no what i carnt be assed with all this i dont want it any more so i basically starterd to eat what  ever i fancied the more ate the more depressed i got i starterd to think omg what are you doing get a grip of your self you can do this .
I wrote lots of possative thoughts down on a4 paper and stuck this to the tabel were i eat my food i allso started watching my old Mr olympia tapes as these inspired me so much when i was a teenager ....
I got the tunnel vision back the eye of the tiger The Power Of My Dreams.....



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 08, 2011, 12:54:35 AM
posative energy was pumpimg though my body again.

prep -45  mins cardio on my steps at home ,i used them i bit like the stair master with each step contracting my quad hamstrings and glutes this was the 1st year i ever did this, i thought of this as i didnt want to travel to the gym so early so i came up with idear, i would walk up the steps two at a time this gave a great stretch 100% improved my glute hamstring tie ins i would then dart back down the steps fast pace...

Then later that evening ether after my workout i would jump on the stairmaster again sqeeeeeeeeeeeeezing my glutes hams and quad or i would use the steps in the gym  another 45 min. one thing i would like to point out is i never used the stairmaster or stairs for eny show untill 2006 ,then after watching big ronnie on his stairmaster i thought will defo try this next time i diet for a show.

Main sorce of protein was turkey yuk ,carbs white potato ,post workout shake was pro- recover and g-matrix.....micro nutrients i didnt have any.i allso was eating oats but cut them around 6 weeks allso i had banana every morning with brakefast.

I did not have a cheat day if my head went then so be it i nailed junk food,that happend the night before the show omg.

I did not carb up at all for this show.

every day i was drinking a good 8 liters ,now the last week each day a drank a extra liter of water untill the 2nd to the last day be for the show drank 18 liters of water allmost none stop drinking and the loo not given a 2nd thought to my health OMG...looking back i must have been crazy.




Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 08, 2011, 01:16:40 AM
Supplements....

Bcaas - big hand full 15 min before - morning.
Glutamine - 10g before cardio
nescafa two teaspoons - 15 min before cardio.

If i did cardio after workout ,i didnt like doing this but some times didnt have the time or energy to doing it before bed .

Aminos big hand full.
Glutamine - 10 g
Protein with no carbs.

The days is didnt do cardio after workouts i would put one or two pro- recover down my neck or g- matrix in double serving.

The only thing that would change in my workout during contest prep was a few tricks here and there for my quads to help bring the detail out and  my back workout that many of you will no as it on my dvd ...

fats was from eggs and udos.

Allso would like to add in 2008 i starterd to use a lot of red meat and upped my glycogen quite alot in my contest prep it made all the differnce in terms of my energy levels ect and made my dieting so much more easy. 2006 believe it or not i had not  masterd the art of Diet  :o,that year i ran my self in to the ground a number of factors were my calories were far two low ,my carbs were far two low ect ,yes i acheaved the Ultimate condition but lost plenty muscle i allso thought i was going to crack up lol  

The ironic thing is i no more about my body now than i have ever done..........

As you can see there is nothing fancy in my opproach to contest prep, at the end of the day be consistant in all that you do train hard and you will get the results.........
THINK ITS TIME FOR A LATE NIGHT WORKOUT ;0)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: dan236 on February 08, 2011, 10:54:27 AM
Andrew, how are you doing?
Do you think you will compete again? Or has your motives/responsibilities changed?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Adam on February 08, 2011, 01:07:26 PM
Hi Andy 

on your dvd   ( awesome by the way )  for your off season diet  .  You were eating 2 real food meals  and the rest were peptide fusion with oats and fat.   I was suprised to see that you consumed so many shakes compared to food however you still looked awesome for it.  Do you still follow this diet format or has it changed at all .  Often hear people slating using protein drink over real food but when you have a busy lifestyle sometimes little choice. 

Thanks
Adam


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 08, 2011, 03:14:37 PM
Hya Adam

Thanks for your question
I was takening Full advantage of my Reflex deal hence i was nocking back lots of there shakes each day , being very busy this was a great way for me to comsume a good amount of proten each and every day plus a  didnt want to eat cold meals from my gym bag did enough of this when i was preping for a show mate.

Today food and nutrition and supplement intake so far is.

10g glutamine - black coffie then  25 min walk. no aminos none left.

Breakfast - cranberry juice no adderd suger - hand full of blueberrys - banana - spoon full of udos oil - 2 eggs - protein Powder - and oats - all in the blender - hey presto Jamie O eat ya heart out ;0)
reflex nexgen, krill oil,AlA,and coleus forskohli guggul lipid complex ,right name for a product lol

Lunch - white potato - salard - 2 eggs - chicken. and spoon full of Almond butter ,Tom Hoesli recommenderd me the Almond butter great for fats ect.

Next meal is Oats with udos and a reflex blend of Proteins all mixed in a shaker.

Before i train - pre workout drink - reflex bcaa- and am going to pop a couple of Kre- Alkalyn.

During working Glutamine and more Aminos - a few mouth fulls of a recovery drink am out of growth matrix so i will ty some thing else for a change.
post workout - recovery drink - creatine- aminos- and cow & Gate baby balance apple & blueberry dessert..

When i get home i will have steak with cabbage ect
Before bed dont no yet..

Thanks
M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: daveybriggs on February 08, 2011, 04:32:54 PM
what does your training routine look like at the moment mezza? do you still train on a 5 day split and which bodyparts do you pair up?

cheers


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 08, 2011, 04:40:40 PM
oreet dan

Am doing good how about your self you still training hard?

Thanks for your question.

I would love to stand on stage improved and in top condition ,bodybuilding does not rule my world my thoughts no were near as much as i used to i dont count or think about how meny grams of protein i have had each meal each day ect i dont look and marvel at the phiques in flex as i used to i still look now and then but i get no inspiration looking at the gaints as i did years a go for sure i dont have the motivation i have been training so meany years and done so meny shows,going to the gym does not exite me like it once did ,some times i go allmost out of habit and routine ,dont forget i have been bodybuilding over 20 years as others on jons forum have been ,but forsure entering a show would make my heart pump with excitement and adrinaline .
My workouts are not as brutal as they once were due to my lower back ,some weeks my back feels ok but otherweeks its not happening  hence i have to take it real easy,but never the less i work around it if poss and stil get a productive workout ;0)

I have a lot more responsibilities yes .

But i miss the feeling we get when we stand on stage in top shape i do dream about flexing again ,time will tell mate.but dont count me out yet i have a few years left in me ;0)

How about your self dan are you going to nail the stage this year .

Thanks

M
 


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 08, 2011, 04:47:15 PM
DB.

Monday - calves and back - abbs
Tuesday - hams and shoulders
Wensday - depends sometimes biceps
Thursday - Quad tickel.
Friday - chest and if i didnt do biceps on wendsday the i will do them after chest then triceps.

How about  your self Davey?

Thanks

M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: daveybriggs on February 08, 2011, 05:34:16 PM
cheers mez,
couple more questions

first of all your quads are like the natural equivelant to tom platz. where they always a strong point for you from the start?

second which show did you enjoy most?




used to do something like

chest/delts
back/bi's/tris
quad/calves/abs
rest and then repeat but doing hams instead of quads

with abs and calves every other workout. hit a bit of a wall doing that though so now its

delts/tri's/abs (as these are my main weakness and need there own day)
hamstrings/calves
back/Biceps
chest (the other big weakness)
quads/calves


still got alot of work to do, thinghs are coming slowly though :D


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: dan236 on February 08, 2011, 05:41:12 PM
oreet dan

Am doing good how about your self you still training hard?

Thanks for your question.

I would love to stand on stage improved and in top condition ,bodybuilding does not rule my world my thoughts no were near as much as i used to i dont count or think about how meny grams of protein i have had each meal each day ect i dont look and marvel at the phiques in flex as i used to i still look now and then but i get no inspiration looking at the gaints as i did years a go for sure i dont have the motivation i have been training so meany years and done so meny shows,going to the gym does not exite me like it once did ,some times i go allmost out of habit and routine ,dont forget i have been bodybuilding over 20 years as others on jons forum have been ,but forsure entering a show would make my heart pump with excitement and adrinaline .
My workouts are not as brutal as they once were due to my lower back ,some weeks my back feels ok but otherweeks its not happening  hence i have to take it real easy,but never the less i work around it if poss and stil get a productive workout ;0)

I have a lot more responsibilities yes .

But i miss the feeling we get when we stand on stage in top shape i do dream about flexing again ,time will tell mate.but dont count me out yet i have a few years left in me ;0)

How about your self dan are you going to nail the stage this year .

Thanks

M
 

Yeah it seems that most people who have been training/competing for 10, 20 years of their life reach that point. I guess more so when there is marriage & kids on the cards and so their responsibilities adapt.

As for me I really don't know, I want to do, but at the minute I have so much going on. I am doing a Master's Degree, work full-time and am looking into setting up my own business (which I may be onto you about some time soon  :P), so most days now I am up at 5am and not getting to bed well as late as 2am somedays! To keep me ticking though I'm having a dabble with powerlifting at the minute. Also, you'll be glad to know that I have been following your advice of cardio that you've always said, not much, 20-30mins a day.

Do you think there would be more motivation for people to compete and more people doing it if there was more of reason to do so, ie: prizes, money, etc?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 09, 2011, 12:40:43 AM
Davy.

Quads no they wasnt a strong point but at 18 years old i could squat 2 plates a side very well and allso bench press the same ,my legs got stonger but i never hit the 3 plates aside on bench for reps.

