Name: Daniel Ventura
Weight: 14 stone
Career: Fitness model/PT
Highlight: The first British model to feature on the front of Men's Health magazine
If you're into sport and fitness, you'll know this face and body. They belong to fitness model Danny Ventura, a SCI-MX sponsored athlete whose successful career has put him on the front cover of countless magazines. We asked him to reveal the supplement and training secrets which have helped him sculpt one of the most recognisable bodies in the business.
What are your Top 5 products?
SCI-MX 17-T SOMATOCRI MX™
The best T-booster I’ve ever used. I get such a good night's sleep on these and they are great for burning fat and building muscle. And, without going into too much detail, they're great for a man's libido!
SCI-MX BCAA NANOSTACK™
I find these are great for helping preserve muscle whilst you're burning fat.
SCI-MX TESTODRIVE HARDCORE™
SCI-MX TRI OMEGA EFA™
These are good for muscle building, controlling body fat and the added bonus of a rock solid immune system.
SCI-MX CLA 1000 LEANCORE™
How did you get into fitness modeling?
I started my career at 18 as a fashion model working for designers such as Prada, Calvin Klein and Emporio Armani. My agency one day sent me to a casting for the next cover model for 'Mens Health magazine'. I was fortunate after many castings to be chosen to appear on the cover. And as they say the rest is history. From that moment on my career changed course from fashion to being a significant member of the fitness world. I am grateful for all my good fortune in my life and career but can only attribute it to all the hard work and self discipline I imposed on myself. I then became a level 3 personal trainer and nutritionist after my success as a fitness model.
What are your top most effective exercises whilst training?
I love compound exercises and try to implement them wherever possible. My number one favourite is walking lunges whilst doing bicep dumbbell curls, closely followed by...
Chest Dips with knee raise
Killers (burpees with a press up in between)
Wide grip pull-ups with leg raise
What does the future hold for you?
I'm in the process of expanding my business using the internet and mobile media as a platform to reach and help more people. I want to share my knowledge and offer people the tools to create a complete and fulfilled life. Self development starts with the mind, then the body and then the soul. Get one part wrong and the whole thing falls down. This is why it's so important to cover every aspect. I'm very excited about my future business and my relationship with SCI-MX. At this stage all I want to say is 'watch this space'! All will be revealed soon.
Daniel's top tips for successful fitness training:
I can sum up it up in just one word 'Discipline'! If you have it, you can and will achieve anything you want. Henry Ford is famous for saying "whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't-you're right!" So my message to you is, design a diet and exercise plan by yourself or with a personal trainer and stick to it! No excuses! Just stick to it!
Exercise in the morning, I've found the body responds better to training earlier in the day.
Have a cold shower every morning! It's good for the circulation and keeps you looking younger. Not many people are prepared to do it but I do, every day without fail.
Why do you use SCI-MX Products?
Through trial and error, I've found SCI-MX to be the best supplements out there.
Why would you recommend SCI-MX to anyone wanting the athletic look?
I've always been a firm believer of practicing what you preach. In my line of work, I really have to look the part and be believable. So, if I recommend supplements to clients or to people I meet at fitness events, it has to be something I've used and believe in. In all my years in the industry, I have tried everything on the market! SCI-MX products really do work. They do exactly what it says on the tin, for example you can feel the testosterone booster working, and taking the protein powders will make you leaner and bigger.
From Monday to Friday my diet plan is quite strict, and not very exciting but very effective when coupled with the right SCI-MX products and exercise:
Scrambled eggs cooked with a little coconut oil with maybe smoked salmon, or just some boiled eggs. (Eggs keep you feeling full for hours after).
30 minutes before lunch I'll take 3 x SHRED-X RIPPEDCORE™ 3 x omega 3,6,9 and 3 x CLA 1000 LEANCORE™
I'll have plain cooked chicken with no flavour and sorry to say, I'll eat a bag of raw broccoli alongside it. If raw broccoli gets a bit boring for me I'll throw in some raw cauliflower. Raw broccoli is like nature's version of a multi vitamin tablet: high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium; the list goes on. It also raises natural testosterone levels in men and women. Great for lean muscle mass.
30 minutes before dinner I'll have 3 x omega 3,6,9 and 3 x CLA 1000 LEANCORE™
I'll chop up some lettuce, tomatoes and spring onion and throw in some protein. Either chicken, ham, tuna or salmon. I'll use olive oil (good source of omega 3 too) and balsamic vinegar. I'll also sprinkle turmeric and cayenne pepper for their countless metabolism and health benefits too!
Saturday = Cheat Day!
Because I have low calories during the week and barely any carbs I'll load up on both. For two reasons:
1. To maintain sanity!!
2. To stop my body slipping into 'ketosis' which is when your body's metabolism starts to slow down because it goes into survival mode as it thinks your body is starving. The hormone leptin starts to deplete on a low calorie diet (boring but true) and leptin burns fat. By eating lots of carbs etc. you crank up your leptin levels, thus getting your body back into fat burning mode! Just what we want.
I'll try and still eat clean carbs like jacket potato, brown rice, wheat free bread etc as opposed to white bread, white rice and chips. But because it's my day off I'll eat anything I fancy.