This is a story of a guy who started off skinny, entered beast mode, quite possibly eclipsed beast mode and now looks like someone that would make even the Incredible Hulk think twice about crossing him. Meet Martyn Ford, whose commitment to intensive bodybuilding means he now weighs in at a ginormous 325lbs. That’s big, by the way.
Always keen on fitness, Martyn’s dreams of being a professional cricketer were scuppered by injury at the age of 18. He then threw himself into running and lost 12 stone. At that time his body fat sat at around 4% – an unhealthy amount by anyone’s standards. In an interview with us, he said the desire to educate himself more about how to train safely led him to weights, and he’s never looked back since.
I never really had a goal as such, I just wanted to be bigger. 12 years on I seem to be that for sure, but there’s still more to achieve with my physique. The initial transformation I would say took two to three years. You were definitely looking at two different people then for sure.
After deciding to pursue a childhood fantasy, the fitness supremo has also managed to land himself a bit of a career in acting, and already he’s sharing credits with some pretty big names.
Acting came about by chance to be fair. It was something I had always had in the back of my mind. People always said ‘you should be in films’ etc but that’s as far as it went. Then one day, a friend of mine – a great actor who has been in Hollywood films himself – suggested I went for the role of the bad guy in the latest James Bond film. His agent sorted out the casting, and before you know it I was sat in a huge, posh lounge in London waiting to audition. Unfortunately I never got that role but it kickstarted my acting career to date. I signed up to a great agent in London, got myself into acting school and before you know it I’d managed to secure my first job. It was a pilot which was filmed in South Africa for an American TV channel. Ray Winston was the lead man and it was an incredible experience.
Martyn has just finished production on a film called Undisputed 4, where he plays a character called ‘Nightmare’ (bet that was difficult), and he assures us that there are plenty more projects in the pipeline.
When he started training, Martyn said food was the most important factor of his programme. It’s vital that your intake of nutrients is surplus to what you’re burning. Often, he’d be consuming 6500-7000 kcals per day to keep himself in tow.
So what words of wisdom would he have for kids who want to get into weightlifting themselves?
The best advice I could give to young lads is to research! There are so many kids who jump into training and just presume by moving weights and working hard that results will automatically come. Knowledge is an amazing tool, and with so much out there don’t be a fool. Give yourself every opportunity to be a success and also be safe.