What show did i enjoy the most great question ,with out adout my 1st show the Anb yorkshire 1998 allso Anb Finals my routine went down a storm allso the 2006 yorkshire stands out for me due to nailing some good phyiques and the fact just about everybody that was following the natural bodybuilding sean back then new there was one hell of a battle about to take place hence there was many competitive top class natural bodybuilders watching to name a few The Brat Pack ;0) The Mighty Fivos ,Tony Monty,Dean Garratt,Jason Rickaby,Peter Chown,and of corse Jon harris was a judge allong with Andy Palmer....so this was all very exiting the buzz was electric.....
Some of the other shows kinda mingel in to one i have so meny fond memorys davy ,the npa guest pose in wales was a great day,as was my Npa -Ultimate Predator routine guest pose....
So meny pal the Nabba shows i have done have allways been buzzing the crowed allways go nuts after my routines, gosh just thinking back now i remember winning the npa final on a saturday  i had this crazy idear of doing the Nabba Pro Am the day after so we Zooooooooooomed up the moto way the following day i made the show took 2nd place and £500 pounds away monday i could not move my neck i was in so much pain due to all the crazy Pumping up i did for both shows ...............oh its great to remenisce .

Keep Pumping and Humping .
 
 
                                                                              


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: DDG on February 09, 2011, 08:25:01 AM
I'm surprised you weren't squatting more at 18! Even I was squatting 2 1/2 plates for 10 reps to parallel at 18 years, at a bodyweight of just 10 stones, when I was sprinting. Later on, if memory serves me, you claim much more weight ... I am only surprised you didn't have more natural strength at 18, when you were in the thick of competing at just 22!


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: daveybriggs on February 09, 2011, 09:58:15 AM
cheers mez, can't go wrong with 500 quid in your back pocket and a NPA overall :D

ddg, do you beleive there is a direct link between strengh and muscle size? i only ask due to their being several athletes at my gym who are around the 10/11 stone mark and can deadlift enourmous number while they're are many more muscular guys (in the 12-14stone mark) who lift only 1/2-3/4 there poundages?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: dan236 on February 09, 2011, 10:16:39 AM
I'm surprised you weren't squatting more at 18! Even I was squatting 2 1/2 plates for 10 reps to parallel at 18 years, at a bodyweight of just 10 stones, when I was sprinting. Later on, if memory serves me, you claim much more weight ... I am only surprised you didn't have more natural strength at 18, when you were in the thick of competing at just 22!

But Dean, arent the two different?.. In MD it is always banging on about the irrelevance of weight, aslong as one is training like a bodybuilder and focusing on muscle contraction etc, you will grow..


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 09, 2011, 04:12:35 PM
Sorry to disapoint you Dean lol

I was pumping a good 25 reps out Dude - with extra forced reps. 2 plates a side

Forsure i would increase weight a extra 10 kg a side each set ,maxing out around 12 reps with 3 aside as big Steve H would have seen meny times.

I was no pune in the Gym ,dont for get i was surrounded by Gym Animals - Allgood.

my benching never got past 2 and a half plates for reps .

Super Sonic Boom.







Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: K_Dogs on February 09, 2011, 04:23:04 PM
Yo Mezza,

It seems that you brought up your body parts using pretty high reps. Would you recommend a certain rep range to work in for maximum hypertrophy?
Also during a 20+ rep set of squats are you keeping the muscle under constant tension and not locking out?

Cheers,
Keith


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: SteHowie on February 09, 2011, 04:31:46 PM
 ;D I can vouch for some brilliant insane training days where mass, weight and volume, tri sets, triple drop sets were all going on - great bonkers times - all with the aim of outlifting outreping and getting one up on others in the gym. ;D

And you know what - I don't think I see many younger/older bodybuilders in any gym I go to train as hard as we did then  ;D

I will be training in a gym in Leicester tomorrow evening and they think I am totally mad - the intensity kills most partners and I don't train any where near as hard as we did back then  ;D

But then Workout Warehouse really was a hot bed of talent - where else produced 3 World Champs with locakl guys who trained together?  Mezza - Brandon Greenwood and bringing up the rear a few years later me!!

Dean - Mez used to easily squat 3 plates - and I couldn't squat that!!!  Used to really piss me off and has taken me years to catch up :'(


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 09, 2011, 04:51:32 PM
Dan the busy man ,thanks for your question mate.

(Do you think there would be more motivation for people to compete and more people doing it if there was more of reason to do so, ie: prizes, money, etc?)

Yes sure ,but more people not unless the prize was Good i mean really good  but unless someone new comes along and starts thinking out of the box then this wont happen ....

So unless the Show promoter makes more of a spectical of the show they wont get the ££££ off possible investers ,now if the show was on tv this could bring more companys to advertise there banners ect at the shows.....would be more appealing to invest!!

And Or the promoter of the show could pump back some of the takeings eg profit margin ££££ from bums on seats ,show entrys ext into a prize money for winners that could be sent to them via cheque in the post .......

More Athletes entering the show more familys more gym freinds more mates ect filling up seats more
££££

Good Venue i no the cost of this i phoned one up last year,that i guest posed at. fronter in batley.
Good statue trophys - i no the cost of these - all good.
drug testing cost i have no  idea but lets say its around £1000 to test the winners ....


 



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 09, 2011, 05:06:28 PM
Just 300 people paying £10.00 covers the lot.

Mabe in time there will be more independant Natural bodybuilding events shows ect in the uk time will tell.

would all so like to say end of the day i trained for my self i wanterd muscles simple as that it was amazing that i discoverd natural bodybuilding shows hence the Anb now Npa and bnbf ect and let us not forget without such fedarations there would be no stage for use to stand on a even playing field so to speak,but dont for get with out the dedication from just a few lets say no more than around 100 competitive natural bodybuilders competing there would be no show.end of ;0)

Cutting it - Ripping it - Flexing it......................................

    


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 09, 2011, 05:18:59 PM
Hiya Keith

Squats no lock out mate,will help to keep tention  off your knees two.

My Muscles seem to respond a little with high reps but not light reps mate.

my opinion yes high reps for quads but i would all so put some heavy sets in there two

Thanks

M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 09, 2011, 05:23:35 PM
Big Steve

Omg we smashed are bodies to bits in that gym for so meny years - The Power of Dreams eh!!!

These days i still train hard but i dont do tuns of forced reps and drop sets ect eny more thank good ness,but saying that it did keep me ripperd all year round ...

hope your well mate

Regards

M



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: SteHowie on February 09, 2011, 07:09:15 PM
Regretting taking up Natural Oaks 50 rep challenge last week - and still recovering  ;D

Enjoying the new Q&A though - great idea


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 09, 2011, 07:53:11 PM
Sounds Brill.

But i dont take my workouts to The Outa Limits eny more ,as lee haney once said stimulate dont Annihilate but never did listein to him any way lol

I dont miss not been able to walk, all most for a week due to muscle pain from Brutal workouts


If my back was 100% then i would still no dout from time to time take my workouts to the edge .

But sounds good what The oak does .

Keep Humping - i mean Pumping ........


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: MJP on February 09, 2011, 07:53:51 PM
Hey up Mezza Man - I was there when you won the UIBBN World title in 2006, and the emotion really got to you afterwards...tell us what was going through your head around that time.  8)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: dan236 on February 09, 2011, 08:02:55 PM
Dan the busy man ,thanks for your question mate.

(Do you think there would be more motivation for people to compete and more people doing it if there was more of reason to do so, ie: prizes, money, etc?)

Yes sure ,but more people not unless the prize was Good i mean really good  but unless someone new comes along and starts thinking out of the box then this wont happen ....

So unless the Show promoter makes more of a spectical of the show they wont get the ££££ off possible investers ,now if the show was on tv this could bring more companys to advertise there banners ect at the shows.....would be more appealing to invest!!

And Or the promoter of the show could pump back some of the takeings eg profit margin ££££ from bums on seats ,show entrys ext into a prize money for winners that could be sent to them via cheque in the post .......

More Athletes entering the show more familys more gym freinds more mates ect filling up seats more
££££

Good Venue i no the cost of this i phoned one up last year,that i guest posed at. fronter in batley.
Good statue trophys - i no the cost of these - all good.
drug testing cost i have no  idea but lets say its around £1000 to test the winners ....


 



Do you not think that thats the main drawback of bodybuilding though mate as the competitions are sooo boring from a spectators point of view who is an average joe off the street?? To the likes of me, you and others who are into bodybuilding or even friends and families of those competing it isn't so boring, but to say Jeff from round the corner it is!

Which is why I was asking about better prizes being on offer, not necessarily cash, but say an interview in The Beef or weekend away in the Lakes? This method seems the only viable way of attracting more competitors and interest as there is only so much entertainment someone gets out of watching someone "flex their pecs"  8), (unless you're in a strip-club  :D)..



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: DDG on February 09, 2011, 09:17:06 PM
I'm surprised you weren't squatting more at 18! Even I was squatting 2 1/2 plates for 10 reps to parallel at 18 years, at a bodyweight of just 10 stones, when I was sprinting. Later on, if memory serves me, you claim much more weight ... I am only surprised you didn't have more natural strength at 18, when you were in the thick of competing at just 22!

But Dean, arent the two different?.. In MD it is always banging on about the irrelevance of weight, aslong as one is training like a bodybuilder and focusing on muscle contraction etc, you will grow..

Yes, you are right they are different; the relationship between strength and size is not causal although there is, of course, some correlation. My point was simple. Given the size of Andrew's quad I am surprised he was using relatively light weights - let's not forget he's a good bit heavier than me! On the issue of strength and size, I have never had chicken legs. My legs were proportionately big at the age of 12 years. I too used to train with high reps. I was knocking out sets of 12-15 reps to parallel with 3 1/2 plates when I was 22/23 years of age. I suspect that's when my testosterone levels were at their highest point. I couldn't do that, for example, in my late 20s, nor into my 30s, although my legs didn't suffer any.

