Muscle Sport Magazine

Robby Robinson and the Master Plan (Part 1)

By Ian Duckett – (This is part one of a six-part series)

Day 1- Sun 21st Sept

I got up at my normal time of 4:00am, had a bath and a shave and got dressed, all the while trying not to disturb the family. Stood in the kitchen eating an oatcake and drinking a strong black coffee, my mind settled on the sort of mixed feelings I was having. Yes, I was excited for my trip and I anticipated all I would absorb and be able to use in the future, but I also felt sad that my family was not going with me.

What with the kids in school and Louise not being able to have time off work I would be travelling alone. Chris, my old buddy came round for me, to take me to Manchester Airport. After leaving the family a note, I popped my bags in the boot and I was on my way, the start of a long journey.


Everything went smoothly, the airport check ins and other what not’s all went fine and I was soon on a Virgin Atlantic flight bound for LAX Airport- with11 hours of flying ahead, I am glad that they let me on the plane with my trusty oatcakes. I used the time to read (as always) and to write some business goals and a new business structure. I have a ton of ideas and goals and they all need a structure, otherwise they get lost between the ears and never see the light of day, so I sat and disected each and every one. Yes, I will improve my business further with this trip, but I will also get time to look after me.

Believe it or not, being the top trainer that I am, I am very busy. This leaves little time for ‘me’. I try to give to family and clients and this makes for really unsociable hours of working out. It’s work at 4:50am, train at 5:30am, work by 6:15am. I can only do my own training 3 days a week tops, as with all the hours and how active I am there would be no recovery time. So this week will be a chance to train when I want, eat good food and not rush around. To relax after a workout for a little while- never happens- so it will be a nice change- watch me be bored, ha-ha.


The Meeting with Robby

When the plane landed, feelings of apprehension built up in me, knowing I was going to meet with someone very famous in our world. After a lengthy, drawn out customs procedure I claimed my bags and moved outside into the street level of LAX Airport.

Soon after a black Ford jeep pulls up and out steps Robby and his partner Arden. Robby just grabs my hand and gives me a hug, then so does Arden, who is tall and elegant with long blonde hair. Robby-who is dressed in a black long sleeved t-shirt and trousers – looks muscular, sleek and athletic. The way he moves defies his age.

One of the first things I noticed about Robby is his impeccable manners- as he even walks round to open the car door for Arden. Where has that gone? (Louise and I were only talking about that the other day- another article perhaps.) After a chat about the flight and what not, Robby says “Let’s get you something to eat.”


In a shot we are at The Firehouse, a very famous restaurant that caters for bodybuilders, and it is walking distance from the famous Gold’s Gym. I sat there tucking into my buffalo pate and rice and veg. Chatting along with this lovely couple, with the sun blazing outside just blew my mind. One minute it seemed I was in bed at home and the next I’m here. Very surreal.

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Later Robby and Arden dropped me off at the Foghorn Harbor Inn. A beautiful little hotel-that overlooks the marina and has a beach right on its doorstep. Just beautiful, I checked in and made my way to my room. After unpacking I decided to go for a walk. Just heading out of the door Robby calls on the phone to ask if everything is ok and if I am settled. I thank him and he says “I will pick you up in the morning for a workout.”

Oh yeah, I thought, I’m going to train with the man.


I spent a good two hours walking and getting my bearings. I have been here twice before and can vaguely remember how to get about. Being a coffee lover, I searched out the nearest Starbucks. I found one not far from the beach front and went in to get my fix and was amazed to find you can get a shot of protein in it. I didn’t, but I got a coffee to take out and walked around with it to look all American like.

Ian Duckett-

Ian Duckett is the UK’s most formidable and sort after personal trainer and was training clients before Personal Training was in Vogue. He is a natural for life athlete and has been at the forefront of natural bodybuilding for 20 years, winning such titles as ‘Mr Natural Britain’ twice and the European title. He has also placed 4th in the World Championships on two occasions and recently won the World title, also the Pro Am – He is a reputed Powerlifter, winning 6 titles and placing 2nd in the British finals.

His passion for his work is immeasurable, this shows in the client base he has. He has been helping clients achieve the goals that they only dreamed of and has been tirelessly doing this for more than 20 years. Title winners and corporate professionals, as well as clients wanting to be the best they can be, fill Ian’s day. Ian has trained with the best and studies his standard of work constantly. ‘You should never stop learning’ is one of Ian’s mottos.

