Don’t be scared of protein, it's your friend.

I can’t go to the gym, #letsbefrank. So I found someone who can do it for me. He also makes some mean protein based pancakes and smoothies. Babes, meet the owner of Proper Protein, Christian Rocchi.

What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up?

Would it be wrong to say food?

Then, what’s the first thing you do?

I love a challenge, in the morning it usually involves how many eggs I can fit on to one piece of toast followed by a big workout at Fitness First!

Coffee or Tea?

I’m Italian – Coffee runs in the blood.

Shower or Bath?

Depends who I am scrubbing with #letsbefrank.

You started your own business. Why protein?

I was a big user of protein and couldn’t find one that ticked all the boxes! I created Proper Protein to be the myth buster of protein and all its false rumours.

Tell me a bit about your protein compared to anyone else’s.

We are all about lifestyle. Protein is a necessity in your diet.

We offer two products at the moment, “Revitalize” is a Hydrolysed Whey protein with Electrolytes and a Pea Protein with Branch Chain Amino Acids.

The unique combination of the electrolytes, hydrolysed whey and amino acids offer the proper recovery and helps you get the best results from your workout!

We are really excited to now be able to offer vegan protein now, with our new Pea Protein, the BCAA’s in it stimulates protein synthesis for the body, plus it increases muscle retention and burns more body fat, win win right?!

A guy and a girl step into a gym. What is the main different between their workouts?

Are mirror selfies included in this?

I think the days of girls and guys having different routines is over. We know now the importance of lifting weights and its not just to build muscle. I also think the couple that works out together stays together – and boys be warned if your girlfriend is stronger than you technically she is your boyfriend!

And one tip for each?

Do it properly, Go hard.

Best protein smoothie recipe?

Got to be green, right?

  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 2 Kale Leaves
  • 200 ml Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • ½ cup ice
  • ½ Avocado
  • 1 tsp Organic Rice Malt Syrup


Best protein pancake recipe?

  • 2 Scoop Protein Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tsp Apple Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 3/4 Cup Yoghurt (Greek or Coyo)
  1. Crack the eggs into the food processor and mix until light and fluffy.
  2. Add all other ingredients except for the chia seeds, yoghurt and berries.
  3. Fold the chia seeds into the mixture with a spatular.
  4. Heat a non stick pan on a medium heat and add coconut oil.
  5. Pour desired mixture into the pan and cook for approximately 2 minutes each side or until golden brown.
  6. Make a stack and garnish!!!

I hear you’ve just spent some time in the sun. Were you sun smart?

I forgot to pack my legionaries cap, but there was sunscreen involved. Though I’m naturally olive skinned I still always slip slop slap, no one wants to see wrinkly old man tattoos!

Do you moisturise your skin, and especially your tattoos?

Without fail every night.

Did the body balm help with healing from any sun damage?

Your balm is like a filter on instagram. It always adds value.

#letsbefrank, what should girls know?

Don’t be scared of protein, it’s your friend. Bread on the other hand is not.

Who should I put on my to scrub/dirty talk list next?

Hayley Roper.

xx frank

Don’t be scared of protein, it's your friend.