James Carslaw Personal Trainer

James is a personal trainer who believes in consistency and dedication. He talks to Sundried about motivation and training. 

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

It started at school where I wanted to get fitter and be healthier. I got the fitness bug and couldn't stay away from doing exercise once I started to see results.

What are your training goals now?

I am currently working on improving strength and muscle hypertrophy.

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

I play cricket at a high level for Loughborough University.

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

Track whatever you do in the gym to ensure progressive overload. Also that stretching and mobility are as important as lifting weights and running.

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

I currently use intermittent fasting to ensure I don't eat too much and save all my calories for the afternoon/evening.

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

I find music is a big part of my motivation as well as setting long term goals. If my clients set long term goals that they really want, I find they stay motivated for long periods of time because they want to achieve them. Once they start seeing results, this motivates them even further. 

Talk us through your training regime.

I currently follow a push, pull, legs, rest, push, pull, legs, rest routine. It increases the frequency when training each muscle group which is needed for progressive overload.

How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

I watch lots of YouTube videos and read new online articles.

What are your top 3 trainer tips?

  1. ‘A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.'
  2. Do exercises you enjoy so you don't get bored.
  3. Never go shopping hungry.

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

Prawn crackers.

Why work with Sundried?

I feel passionately about the ethical production of gym clothes that are also stylish. Ethical activewear that looks great encourages people to make the switch from non ethically-produced clothes.

Favourite fitness quote:

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started" - Mark Twain.