But this isn't my thread. All I'm saying is, I'm surprised for the reasons given above.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Damo NY on February 09, 2011, 09:28:28 PM
Hi Mezza,

Did you ever have a scheduled cheat meal each week when you were prepping for a show?

Cheers

Damo


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 10, 2011, 01:02:30 PM
Mjp how are you its been a long time ,i trust you are fit and well.

After the judgeing of the uibbn 2006 as i walked of stage and starterd to walk down the corridor yes the emotions were kicking in for the 1st time in my competitive carrier hence i had tears streaming down my cheaks much to the surprise of karina.

What was going though my mind at this point wow ,all the years of dedication,comitment,sometimes unhappiness as dieting did make me unhappy meny times ,frustration,basically i felt like i had acheaved more than i ever thought possible ,i had so meny flash backs i still do meny times ,now this was after the judgeing i had not won at this point but my heart was telling me good things ,i never have been the most confident bloke going into any show in fact quite the opposite,i allways get very nervours not just a few days before but weeks and weeks out ,so much so i dont sleep very much at all.

And dont forget Micheal it was touch and go if i would even make the show ,i was haveing ultrasound ect all that week  as the week before i was home bound with HUGE pains in my lower back hence the final two weeks i did not do eny poseing at all, my food intake was very low and i was in a state thinking Omg am not going to be able to make the show.....

The rest is History....

Thanks


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 10, 2011, 01:38:16 PM
Dan

Bikini class small thongs   ;D that should help .

Put me darn to judge this !!!

There is now a Bikini Olympia.....get my point

cheers.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 10, 2011, 01:56:58 PM
Dean

Age 22 - 7 weeks before i starterd my 1st ever comp diet i was a very lean 12 stone bang on. show day 11.4 !!!

Around 18 years old i was ripped with no fat as my deit was clean every day, i would not have been very heavy at all just over 11 stone  i would say....

As i was over training for years and years when i cut the volume of my workouts in half and stoped forced reps and drop sets on ever set, with out a dout i got stronger ,allso back then we were only resting around 30 seconds or so........

Allso my diet was far two clean ,no fats at all and not meny carbs......

Cheers



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Michael Hannam on February 11, 2011, 09:43:18 AM
Hiya mez

Hope your good mate and your back is hanging in there!?

Q. You have won and achieved so much in bodybuilding but do you think you've lost the hunger to get back on stage?
Q. If not have you got any future plans to compete? (it'll be great to see you back up there!)
Q. Who do you think is your biggest competition at present in the uk?

Thanks -Mike


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 11, 2011, 04:53:53 PM
Hya Michael

Had to miss quads yesterday allmost apart from a tickell of one leg - leg extentions ,due to lower back !!

sure mate i dont have the same drive as i once did ,some times i go to the gym now allmost out of habit,but never the less i still can turn up the intensity when i fancy it, allso training with Big Amer who has the bug give me motivation ,its great to see people who have so much passion for there workouts ,there body and nutrition. Getting back on stage would be brill ,as you no i have been there seen it so to speak so meny times ,i could write the book would need a spell cheak of corse ho ho ho .
But the shows dont exite me like they once did ,in the past 11 years natural bodybuilding shows in the uk havent moved on that much apart from we have two feds, differnt venues ,better condtioned physiques a few more people entering sertain shows ,fedarations changeing who there affilianted ect
I think the beef mag has had a huge impact in terms of puuting us in the pagers of a mag hats of to Alex for this ....

One of my dreams was to win a statue ,to see and compete in California to be fetured in Flex with a article about me,i have achieved far more than i ever dreamed of when i won my 1st show....I have met so meny people been to a few placers i would never have seen all due to my natural bodybuilding i have a lot to thank people like Micheal mjp ,the bloke from Muscle maina without this show coming to the uk i in 2006


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 11, 2011, 05:09:23 PM
I would never have got the chance to compete there and see California. the list goes on.

I would luv to stand on stage again shake my Quad.

biggest competition at presant carnt answer that other than everybody i am up against i guess..

In i ideal world i would like to compete against people who i havent had the chance to ,eg your self mate and jon harris,dean garret,andy palma,Big lee Wiliams, ect uk blokes am not clued up much on whats happing in the usa shows and dont follow the seen over there really ....end of the day i am under no illusions am not getting eny younger and i need my back more than i need big legs more titles and statues

so one never Knows but perhaps it may just be the Golden ticket i am looking for ,thanks Michael.

Regards

M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Dr Evil on February 11, 2011, 09:17:39 PM
Your health comes first Mez..Personally i dont think you have anything left too prove..Always be remembered as being the "best" natural in my eyes and your name is well known..

I think you could be the next Fat Boy Slim now with all these old skool tunes..World Domination mate..!!


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 12, 2011, 04:33:20 PM
Dr Evil

Thanks for your kind words.

None of us are unbeatable .fat boy slim yes i got the tools mate in fact if any of you like dance music to train to or perhaps to play in your car ect here is disc 1 and 2 for ya to turn up the volume.

http://soundcloud.com/mezza-1/mez-on-fire-disc-2-recorderd

http://soundcloud.com/mezza-1/mez-in-the-mix-1997-on-my-technics-1200s


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: thebull on February 12, 2011, 11:25:17 PM
Hey Mezza!

Firstly great DVD, very inspiring stuff. Some funny moments in there with the intense training!
How much do ya bench?

No not really...my question is simples:
Deadlifts- You said you damaged your back on these going over the top with the weight you used. Is there any pointers technique wise you would give others who like to go for broke whilst sacrificing form on this lift?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: SteHowie on February 14, 2011, 12:49:30 PM
Hi Andy
Jon Heaton posed a very difficult question that really made me stop and think - so I am going to ask it to all on the Q&A.

What Motivates you?  Both in the past to be the best - and what motivates you now to get in th egym and still train hard?
What aspirations have you for the next few years?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 14, 2011, 02:50:50 PM
TheBull

DvD Thanks.

My lower back tore two weeks before a show i was doing T-Bar rows not very heavy mate.Deadlift again wasnt heavy mate but my body fat was so low and perhaps it wasnt fully recovered from the last injury ....

It went later the same  year ,twice infact 2 weeks before the musclemaina uk and a week and a half before the uibbn world ...now its in a mess!!


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 14, 2011, 03:11:26 PM
hya Steve

My motivation in the past came from the Bodybulding mags,flex ,bodybuilding monthy ,muscle mag inter,ect the sole reson why i went to the gym was to one day to look as the muscle stars of that era ,note how i said that era.and to become one of the best bodybuilders on the planet.

motivation ,now well it does not come from looking he the muscle stars of today,infact lots of times i dont have the motivation but i go out of habit,some days are better than others.......

The lad i train some days motivatves me as he is in great shape.

Aspirations in terms of bodybuilding - well u wont see me on stage in the "MASTERS OF THE UNIVERCE" ;0) I am going to call BodyPower this week and present my idear to them ...

Thanks Mate

M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: CJB on February 14, 2011, 05:53:19 PM
Hi Mezza, I tore my lower back muscles deadlifting in 2008 a week after the bnbf british when my bodyfat was low. It has always been sore since with some days worse then others & after intense chiro work it improved but was never totally pain free. Then at beginning of jan it went on me again whilst machine squatting & I ended up at hospital unable to walk! I've since had physio & my back is nearly pain free for the first time since 2008! Does you injury prevent you from doing the basic exercises like squats, deadlifts, bent rows & t-bar rows? I've avoided these for over 2 years now but hoping to re-introduce them soon. How do you work your back & legs around these exercises if so to keep improving & do you believe its possible to improve width & thickness without these basics? Thanks. Chris


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: MJP on February 14, 2011, 07:32:10 PM
If I remember right, wasn't your old job as a landscape gardener at one time Andrew? Did this job help your back development  :) , and did it also eventually hurt it?!  ??? :P And do you miss it!!?  ::)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 14, 2011, 09:41:24 PM
Hiya CJB

So you no were am at in term of my lower back ...

When my back went the first time i couldnt walk in fact i have never felt pain like it in my life ...

Yes the injury has taken the bread and butter out of my workouts with out adout ,even standing barbell curls effects it ,picking up dumbells of the floor ect i really miss heavy squats ,now and then when my back feels ok a dare my self to stand under the squat rack and put 3 plates a sise on which i used to play with lol .

I found doing very wide squats with a lighter weight helps, in fact feels a lot easyer than they did with my legs shoulder with apart ,hits the abductors great ,as i have enought outa sweep ....

Back no dead lifts of t-bar rows at all mate. no Heavy standing calves rase.

I dont do very much for quads at all mate..but there hanging in there !!!

Thickness ,well you ant goner build great legs just doing tuns of leg extentions and lungers ..for legs yes i dont think you could build great legs with out the basics hence squats leg press,as for other muscle groups yes i think it can be possible if you have the genetics,as i have seen a few men with great back width mainley down to genetics, who get away with doing allmost just lat pulldowns ,no barbell rows or deads in site ,i no these men persowithlly...legs i dont no any one with great legs who miss out the basics...

Good luck in your bodybuilding .

Thanks


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 14, 2011, 09:50:43 PM
Mjp

Landscape gardener yes ,with out a dout i would say it was a contributing factor with my lower back development in my younger years,I  didnt hurt it doing  Landscape gardeing though. I dont miss it Michael..
       

Any way are you still weight lifting if so can you see your abbs yet ,or is there more chance of seeing a six pack in the fridge ha ha  ;)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on February 15, 2011, 10:29:29 AM
Hi Mezza!
Great to hear from you!Really enjoying reading this,living legeng :)
Best wishes.Speak to you soon!M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 15, 2011, 03:08:54 PM
Now then big Quads how are we doing ,its been a long time ....

Are you still mashing up the squats mate?

Respect .

