Joseph is a keen fitness lover whose childhood living near the Pyrenees means he developed a love for adventure and mountain sports. He tells Sundried how he got into the sport of triathlon and how he keeps his personal training clients motivated.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
Since I was a teen I've been always been involved in cycling and running and that has added to my knowledge and experience. I'm now an active member of a Triathlon team where I improve my performance in Duathlon and trail running. I love sports in general and living near the Pyrenees means I can practice all sort of mountain-related ones such climbing, canyoning, skiing, and snowboarding. Cases of chronic fatigue and fybromialgia in close friends and family plus an accident that affected my back resulted in long periods of physiotherapy. This made me aware of the benefits of a good and monitored routine in helping improve your health, enhancing your performance in your favourite sports, and improving your general lifestyle.
What are your training goals now?
To keep enjoying sports and learn better ways to use and protect my body and others'.
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:
I'm quite straight forward, so there isn't much you won't know about me!
What would future you, tell yourself when you were starting out?
Everything is possible if you believe in yourself
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
During periods of competition I am very strict, but the rest of time I just try to be balanced and cook my own food.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
Once they become aware of their posture and personal limits, I invite them to grow and improve themselves, compete against their own results, and just be there to support that process. I think there is no better motivation than seeing your own improvements in yourself.
Talk us through your training regime.
I tend to work out with my clients and then add in the bits that I miss, mostly with running and spinning classes.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
As a trainer is very important to keep studying, learning from other trainers, and be open to change if needed. Be humble, surround yourself with other professionals such as physiotherapists, doctors, former sports professionals, and learn and ask as much as possible even about things you think you already know.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
Consistency, patience, and time management.
If you could only do one workout for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would be doing the plank.
Why work with Sundried?
I like the simplicity of lines, the materials used, and the background. You can tell that there are real athletes behind the apparel. Plus it's important to get any help we can to make things around us better through lower use of carbon. Plus an ethical working philosophy will always be a winner.
Favourite fitness quote:
"When you feel like quitting, think about why you started"