Anca loves to inspire others in their fitness journey. She talks to Sundried about life as a personal trainer.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
It all started when I was little, being inspired by my dad’s cousin who is a gymnast, then my teachers in school, my coach who introduced me to weight training, and all the people I met during my development within the industry, especially my team with whom I work.
It’s passion, and passion doesn’t run.
Before being introduced to strength training in which I developed a real interest and passion, I played football, basketball, and I incorporated gymnastics into my program as a teenager.
Two years in a row I have been warming up football players for a charity event organised by Macmillan in Chelsea.
What are your training goals now?
My training goals now are to inspire others. To be fitter, stronger, agile!
I will do a Spartan race this year.
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:
I know when someone lies to me.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
As soon as you think you know it all, you have lost it. It is the foundation of your own development and training.
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
I eat healthy in general, and I love cooking, I eat products that will nourish my body, I eat to live, not live to eat.
One of the advantages of home cooking is that you know exactly what is going into your meal.
Having a balanced diet can contribute to a better relationship with your food.
Healthy mind, healthy body.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
Listening to them, to their needs I think is important, as we are all coming from different backgrounds.
Motivation comes from within, is finding what you love, and doing it with all your heart. Perseverance is the bigger factor.
Set a goal, set your priorities, have a plan, work for it, achieve it.
Talk us through your training regime:
My training regime can vary, I train 4 times a week, I stretch and follow a mobility protocol daily.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
My team and I meet up often to discuss our progress, and train one another.
I read a lot, self-developmental books, nutritional articles, fitness articles, research studies.
I am a student at CHEK Institute, also I go to fitness-related workshops, and I am lucky enough to work with some of the most knowledgeable minds within the industry.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- Believe in yourself
- Listen to your body
- No one will get the work done for you
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
In Romania we have a dish called ‘sarmale’, a combination of meat, rice and vegetables covered in cabbage leaves or vine leaves, with polenta, cream cheese and a chilli pepper.
Why work with Sundried?
What I really love about Sundried is the friendly approach to the environment, the ethics of the company, and teamwork spirit which is important.
Favourite fitness quote:
An adjustment can speed up your recovery process and provide you with a sense of hope, but you still have to put in the work to improve your daily movements.