Henry Croft, Author at Gymtalk

Author - Henry Croft

Mutant Reviews

Mutant Mass Review
I had just finished my first marathon and after four months of endless cardio, vaseline and one very sore ballbag, I was left looking a little on the slim side. I wanted to gain muscle mass – and fast. It's not that I didn't mind looking a li [...]


Homemade Protein Shakes: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
As a poor student I rarely had the capital to spunk on designer protein supplements. What little money I did have was usually invested in ping pong balls, fake mustaches and all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets. I didn't, however, let this financia [...]

Myprotein Reviews

Hurricane XS Review
Summer means one thing for bodybuilders up and down the country: Getting topless at every possible opportunity. Grocery shopping - topless. Lunch break at work - topless. Nightclub dancefloor - topless. Funeral of a beloved relative - [...]


The Kali Muscle Story: From Ex-Con To Icon
Bodybuilders are often stereotyped as self-obsessed, two-dimensional ogres who mindlessly lift slabs of metal in their vainglorious pursuit of aesthetic nirvana. They are creatures of humdrum routine, dieting, exercising and sleeping with an eye o [...]

Myprotein Reviews

Impact Whey Protein Review
I discovered Impact Whey Protein six years ago when I was a penniless student. Like most of the male student population, my chief concern was trying to get laid. The problem was I had socially awkward demeanour and a haircut that made me lo [...]


100% British Beef: The Reg Park Story
Leeds. A city in the north of England, famous for Leeds United Football Club, binge drinking and celebrity paedophiles. However, in the mid-twentieth century, this old industrial town was put on the map for something other than booze, sex crime [...]

The Protein Works Reviews

The Protein Works Whey Protein 80 Review
The Protein Works made quite the stir when they opened for business back in 2012. Founded by three ex-directors of MyProtein, the company soon set about shaking up the sports supplement industry by combining premium quality, great value-for-mone [...]


Eugen Sandow: The Father Of Modern Bodybuilding
Like a heroic play by Sophocles or Aeschylus, the sport of bodybuilding is full of mythic characters capable of superhuman feats, extremes of comedy and tragedy, pathos, spectacle, and men running around with their bollocks out while women are shunte [...]

The Protein Works Reviews

The Protein Works Whey & Oat Crisp Flapjack Review
I was so ruddy impressed with The Protein Works Whey Protein 80 that I decided to try another one of their products. Being a bit fed up with my usual diet of fish, eggs and tuna – as well as protein shakes so sweet they tasted like Gok Wan’s b [...]

Equipment Reviews

The 6 Best Adjustable Dumbbells On The Market
In an ideal world, I’d have my own air-conditioned gymnasium with endless rows of dumbbells, a post-workout canteen serving up huge sirloin steaks, and a masseuse with a pair of norks so vast they would make a seasoned prostitute blush. The real [...]

Bulk Powders Reviews

Bulk Powders Pure Whey Protein Review
Bulk Powders, as their name suggests, provide sports supplements at heavily discounted prices. They've been around since 2005, but underwent a huge rebrand at the beginning of 2013. Seemingly, this was a move to differentiate themselves from th [...]

Maximuscle Reviews

Maximuscle Promax Lean Review
Let's face it, cutting can be a pain in the arse. When done properly, it requires discipline, hard work, and meals so banal even Levi Roots' special sauce couldn't spice them up (I'm referring here, or course, to Reggae Reggae, not Jamaican man ju [...]


Joe Weider: The Godfather Of Fitness
When you think of bodybuilding, certain iconic images will undoubtedly spring to mind. Arnold Schwarzenegger, smiling smugly, chest inflated like two fleshy beachballs; Ronnie Coleman leg pressing 2,300lbs, screaming "yeah buddy" like a brain dama [...]

PhD Reviews

PhD Diet Whey Review
There are a few things in life which I find overwhelmingly mundane. Washing up, baby photos, the Victorian era (it's just too long), Hugh Grant, anything by Jane Austen. Another is dieting. It's just so difficult to summon up the enthusiasm [...]

The Protein Works Reviews

The Protein Works Protein Cookies Review
Although protein shakes are by far and away the most popular protein supplements, there are a number of alternatives on the market. Do you own a hat with corks hanging from the brim and a two foot long knife? Why not try an ostrich egg. Do y [...]


BULK POWDERS Caption Competition
If there's one thing better than protein, it's free protein! Luckily, our friends over at BULK POWDERS have kindly given us 2.5kg of their bestselling Pure Whey Protein to give away to one lucky Gymtalk reader. For the low-down on this excelle [...]


Arthur Saxon: The Strongest Man Of All Time
Germany. A country famous for classical music, beer, sausages, hairy women and genocide. And in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century it was also home to some of the strongest - and craziest - men of all time. Of these, the most fa [...]

Optimum Nutrition Reviews

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Review
Like an all-powerful Caesar, Gold Standard 100% Whey bestrides the supplement market like a Colossus. It is the king of whey protein, towering over swarms of competing brands which lurk jealously in the shadows like Cassius or Brutus. It is, if [...]


Louis Cyr: The Canadian Colossus
Much like "What's the best Beatles album?", "Is Tom Cruise an alien?" and "At what point in the Harry Potter film series it acceptable to mentally undress Hermione Granger?", the question "Who is the strongest man of all time?" is an oft-debated topi [...]


Interview With Joel Snape – Editor At Men’s Fitness Magazine
I recently got the chance to chat with Joel Snape, associate editor of Men's Fitness magazine and all round good egg, who, when not writing about all things fitness related, is an amateur strongman and Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt. We discussed [...]

Grenade Reviews

Grenade Thermo Detonator Review
Grenade Thermo Detonator floated across my radar a few years ago but I immediately ignored it. Almost all weight loss supplements are overhyped and this product, with its gimmicky macho marketing, screamed branding over substance. I quickly de [...]


Interview With Olympic Weightlifting Champion Marius Hardiman
Marius Hardiman is an Olympic Weightlifter who has, over the course of his illustrious career, won numerous British titles and medalled at several prestigious international competitions. Having since retired from competitive weightlifting, Marius [...]

BSN Reviews

BSN Syntha-6 Review
Right now the supplement market is absolutely flooded with products. It seems like every man and his dog is peddling pills and powders, and with all the marketing mumbo jumbo, unpronounceable ingredients and celebrity endorsements, it can sometime [...]


Thomas Inch: The Scarborough Hercules
When it comes to legends of British bodybuilding, few have surpassed the enduring contribution made by Thomas Inch, the 'Scarborough Hercules'. Although he might look like a portly butler from Downton Abbey, Inch was, throughout his life, one of t [...]