Alvin Small, champion bodybuilder with the most misleading name ever, even with his size, Alvin has always been one of the most approachable guys on the UK scene.
Alvin didn’t get into bodybuilding till relatively late, a promising 100m sprinter one day, snapped his hamstring, and was advised to go and build some strength, we could say the rest is history. It wasn’t till 15 years later in 2005 and attending a bodybuilding show in Mansfield, he was blown away, but not overawed, by another UK bodybuilder by the name of Zack Khan, Alvin recalls saying, “I could beat him”, those two would go head to head onstage to share some memorable battles.
Making his debut in 2006 at the UKBFF East Midlands quailed in Leicester, he won the heavyweight class at 124kg, six weeks later Alvin won the UK finals to make it two out of two, the following year at the 2007 UK Championships Alvin would take 3rd, one behind Zack Khan, but Alvin was now looking like a serious threat, Alvin made a lot of people take notice.
The fire for 2008 was there, everyone knew that if Alvin could tighten up and balance his physique he would be unstoppable, he now had momentum heading into 2008.
In 2008 however, tragedy struck in the form of Alvin’s father passing, “He was my mentor, he was more than a dad and losing him was horrific for all of us”. Competing slipped to the back of his mind, he lost focus, but he still trained as that was the only thing that would help deal with everything.
A few weeks before the finals Alvin knew that he had the tools to give them a run for their money, and as it would happen, Alvin gate crashed the party and won the British finals, an emotional win, especially with his family backstage, the hard work had paid off.
The British Championships in 2009, 11 guys entered, but all eyes were focused on the the big four, Stuart Core, Zack Khan, Darren Ball and Alvin Small, Stuart was off, Darren was his usual freaky self, but it was clear, it would be a battle between Zack and Alvin, Alvin was wide and full and had Zack on certain poses and vice versa, this was a close one but Zack edged the win. Small followed that up with a trip to America to compete at the Arnold Classic with the British Team and finished 5th in the Super Heavyweight Class.
Small Wins The Big One, was the headline in Flex Magazine, the 2010 UK Championships had record number of competitors, standing on stage at 280lbs ripped, no one could stand in his way to his Pro Card, another emotional win for Alvin, lives in Nottingham where the finals are held so had his whole family and friends there to support, Small followed that up with his pro debut only six months after gaining his pro card and competed at the Mr. Europe a week after that.
2008 UKBFF UK Heavyweight Champion
2009 AMATEUR ARNOLD CLASSIC – 5th Super-Heavyweights
2006 UKBFF East Midlands Qualifier
Heavyweight Class – 1st Place
2006 UKBFF Finals Over 80kg – 1st Place
2007 UK Championships – 3rd Place
2008 UKBFF British Championships
Heavyweight Over 90kg – 1st Place
2009 UKBFF British Championships – 2nd Place
AMBITION: To compete at the Mr Olympia
TRAINING ADVICE: Set a target then aim for it
DATE OF BIRTH:
2nd February 1971
PLACE OF BIRTH:
273lbs contest, 322lbs offseason
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When did you do your first show, and did you win?
My first show was my very good friend Mr Sugar’s show in Leicester. My first time ever on stage and I won the FirstTimers class. Then I went on to win the British finals, moving up to the Super Heavies over the next 3 years until I won my Pro Card in 2010.
So it didn’t take you long to get your Pro Card. That must be some kind of record!
Yes, it was quite a fast track from amateur to Pro in just three years.
Did you win the Overall British at your first attempt?
I had one attempt at the Overall. My first loss and only loss was between me and my good friend Zack Khan in 2009. I won the following year.
How many Pro Shows have you done so far?
I’ve competed in I think five Pro shows.
Are there any plans to compete again, or guest pose?
Yes Alex I’ll definitely be competing in future Pro shows and guest posing. They go hand in hand.
ls this something of a comeback, or have you never been away?
I've never been away! Competing is like a nice jacket - sometimes you take it off and hang it up. If you wear it all the time you’d just wear it out!
Do you still train as heavy as you did, or just enough to keep your shape and your awesome size?
I took a break from competing not from bodybuilding. This is my sport...l still lift heavy and have managed to maintain and keep improving my size and condition.
What kind of training do
you do now - how would you
It’s important to train Smart,
especially if you - like me - enjoy
lifting heavy weights. I do a lot
more volume work now to keep
stimulating those muscle fibres.
Most IFBB Pros tend to be-
come bodybuilding “Gurus”
eventually. Does this de-
scription apply to you these
Not in a million years Alex...l have
very little to do with Guru-ism!
I enjoy my training and competing, but when training is over I enjoy other things like my wife’s
company and our new son... Being
a so-called Guru would eat up
quality time. I'd soon get bored,
grow a beard and start wearing
So, what views do you really
have on the current crop of
Advisers and coaches?
l I have no opinion on them. I wouldn’t even know who they
were if I tripped over them. An
individual’s potential is God-given
and not brought about by the
nutritional opinion of any guru. I’ve seen with my own eyes men and women with no access to gyms let alone gurus, who are able to create incredible physiques.
But I’m not knocking Gurus. LOL (They have their place.)
The last few years have seen many changes in the sport
with plenty of new classes
outside the traditional body-
building categories. What do
you think about these clos-
sic, physique and modelling
To be honest I’m quite tradition-
al. I like the idea of creating and
sculpting large amounts of muscle
into a thing of beauty. I don’t have
any opinions on anything outside of that. lt's way too easy to get drawn into the debate on the
direction the sport is taking. and
as we know people in this sport
have very fragile feelings.
You were the main body-
building “Name” for a
certain supplement brand,
for some years, which was
known to be a leader in
nutrition for bodybuilding.
Do you feel your association
with Time 4 Nutrition is pretty similar?
Yes I’m very grateful and fortunate to have been associated
with the leading Supplement
brands in the UK and abroad. I'm
continuing that trend with Time 4
Nutrition - another leader when
it comes to Bodybuilding. As I
evolve, things around me have to
evolve. i.e.: New or different
protein delivery methods and
new formulations. Hitting the gym
hard every day is the easy part.
Getting a sufficient amount of nutrition in for optimal growth and
recovery is more tricky. I leave
that to the professionals at Time 4 Nutrition
You used to concentrate on
masses of steamed cod for
your daily protein intake,
then you switched to turkey,
but did you find these in-
sufficient for all your needs
It's a great advantage to understand what effect different foods have on your physique. For example. when you’re eating
8/9 times a day, eating fish is easy.
minus the taste. As it burns of
so quickly. I’m hungry come next
Whereas Turkey is more filling
and I find myself struggling to get
it all in, so timing the types of
protein sources and the obvious
benefits has been crucial for me
in maintaining my size and quality
How vital has supplementation been to your success in
Not vital - but - very important
Unless you have a life like a cow
grazing in a sleepy meadow all
day, it's very hard to get in all
the nutrients needed for optimal
growth and recovery, especially if
like me you enjoy training hard.
So it’s important to believe in the
supplement brand you are using as this will either hinder your
gains or support your growth.
Supplements can definitely help
to ensure you are getting all the
nutrients in as it is far more
convenient to mix a protein shake
than to prepare and consume a
meal in today's busy lifestyle, or
when travelling, or at work.
Why is Time 4 Nutrition a good fit for
your views on supplements?
I’m very fortunate to personally
know Paul Smith, the owner of
the firm. I also respect his integrity and know his background and
the leading supplement companies we've both been associated
with. So he’s coming from a very
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