How did you start working in fitness?
I’ve always been very passionate about sports and once I left school and university personal training seemed like a logical next step.
It’s a good way to help people achieve their goals, it’s a great career.
I first worked at a commercial gym and then started working for The Kensington Studio because I thought that was the next progression. I’ll be here a year in February!
What’s your personal philosophy?
Find something that works for you, that you enjoy and that is beneficial – exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore, it should be enjoyable and help you reach your goals.
In terms of nutrition I believe in eating clean and am a big fan of the Paleo diet.
What keeps people from reaching their goal?
I think everyone should have a training buddy or a trainer to have someone keep you accountable and to motivate you.
People tend to make the mistake of sticking to the same routine and not changing it up, this will keep your body from progressing. You need to train specifically for your goal.
What makes a good trainer?
You need to really understand your client, listen to them and their goal.
They might have a different vision from yours and you have to find a middle ground there.
As a trainer you want to push everyone to the max but not everyone is looking for that, so you need to understand your client and provide a service that works for them.
Create a relationship with your client, understand what they like, it shouldn’t just be ‘another training session’ you want them to enjoy it and look forward to it.
Eat, sleep, train – pick the most important one?
Nutrition. You can come in and have a great session but if you go home and eat the wrong kind of foods or amounts that’s going to cancel out what you just did in the gym.
Which of these 3 do you struggle with the most?
A mix of sleep and nutrition.
I’ve always been very sporty and got up to a good level of fitness so there’s no struggle there.
Overall I’m pretty good in terms of nutrition but like to sometimes splurge a bit, I think I can get away with this as I’m already where I want to be in terms of my physique.
If you could go back in time what would you tell yourself when you started your career?
Don’t always beast your client. Not everyone wants to get pushed, one client will need more encouragement than the next and some need you to just be there on the side line.
Analyse your client and find out what they need, they might not be looking for ultimate fitness and just want to enjoy that hour in the studio to feel better about themselves.
What does your workout regime look like?
Half of the year I play football so that takes care of my cardio, the other half of the year I like to incorporate HIIT sessions twice a week.
I lift weights 3 times a week, I focus on isolation exercises and love dropdown sets.
My current goals are to add a bit of size and increase my strength.
The perfect meal would have to be fish with steamed vegetables and sweet potato.
3 best exercises:
Squats, Deadlifts and Burpees.
What advice would you give someone just starting out on their healthy lifestyle?
It’s not what you do in the gym but outside what counts.
Sort out your nutrition and make sure you eat the right types of foods in the right amount at the right time.
My biggest success story:
I started with a client that was very thin, she didn’t eat properly, smoked, wore baggy clothes and had very little confidence.
After a few sessions she started to really open up to me, she started enjoying the workouts and her confidence grew.
Her personal goal isn’t to get to a high fitness level, but she has increased her fitness and her entire energy is completely different from when she first started.
Enjoy what you do, it shouldn’t feel like a chore. Find a routine that works for YOU.