About Paul Anderton
How my journey from 92Lb ultra-wimp to international competitor can help you to achieve fast results.
Journey from ultra-wimp to international competitor – all natural
You’ll see my journey (and accumulation of knowledge and experience in the time-line on these pages. I was very small and this was my motivation to start training. At 3rd year high school I was 33kg (72Lb). In my last year of high school I weighed 42kg (92Lb) and had started some training at that stage.
I matriculated and headed for university at the grand weight of 47kg (It took me a year of lifting and good eating just to get up to 102Lb!) I left university with a bachelors degree in engineering (electronics) weighing 67kg (148Lb) After eight years of training I had hit a max off-season weight of 73kg (161Lb) and competed ripped at 66kg (145Lb)
Around 2007 I was experimenting more with my theories and mathematical analysis on the factors that influence muscle hypertrophy as well as in-depth research into nutrition. I was training more intensely than ever before, noting, as I had throughout my life, my sets, reps, and weights.
I also started to question the impact on the variables in the training.
If you shorten the rest periods, your intensity goes up (Work intensity) – but you might drop a few reps. If you increase your TUT per rep, you will increase the stress on the muscle, but again, you might drop a few reps because of muscle fatigue etc etc (more info in the ebook)
Eventually, I started to wonder . . . . So WHAT IS THE TRADE-OFF BETWEEN ALL OF THESE?
It was at that time (2007) that I was experimenting more with my theories and mathematical analysis on the factors that influence muscle hypertrophy as well as in-depth research into nutrition. And then it hit me – the SECRET to muscle growth . . . And the factors we’d been missing all these years . . .
We know that for STRENGTH, we need to lift heavy – it is a matter of using whatever fast-twitch muscle fibres we have as efficiently as possible.But for MUSCLE HYPERTROPHY (GROWTH) – the key is Work Capacity – how much work you can do in a period of time whilst placing the muscle under stress – and this is a factor of the structure of the entire muscle – all the factors that help it perform – this is the muscle system!
And, to force it to grow, we must train it in a way that the muscle elements are all working – we must then find the optimal combination of training parameters that enable the muscle to perform at it’s peak (all elements maximally utilized)
This is how the AMMP(™) algorithm evolved - providing the analysis of the key performance factors that lead to hypertrophy. The data was time-consuming to interpret, so I then added algorithms that analyse all your past performance data and work backwards (reverse-engineering) to effectively predict the ideal workout targets.
Paul Anderton Competition history
- INBA Masters category:
- 3rd place, INBA Mr. Olympia, Masters, 2009, Gold coast
- 5th place, INBA Mr. Olympia, Open Short Class, 2009, Gold coast
- 3rd place, INBA Mr. Universe, Masters, 2008, LA
- 2nd place, INBA Mr. Olympia, Masters, 2007, Greece
- 1st place, INBA Mr. SA, Masters, 2007
- 2nd place, INBA Mr. SA, Masters, 2006
- "Most Muscular", INBA Mr. SA, Masters, 2006
I met Paul through a friend and work colleague who told me about Paul’s background and the app that he had in development. At the time, I was planning my wedding and honeymoon and was keen to get into better physical shape. I have trained over the years but never with a clear objective in mind - mostly general fitness and maintaining some muscular tone. I asked Paul if he could help devise a plan for me to get into shape for the wedding, which was some three months away.
I must say that I was surprised by the level of detail in Paul’s approach and the systematic planning that went into the process. Having successfully built a business over the last 10 years, and in fact, an online MBA program, I practice what I preach and have a high degree of expertise with the processes of project management.
Paul’s approach was thorough in this regard and applied to the processes of physical development and transformation. I was the wide range of knowledge in the latter disciplines that surprised me, including analysis of my current situation, projected targets for the end goal, with milestones along the way, and a training and nutrition plan, together with predictions of what should happen at each phase (so that we had a bench-mark and assessment criteria to evaluate the response to the plan).
Paul had predicted my goal weight for the wedding, taking into account the body-fat level I’d need to be at, the fat I’d need to lose and the muscle I’d likely gain during the training program. This process also involved some “counselling” or “consultation” as a reality check of what would be achievable given the time frame and my available resources of time to train and ability to adopt a meal plan given my hectic work and travel schedule.
