• Stephen | BlueprintBodies


Hello and welcome to our new Blueprint Bodies blog. I'd love to introduce you to myself a bit more and let you know what we are going to be doing here!

My name is Stephen Machin and I am founder and head trainer here at Blueprint Bodies.

I have been involved in sports and fitness for most of my life. It started at the age of 8 when I started playing rugby union for a local team. This was my first introduction to a proper training regime and having to be committed to improving myself physically.

After around 5 years of playing rugby, I found a love for boxing. This was a challenging and very demanding sport but it pushed my fitness to a whole new level that it had never been at before. Boxing grew a great level of physical and mental strength simply by knowing that on fight night, it would just be me standing opposite my opponent in the ring meant that there was no way I could hide and slouch on my training so I was always pushing myself to be the very best.

After 4 years in the boxing game, I picked up an injury that would make me unable to box again for the foreseeable future. This was a tear in one of the ligaments of my wrist. Following a 2 year spell of x-rays, ultrasounds, CAT scans and 1 cancelled operation I was able to get the tear repaired and this led me to a 12 month road to recovery. But it was in the 2 years before the operation where I properly discovered the gym and weight lifting as I was still able to lift weights without much hindrance and instantly fell in love with every aspect of it. I was fascinated by the whole process and wanted to learn more so I didn't just stop at going to the gym; I was reading every article I could find, talking to people who were where I wanted to be and constantly experimenting with new methods and techniques on my own body.

I developed a great admiration and respect for the 'Golder Era' of bodybuilding, including the greats such as; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbo, Lou Ferrigno, Frank Zane, etc. The fact that these people had managed to sculpt their bodies, in a not so dissimilar way to how an artist will carve a great sculpture, was amazing to me. I focused a lot of my training around their routines and splits.

After a few years in the gym, I started to see results and so did other people. That feeling was great and kept me motivated to continue to push myself. I started getting friends and family asking me questions about what I was doing and how I had done it. I was giving advice out as much as I could and helping people in any way possible. This was the doorway that led me to the next part of my journey.

All the way up to this point my primary focus was my own fitness and body but now I was helping other people and it felt great. I quickly enrolled myself onto a personal training course and this opened my eyes up to so much information on the body that I was never aware of before. I went from just knowing about what exercises build what muscles to knowing why those exercises develop those muscles and how our bodies grow and adapt.

This was then the start of Blueprint Bodies as a way of me being able to help as many as people as possible. After having early success with friends and friends of friends, I decided that I wanted to increase my reach and help as many people as possible. I have made it my goal for 2020 to help as many people as possible and to really make a positive impact in people's lives; whether that be by teaching someone why their muscles ache after working out or helping someone smash their goals and bench press 100kg, for example.

Since I enrolled and completed the personal training course, I have had a great interest in how the body works and how we, as humans, build muscle. It is a truly fascinating world and something I am trying to explore as much as possible.

That brings me to today, creating this blog on my website, which is still being developed every week. Please understand that this is my first blog so it might not be perfect but hopefully, I can start to get the information in my head out there in a way that will help as many of you as possible. My aim with this blog is to break down the science behind bodybuilding in a way that allows you to really understand why we do what we do in the gym and what is actually going on inside our bodies during this process

My posts will be focusing on specific subjects within bodybuilding and really deep-diving them, delivering as much information as I possibly can. As time goes on and the blog develops I will be looking at including guest writers who will be a lot more specialised in specific areas and can really get into the nitty-gritty with you all.

This blog is really directed at people who are wanting more information on the body and bodybuilding. Whether you are a beginner who is just starting or someone who has been lifting for years, I feel there is something here that everyone can benefit from reading.

I would love to get as much engagement from all of you as possible so please leave your opinion down below and I will get back to you, hit the chat box down in the corner or email me at; with any questions or suggestions and I will get back to you ASAP. If you read something that you don't quite agree with then I encourage you to get in touch and have a chat about it. I would love to grow an engaged audience who feel as though they can have there say on what we do here and become part of our family here at Blueprint Bodies.

I'm going to be bringing out a new blog every Monday so keep your eyes open for it and as I mentioned above, please do let me know what you think and if there is a particular topic/subject that you would love some more info on.

Have a great week!

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