At Meat & Co we promise to bring you quality meat at unbeatable value. With a strong family heritage, providing great service to our customers is at the heart of everything we do. In current times, we believe that community spirit is more important than ever. We sat down (virtually, of course) to chat with local Nottinghamshire lad Harvey Gombos. As an athlete and coach, looking after his diet is integral to both his career and his day-to-day lifestyle. Harvey is also hoping to become Britain’s under 23 Junior Strongest Man. Meat & Co is proud to sponsor him to help him on his journey. With an impressive training regime, we wanted to find out more about how Harvey balances the relationship between food and his passion for athletic performance.

Harvey, could you tell us a bit about what you do? How did you get into it?

I’m currently an online strength coach, as well as a part-time swimming teacher for Splash Time Academy. I’ve been doing that for almost five years. I got into coaching by my current coach suggesting it to me. It’s always something that I’ve wanted to do, but I didn’t think I was prepared enough to do it. That idea was just my own lack of confidence in presenting my knowledge.

I can imagine you have to stick to quite a strict diet to stay on track with your goals. What does your diet consist of?

Currently, I’m on just over 8000 calories a day, which is 7 or 8 meals of the same thing every day. That’s probably the hardest thing to stick to. I like training, so that’s never normally an issue. It’s all-round nutrition that’s the hard part.

How did you find out about Meat & Co?

I found out about Meat & Co from my cousin. He recommended you to me a few years ago. As far as the impact that it has on my everyday life, it’s one more thing that I don’t have to worry about because I know it’ll be here in the evening on a set day. It’s consistent and it never fails.

How does Meat & Co compare to supermarket produce?

It’s night and day. Anyone that I’ve recommended Meat & Co to will say the same. The quality of meat is better, it’s cheaper and it’s delivered to your door. What more could you ask for?

What tips would you give to someone who wants to put together a meal plan? How would you advise that they stick to it?

There are two ways you could go about doing this; hire a nutritionist for a month and then continue all the things they implement into your diet. Otherwise, do a little bit of research yourself, what to do and what not to do.

The thing that the majority of people need to focus on is the amount of protein they consume. More often that not, it’s drastically under what they should be consuming.

I think it’s beneficial to make sure you don’t go from zero to hero. Instead of swapping your current diet out completely, just make one change and see if you can stick to it for a week or two. Then include another thing; just start stacking them on top of one another. Before you know it, you have a completely different diet, but you don’t realise you have because you’ve done it periodically.

What are your goals for the future?

The two main goals, that are synonymous with all strong men’s goals, are to become world’s strongest man and win the Arnold Classic. Outside of my own competition, I’d like to build a successful online coaching business to make lots of strong human beings.

We’ve just added a 48oz rump steak to our website. Do you reckon you could tackle that?

I could polish off a 48oz rump steak with no problems at all!

If you are looking to improve your fitness, Meat & Co offers a range of fitness boxes to fulfil all your protein needs. With various types of meat and fish to choose from, including steak, chicken, pork and salmon, creating a healthy, balanced diet plan has never been easier!