• Lewis Jackson Personal Trainer

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    How did you find yourself in the world of fitness?

    I have always been a sporty person. My family are all into sports, predominantly football. I love to play football and still play at a competitive level so fitness has always been in my life as a way to stay healthy and be able to perform to the best of my ability on game day. I was lucky enough to represent professional football clubs through junior and youth team level and was always sure that a professional footballer was going to be my career path but just like so many before me it wasn’t meant to be. This is when I turned to fitness, I found I didn’t want the standard 9-5 desk job. I knew I enjoyed sports and being active, so what could be better than to train as a Personal trainer. I studied full time with the Training Room Academy and haven’t looked back since.

    Do you follow a specific diet?

    I have followed diets and different regimes in the past but currently I just do my best to track my Micro and Macronutrients whilst aiming to consume around 2600 Cal. I aim to consume 40% Carbs 40% Protein and 20% Fats, I find this helps my body to recover efficiently from teaching my Fitness classes, Training in the Gym as well as football three times a week. I’m a busy boy so keeping my nutrition pretty simple is a must. I know longer weigh out and measure my food but I have in the past and recommend anyone who is serious about achieving their dream body type to do the same. Because I have measured and weighed out my food in the past I find I can visually estimate the micro and macronutrients pretty accurately and stay on point when it comes to my diet.

    What do you do to keep your clients motivated?

    Keeping Clients motivated is a must and something I’ve never really had a problem with. I find a good balance between indoor and outdoor training sessions helps to keep my clients on their toes. Variation of exercises and format in which they train I believe to be important but as long as there is still a clear path of progression and the sessions link together rather than being completely random exercises. This way clients can expect a new challenge or a new technique to be working on during each exercise and know that they are being treated as an individual and not just following a generic training programme.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    I think I touched on this briefly in a previous question. I’m very busy with Clients, Classes and football as well as trying to have some form of a social life so training days and times are hard but currently I am training either before or after I’m in the gym with clients. I train twice a week, the first session being big compound movement’s full body, Dead Lifts, Squats, Pull ups and Pressing variations. The second day being more functional and aerobic consisting of Cross Fit style workouts and HIIT. I also have football training twice a week the first session is usually more fitness orientated with shuttle work, disguised running exercises and agility work. The second is more ball work orientated with phases of play ready for game day. I like to work hard in the classes I teach as well even if it very brief, I teach a BOX Fit class once a week, P90X Live once a week and an early morning Boot Camp once a week, of course participants take priority but when demoing exercises and techniques I look to work my body.

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I’m always looking to expand my knowledge and currently studying Activity on referral with the Wright Foundation. Like they say every day is a school day so whenever there is a topic or a question a client may ask and I am unsure ill research it or ask a colleague. I’m looking enough to work closely with an Osteopath who is very knowledgeable and offers advice on topics surrounding injuries and range of motion work which I find very helpful. 

    How do you balance work and a social life?

    Good question. This year my Personal training business has taken off and I am now busier than ever in terms of active clients so balancing this with social life is tricky but I find simple things can help. I have a diary and try to input as much info in there as possible. I use my diary as some form of a check list and literally tick off bits as I complete them. I try to plan ahead which means I can allow my self time and space for the nicer things in life like date nights out and little weekend getaways. It’s simple but it works for me.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Prepare your sessions in advance and try to implement some form of micro cycles within your training plans to help break up a client’s goal into lots of smaller goals which can be achieved quicker.
    2. Get social media smart, interact with people in your local area as often as you can to build and promote your business.
    3. Practice what you preach.

    If you could only give your clients one exercise, what would it be?

    One exercise is so hard to choose, but if you’re forcing me I’ll pick a Man Maker Barbell Thruster, it’s a burpee to press up followed by a barbell thruster. Quality high energy compound exercise. Give it a whirl.

    What are your training aspirations?

    Right now it’s just maintenance and to stay fit and healthy. With my work commitments getting bigger and no plans of slowing down sooner or later something will have to give so football may take a back seat which will allow me to train harder in the Gym, who knows where that will take me, I’d like to maintain a single figure body fat percentage all year round. For me I believe it’s achievable and realistic so follow my Instagram account to see how I get on with that one.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Easy choice for me, I love what the company stands for and represents, the gears not too shabby either. I appreciate smart design and I think the clothing on offer a sundried is just that, sleek and smart. I also love the fact that anyone who orders from Sundried is supporting a charity, more people should get involved to help make a difference to those less fortunate.

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  • Bruce Robertson Personal Trainer

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    The basis for Bruce's sporting career was always high jump before making the leap to Ironman triathlon. He talks to Sundried about motivation and training.

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

    In 2017 I finally completed my first half Ironman at Cleveland Steelman after my previous two attempts at half iron floundered. One was due to the weather and the other due to illness.

    High Jump has been the basis for my athletic career; I am currently the North East High Jump record holder in the over 40/45/50 age groups with the intention of setting another record in 2019 when I turn 55.

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

    It all started at the age of 16 when I decided if I won my school's athletics competition in any event I would join my local athletics club. I won three events as well as the multi event competition and from there have progressed through track and field athletics, via a bit of football and basketball on the way. This then boiled down to running and triathlon.

