Jake Francis Personal Trainer Press Up

Jake is an aspiring CrossFitter and wants to be as fit as possible. He talks to Sundried about his training and goals.

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

I previously competed as an amateur footballer for several years, but took an interest in fitness and health and have been training in the gym ever since. I have always put my fitness first, always wanting to be the fittest. With that in mind, I am looking towards CrossFit competitions in the future.

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

I guess you could say this started in school. I always loved PE and participating in sports, including football, athletics, rugby, gymnastics, badminton (basically every sport). Since then my knowledge has grown and I have pushed myself to get fitter and fitter.

What are your training goals now?

In the short term, build strength and stability across all joints. In the long term, become a solid CrossFit competitor.

Sundried ambassador home workout back strength

Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:

I don't like ice cream.

What would future you, tell yourself when you were starting out?

Never give up, think about every joint, ensure your fitness is proportional across these joints, and stay healthy.

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

I don't currently follow a nutritional plan, but I do have a balanced diet.

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

Motivation is key. I ensure my clients have set themselves specific goals and review their routine and progress every 4 weeks. This ensures that they can see regular progress. This is one of my top tips. Another is to take photos of yourself every week or so and compare to the previous to see the change in your body. The last top tip is, keep your training varied - don't get stuck in the same routine and get bored, training should be fun.

Talk us through your training regime.

I vary my training regularly, so it can be difficult to specifically state my training regime. I mainly do weight training and try to focus on one area of the body in each session (eg. legs, chest, back, etc.), I will then work on core and mobility at the end of the session.

How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

I am currently doing a BSc Sports Therapy degree, which is ensuring I have the most up-to-date knowledge as I am reading recent research regarding the fitness industry. I like to read journal articles too, so keeping my knowledge fresh is easy for me.

What are your top 3 trainer tips?

  1. Have short term goals that build towards your long term goal.
  2. Regularly update your programme.
  3. Keep track of your progress with tests and measurements.

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

This is a CrossFit-inspired workout I recently tried. It doesn't last long but it's high intensity and will make you sweat:

For time:

20 Squat thrusters

40 calorie Ski erg

20 Squat thrusters 

Why work with Sundried?

Sundried make great quality clothes in an extremely ethical way. They want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy, active lifestyle. This is extremely important to me and should be to all Personal Trainers.