I hit the goal weight the week before the wedding and was very happy with my physical condition at that time and still am when I look back at the wedding photos.
I can recommend Paul for anyone aiming to transform their physique and not afraid of some work and discipline. It may not be easy, but I am sure you will be happy with the results.
I was introduced to Paul Anderton in 2011 as a highly recommended Coach /Personal Trainer to assist me with preparation for my upcoming Bodybuilding Figure Competitions. Pauls in depth knowledge of not only strength training and the body bio mechanics, his knowledge in nutrition and his recommendations to suit my personal needs, putting my health and well being as priority was exceptional. His guidance and training methods led me into my first ever competitions with confidence resulting in a 1st place in WNBF Novice division, followed by a 1st place in INBA Intermediate division. Paul has remained as a good friend and is always there to answer my questions and offer advice, even at a moment’s notice. I highly recommend Pauls training methods, as it’s an ‘individual approach’ tracking every training session to clearly see your personal progress and to help you achieve your goals.
Jo Altman aka DJ JoSH
I have had the pleasure of being trained by whom I would say is the most knowledgeable and talented body builders if not in Australia but globally. Paul Anderton not only practices what he preaches but has the most incredibly complex mind that can literally work out in his mind the actual load and tension of the muscles while training his clients. His knowledge and techniques suited my training that required a more tailored program due to my personal restrictions, hormonal and body type. I had great results and gains in the short time I was able to use his services prior to his own injuries and absence from the gym and his clients. I'm so excited to witness not only his come back to his health and fitness but now the introduction of his new "liftIQ" app what an amazing achievement to be able to find this man's knowledge and be able to utilize it in your own gym in your own time on your iphone, tablet and watch. I have been using the app and have found it user friendly and my best gym buddy I've ever worked with. Paul has given me a new lease on my gym life and my training regime and he can follow my progress every step of the way with or without sessions with me. I wish Paul and his team the very best of success with this exciting new fitness app I highly recommend it for any body building, physique and general fitness enthusiasts. As a personal trainer myself this app has become the one stop shop for my business and keeping my clients in order, up to date and regularly pushed by the progressions as set by LiftIQ so this is not just for clients but for the trainers who wish to take up a total fitness package to streamline your business and your clients in check
I have had the pleasure of meeting Paul Anderton just over a year ago now. He took me on late in a contest preparation when my improvements had been “stalled” for a couple of months. Paul trained me through this challenging period up to the competition when I had some big changes to make. He corrected my diet & training techniques which enabled me to step on stage and place 4th & 5th in a Figure division with only 5 weeks of coaching. Paul has the heart, knowledge & experience that a lot of people should learn from in the fitness industry. I am honoured to have known & worked with him over the last year.
Since an early age, I have always enjoyed the gym, and was self-taught with “ok” results.
I was never really sure if I was exercising to my full potential. My husband and I started working with Paul back in 2010 and we were blown away with his skill and knowledge.
I had always known why I was at the gym but Paul showed me the what and how. Paul is more than a PT, - he knows what exercises to do, and the techniques but most importantly his extensive knowledge of the human body is mind blowing.
He didn’t just tell me what to do but taught me the ideal diet, how to train for greater effectiveness, and know how my body would react. Paul doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk as well. He lives and breathes his words and actions.
Paul is very reassuring whilst constantly holding me accountable to myself. I stuck to Paul’s programme where previously I would have quit. No words to say how much I love working with Paul and how much I respect him both as a trainer but a friend. I love my results!
With Paul’s support and encouragement I realised I could take my fitness to the next level. For me, that was an INBA Physique competition. With a measurable, achievable and realistic diet and exercise programme specific to my body type, Paul had calculated my ideal weight at a target fat percentage and had me on the stage right on target 14 weeks later. Paul also taught me the posing techniques, guided me through the final week preparations, and supported me on the day of the competition. It was my first ever competition and at the age of 42 I was realising a long-held goal. I went home with a trophy and was also qualified for the Australian Titles the following week.
My goal is to get back on the stage next early next year and I will only be doing it with Paul’s coaching and guidance. He really is a standout in this industry, and definitely one of the good guys.