Adonis is a personal trainer who cares about his own fitness just as much as his clients'. He talks to Sundried about life in the fitness industry.
Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up
I hope this answer won’t show my age too much!
1990 - 1999: I participated in various Karate competitions, winning second and first place in some of them. Karate was actually my first love.
1999 - 2001: I was in the army/special forces. Through this role I had the opportunity to be involved in various army sports events including 50km mountain hikes carrying 30kg gear, 20km runs with a 4.1kg rifle, obstacle courses etc.
2001 - 2005: I studied at the Physical Education and Sports Science University of Hungary in Budapest. There I had the opportunity to participate in sports events such as gymnastics, swimming, and athletics.
2005 - present: I have participated in various obstacle course races but in general I participate mostly in fitness events rather than sporting events. The majority of the fitness events I am involved in are Group Exercise related.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
It all stared with Karate, which was the sport that made me passionate about fitness. Then I started long distance running and in 1997 I got obsessed with the gym. I still am.
What are your training goals now?
My general goals are to stay strong and mobile. Lately I've also started to incorporate some athletic performance development programs because I enjoy them.
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:
I am dyslexic. in order to understand something I need to read it 10 times. My hand writing is terrible and I am very good at losing things!
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
I wish someone had explained to me that less... is actually more!
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
I always focus on the basics such as eating small meals that contain all of the important nutrients, hydrating well throughout the day, eating something nice in a small portion once or twice per week. The same goes with drinking alcohol.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
Clients stay motivated with consistency and structure in their program planning and intensity progression.
Talk us through your training regime.
I've just finished an athletic performance development program that was focused on developing balance under high intensity. My new program is focused on hypertrophy/strength. Due to my limited free time I have split it into two days, with each day consisting of 5 exercises. I do each day twice per week.
Duration: 45 minutes
Rest between sets and exercises: 1 minute
- Chin ups with neutral grip
- Low Pulley Rows with butterfly grip
- Bench Press
- Include Chest Press with dumbbells
- Roll Outs with bar. One hand holds the bar from the middle and rolls it away and the other is on the floor doing a pressup.
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Plate loaded Leg Press
- Biceps Curls with bar
- Scull Crushers with easy bar lying on a 30 degrees incline bench
- Flexibility and Mobility
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
In order to stay up to date with the latest research I became a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). They are the most important Sports Medicine and Fitness research centre.
In general, for constant development I like to do a training course on something new minimum once per year.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- Quality over quantity. Select the weight that you can execute the exercise with proper alignment and technique. The last 3 repetitions should be challenging. Don't just go for the heaviest weight.
- Flexibility and mobility are as important as everything else. Think long term: injury prevention, health.
- Build up gradually. Good things take time.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Why work with Sundried?
I work with Sundried because they create incredible products using the latest developments in technology and because they take responsibility in business as serious as they take responsibility towards the environment.