M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: CJB on February 15, 2011, 05:47:19 PM
Thanks for the reply. Will see how I get on when I return to full training. Have you had the injuy diagnosed re your lower back or can it not be fixed now? I have noticed more injurys since turning 30 years ago! My elbows are shot too & an operation on them is imminent I've been told!


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 16, 2011, 03:03:17 PM
hi Cjb

There is a lot of scar tissue there ,i am going for more treatment tomorrow ,i havent been to the gym since last week.

Good luck with your operation...


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 18, 2011, 03:40:39 PM
Bodypower update Q&A seminar looking great so far - i called them up today !!

will update you all soon  :)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: thebull on February 18, 2011, 05:23:31 PM
Good work mezza I hope it comes off!


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: dan236 on February 18, 2011, 05:25:02 PM
Andy, will you be donning the trunks for the BP stage if you pull it off  :)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on February 21, 2011, 10:13:43 AM
Heya Mezza!
yeah big quads,still train them heavy,love squats  ;D
Good luck with Bodypower,let us all know how its going!!
One question for you Mezza:
I have posted it to Jon as well;do you think that it is possible be contest ready without cardio training or with very little cardio?I know that "assisted" guys can go away with a lot of cardio but when you are natural then you are at risk of loosing your muscle tissue when overdo...
If someone is training 5x a week to get ready for contest and doing very physical job,is there need for extra cardio if your diet is good and you loosing bodyfat every week?
Thank you.
Martin


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 21, 2011, 04:53:12 PM
Mr M

Bodypower watch this space ...

Contest ready without cardio for most i would say no,as most are not within say 6 weeks of contest shape ,if you are then you may be able to get buy eating clean and lots of poseing work but personally i would incorporate cardio if you want to get your legs super cut ,squeezing and contracting your glutes hams and quads during cardio does the job consistency with clean food and hard training also.

yer defo lots of cardio can eat your muscles away i no about this first hand mate...my  shoulders would allmost vanish ,but the strange thing was my legs would stay put hence no muscle loss ,must be a dna thing!!!

Very little cardio - yes i would say its very possible and perhaps worth given a go next time around as long as one is in good shape to start with, i would up the vol on legs i would allso introduce direct glute work two ,lots of posing aswell...

Am guessing martin its you who has the 5 day a week very physical  job?I recon you may be able to get contest ready with little cardio as long as you do more volume in the gym pal ,and keep very lean perhaps the odd sess of cardio mate would just be ticket.


M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on February 21, 2011, 10:04:38 PM
Thank you Mezz!
Yes,guessing right,its me 5 day a week with physical job  ;D
I am 16 weeks out today,training 5 days a week at the moment and doing some cardio after every workout for 30minutes,so this should do the trick!!
Thanks for your opinion,appreciate it!
Best wishes and hope to see you again this year at Bodypower!
M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 22, 2011, 03:54:29 PM
M can you see your abbs mate?

I rule of mine was never to loose sight of my abbs if i did i new i was getting fat ,hence time to eat very clean..

what show you going for Martin..

B-power yes defo matey.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on February 22, 2011, 10:18:51 PM
Yes,I can see my abs,my 4pack ;D
I just started to diet down,train heavy as always,so will see,but wanna do BNBF in Bognor Regis as for start...I had one year off and still not sure if my "competition bug" is back,so will do one,two shows and will see...
Will be good to see and talk to you!Hope your lower back is good!
Martin


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 23, 2011, 05:18:01 PM
Mr M - You can see you abbs thats a good start mate.

Try this at the end of your quad workout do a gaint set mate around 20 reps for each exercise this will finish them off great ,pre contest back workouts for me are huge gaints set as in the dvd........but you could allways do your regular back workout then finish off with a huge gaint set?

Good luck at the comps ,as for the Competition bug i think you have a lot to offer Martin so give the shows  your best shot - and make sure you put plenty tan on matey ,when i used Protan a long time back we would use allmost two bottles thats lots of coats ,you gota be darker mate .....

Lower back is not so great !
See ya soon ;0)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on February 23, 2011, 10:37:49 PM
Thank you Mezz,I will do giant sets for my legs and back every other week,will see how my body is responding to this...Thanks for your ecouragement Mezz!
Would be great to see you on stage again one day!!M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: SteHowie on February 24, 2011, 02:09:42 PM
Mez - How do you train around your injuries?  Cause everytimng time I pop in you look awesome still.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: dan236 on February 24, 2011, 10:22:09 PM
Andy, I've just been looking at the BodyPower site and your name's down for being there - is this true?  :)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 24, 2011, 11:37:10 PM
Dan.

I will call them tomorrow about the Q&A i havent had 100% confirmation just looked on there site ,mmm your right they have put me down so that looks like we are allmost there .

I will update soon.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 25, 2011, 12:10:32 AM
ste.

The Bread and butter has gone from my workouts in terms of compound exercisers eg squats,hacks,deads,t bars,heavy shrugs,standing barbell curls,bent over barbell rows ect.

Back workouts i like to use dumbell rows on a incline bench ,i am useing a lot of cabel work two working on high reps with lots of contration and squeeze.

Shoulders front barbell press,works for me now rather than heavy dumbell press.
Rear delts i use the a bench at a incline angle for bent dumbel laterals.
Rear shoulder press from time to time allso.
Traps dumbel shrugs but no 140`s in sight am tickling the 80`s and 90`s.

Basicly am keeping as much tention from my lower back as poss steve even picking  up dumbels for incline dumbell chest press can be awkward.

And due to the fact i am not as strong - then the mind games start some times even though i have had a productive workout i can leave the gym on a downer due to the fact i am now a pune lol ...

Keep Flexing..








Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on March 01, 2011, 09:46:26 PM
Mezza,
 could you post some photos of you where you think you have nailed your condition in terms of size,symmetry and condition?I am sure it will be great inspiration for most of us who train naturally!!Thank you.
And one more question for you too...what do you think about heavy duty training for natural athletes?
Martin


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: MJP on March 01, 2011, 09:54:51 PM
Here's Andrew at his best ever in my opinion... 8), check the photos, Martin, on the link.  :)

http://www.npabodybuilding.com/ViewArticle.aspx?articleID=b0bedf44-bc8b-42e4-b2e6-6adeb76c2a80


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Damo NY on March 01, 2011, 10:18:47 PM
Quality physique. Crazy leg development.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on March 02, 2011, 04:12:35 PM
Big Quads - heavy duty training yes defo infact there are so meny ways to train with weights this is the buity of weight training.

I do have some good pics martin ,but how do i up load them to this page ? Can some one help us out here thanks.



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mac on March 02, 2011, 04:45:14 PM
Big Quads - heavy duty training yes defo infact there are so meny ways to train with weights this is the buity of weight training.

I do have some good pics martin ,but how do i up load them to this page ? Can some one help us out here thanks.



Are they already on the net?
If so you can right click the image and select copy image URL, then paste it on here highlight it and select the insert image link (the 2nd row and 2nd symbol in under the message icons)

Or at least I think thats how it works on here.



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on March 03, 2011, 05:03:20 PM
Mezza at his best...

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Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on March 03, 2011, 05:04:51 PM
Another great shot of mighty Mezza...

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Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on March 03, 2011, 05:06:45 PM
Check out his conditioning!

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Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: dan236 on March 03, 2011, 09:40:52 PM
Andy, where did you place in the above Fame comp?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: thebull on March 04, 2011, 12:51:48 AM
Believe he was second behind the middle guy. Great pics martin.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: felix on March 04, 2011, 10:25:56 PM
Awesome condition Andrew totally shredded.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: SteHowie on March 08, 2011, 09:04:19 AM
The questions seem to be drying up so we can now ask the difficult ones!!

We all think that wining is the pinacle - but how do you cope with coming down after a long diet, winning the World Champs and getting on with normality?
What emotions run through you and do you contemplate on your achievements?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on March 08, 2011, 03:15:02 PM
Cheers Felix

Steve

Back in 1998 after my novice Final win i was buzzing for around 3 days then it was back to reality hence i was out of work ,so that was hard one min i was on top of the world the next i was down in the dumps .

When i won the world at the uibbn in 2006 my dieting was not over yet i had the muscle maina world left to do ,i couldnt wate to get of my diet and start feeling like a normal person again instead of a Muscle Cardio Robot lol

Do i contemplate on my achievements some times things bring back memorys like photos or talking to people who have been at the same show as me ,lots of people remind me of shows they was at that i was in ,its nice to be rememberd for something you was good at what ever it may be...........

Emotions sure highs and lows its life one day you can be on top of the world the next on and low Competitive bodybuilding can make you very happy if i stand on stage in super shape with a poseing routine that people buzz off then i no i have done all i can do.........................





Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Zid on March 31, 2011, 01:13:27 PM
Mez, hope you are well.

Whats your take on leg development? You have some stunning size and I am just wondering at what point in your training years you felt that you made the most gains and through what method of training? Ie frequency, rep range etc.

Your thoughts?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on March 31, 2011, 09:24:14 PM
Hiya Zid am good thanks....

I think most of us  have one or two body parts that responed to Bodybuilding more so than other muscle groups ,mine for sure was my legs even though i  train each muscle with the same intensity.....

So my dna genetics has a good part to play ,  the years and years of killer quad workouts Eg 20 rep Squats ,hacks ,leg press,lungers, sissy squats ,leg extentions built my quads, calfs was very heavy standing rase ,with seaterd calf rase...allso i would do calfs on the leg press two again very heavy so around 8 to 15 reps max.....

I trained legs once a week. At the mo its hit and miss with quads i have to be so carefull so no crazy quad workouts....

I never used to miss a workout ,but as i am older and have a lot happning in my life now if there is a workout i have to miss then it would be quads as i no i can get away with it eg they dont loose size .......back in the day i would not miss a workout no matter what ....

I will say the most gains for me come with 20 rep heavy squats allong with the above.

Thanks pal.

