This Body Builder Known As ‘The Nightmare’ Went From Being A Skinny Twerp To Maybe The Largest Man Alive

Martyn Ford is an absolute specimen. The 6’8”, 325-pound British actor/body builder/mountain of muscle is simply a man amongst boys. I wouldn’t be surprised if a man who earned the nickname ‘The Nightmare’ didn’t eat babies for breakfast and wash it down with motor oil.

But he pop out of his mother’s womb with muscles in his neck and a tattoo plastered on his face. Far from it. He went through an adolescence of being that skinny runner kid you’d probably gun for in a brawl.

Ford spoke to LADbible about how his dreams of being a professional cricketer were shattered by an injury when he was 18 and how he went balls deep into running–so much so that his body fat plummeted to a dangerous 4%. He then educated himself on fitness and began hitting the weights. Hard.

I never really had a goal as such, I just wanted to be bigger. 12 years on I seem to be that for sure, but there’s still more to achieve with my physique. The initial transformation I would say took two to three years. You were definitely looking at two different people then for sure.


So you may be wondering how to turn those string bean arms into lethal weapons. Ford says the key is educating yourself. And eating 7,000 cals per day.

The best advice I could give to young lads is to research! There are so many kids who jump into training and just presume by moving weights and working hard that results will automatically come. Knowledge is an amazing tool, and with so much out there don’t be a fool. Give yourself every opportunity to be a success and also be safe.


Ford’s mammoth size and charisma has landed him a role in a film called Undisputed 4, which he will play the role of ‘The Nightmare.’ Duh.

[h/t LADbible]

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