Matt is a seasoned triathlete who has now turned his hand to personal training. He tells Sundried how he stays motivated and shares his top trainer tips.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
I have taken part in many triathlons over the past four years. Ranging from sprint to middle distance. In August I will be competing in Ironman Copenhagen. As a personal trainer, I specialise in body weight circuits aiming to improve the body and mind. I have always been quite sporty going to the gym and being active. The main change was when I retrained as a personal trainer acquiring the knowledge to do a wide range of exercises. Also just over 4 years ago starting out in the triathlon world.
What are your training goals now?
My goals now are to compete in two or three Half Ironman events next year and enter a road cycling league series as this is my strongest discipline
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:
I used to be a freelance cocktail bar tender
What would future you, tell yourself when you were starting out?
To look after my body more and take missed opportunities.
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
I eat a healthy diet. I am certified as a sports nutritionist and carry out 8-week food plans for my PT clients. I try to eat clean.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated?
People are always focused on weight. I tell my clients that it's more important to notice a change in how they are feeling and how well their clothes are fitting. When they see this change this keeps them going.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I keep my fitness knowledge up via social media, testing out my own methods and publications. I am studying to do my Level 3 GP Referral course in October.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- Don't give up.
- Each training session does not have to beat the last one.
- Enjoy and keep the training fun.
If you could only give your clients one exercise, what would it be?
Anything to do with a bike.
Why work with Sundried?
The product range is amazing and very high quality. I love Sundried's ethical ethos and the fact they promote people to live healthier lifestyles.
Please tell us your favourite fitness quote.
"2 weeks ago you said your body was telling you it can't do it. Now your are telling your body what to do."