Ask the trainer – Dave Rejman

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How did you start working in fitness?
I was working in the corporate world and was becoming quite disillusioned with the company I was working for and the internal politics so I knew I needed a change.
I decided to study something I had an actual interest in and choose personal training.
Towards the end of my studies I got introduced to the directors of The Kensington Studio and I’ve been working here ever since, nearly 4 years now.

What’s your personal philosophy?
I aim to get people pain free, to have them moving properly and get them lifting weights.

What keeps people from reaching their goal?
Not having enough accountability.
People need to take ownership of their fitness and make it a priority.
I also think that a lot of people set goals that might not be very realistic, they want to lose X amount of weight in a short time or be able to lift a certain weight as quick as possible.
It’s my job to help set more realistic goals according to the SMART principle and to help them focus on the bigger picture with a long term plan.

What makes a good trainer?
Someone who can get people moving biomechanically soundly without pain.
You need to be able to inspire and motivate a client and help them achieve their goals through an appropriate exercise prescription.

Eat, sleep, train – pick the most important one?
While it does depend on the goal overall I would say that nutrition is always the base for a healthy lifestyle.

Which of these 3 do you struggle with the most?
Definitely sleep, I’m a thinker and sometimes that gets the best of me and I find myself lying in bed thinking and not getting my 8 hours.

If you could go back in time what would you tell yourself when you started your career?
When I first started I had very little concept of programming and technique, the importance of rest or nutrition.
I’m constantly learning by taking courses and watching other trainers and communicating with them.
Education is always evolving, if I could go back in time I’d tell myself everything I now know!

What does your workout regime look like?
I like to train 4-5 times a week, I prefer split workouts and I usually periodize my training every 4-5 weeks including a rest week.
Right now my goals are to improve my mobility, stay relative lean and move well.

Favourite meal?
I love my food, I like almost everything and anything and not just in moderation.
If I really have to pick one meal it would have to be a plate of Turkish meat, a mixed grill with salad on the side.

3 best exercises:
Deadlift, Press-up and Seated row.

What advice would you give someone just starting out on their healthy lifestyle?
You need to be very aware that it’s a lifestyle choice that you’re making.
Set strict goals and dedicate some time to it, nothing will happen if you don’t make it a priority.
Set out those 2-3 training sessions and don’t let anything get in the way!

My biggest success story:
That has to be one of my clients that came in at 135 kilos, 28 years old.
He had never learned how to move well.
While there was a weight loss goal he mostly wanted to move better and feel healthier.
In 5 months his weight dropped to 102 kg by us focusing on lifting right, concentrating on technique and a good range of motion.
He committed himself to his training and came in 3 times a week.
It has been really good to see him grow in confidence, he changed as a person!

Work hard and enjoy it. You’re investing in your own wellbeing.

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