M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Zid on April 01, 2011, 03:16:28 PM
Thanks Mezza. I guess its a case of trial and error. I am currently working on some MAX OT programme and really enjoying it, but generally speaking, I will only float to the higher rep range on leg press and that will be 10-15 reps max. I hate the sound of 20 rep squats but I did ask the question!

Hope you’re back is on the mend big man


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 02, 2011, 11:50:40 AM
Hia Zid

Do you have a photo of your self in the gym or something so i can see were your at with your progress ect ...if not its cool !!

20 reps heavy squats ,for me doing plenty cardio certainly helped in terms of i was less likely to run out of breath befor  i hit 20 reps ,and the recovery between sets was is quicky two.

My back yes thanks pal its ok better than it was - i have to lift a lot lighter eg on incline bumbell press as picking them up can hurt it the next day ,but am working around it thing is it took me years and years to get to the poundage i can lift ,so its hard getting my head around lifting lighter weight arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr .

have a good weekend

M



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Zid on April 04, 2011, 10:40:14 AM
I don’t have any pics mate, no. I may be competing this year so will look to get something so you can critique my gut too!

I hear you on the CV element and one of the reasons why I may not be competing is due to football so my CV levels are pretty good as I eat far better than everyone else in my team and I work a lot harder.

Genetically, I have always had reasonable legs, if not big, reasonably strong, but purely due to the level of CV, I am struggling to gain the size to match the poundage.

What did you actually do to your back?

Sorry to turn this into a conversation and with this in mind, my next question.

After reading an article on you from bodybuilding.com, it mentioned that you were eating tins of tuna from a young age and you rarely eat “cheat” food. Now you aren’t competing, how do you treat this side of your diet?

Whats the plan for Mez?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 04, 2011, 12:56:02 PM
Hiya Zid

Well the best of luck if your going to do a show this year,will it be your 1st?

Better to be fit with slightley smaller legs than unfit with large legs ;0) Keep enjoying you football mate.

Back i tore the muscle - lower back - did it 3 times the same year OUCH!!

My tuna fish days were when i was going to school i would take a tin with me and eat it at break time,the only tuna fish that gets eaten at home is what Pepsi the puddy cat eats i dont eat the stuff any more ........

My Food intake is good its not as clean as it was all them years ago, but am a lean 13.4 pounds at the moment,i eat clean all day long but around 4 nights of the week i eat on top  of my clean food what i like really last night it was Blackcurrant and mango sorbet, and some choc ice cream..........

Thanks..................


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Zid on April 05, 2011, 02:36:54 PM
It will be indeed Mez. I am not sure I am big enough to be competitive if I am honest. ??? Im 6ft and a pretty lean 84kg but will likely be around the 80kg mark come the end of the footy season. We have 4 games left and in all honesty, I cant wait for this season to finish! I always get like this around competition time as I have a real love for nutrition and training. I love the fact that you can transform your body in a desirable way through eating right and training efficiently.  I dieted down for the 2009 BNBF Southern with Paul Amos and was chuffed to bits with my condition, easily the best I have ever been but I wasn’t competing, just looking to get into shape for the summer.

Anyway, sorry to ramble.

My next question, if I may, and I am sure this is applicable for many at this point in the season,

I am sure I read somewhere that you combated hungry pangs, during dieting, with a lot of water. Do you have any other tips to combat the urge to eat outside of the diet?

Also, I read that you tapered your carbs according to how you looked and this would vary during prep. What are your thoughts on re-feeds and have you ever used them and if so, to what extent, cheat meals? Re-feed days?



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 05, 2011, 06:23:28 PM
Zid i thought just as you do ,from the age of 17 to 22 i thought i wasnt big enough even show day i thought looking around thinking omg what am i doing here,but i enderd up winning.
In fact am still not big enough lol

Hunger pains - na the water in large amounts was to help dry me out.
I make sure i dont get hungry if poss,during my contest prep dieting as the years went on i made sure as soon as i got hungry i had my food unless if i was out for the day with karina who at time took longer than expecterd hence  my blood suger would drop my eyes would turn green and omg we have problems,best not go shopping for the day with your partner if your dieting for a show if its at all poss ;0)

Carbs sure i would spin them around quite a lot did the trick ,some days i would go zero carbs i no meny will say omg you shouldnt do that but the end of the day i was winning shows many times with ultra low carbs and no fats at all ,since 2008 i learned lots about my body and good fats ect ,one of the resons i felt so terrible during dieting for shows back in the day was due to a inbalance in cals ,and no fats ..the last time i was dieting for the guest poseing displays in 2008 i was eating plenty stake ,and useing more udos two i felt sound most of the time.....

Pro Re -feed the new Product buy Zid nutrition ;0) cheat meals haa mate if my head goes clean off the block then it dont matter what day it is i nail it ,i will never forget looking in the cuberd when i was climing the walls one night and what was looking at me saying EEEEEEEEEEEEEAT ME a Tin of Raveoleeeee carnt spell it soz,carnt stand the stuff ether but i nailed it omg all that salt ,i have mashed my contest diet a few times over the years yep ,not good but am only human beleve it or not ;0)
I didnt have a planed cheat meal once  a week....



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: dan236 on April 05, 2011, 11:24:30 PM
Mezza any news on the BP Expo?  :)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 06, 2011, 03:38:10 PM
Hia Dan

Body Power - I did ask Jon Harris he didnt think he could make ect. All cool

Allso Michael H wasnt really up for it .....All cool .

Body Power did send me a contract to fill in but i wanterd one or two names up there with me  to mix things up a little ect  ,so things may have gone to pot now so to speak...... these things happen i guess....


I will contact them  Dan

Thanks for asking.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: dan236 on April 06, 2011, 05:06:20 PM
Hia Dan

Body Power - I did ask Jon Harris he didnt think he could make ect. All cool

Allso Michael H wasnt really up for it .....All cool .

Body Power did send me a contract to fill in but i wanterd one or two names up there with me  to mix things up a little ect  ,so things may have gone to pot now so to speak...... these things happen i guess....


I will contact them  Dan

Thanks for asking.

Just a thought - What about doing a spot on the Reflex stand like Flex does with Gaspari, Wolf with BSN, etc.
You should definitely be there either way, I don't think there's a board without a topic about you on them! Both sides of bodybuilding, natural & un-natural know who you are so you would definitely grab attention!
Put Jay to shame and show him what ripped glutes really look like  :D


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 06, 2011, 06:52:07 PM
Dan

Its confermed i will do a Q&A for Bodypower - Thanks for prompting me Dan..

Reflex - Have me down will see what happens....

Am not a Mc so might sound Rusty on the Mic - My bod and routines do the talking but will give it a shot Dan

If eny body has a Question they would like me to answer at Bodypower please send it to my email Andrewmerrifield@hotmail.co.uk or send to my facebook Andrew Mezza Merrifield i will then send them to bodypower for them to pick out as well as my self the good ens!!

kinda whish i was in poseing shape now or there abouts could of spun a few shapes ......


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: dan236 on April 06, 2011, 11:51:28 PM
Dan

Its confermed i will do a Q&A for Bodypower - Thanks for prompting me Dan..

Reflex - Have me down will see what happens....

Am not a Mc so might sound Rusty on the Mic - My bod and routines do the talking but will give it a shot Dan

If eny body has a Question they would like me to answer at Bodypower please send it to my email Andrewmerrifield@hotmail.co.uk or send to my facebook Andrew Mezza Merrifield i will then send them to bodypower for them to pick out as well as my self the good ens!!

kinda whish i was in poseing shape now or there abouts could of spun a few shapes ......

Brill news
Re: posing, you still have 6 weeks I think. Besides Jay usually does posing way out of shape so next to you he will look fat  :D.
1st question (& I know its a fav of yours) - How much do you bench?.. haha.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: daveybriggs on April 07, 2011, 08:35:51 AM
would take wild dogs to keep me away from bodypower now lol. the mighty mezza!



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 07, 2011, 11:54:27 AM
Dan its not what ya benching eny more ;0)

Its all about whos spotting ya on the bench,i here there is a group of page 3 girl models kindley giveing up there free time to spot bodybuilders on there bench press - mmm keep your eyes on the bar lol......

ENJOY YA  BENCHING ;0)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Damo NY on April 07, 2011, 01:17:22 PM
Hi Mezza,

Do you have planned cheat meals when in prep for shows or do you diet clean all the way through?

Cheers

Damo


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 08, 2011, 11:48:55 AM
Oreeet

For the best questions answered at Bodypower i will be giveing out a bottle of udos Ultimate oil blend kindley supplied from my sponsor Savant - Udos Ultimate oil ;0)



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 11, 2011, 12:04:27 PM
Those who have sent questions thanks

I carnt give out the udos oil at bodypower just been informed from them as it turns into a commercial activity ect

Sorry about that ,will give out my dvd instead if you havent allready got it.

Cheers


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: the sheep on April 12, 2011, 08:05:29 PM
mezzzzzzzzz do you wish you had a xmas tree like mine?  :o :D


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 13, 2011, 11:59:52 AM
Kris your to the metal there mate.

Are you nailing a show this year ?



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: the sheep on April 13, 2011, 04:41:19 PM
ha ha that was stage 3 kicking in there my friend  ;D

not this year but for sure next year looking forward to it  :)

hows tricks with you?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 15, 2011, 12:01:17 AM
Kris Stage 3 - them were the days eh ;0)

Am no were near stage 1 ,never mind 3 matey

Tricks - all sound bud am on with something will have more samples with me tomorrow at work ,send me your address i will mail you one to try ...

Cheers



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: the sheep on April 15, 2011, 09:49:34 AM
good good glad to see you got something in the pipe line  8)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on May 16, 2011, 06:59:39 PM
Bodypower.