He often travels to the USA to improve and refine his art. Working recently with the great Robby Robinson–this again moved Ian forward. He is also a great believer in the power of the mind, knowing that this area is the key to unlocking potential from a client. He knows what buttons to press and how to bring out the best in the client. Ian is and has over the years been a leader in training principles and nutrition ideas, he is copied many times but never duplicated.

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He is a sort after Guest Poser and seminar speaker, conducting seminars in gyms up and down the country and also in supplement outlets. Ian owned and ran one of the most successful gyms in the UK. Future Bodies Gym was a 10,000 sq ft home to many champions and successful clients alike. Future Bodies was sold in 2002, since then Ian has concentrated on his BodyInDesign Personal Training business, phone consultations business and maintaining his website and product sales. Ian is very goal orientated and has achieved each of the goals he set out to do, such as – Writing 4 books – Producing training DVD’s – Producing a subscription only magazine – A supplement company – Designing and producing training t-shirts – Producing motivational art work.

It is safe to say that Ian gets the most out of each day and he has that rare combination these days of knowledge and experience. Professional Background . Director of bodyindesign Ltd . Personal Trainer . Author . Illustrator . Contributing writer to other websites and magazines Significant Accomplishments . 1989 – Mr Natural Britain . 1995 – Mr Natural Britain . 1999 – Mr Natural Europe . 2005 – 2nd in the Natural Pro Am . 2005 – 4th in the Natural World Championships . 2006 – 2nd in the BAWLA Powerlifting British Championships. 2007 Pro Am winner–Guest Star at the NPA British–2007 World Championships winner. . Winner of more than 25 other regional bodybuilding titles Ian has had more Area and British title winners as clients than anybody else and has been doing this for at least 20 years.

Ian’s area of experience is in the training of figure girls, he has had winners and top placings in this class, both in British and International competitions, for many years. Ian has been a featured writer in Hardgainer magazine and has been featured in many books and publications over the years. Ian has published four books that were sold in major book stores and supplement companies in the UK. They still sell now on the internet through his website to all corners of the globe.

Ian has also produced two training video DVD’s that have achieved the same results as the books. TV Appearances . Calendar . Sky TV . Look North . Radio Leeds . BBC tv inside eye. Featured Articles . Hardgainer magazine . Featured model in Stuart McRobert’s ‘Build muscle, lose fat’ book in 2006 . Health and Strength magazine . Musclemag International- feature writer for 4 years . Bodypower . Bodybuilding Monthly . The Beef magazine . Yorkshire Post . . . Allsports . Maximuscle . Numerous other health and fitness publications over the last 20-25 years. Individual Athletes . Jenny Garside – 4 time Britain winner and 2nd in the World Championship ladies figure class 2005–Winner BNBF British 2007 –NPA British 2007 –Worlds 2007. . Claire Cotter – British Finals winner and 3rd in the World Championships 2006–2nd–NPA British 2007. . Karen Wriggles – Mike Williams Classic winner . Michelle Clift – UK winner and 3rd twice at the British Finals. . Debbie Scholefield – Yorkshire winner–3rd NPA British 2007. . Julie Ainsworth – Multi title winner . Lynn Beman – Title winner . Annie Davis – Yorkshire winner and British finalist . Frances Walton – Title winner . Andrew Barber – British Under 21 winner . Rob Gorry – Title winner . Ian Cooper – Multi title winner . Helen Everson – Title winner . Gayle Bellamy – British Under 52kg winner . Local TV stars . Phil Guy – Multi title winner .

And more than 60 other title winners and finalists over the last 20 years. Corporate Clients . Walkers Transport . Nick Marr . Dave Symon. Nutrition Companies who have supported Ian . Allsports International . Maximuscle . Udo’s Oil . Natural Nutrition Products . Organic Foods Currently Ian is supported by ‘AST Sports Science’ supplements, his clients are also. . Many more camps at Bodyindesign. . New vidoes on youtube. . 2-New books in 2009 .

Continue to help clients achieve their goals Ian has created a name for himself in the world of figure, bodybuilding and natural health. His passion and innovation have kept him at the top for years. He is truly a trainers’ trainer – in fact his nickname is The Guru. Need we say more? Areas for more info: Short and sharp book—True Grit book—bodyindesign web site—look for articles on this site and others featuring Ian.

Who I’d like to meet:
I have met most of my hero’s Robby– Arnold–Stallone–Labrada. I never got to meet the now passed away Arthur Jones. He was an awesome man that changed the industry I am in today.

Be sure to visit Ian’s website,

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