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Bodybuilder Alex tones up for the finals
SWAPPING downhill mountain biking for bodybuilding may not appear the most natural career progression, but one Holmes Chapel man is proving a champion at both.
Alex Moss, from Elm Drive, was crowned English Downhill Mountain Biking champion two years ago and has recently lifted the North East UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation Men’s title.
However, the 22-year-old is coming to terms with having to streamline his efforts if he wishes to have a shot at success in the UKBFF finals this month.
“I’d rather be really good at one than mediocre at both,” said the sport science student.
“The bodybuilding has been a continuous slog for the past six or seven years.
“I put the time in and never really missed a session. I really dedicated myself to it.
“I’ve got sponsorship in both, so it’s a difficult decision to drop one, but bodybuilding is more of a career and fits in with my working life.”
Studying for a Masters degree at Chester University, Alex is about to embark on a career as a personal trainer and will begin a course with Ollie Lawrence Personal Training in Manchester.
He puts his rise in the bodybuilding world down to a change in diet, but admits his eating habits have hampered his chances of maintaining both sports.
“I used to ask lecturers for tips about diet and nutrition,” he said.
“As soon as I sorted the nutrition out I noticed myself toning up, the muscle mass was never an issue as the training didn’t really change, it was just the diet.
“But the calorie deficit meant I couldn’t be at full strength for races. I didn’t have the energy or fuel to race like I used to and it felt as if I was carrying a backpack full of bricks.”
However, following the British finals Alex has not ruled out taking the saddle again – even if only for a leisurely ride.
“I’ve stuck the gym work out and did it week in, week out throughout my mountain bike career,” he said.
“But if I would fall off my bike and hurt my arm or leg and not be able to train I’d lose muscle mass, so they really did clash.
“I now do more of the mountain biking out of season. As soon as the British finals are done I’ll go back on the bike for a bit.”
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