David Marshall is a personal trainer and creator of The Marshall Plan which covers “accelerated fat loss and the emotional barriers that prevent us from achieving our goals.” He tells Sundried how he ensures his clients' success.
How did you find yourself in the world of fitness?
I have always been into fitness, having been in the forces it was important in my job to be physically fit. I had a career in mental health and I passionately feel that being physically active has a positive impact on mental health.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated?
Keep it real. Don't get too down if you've had a binge, it's not the end of the world. If you make small positive lifestyle choices every day, you will achieve your desired goals. Confidence is also something to concentrate on so I compliment and reward achievements and milestones with a free session/class/meal voucher etc.
Talk us through your training regime.
I try to mix my training up a bit. I combine HIIT (high-intensity interval training) with resistance training but I add super sets to improve my stamina and get the heart racing.
Do you follow a specific diet?
Not really. I enjoy cooking and like to experiment. I'm trying to increase my muscle mass at the minute so adding extra protein in the form of chicken, eggs and fish is key, also I drink plenty of water throughout the day.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I continue my development with studying, looking out for new courses and training. I have a circle of friends online who I can share and take knowledge from. I also attend fitness events across the country.
How do you balance work and a social life?
With great difficulty at the moment. I'm 6 months into being self-employed so it has been hard. I am getting better and I try to leave an afternoon or few hours free to recuperate with a cinema trip, sports massage, Jacuzzi, football match etc. As a personal trainer, it's equally important to look after yourself.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- When you are cooking and preparing a meal, think to yourself every day how can I make this meal healthier.
- Keep sight of your goals. Be ambitious but at the same time realistic.
- Drink plenty of water. This obviously helps hydrate us but relieves fatigue and muscle soreness.
What are your training aspirations?
To eventually own my own studio, to continue to develop, to travel and train people to be a better version of themselves and to lead by example.
Why work with Sundried?
Sundried products are ethically produced, they are top quality products you can train or lounge in quite comfortably. They also support personal trainers and charity. Working with Sundried is a no-brainer.