Unless you’ve been living under a rock at the edge of the fitness world in the past few years, you’ve probably heard of Bradley Martyn. He is a well-known fitness icon, social media star, and former physique competitor.
Bradley Martyn was born on May 22, 1989, and has had a rough start. When he was just six years old, his father took his own life. Having to go through such a tragedy at such a young age undoubtedly affects a person deeply.
However, Bradley didn’t allow this to keep him down. In numerous Instagram posts, Bradley has openly stated that he’s had a happy childhood thanks to his mother and numerous father figures in his life. He’s also been quite athletic since a young age:
I spent a lot of time riding dirt bikes, snowboarding, skateboarding, doing a ton of different things outside. – Bradley Martyn
“Against all odds, no matter what you are chasing…Remember that sh*t isn’t going to be easy, in fact, it’s going to be difficult. But if you want something, then there are risks you’re going to have to take. No matter what others might say about your goals. It’s not up to the “others” to decide if it is right for you. That’s your choice only.”
At the age of 15, Bradley started training in a gym and his knowledge of the human body, fat loss, and muscle gain has slowly increased since then.
In the 2011-2013 period, Bradley also tried his hand at physique competitions with some success:
- Placing 1st in the 2011 NPC Southern California Championships
- Placing 2nd in the 2011 NPC USA Championships
- Placing 1st in the 2013 NPC Phil Heath Classic
He’s given up the stage since that period.
In Recent Times
Since his physique competition days, Bradley Martyn has become one of the most famous fitness icons with a subscriber count well past 1.5 million on Youtube. There, he uploads videos multiple times per week. They include fitness, training tips, nutrition, food challenges, and much more.
Bradley Martyn is also hugely successful on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, having just shy of 6 million fans across the three platforms.
Back in 2017, Bradley also opened up his gym – Zoo Culture in Woodland Hills, California.
Bradley is a huge proponent of autoregulated training. He’s stated that some weeks he might train as little as three days per week, depending on how he feels. Other times, he may train every day if he feels good.
But he strives to follow certain rules in his training, such as:
- Doing 3-5 exercises for major muscle groups with roughly 20 total sets.
- Doing 8-12 repetitions for most exercises.
- And lifting 75-80% of his max.
At 6’3” and 235-250 pounds, Bradley Martyn is not a small guy.
Since his physique competitor days, Bradley has taken a more ‘loose’ approach to nutrition, but he is mindful of his carb intake. He tries to get in lots of healthy fats and protein while keeping carb intake moderate.
His top 5 muscle-building foods are quinoa, almond butter, salmon, bell pepper, and Greek yogurt.