Myprotein writer Brian Kudler had the pleasure of interviewing Myprotein Student Ambassador Gabby Male. Gabby has over 19 500 followers (and counting!) on Instagram and has been very active on Myprotein’s social media, including the myproteinus Instagram and the myproteinus Snapchat. You may know about Gabby already, but if you don’t then here’s your chance to find out all about her!
Tell us about yourself and where you are currently in life.
My Name is Gabby Male and I am 20 years old. I was born in Salisbury, England, but I moved to Granville, Ohio when I was 4 years old, and now I am attending college at The University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. At the University of Kentucky I am a public health major with a minor in Health Promotion. I work at the campus gym as a manager, and when I’m not working or in class you can find me at the gym working out, working on YouTube videos/MyProtein stuff, or just hanging at my house with my two awesome roommates!
How did you get started in your fitness journey and what inspires you to continue along that path?
My fitness journey truly began in my senior year of high school after soccer season ended. My whole life I had coaches, parents, and teammates making me practice and be active, so as soon as it ended I knew I didn’t want to just sit around, so I decided to get into fitness and work on my “dream body” since I had never really had a positive body image and I wanted to change that. It started off really well, I lost a lot of weight really fast, but I quickly became way too obsessed with counting calories, and losing more and more weight. I went from 146 to 118lbs in 4 months and realized that I was being way too obsessive about food and working out once or twice a day… it was slowly taking away my social life, and my mental health. I didn’t have an eating disorder, but I had very disordered eating.
I then decided I wanted to fix my obsessive eating and desire to be “small” and instead be healthy and strong, so I started lifting heavier weights, eating more food, and focusing more on the weight I was lifting in the gym, not the weight on the scale. It hasn’t been easy, there have been many ups and downs, but I have slowly taught myself to be happy and love my body whatever state it is in (cutting or bulking) and lifting weights has completely changed the shape of my body for the better and my metabolism as well! I can eat a lot more food, have awesome lifts, and I’m not always worried or obsessing over calories. Fitness has made me who I am. I am strong, confident, and it has taught me so much self-discipline. I love setting goals and hitting them, it keeps me motivated. I also never want to be unhappy with my body again or not be confident in my own skin, so that is why I love, and continue my fitness journey.
You are a Youtuber, social media influencer, and a Myprotein ambassador. How have you made an impact on others’ lives and do you consider yourself a role model?
I started this journey of becoming a “social media influencer” just over a year ago. It is insane how much I have changed mentally and physically because of things like Instagram and YouTube. The amount of support I have received from people I know personally, as well as people I have never even met is unreal. Having someone email me or comment on my posts telling me I have helped them jumpstart their journey, or that I have inspired them in any way at all makes me the happiest person alive. I started these social media platforms not to show off or boast, but to simply inspire people. I have received hundreds of emails from girls and guys asking for fitness advice and telling me that I have helped them or motivated them, and this makes everything worth it.
YouTube has become one of my favorite platforms as well because I am able to connect with viewers on a different level. It’s more than a motivating caption or a cool picture, you are able to talk to them, tell them what you are thinking, and just be yourself. Having people tell you that they love watching the content you create is one of the greatest feelings, and I am truly so thankful and appreciative of everyone who supports me, it really makes my day and motivates me to be better and keep creating good content for them. Getting positive feedback is why I continue to post on social media; it reminds me that I am making a difference in people’s lives.
There are so many individuals in the world with great ideas, intentions, and especially physiques. Who are some of your role models that have impacted you the most and why? What qualities make a great role model?
I remember when I first started getting into the fitness industry, I always looked up to Nikki Blackletter. I watched her YouTube videos and she motivated me to eventually pick up the camera as well. I also have fallen in love with Amanda Bucci, Emily Hayden and my fellow MyProtein teammate Sarah Godfrey. All these women are so driven, outgoing, determined, and they inspire so many women to not be afraid of picking up the weights and lifting!
Another big role model in my life is my friend Sue Strange. She is the other MyProtein Student Ambassador at the University of Kentucky with me, and she actually came to me for fitness advice about a year ago. Over the past year we have pushed each other to be our best selves, always show each other new healthy recipes, and hold each other accountable. It’s funny, she came to me for fitness help because I was a role model for her, but because she works so hard and pushes through the toughest of times, she has ended up being a big role model for me. I honestly look up to so many people in the fitness industry, anyone who is real with their followers, is motivated, determined, and also those who aren’t afraid to show that they aren’t perfect. A lot of the fitness industry can be about having the “perfect” body, but I look up to the people who are more realistic and make fitness an attainable lifestyle.
What does it mean to you to represent Myprotein as a student ambassador?
I became the first Student Ambassador (along with my good friend Zach Lilly) in December of 2015. We started this program knowing that we had joined something great. The second I joined MyProtein I was welcomed into a family of people who are so motivated and driven to be the best. I fell in love with their products (and their amazing prices) and I knew that all my friends in fitness needed to know about this company. Being a Myprotein Student Ambassador has changed my life. I know that sounds dramatic but it is completely true. It has given me a purpose in the fitness world, it keeps me motivated, and I have met some of my best friends through the program. I have also been given amazing opportunities with this company, such as going to The Olympia in Las Vegas with them, Snapchat takeovers, and Instagram story takeovers. My ultimate goal is to one day become a MyProtein Athlete, and continue to inspire others to work hard, believe in themselves, and follow their dreams.
To finish things off, can you explain what your training style is like and some of your favorite supplements?
For about two years now I have been following a body-building style workout regime. I got through phases of heavier lifting with lower reps when I want to build muscle, and then lighter weights with higher reps when I am cutting for an event. Right now I am building muscle (#bulkingseason) but my split goes like this:
Monday – Chest/Triceps/Shoulders
Tuesday – Biceps/Back
Wednesday – Legs (Hamstring/Glute focused)
Thursday – Shoulders/Chest/Abs
Friday – Legs (Quad/Glute focused)
Saturday – Active Rest Day
Sunday – Cardio/Light Legs/Abs
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