Alan is a personal trainer who works in London. He talks to Sundried about training and motivation.
Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up.
Currently I have no sporting events planned. But I hope to get into adventure racing in the near future.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
I joined the gym when I was about 15 to help strengthen my back. 6 months in and I was totally hooked. I qualified as a PT soon after school and started working in Cape Town at Virgin Active. My journey then took me to London where I now work in the comfort of the client's home helping them to balance healthy living with work.
What are your training goals now?
My own training is to maintain fitness, increase flexibility and be an example to my clients.
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you?
I used to have long hair.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Don't believe the fitness magazines or new fads. Stick to core fundamentals of training. Train hard and eat responsibly and you will achieve your goal.
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
Not really, I try eat responsibly Monday to Friday and drink no alcohol. Weekends tend to be more relaxed but not over the top.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
Stay positive, work hard and don't eat rubbish. Your body is like a super car, if you give it the wrong fuel it isn't going to perform.
Talk us through your training regime.
I cycle 3 times a week between client sessions, do 2-3 resistance training sessions a week with bands, body weight & TRX training.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I read articles on fitness and nutrition.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- Have a goal to work towards.
- Be consistent in training and nutrition.
- Get enough sleep.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What do you like about Sundried and what's your favourite bit of our kit?
In the current environment that we live in, I would like to be part of a company or movement that is looking to change to improve working standards and have less impact on the environment. Sundried is doing this. It makes me feel like I and hopefully many more can make a difference.
Favourite fitness quote:
NEAT UP 24/7