Mike Thurston

From party animal to successful entrepreneur, Mike Thurston started his journey as an average teenager. But through hard work and determination, he’s sculpted an incredible physique.

By the age of 26, in 2016, Mike had become a personal trainer, creating a health and fitness company.

But he wasn’t always in the spotlight – Mike spent time working in retail after graduating from college.

This is his story:


 

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Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Michael George Thurston
WeightHeightYear of BirthNationality
205 - 215lbs (88.5 - 93.0kg)6' (183cm)1990British
ProfessionAliasEra
Personal Trainer, EntrepreneurMikey T, Mike2010
Weight205 - 215lbs (88.5 - 93.0kg)
Height6' (183cm)
Year of Birth1990
NationalityBritish
ProfessionPersonal Trainer, Entrepreneur
AliasMikey T, Mike
Era2010

 

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Biography

Early Years and Start of Fitness Journey

Born and raised in the north of England, Leeds, Mike always had a passion for fitness growing up. He played numerous sports during high school like rugby, football, cricket and took part in the athletics team. However, rugby was his main interest.

It was at the age of 18, in 2008, when Mike fell in love with lifting weights in the gym. Even at this point, he wanted to sculpt his dream physique – he began training in the small gym at school working towards his goal.


 

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Move to College

Towards the end of 2008, Mike enrolled at the college to study Economics and Business Management. He left home and moved to Newcastle to gain his degree.

By this time, Mike was fully committed to realizing his ambition and decided to leave rugby behind to focus on bodybuilding.

But instead, he started an unhealthy lifestyle, drinking alcohol and eating junk food regularly – he didn’t believe that he could succeed in the fitness industry.

Graduating and Spain

Three years after embarking his journey, despite his poor diet, Mike had made serious progress on his physique. After graduating in 2011, at the age of 21, he decided to promote nightclubs and bars in Spain.

With Mike’s job revolving around partying, he didn’t fix his poor diet during his time in Spain. However, his great genetics allowed him to maintain his physique with minimal effort.


 

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Return to England

After spending the summer abroad, Mike decided to pursue work as a promoter in England. He returned to Newcastle, and by the end of the year, he became the manager of a retail store.

But Mike soon grew tired of the demands of his new job – he didn’t enjoy the working hours and was forced to cut back on training. He knew that he’d have to follow his passion if he was to find happiness.

At the age of 22, in 2012, Mike made the big decision to pursue a career in the fitness industry.

Entrepreneur

At the start of 2013, Mike began working towards becoming a coach. After a month of intense preparation, he completed the course and became a qualified trainer.

It was at this point when Mike took the massive risk of quitting his managerial role. He began helping others achieve their dream physiques, while sculpting his own.

That same year, he created a health and fitness company with two friends from Newcastle.

After a period of unhappiness, by the age of 23, Mike had finally succeeded in following his passion.


 

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Training

Mike changes his training plan every 4-6 weeks so his body doesn’t get used to the same routine and plateau. For most of his workouts, he’ll perform 8-12 reps per set, with 3 sets for most of the exercises.

Workout Routine

Mike’s routine would look something like this:

  • Monday – Chest and Back
  • Tuesday – Quads and Calfs
  • Wednesday – Shoulders And Traps
  • Thursday – Hamstrings and Back
  • Friday – Arms
  • Saturday – Abs
  • Sunday – Rest

Deltoids And Traps Workout

  • Seated Military Press – 4 sets, 1-2 mins rest (3020)
  • Standing Overhead Press – 4 sets, 1-2 mins rest (3020)
  • Seated Lateral Raise – 3 sets (Last 2 sets dropset), 60 sec rest (3011)
  • Upright Row – 3 sets, 1-2 mins rest between superset (2021)
  • Front Raise – 3 sets (1010)
  • Standing Cable Rear Delt Fly – 3 sets, 60 sec rest between superset (3011)
  • Incline DB Rear Delt Fly – 3 sets (2010)
  • Hex Bar Shrugs – 3 sets 1-2 mins rest between sets (1111)
  • DB Shrugs – 3 sets (1010)

Chest And Triceps

  • Incline dumbbell press 8-12 reps – 3 sets
  • Decline dumbbell flys 8-12 reps – 3 sets (superset with Incline dumbbell flys)
  • Incline barbell press 8-12 reps – 3 sets
  • Chest press 2 triple drop sets

Arms Training

  • EZ-bar curl – triple drop set
  • Close grip bench press – triple drop set
  • Supersetting scull crushers with alternating bicep curls

Quads And Calves

  • Slow decent tension squats
  • One legged elevated squats for the hamstrings
  • Barbell hack squats
  • Walking Lunges

 

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Nutrition

Mike plans his diet around lean proteins, complex carbs and vegetables. His favorite healthy meal is chicken or Salmon with sweet potatoes/rice and vegetables.

