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Hey, Adam! Can you start by telling us a little bit about your younger years, have you always loved footy?
I grew up playing a lot of sport as a kid including rugby union and touch, so I was always very active and enjoyed every sport, especially being from a big family!

That sounds like fun. What was the pivotal moment that motivated you to start training?
I think leaving home at such a young age, just 16, and moving away from my family. I wanted to make something of myself so I knew I would have to do whatever it took. This included learning to train and train hard if I wanted to make it as a professional. Now I feel like I have a greater knowledge for the sport I play today and a good understanding of what it takes and different training techniques.

Leaving home at 16 must have been tough. Is there anything you know now that you wish you’d known back then?
How hard it was going to be, what it takes to be a NRL player and that it is your job to be the best you can be.

We know you guys work hard on your on field skills, but you also do lots of behind-the-scenes work in the gym to build strength and stamina. Do you remember your first gym session?
Definitely! It was one of the hardest days I've ever had. I’d never stepped a foot in a gym before so it was a massive eye opener. My training is very similar today, only now everything is at a higher intensity and obviously more advanced, as science plays a big part in our training now.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of training for you?
Making my NRL debut! After leaving home, followed by four years of really hard work and six months of full-time training, it was just so rewarding knowing that all the hard work and time spent away my family finally paid off.

We can all struggle with motivation at times, but what keeps you motivated to continue?
Wanting to better myself week in week out and challenging myself. Being part of a team also pushes you, as you don’t want to let anyone down.Alsomy wife, because of the sacrifices she makes, her dedication to achieving what she wants and how passionate she is. She makes me push myself every single day.

Are there any obstacles you have had to overcome to get where you are today?
Like I mentioned,leaving home at such a young age, with no family close by, I had to grow up really quick. I’ve also suffered some major injuries and have had to refocus on my goals to see if this is I want to continue to do. It is a tough sport and you really have to want to do it.

What is the number one lesson you learned throughout these experiences?
You only get out what you put in, hard work pays off!

What was your reason for taking health and fitness to the level you have? Why is it so important to you?
I needed to know these exact two things as this is a big part of what I do today. I want to be a fit and healthy person and a role model for my family and others.

What advice would you give to men wanting to get into the best shape of their life?
Just to work hard, nothing comes easy so never give up.Also, I think it is very important to remembernever to sacrifice technique for heavier weights. This is when injuries occur.

We all have days when motivation is low – how do you overcome these? Have you always been able to do this?
I am very lucky with what I do that I get to be around my mates every day, so motivation is always there as everyone pushes each other every day to be better.When it comes to training at the gym, I like to be pushed, so having a good training partner helps a lot, but at the same time training alone helps me stay focused on my goals.

Tell us about your career highlight to date.
Winning the 2008 World Cup when no one thought we could. It just proves that anything can happen if you want it badly enough.

What do you get up to when you’re not at the gym or out on the field?
I am studying a Diploma of Social Science. I want to be able to help younger football players who leave home at an early age like I did, and give them an understanding of what it takes to make it to the top. Also, I want to be a life coach / mentor. The training is a very important aspect but having a role model to look up to throughout training is also extremely helpful to young minds. On a broader scale, we need to teach kids from a younger age that it is not all about aesthetics but about health and fitness as a whole.

Big thanks to Adam for taking the time to chat with us. MMH wishes him and his teammates all the best in this year’s NRL premiership!

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