Name: Darren Farrell
Darren Farrell IG: @darrenfarrell_ifbbpro
Hometown: Cork, Ireland
Contest Weight: 215-220lbs
Off-Season Weight: 265lbs
Occupation: Online Coach
I have been bodybuilding now for 7 years, having started when I got injured from professional sport at the age of 23. I turned Pro in 2019 in the classic physique division winning the overall in New Zealand.
My livelihood revolves around fitness and nutrition along with my wife Becky who also competes and is an online coach.
We have lived in Dubai now for 3 years.
I train in the world famous oxygen gym in Abu Dhabi.
Nutrition Principles: Basic and consistent... no magic to it and don’t starve!
Training Principles: lots of volume and intensity! I train with fellow Tuff Wraps athlete Jamie Do Rego and we train twice a day 6 days a week with lots of heavy volume.
Current Goals (business/training/personal):
Business wise I’m not money motivated I just want to become a well respected coach, not have to worry about money and be able to train and do what I love whilst providing for my family.
Competing wise this year my goal in my debut pro season is to get first call out and then see where I stand before I look any further. One day I will get to that Olympia stage.
My motivation is myself, I have overcome a lot to get where I am today having battled through depression. Now I see everyday doing what I’m doing as a blessing.
Favourite Body Part: legs! When I started out I had tiny legs so Iv made it my mission to build an impressive set of wheels!
Favourite Prep Meal: cream of rice
Favourite Cheat Meal: sushi
IFBB Pro Card (New Zealand overall) other than that Iv actually only won one other show which was my first ever show which was an u75kg class win back when I was 24!!
Turning Pro in New Zealand 2019.
Qualifications: B.A in economics, Masters in International Business, Masters in Sports Nutrition.
Live the life you love, love the life you live. I have this tattooed on my wrist.
How did you get into fitness and competing?
I have played sport all my life as both my parents were professional athletes. Sport was my life and I played at the highest level in both hockey & Rugby as well as pro football until u14. At 23 I suffered a career ending injury and discovered bodybuilding then as I was in the gym for rehab.
How do you balance your social life and fitness life?
I look at it very simply - I train, eat my meals and don’t think about it other than that so the rest of my time I put into work with clients and relax with my wife and friends. Saturdays I also take as a complete rest day and we usually go stay in a nice hotel, have a pool day and a nice meal out.