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We’re back this week with Part II of our interview with Ru Anderson – a health and fitness industry leader who has coached thousands of clients from across the world on improving their nutrition and training.

The Northern Irishman – currently based in Amsterdam – has featured in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness, the BBC and was also a writer for the MyProtein website.

Last week, the owner of Exceed Nutrition spoke about the dangers of following mainstream bodybuilding advice and how this was “destroying his health”.

expert Ru Anderson

This week, Ru speaks to Weight Training Is The Way about….

>> How he sneakily began training even when he was too young to get into a gym.

>> The simple weekly training regime that keeps him in great shape.

>> Why hitting an all time low in a job he hated kickstarted the building of his own thriving fitness business.

>> Good food – and shares one of his favourite recipes.

“My goal was to look freakin’ awesome!”

Ru’s straight to the point reason why he got into lifting weights nearly two decades ago.

“It all started when I a friend handed me a fitness magazine,” he said.

“As I flicked through the pages, I realised I had never seen guys with physiques like this.

“They looked incredible. It gave the impression that they were superheroes. I thought that if I followed the advice in the magazine, I might actually look like them, too.

“So, I joined my first gym. However, because I was still under 16 years old and didn’t go with an adult, I was limited to a small, local council gym.

“One of the staff there was a competitive bodybuilder and he decided that he would let me in to train. After that, there was no looking back and I was hooked!”

That healthy obsession eventually led to poor health when Ru first went down the road of bodybuilding.

In last week’s article, “The Dangers of Following Typical Bodybuilding Advice”, Ru explained how he paid the price for following the standard advice in mainstream fitness magazines and forums.

His quest to gain muscle and size resulted in overtraining, becoming overweight, and developing IBS symptoms and skin problems. He also had little energy for anything else because he was not recovering properly from regular, intense training sessions.

That approach was ditched long ago, and Ru now follows a simplified whole foods diet that maintains optimal health. He also only lifts weights three days per week – just like I also recommend here at Weight Training Is The Way.

Ru’s Three Days Per Week Training Plan

He said: “My routine is pretty simple and looks like so…”

Monday – push day

* Flat barbell bench press (ramped to a maximum set of 3 reps)
* Seated lateral raises (12, 10, 8, 6 reps)
* Behind the neck tricep extensions (12, 10, 8, 6 reps)
* Trap bar deadlift (ramped to a maximum set of 3 reps)
* Abs (normally cable ab crunches)

Wednesday – pull day 

* Barbell high pull (ramped to a maximum set of 3 reps)
* Seated cable rows with v-bar (12, 10, 8, 6 reps)
* Bicep cable curls (12, 10, 8, 6 reps)
* Weighted glute ham raise (12, 10, 8, 6 reps)
* Calves (12, 10, 8, 6 reps)
* Abs (normally hanging leg raises)

Friday – push day 

* Barbell push press (ramped to a maximum set of 3 reps)
* Pec deck (12, 10, 8, 6 reps)
* Behind the neck tricep extensions (12, 10, 8, 6 reps)
* Barbell squats (ramped to a maximum set of 3 reps)
* Abs (normally cable ab crunches) 

Ru has shared his training and nutrition advice with thousands of clients around the world with his business Exceed Nutrition.

It’s his dream job – after escaping his previous nightmare career.

“I hit an all time low…I felt my entire life was going nowhere”

Ru said: “Some years ago now, I was working full time as a survey engineer, and I was hating every single second of it.

“I felt trapped there, working the typical 9-5 daily grind, doing whatever my boss asked of me and never getting the opportunity to develop as a person.

“After 5 years of this, I got pretty depressed and hit an all time low. I suddenly felt my entire life was going nowhere and I was stuck, destined to do a job that offered me nothing in return except for a monthly pay cheque.

“It was also at this low point, when I realised I needed to follow my passion and create my own career from it.

“Because I was in charge of the direction of my life, nobody else was. And ever since I was a young lad, my biggest passion has always been health and fitness.

“So I decided to follow that passion, to start doing something that I loved each and every day, and to create more meaning in my life by helping others with what I knew.

“That’s when I made a big leap – I sold my flat, I sold my car and I quit my secure job with a nice monthly salary.

“At this point I had no clients, no website or any money in my bank. Just my passion to follow my dreams and make shit happen. So that’s what I did.”

Ru got started coaching and training clients in a budget gym in the north east of England, and he managed to get between 15 and 20 full time clients.

On top of working 45-60 hours every week on the gym floor and managing his small business, Ru quickly became overwhelmed and “felt stuck again”.

He said: “It was the exact opposite of why I got into the fitness industry to follow my passion.

“That’s when I decided to start my online fitness business, Exceed Nutrition.

The result has been in just a few short years, I’ve been able to quadruple my previous engineering salary, become a world-wide published author, coach thousands of people through my site and programmes, and doing so all from the comfort of my home every day.

“It’s been a fun journey so far!”

Since Ru’s all about good nutrition, I asked for one of his favourite recipes to share with Weight Training Is The Way readers.

This ‘Sticky Chicken’ dish is one of his favourite post-workout meals….click here for the recipe.

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