I will be on stage straight after The Legand Lee Prest ,at 17.20 lee will have his guns out am sure ,i wont have my glutes out so please dont ask ;0)

I will be eating reflex flapjacks all day long so if you see the reflex stand come and shake my hand if not i might bury my head in the sand .

Keep Flexing !!


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: dan236 on May 16, 2011, 08:02:38 PM
Bodypower.

I will be on stage straight after The Legand Lee Prest ,at 17.20 lee will have his guns out am sure ,i wont have my glutes out so please dont ask ;0)

I will be eating reflex flapjacks all day long so if you see the reflex stand come and shake my hand if not i might bury my head in the sand .

Keep Flexing !!

Mezza Man - Are you there both days? I'll be heading down on the Saturday so will come and grab a free flapjack off ya  :P.. Will be good to see you again!  :)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on May 17, 2011, 01:38:11 PM
Dan, am there saturday defo sunday i may be doing something elce.

Yes but dont creep up on me this time ;0)

See Ya SOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooon....


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Michael Hannam on May 17, 2011, 07:39:49 PM
Hey Mezza, hope all is well ma man! Good luck for weekend soz i did'nt join ya, I might go up to see the expo so if i do i'll come say ello.

M 8)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on May 19, 2011, 03:00:17 PM
Big M

Would have been good you up there two .

If your about might see ya pal

M ;0)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Adam.uk on May 29, 2011, 10:21:27 PM
Mezz lad, i've got a question for ya seeing as though i forgot to ask it the other day when i saw ya ill do it on here!

You said earlier in the thread that in 2006 when you acheieved your best condition to date you didnt know your body as well as you do now. You also explained your method for contest prep at that time. What would you do differently now if you were preparing for a comp? What you would nutrition and training look like compared to last time?

Adz


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on June 06, 2011, 07:31:05 PM
Hiya Adam

I think Best On stage condition was 2006 Npa yorkshire and 2008 fame world ,you will see in dvd around a week befor the musclemaina world i was in crazy shape two.

One thing i Know is that i as long as i eat clean i shape up SIMPLE REALLY,i dont have to have a set out contest diet plan like i used to in the past ect i dont need to weigh out all my food or eat bang on the clock ...

what would i do differently - make sure i eat more complex carbs for starters ,i would go zero carbs for 3 days at a time but did work but felt like i was on my  rear end some times,train with less intensity not go balls to the wall in the gym ,prob a lot less cardio two...and be leaner all year round .
          
Carb intake would be differnt all most every day works well...

Protein dont count protein eny more drove me bonkers for years doing that ...

Cheers M



Title: Reflex
Post by: Mezza on June 06, 2011, 07:51:01 PM
After 5 good years with reflex and a long hard think in terms off were am going ect i deciderd last week to email them and say its time for me to move on.

As meny of you no reflex are with out adout one of the very best sports nutrition brands not just in the uk but the world and there products back this up Big time.

Reflex didnt just give me a huge 100% discount on there products every month that alone was a huge sponsorship ,
they sent a cheque when i won a certain comp back in 2006 they allso paid for me to go canada and compete,they put me in many mags in the uk within there advertiseing campagins and  same in Australia infact the reflex concept store over there have orderd hundreds of my dvds that sell great over there ,all this due to the sponsorship...........

Perhaps one of you could be the next face off reflex worth a shot ;0)

Thanks

M



Title: Re: Reflex
Post by: dan236 on June 06, 2011, 08:19:07 PM
After 5 good years with reflex and a long hard think in terms off were am going ect i deciderd last week to email them and say its time for me to move on.

As meny of you no reflex are with out adout one of the very best sports nutrition brands not just in the uk but the world and there products back this up Big time.

Reflex didnt just give me a huge 100% discount on there products every month that alone was a huge sponsorship ,
they sent a cheque when i won a certain comp back in 2006 they allso paid for me to go canada and compete,they put me in many mags in the uk within there advertiseing campagins and  same in Australia infact the reflex concept store over there have orderd hundreds of my dvds that sell great over there ,all this due to the sponsorship...........

Perhaps one of you could be the next face off reflex worth a shot ;0)

Thanks

M



Mezza man, sorry I didn't get to see you at BP - I did try and scout you out but couldn't see you through the masses and I didn't see you at the Reflex stand either. Anyway how are you though? Hows the back keeping up?

What are you moving onto now? - Is it just due to not having the desire to compete again?

Did Reflex ever tell you, you have to compete in the year and which comps to compete in? Similar to how how the American brands seem to dictate the IFBB pro's? Also, you mention in the above post about getting a discount off Reflex products, did you have to pay for some of your products, ie: trade price? Or did you get a monthly limit of what you could have?- Sorry if this seems nosey, I'm just curious really as to how sponsorship with a supplements company works lol...
 
:)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on June 06, 2011, 08:26:43 PM
http://vimeo.com/24509151

Click on the link above for a small intro to Mezza dvd ;0)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on June 06, 2011, 08:41:28 PM
hiya dan.

reflex never told me to compete mate......i was nailing lots of shows in 2006 ,reflex new i had lots of pull intems of my bod when i was doing shows,infact i think it took them a good year before they put me in the mags ...

The dvd was another way for me to show people how much reflex products i take ,and would have spred lots of awereness about the products i use,as you can see me taking them......

I didnt pay for any of the products i used ,and beleave me i was nailing lots of there supplements ,not just tuns of there whey ect ,Aoc,nexgen,krill oil,bcaa`s ,glutamine, the list goes on....

Unless you have some wallope about you eg you have the edge other than just another champ,i mean end of the day were all entering the sames shows allmost ,so to get full sponsorship there has to be someting about you other than just a body be what ever it may be .. i no lots of people who have a sponsorship and just get a discount off trade ,this is a great help but not for me as i sell products and get the margins enyway................

.




Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: SCOTTGALTON on June 07, 2011, 03:14:12 PM
Have to say Mezza that dvd is ace bud


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Alex on June 14, 2011, 03:40:05 PM
hiya dan.

reflex never told me to compete mate......i was nailing lots of shows in 2006 ,reflex new i had lots of pull intems of my bod when i was doing shows,infact i think it took them a good year before they put me in the mags ...

The dvd was another way for me to show people how much reflex products i take ,and would have spred lots of awereness about the products i use,as you can see me taking them......

I didnt pay for any of the products i used ,and beleave me i was nailing lots of there supplements ,not just tuns of there whey ect ,Aoc,nexgen,krill oil,bcaa`s ,glutamine, the list goes on....

Unless you have some wallope about you eg you have the edge other than just another champ,i mean end of the day were all entering the sames shows allmost ,so to get full sponsorship there has to be someting about you other than just a body be what ever it may be .. i no lots of people who have a sponsorship and just get a discount off trade ,this is a great help but not for me as i sell products and get the margins enyway................

.




It was going so well and you were getting free supplements etc then why have you decided to drop their sponsorship mate?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on June 16, 2011, 01:26:54 PM
Hi

I felt it was my time to move on  allgood!


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: the sheep on June 16, 2011, 07:16:38 PM
hey mezza great samples you sent me the other day best pre workout drink ive ever had when will it be ready to launch? hope all is going well with the big plan :)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: the sheep on June 16, 2011, 08:54:10 PM
If you ask him nicely Kris, he might also pass on some useful dietary tips! :D

hey ddg if u ask nicely he might help u get over 10 stone on stage  ;D :D ;)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Si Stevens on June 17, 2011, 05:55:59 AM
Hi Mezza, watched an interview with you online and had to laugh as I used to paint my self green and run around the streets thinking I wad the HULK. Worst thing is my Mum has pictured up on her wall. My Kids ripp me everytime they see them. Glad I am not the only one.
Quick question mate which you may have already answered on this board.
How much water did you take in when getting ready and did you use any vitamins such as vitamin C for comps. Also did you ever drink coffee, tea or diet cokes.
Cheers.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on June 20, 2011, 07:27:17 PM
Enigma DDG - Nice to see your not Incognito at the moment lol lol   


Find your Bliss.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on June 20, 2011, 07:35:01 PM
Si

Gosh yes life can be strange at times but happy days eh ;0)

warter lots and lots  two much infact the most i drank was 18 litres the 2days  befor the 2006 yorkshire not giveing my health a thought .

but 8 works very well i did this in 2008 for the guest poseing and the fame show.

Vit c i did this a long time ago i didnt see any extra benafit from the high vic dose up to  10 g

diet coke yes i drank lots in 2006 during contest prep ...



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on June 20, 2011, 07:39:05 PM
Yo kris

Hope your doing great man .

No probs about the samples pleased they did the job.

Thanks



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Si Stevens on June 23, 2011, 09:13:00 PM
Cheers Mezza. One last question, your condition was rock solid, did you experiment with carbing up and what worked best.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on June 24, 2011, 08:21:39 PM
Si

Thanks..

Yes i did only once i spilled over my upper body was very full but i lost the dry look.

My on stage look Pump wouldnt last many times due to the lack of carbs,hence no fullon carb loading for me but never the less personlly i would rather come on stage a little flat in the upper body but crisp never the less , than a big full upper body but loosing hardness in the glutes hams quad cuts ect that we see so meny times at shows.

So just increase your carbs a little for one or two days say wensday and thursday nothing two extreme, it all depends how depleterd one is of carbs ,do say around 30 press ups on the wensday morning if you dont get a pump then up the carbs a little.

wam bam slam ;0)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: knightrider on June 25, 2011, 03:20:05 PM
Mez do you have any other sponsorship lined up? Because im now assuming you have to pay for your own stuff which in this day and age can work out quite expensive!

Rich


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on July 01, 2011, 10:46:56 PM
Sponsorship

100% discount on products is great - i dont see a brand out there that could better what reflex have done for me over the years infact reflex called me the other day discussions are takeing place...

