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The basis for Bruce's sporting career was always high jump before making the leap to Ironman triathlon. He talks to Sundried about motivation and training.

Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up.

In 2017 I finally completed my first half Ironman at Cleveland Steelman after my previous two attempts at half iron floundered. One was due to the weather and the other due to illness.

High Jump has been the basis for my athletic career; I am currently the North East High Jump record holder in the over 40/45/50 age groups with the intention of setting another record in 2019 when I turn 55.

Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?

It all started at the age of 16 when I decided if I won my school's athletics competition in any event I would join my local athletics club. I won three events as well as the multi event competition and from there have progressed through track and field athletics, via a bit of football and basketball on the way. This then boiled down to running and triathlon.

What are your training goals now?

My goal is to run a sub 19-minute 5k at Parkrun. 

What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

To train smarter. Too many times I see people who believe that the more you do the better, which often results in injury and/or burn out.

Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?

I am a vegetarian and I believe in 'everything in moderation'. I don't drink alcohol nor do I smoke. But I do have a passion for chocolate!

What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?

By trying to progress a little every session. These small increments will eventually grow into huge gains; consistency and quality of training being key.  Also, keep it fun!

Talk us through your training regime.

At the moment as it's winter:

Monday: Run (45-60 mins including hills and steps), weights, and sauna. 

Tuesday: Run (track speed session), bike

Wednesday: Kettlebell workout

Thursday: Easy run and bike

Friday: Easy circuit-based session

Saturday: Parkrun (5k run)

Sunday: Rest day

This will change In January when I am able to bring swimming back in. 

How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

Listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and having conversations with other fitness professional and athletes.

What are your top 3 trainer tips?

  1. Keep it fun
  2. keep it simple
  3. keep it (just) doable

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chocolate!

Why work with Sundried?

I believe in the ethical side of the work that Sundried do. I believe it is important to look after our world, using its resources in a positive and fruitful way.

Favourite fitness quote:

"Better every day"

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