He tries to eat 6 meals a day to keep his body fueled, and cutting out carbs later on in the day.

Diet Plan

Mike’s diet would look something like this:

  • Meal 1 – Chicken with Sweet Potato and Vegetables
  • Meal 2 – Salmon with Rice and Vegetables
  • Meal 3 – Chicken with Sweet Potato and Vegetables
  • Meal 4 – Salmon with Rice and Vegetables
  • Meal 5 – Chicken with Vegetables
  • Meal 6 – Salmon with Vegetables

Supplements Stack:

  •  Omega 3 Fish Oil Tablets
  • Vitamin D3 tablets
  • BCAA
  • Whey Protein

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Idols and Influences

During his time in the fitness industry, Mike has met a lot of athletes that he admires.

However, he names Jaco De Bruyn, Lazar Angelov, Simeon Panda and Ulisses Jr as his main idols.


 

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What we can learn from Mike Thurston

Mike has taught us to make a change if you’re not happy with your situation. He graduated and became a manager in a retail store, but worked hard to find his own passion in life.

One thing we can take away from Mike’s story is that sometimes you need to take the necessary risks to succeed in life.

He made the big decision to quit his job as a manager and ended up finding success as a personal trainer and entrepreneur.

15 comments

  1. Paul

    December 7, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Can Mike Thurston have a training routine, tips newsletter sent to us?

    Your physique is the closest to what I might be able to achieve. Not into the big monster gorilla types.

    1. Greatest Physiques

      December 9, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for your comments, greatly appreciated! We’ve done some research, and added in a more detailed workout plan for Mike Thurston. Hope you enjoy reading it over.

      Thanks again!

      Greatest Physiques

      1. Kevin Riverview

        December 11, 2017 at 12:39 pm

        Hey GREATEST PHYSIQUES just wondering could you please send me via email the more in detailed training program and also a nutrition program in depth by mike thurston if there is one, I think he’s amazing and would love to follow his path ways !!! Thankyou so much amazing page you have !!!

        1. Editor

          December 11, 2017 at 2:03 pm

          Hello Kevin,

          We don’t really have anything more detailed. But what could help is asking in our Forum if any of our users have one or can advise on something similar.

          It’s free to sign up and you can do it here: https://www.greatestphysiques.com/forum/

          Best of luck

          1. JimBob

            December 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

            The forum is great! Highly recommend!

    2. mohd suhaizan

      March 8, 2017 at 12:52 am

      Paul, i’m really agreed with you, his physique perfectly admired me and not expect to be the big monster muscle.

      1. Tony

        April 25, 2017 at 3:02 pm

        Mohd, you are totally right! His body is in complete proportion. Not sure if it’s good genetics or hard work, probably both – anyway, he looks better than the steroid monsters out there.

  2. adinath ugare

    May 26, 2017 at 9:12 am

    sir, i am adinath. my body is not gain and my chest nipples fuffy. and stomach fat. sir so many trouble my body please workout routine and tips send me please.

    1. Greatest Physiques

      June 2, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Hello Adinath, thank you for your comments, we are very sorry to hear about your fluffy nipples 😉 What does this have to do about Mike Thurston?

  3. Eric Haley

    September 9, 2017 at 4:18 am

    I’m only one month in the gym, but barely spends​ 30to45 minutes twice​ a week & started to see results already & I am 41 yrs last month.

  4. Kyle

    November 9, 2017 at 12:49 am

    I have watched Mike Thurston’s videos. Thank you for helping me correct poor lifting habits. I’m 55 and just starting out but have seen positive results. In my arms and upper chest. thank you for putting great info on the web for people to us.

  5. Darryl

    January 13, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Awesome build. One of the best youtube channels i have found too. Keep it up Mike!

  6. Tarik

    March 26, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Love your channel and your content.
    I just had a question. I’ve been told that it isn’t good to train arms the day after back. Is that true or false?

  7. Josef

    April 6, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    It totally depends. Almost with every back exercise you engage the Biceps so training your Biceps after back day probably isn’t ideal but you can train triceps

  8. Black dog

    September 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I’m wanting to develop fluffy nipples any ideas lol….. PS Mike Thurston is a good old Leeds lad and knows his stuff his YouTube channel rocks….

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