Pizza time ...





Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: waynebanthorpe on September 07, 2011, 09:01:30 PM
alright mezza!

ive got the npa finals in under 7 weeks and i was wondering what aprroach you take in the gym, do you keep it the same as off season or do you do tri sets or giant sets, ive got ur dvd and i watch it when the missus is out on a thursday and i know ur back routine is for your pre contest, but what about your other body parts like legs, do you squat right upto the show or do you stop squatting and use the machines instead?

cheers mate  ;D


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on September 13, 2011, 01:04:47 PM
Now Then Wayne how you looking lean?

Legs - i would add lunge squats to my leg workout .

Lunge left and right leg then squat all the way down and contract your glutes at the top ,then repeat untill you can not perform another rep on the lungers then squat as many reps as you can then i would do sissy squats again as meny reps as poss again sqeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezing the glutes................

I would still be doing hack squats ect, and leg extentions with drop sets all good...

I would stop all training two weeks if i was ready if not i would stop a good week out.

Two weeks before show i would pose so hard i would be driping with sweat so lots of poseing wayne two.

The very best of luck pal.

Thanks....................


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: waynebanthorpe on September 13, 2011, 10:34:19 PM
cheers mezza.

i currently train legs twice aweek, tuesday squat and lunge day and friday is one big happy quad circuit, and hams after it,

when i go for walks with the baby in the pram its easier for me to walk and squeeze my quads and i do so with every step (modern day bodybuilder with the pram and the dog)

currently posing every night for 4-5 rounds of compulsaries,

would u stop training every body part 2 weeks out?

some people train till the wednesday before a saturday show, whats ur take on that


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on September 14, 2011, 01:12:02 PM
Wayne happy days

All your hard work will be done come two weeks out ,if you feel like you want to keep training for another week its fine just ease back a little ...

Depleting glycogen from the muscle for 2 or 3 with moderate weights in the gym Monday to wensday lots do this, works for some.

If your happy with your look as one should be don't bother mixing things up two much ,apart from a little exta carbs the last week and drink more warter then cut back on water 2nd to last day before show time,simple.

But there again all depends how you looking if your as flat as a pancake as i was some times then up the carbs a little.....if your not as sharp as one would like to be the last week then its two late nowt much you can do other than scratch your head when you come off stage with your tin cup,but that wont happen with you mate so all good.

Keep Things simple it works. 

Thanks ................................




Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Bsimons on September 15, 2011, 12:13:13 PM
if your not as sharp as one would like to be the last week then its two late nowt much you can do other than scratch your head when you come off stage with your tin cup



LMAO BRILLIANT!


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: waynebanthorpe on September 20, 2011, 06:02:45 AM
cheers mezza man

I am coming in bit by bit now, just trying my best to keep my mass,

One more question if u dont mind,

On your DVD (great watch by the way) you suggest changing from udos ol blend to flax oil for the last few weeks before a comp if you want to lose a few more pounds,

How affective is this? as ive switched to flax now for the last 5 weeks.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on September 20, 2011, 03:37:55 PM
Hia wayne

Tony Barnes gave me the advice on switching from udos ultimate oil to the flax that they sell ,the detailed account i gave on the dvd was from Tony ,it worked very well for me...all good stuff!!

Keep Flexing

M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: DazCooper on September 27, 2011, 07:31:46 PM
Alryt my mate, hope all is cool and going great! Will b competing in DC in 4 1/2 at the Yorton cup, looking to achieve my best ever condition and hopefully do some damage! Just wondering what those secret techniques were for grinding those scary cuts in the quads an glutes, any advice wud b much appreciated! 


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: SteHowie on September 28, 2011, 08:05:43 AM
Hi Daz - It would be great to see you on the Champions Q&A - you have as much to give as anybody on here with your experiences in the US.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on October 04, 2011, 11:34:38 AM
Hiya Daz

Been a while mate - 4 half weeks ok how do you rate your condition at the moment ?

The leaner one is before a contest diet then the easer it is to nail The Ultimate Condition.

Medium weight Lung Squats EG 25 KG a side on Olympic bar going striate in to sissy Squats i would add to my quad workout.

cardio squeezing and contraction with every step works brill..

Lots of posing .

All very Simple really - Some people may have cross striations with almost no body fat and some poeple with very low body fat may not ,just genetics really.

The more time and planning one put into there Contest Prep the better the end result goes with out saying really.

The Best of luck am sure you will look a Demon on stage Daz - mess them up pal.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: DazCooper on October 04, 2011, 05:09:16 PM
Cheers Mezza my mate, thatz cool, prep is full on, show 3 weeks Saturday, getting close to my best now, but in a quest for the ultimate condition, to become truly shredded! Cardio squeezing is workin well, will giv all i hav to reach my all time best and do some real damage in the states!
Ps Ste, would love to b part of the champions Q&A, would b cooler to hav a world title by my mame in such legendary company, will giv it my best shot and c wat happens!


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: thebull on October 06, 2011, 10:43:42 PM
Cheers Mezza my mate, thatz cool, prep is full on, show 3 weeks Saturday, getting close to my best now, but in a quest for the ultimate condition, to become truly shredded! Cardio squeezing is workin well, will giv all i hav to reach my all time best and do some real damage in the states!
Ps Ste, would love to b part of the champions Q&A, would b cooler to hav a world title by my mame in such legendary company, will giv it my best shot and c wat happens!

Sign him up!  :o


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: waynebanthorpe on October 10, 2011, 10:49:52 PM
yeah mezza hopefully ill walk away with a bronze statue,

CHEERS FOR THE REPLYS,

im now wondering what you eat from 2 weeks out. what i mean is. do you cut out supplements because they hold onto water and do u cut down on sodium, by eating certain foods and change to bottled water rather than tapped water?



Cheers man


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Jon on October 11, 2011, 04:04:46 PM
Quote
Sign him up!

PM sent...  ;)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on October 14, 2011, 01:28:32 PM
wayne

Two weeks out it all depends how i am looking mate.If i am bang on in terms of were i want to be then i stop my cardio hower in the past on one  occasion i have done cardio right up unitill the thursday befor the show...hence on stage i was very lean but flat but still won.

So mate it all depends on how one is looking really if you have done a great job of your contest prep diet training and cardio ect then come two weeks out all that will be left to do if fill out a little on ur last week if your flat perhaps and dry out.........and a little poseing practice on mon, tues and wensday.........

As for protein drinks some people keep them in and look fine some people do this and look as meny look on stage sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooth i dont mess about with salt ect never have never will but again lots like to horses for courses mate.

Drop the shakes mate . I never drank tap water when i was dieting for a show .

SMASH IT.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: waynebanthorpe on October 14, 2011, 02:14:41 PM
sweet mate, ive changed to bottled water and altered some other things, im bang on track to coming in dry and full


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on October 14, 2011, 03:51:36 PM
Happy Days.....


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on February 13, 2012, 02:47:49 PM
Hi Mezza,
do you still train these days?And if yes,what split are you following and how many days a week?Many thanks.M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 20, 2012, 02:57:55 PM
Greetings Mr M

Do i still train these days ,i have been out of action past 3 weeks had a opp as ya know not on quads,i will be going tonight takeing it very steady !!

I was allmost back in full swing of things in terms of training since i tore both my quads ,apart from killer quad workouts ;0)

Gym was and will be 4 days a week..i dont train on weekends due to work and family.

Monday - calfs + back

Tuesday - shoulders

Thurday - hams + a Quad tickle

Friday - chest ,loaderd Guns + triceps.

I still do cardio monday to friday ,aroud 25 min each day this keeps me lean mate.

Any way never mind me your going to be in a movie now were talking !!

And remember sort thar wall paper out you no what i mean ;0)

Have a good weel Martin


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: SteHowie on February 21, 2012, 12:57:42 PM
Hi Mezza hope you are well now - what operations did you have?
Is that why the cake has become part of the strict diet regime - boy am I jealous -of that facebook posting
And who is that young lady promoting your products WOW!


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on February 21, 2012, 02:32:32 PM
Thank you Mezza for your post,about the time!haha
I was just wondering...if you train the same as our priorities in life always changing as you know yourself.Still doing cardio?thats good idea,need to go back to U-90kg ;D
Yeah last sunday was my first movie role,just small one,but they needed big handsome man,you know 8)
I will sorted those posters on my wall dont worry.Window is closed every night now ;)
Hope you feeling better now,great you recovering so fast!
This friday i will do video of me squatting,just one set with 140kg for reps,target is to beat you Mr.Mezza 8)will see,last time i did 25 straight reps,then 2x 8reps after re-racking the weight,total of 40 reps in 3 min.,unfortunatelly no video has been made.
Hope your training is good by now.Speak to you soon.M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 22, 2012, 02:41:18 PM
Martin

I dont smash my body to bits any more in the gym put it that way ;0)

And yes my mind and body isnt taken over buy counting grams of protein and looking a magazines hopeing one day to look like one of them ,that was a long time ago!!!

I still have a brand new pair of show trunks that needs wereing and not on the beach ;0)

I hope you smash my record ,as that will give me a new record to am for one day however i havent been under the bar for a long time.

Film roll thats ace mate well done another string to your boe feather to your cap so to speak mate...

I them posters mate ,looked just like my wall back in the day ..all cool untill you no who arrives one day ;0)

Thanks M

M



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 22, 2012, 02:49:34 PM
Steve am ok thanks how are you.

My opp wasnt on my muscles all cool.

Am going to the gym after work just a full body short blast nice and steady or i wont be able to move come friday.

A reet nice cup O  tea  ;0) Facebook new Group.

She was a top model ,still does work when she feels like it mate, it was her suggestion all good !

Time for a reet nice cuppa ;0)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Nuttsudzt on April 05, 2012, 02:55:22 PM
Alright mez what would you say was the biggest factor to your success in all the shows you entered . Cheers pal. James ?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 05, 2012, 10:20:03 PM
Now then James ............

My workload in terms of Consistent Brutal workouts in the gym  from the age of around 15 was and is a huge factor in my success in natural bodybuilding ,it was my life my passion bodybuilding was my religion ;0) I would eat sleep bodybuilding hence when i enterd my first show at the tender age of 22 i had little muscles all over place,my upper body was cut befor i starterd my 6 weeks show prep due to around about 7 years of eating a clean diet eg oats,banana,tuna,chicken legs,eggs,beef,pasta,cheese,potato,veg,milk,weetabix thats all i would eat ....

James my mind was my Rock ,you no were am coming from .

Looking back over the years i was doing a lot wrong hence over dieting hence i was loseing muscle during my show diets. If i new then what i  learned past few years ago  i would have been around 25% better in terms of muscle size .

But at the same time i was doing a lot right ;0) hence my workouts !!

Poseing was allways a Fascination i would watch the old Mr O tapes ,my mum would get me one each christmas....

Think about  this you have the best body in your class on stage ,but your poseing ability is nothing other than well` rubbish. Each pose you hit your missing out big time ,and the lad at the side of you who is smaller with a clean looking proportioned body ,with great lines fully pumped ripped and hungery with lots of stage presence mmm get my drift?I have seen the best man come 2nd due to the lack of his poseing ...

One diets so hard for months and may only be on stage flexing for say 10 min a 1 min free poseing ect thats your time to shine ....you dont get a 2nd chance you carnt hide on stage i have herd so many people over the years who stand on stage flexing and say ohhhhhhhhhh i dont like poseing WHAT i think to my self.........nuff said.

So i would say my poseing was another factor...as well as being nice and cut most of the time won me lots of shows...

Just a clean diet nothing fancy ,start off lean befor your diet helps lots.

Any way enough about me .

what about you you must be leanish now? you still doing Micheal Phillps muscle show npa, ya better be and them trunks of mine you have lol lol you will have the best pair on stage me thinks haaaaaa

M





Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Nuttsudzt on April 11, 2012, 10:46:59 AM
Bloody hell mate there's enough info on there to have a good gander at cheers pal. Yea I'm getting leaner now cheers . Yea I'm bout 7 weeks out from the Yorkshire NPA mate . Can't wait to don on the new trunks mate I'll defo be shining on stage with them ha ha :-)  ;-)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 11, 2012, 01:30:10 PM
J

what ever you do dont put them in the washer .

I got a Holographic silver pair made in the us for me years ago, my mum washed them and the result they came out white arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhh can you image me two weeks out from a show my amazing expensive poseing trunks were xxxx big Time!! was gutterd .

Flex and pose every day.

M

 


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Nuttsudzt on April 11, 2012, 05:09:54 PM
NO WAY I won't be doing that cheers pal. Yea I can just imagine how your head was when that happened mate bet it blew clean of gutted .

Flexing as Im texting ha ha  :) ;) :D :D  :o ???


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Nuttsudzt on April 23, 2012, 03:52:02 PM
Alright pal just a quick one im still eating oats got another week until i cut them out thats at 4 weeks out is that ok? Also tattie skins two weeks out is that all good to cut them then? Then what about eating and drinking the night before and the morning and throughout the day of the show . Cheers pal .  ;) :)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 25, 2012, 09:48:07 PM
J

Oats lot of cals in them ect mmm drop em replace with potato ,skins i never had them in contest prep diet ,peal your spud microwave it ,then let it cool down slice in to six then grill both sides ...

night befor show red meat get the fats in and large pototo NO SKIN

morning u will wake up early if u get any  sleep at all i hardly ever did mate up all night climbing the walls , red meat again and spud NO SKIN ,small amont of banarna.....few hours later spud again mate with turkey with small amont of Banarna....depending on what time your on stage your just going to have to suss it out make sure u take enough food...but dont go nuts on the food you gota have flat tummy...water just sip when neederd...back stage get the sugers in just be for u pump up................all your hard work is just about done try relax and just coast along the next few weeks..........get  a spray tan one or two days befor show lad.............the very best of luck have a great time and pose pose pose .......

M



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: daddy1 on December 11, 2012, 08:10:58 PM
mezza how are you not heard from you on the forum for ages


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on December 13, 2012, 03:55:54 PM
Hi whos this please.

I am very well thankyou



Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: daddy1 on December 13, 2012, 07:38:25 PM
Hi my name is andy huggins and remember you from some of the npa shows i did. Just like reading your posts and learning from you. Glad to hear you are well :)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on December 14, 2012, 01:01:49 PM
Andy thanks for your reply . I have done a new article thats going in the British Bodybuilding Health & Fitness Mag next issue 17...

Just starterd work on a new label for a new Supplement Product.

All thye best .

Mz

www.Mezza-TurboNox.com


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: daddy1 on December 15, 2012, 08:04:43 AM
Look forwad to reading the article and seeing the new products. Any thoughts on competeing mezza?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on December 18, 2012, 01:34:55 PM
Thankyou Andy

Flexing on stage again does cross my mind lots my rear end is so fat at the mo i am about 52 weeks out so i best get my finger out .

I got a new pair of trunks the other year for my next stage poseing routine mash up will see how things gon in 2013.

How about your self any plans to hit the stage next year?

M




Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: daddy1 on December 18, 2012, 07:15:51 PM
Hey mezza would be great to see you on stage again you have such a pressence about you ;D   As for me hitting the stage next year at the moment  never say no my friend ;D


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on December 19, 2012, 03:10:40 PM
Cheers Andy .

As most are getting fat at this time of year mabe shape up now ;0) and be one step ahead of the pack.

Give me a heads up if you do decide to flex on stage  i can set you off in the right direction..

Thanks .


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: daddy1 on December 19, 2012, 07:04:40 PM
Mezza I am going to give it some serious thought over xmas but i like your way of thinking ;)  Thanks for the kind offer that would be truely awesome to have your expertise to draw on. This could certainly sway me to compete ;D

Many Thanks.


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on December 20, 2012, 01:04:34 PM
Andy Competeing is serious stuff standing on stage looking Great from every angle allmost a 3d effect is whats its all about with the Lines shape Condition muscle fullness stage pressance great posing and a clean looking tan ect.

To achieve the above is allmost a Art form in its self . . .

Bodybuilding Weight Training ect is the easy part when and if your ready send me some shots of your self in the gym let me see were your at in terms of muscle mass.

And send me a Typical days food intake.

Thanks Keep Flexing .

M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on December 20, 2012, 01:22:00 PM
Like your profile pic Mezza  ;)
Not so long ago I was asking for your help with my contest prep...and now I am the World Champion myself.I would deffinitely recommend your knowledge to everyone who is serious about competing!


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on December 20, 2012, 01:37:44 PM
Now then Mr M

At the Top of the hill the view is Grand and when we want the food its there ;0)

Are you as big and as fat as me yet Champ?

Profle Pic Double Impact :0)


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on December 20, 2012, 04:24:20 PM
Double impact,love it!  8)
You know me...always staying lean 98kg in the offseason  ;D


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: daddy1 on December 20, 2012, 08:06:41 PM
hi mezza after competing a few times myself i agree with everything you say it is an art form etc But i believe that you take it to a new lvel that i admire. I could well be sending you some photos and a sample diet in the new year then you will see a fat arse ;D

Thanks for your replies

Andy


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on December 24, 2012, 02:16:16 PM
Just me doing something i was quite good at!

From my 1st show back in 1998 ,it wasnt a dream back then to be a british champ ect but to give it my all interms of stage prep for the show i was dieting for and of corse i wanterd to win thats the name of the game,but from the age of around 14 years old as many Know there wasnt much else in my mind other than bodybuilding back then, the gym, Muscles ,muscle mags,flexing my muscles....I was the eye of the tiger for many many years!! I think in any sport Eg MMA,boxing,Swimming,you name it if a young lad or girl has been doing the above eg eat sleep train week after week month after month year after year after after year you can dare bet that they will have some sort of edge over most of there competition...Nuff said really.. and thanks .




Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: daddy1 on December 24, 2012, 04:28:46 PM
Quite good is an understatement M. You were awesome  :)  its true what you say about young people if they show so much determination and focus at a young age it shines through as the mature  :)

Thanks Andy


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 18, 2013, 03:24:28 PM
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Mezza-Turbonox/454477794607862?fref=ts

Win Win Win

Just like the Mezza TurboNox page and i will pick 5 winners
1 winner will win the below.

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As easy as flexing your Quads.

Thanks

M


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Nic on February 19, 2013, 12:40:44 AM
Have liked :D


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on February 26, 2013, 02:40:56 PM
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Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: MJP on September 05, 2013, 09:58:23 AM
Do you think you'll ever compete again, Andrew? And if so, what would it take for you to do so?


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on April 17, 2014, 02:16:16 PM
Sorry for late reply Michael...

I dont know is the answer matey i should do one day i may as well :0) Would be great for my boy to see his daddy up there !

See ya some time

M






Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on October 17, 2015, 09:00:57 PM
I am sure it would be great not just for your boy to see you onstage Mezza! You know saying...Never say never  8) We are young only once so why not use it and show it off  ;D Imagine all the time greats on natural bodybuilding stage one more time. Like Michael Phillips said, "Who needs Olympia"


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: Mezza on October 19, 2015, 07:32:02 PM
One day..

I'll BE BACK


Title: Re: Andrew Merrifield, UIBBN World Champion
Post by: petrominator on October 13, 2016, 08:01:03 AM
Hey Mezza,

I know you are now family man enjoying your boy and also running shop with supplements. I am just interesting if you still train on regular basis and if yes, what motivates you to train every day? Do you miss competing and contest prep? Thanks Champ. M.