    What are your training goals now?

    My goal is to run a sub 19-minute 5k at Parkrun. 

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

    To train smarter. Too many times I see people who believe that the more you do the better, which often results in injury and/or burn out.

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

    I am a vegetarian and I believe in 'everything in moderation'. I don't drink alcohol nor do I smoke. But I do have a passion for chocolate!

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

    By trying to progress a little every session. These small increments will eventually grow into huge gains; consistency and quality of training being key.  Also, keep it fun!

    Talk us through your training regime.

    At the moment as it's winter:

    Monday: Run (45-60 mins including hills and steps), weights, and sauna. 

    Tuesday: Run (track speed session), bike

    Wednesday: Kettlebell workout

    Thursday: Easy run and bike

    Friday: Easy circuit-based session

    Saturday: Parkrun (5k run)

    Sunday: Rest day

    This will change In January when I am able to bring swimming back in. 

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    Listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and having conversations with other fitness professional and athletes.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Keep it fun
    2. keep it simple
    3. keep it (just) doable

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

    Chocolate!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I believe in the ethical side of the work that Sundried do. I believe it is important to look after our world, using its resources in a positive and fruitful way.

    Favourite fitness quote:

    "Better every day"

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  • Andrea Corbett Personal Trainer

    Andrea Corbett Personal Trainer Sundried Ambassador

    After being diagnosed with a mental health condition, Andrea quit her teaching job and turned to fitness for relief. She is now a world-class bodybuilder and shares her motivation with her personal training clients. She talks to Sundried about life as a bodybuilder.

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

    I started weight training for the first time in March 2014 because a PT at a local gym suggested I should try bodybuilding. When I first started, I set it as my challenge for 2014. My fitness journey really began in February 2015 when I was diagnosed with a mental health illness; fitness became my daily dose of medication. The doctor suggested I should go to the gym, but by this time going to the gym for no reason was not getting me there. As a result, I set myself a goal, to train for the UKBFF Nationals Bodybuilding competition, which was held in April 2015.

    I worked hard to become an award-winning international bodybuilder. I am now the UKBFF Women’s Physique champion 2015-17 and I am ranked 5th in the IFBB World 2016 and European 2017 Championships.

    I have recently completed the Leadership in Running Fitness. I am now in the process of putting together a beginner's running club.

    I have recently setup a youth fitness mentoring programme aimed at young people in Looked After Care. I take them to the gym to promote good mental and physical health.

    What are your training goals now?

    I recently competed in the IFBB European Championships 2017 (May), where I placed 5th out of 10 women.

    I am now preparing for the IFBB World Championships 2017 (December). Last year I placed 5th out of 16 women.

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

    I am a qualified business and computing teacher. Due to my mental health diagnosis, I resigned in October 2015 after 15 years in the teaching profession.

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

    Everything happens for a reason, you may not know or understand the reason at this present moment, but the reason will present itself when the time is right and you are mentally ready for the new journey. So, keep working hard in and out of the gym and watch the foods that you eat.

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

    I eat every 3 hours; portion sizes are dependent on how many weeks I have leading up to my next competition and what I look like in terms of body fat and muscle mass.

    In an average day, I eat:

    • Egg whites
    • Porridge
    • Chicken
    • White fish
    • Salmon
    • Sweet potato
    • Brown basmati rice
    • Broccoli
    • Spinach
    • And drink lots of water

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

    • Keep the session fun.
    • Ensure the client feels like they are making progress, no matter how small it may seem.
    • Clients love to be praised for their hard work.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    Monday – Hamstrings and Biceps

    Tuesday – Chest and Calves

    Wednesday – Quads and Glutes

    Thursday – Rest (foam rolling the lower body)

    Friday – Shoulders and Triceps

    Saturday – Back and Calves

    Sunday – Rest (foam rolling the upper body)

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I do a lot of my own research for when I am working with my clients. 

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Always start with getting your form correct before going heavy.
    2. Do not 'ego lift'; lift according to your body type and what your body can manage.
    3. When performing each exercise, connect your mind to the body part you are working out for full concentration and to ensure the best possible outcome.

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

    Hip thrusts/Glute bridges, which is a glute exercise designed to improve your strength, speed, and power. The glutes are amongst the most powerful muscle in the body and should therefore not be neglected.

    Why work with Sundried?

    The values and ethics Sundried promotes are great and I will be proud to be an ambassador and promote the products:

    • has the very smallest carbon footprint
    • the concept of Every Hour On the Hour (EHOH)
    • giving a unique code to charity Water for Kids with every purchase
    • delivering premium style and technical function in an ethical way 

    Favourite fitness quote:

    Focus On Creating your Ultimate Self

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  • Rupert Harold Personal Trainer

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    Rupert is passionate about extreme outdoor sports and has conquered some of the toughest challenges on the planet! He talks to Sundried about motivation and his goals for the future.

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

    In order to push my fitness threshold to new levels, I have taken part in a wide variety of challenges such as a180km cycle around Lake Geneva, the ‘Patrouille des Glaciers’ ski mountaineering race across the Swiss Alps, triathlons, Total Warrior and other obstacle course races, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, The Knighthood of Sufferlandria (the toughest indoor cycling challenge in the world!), representing Great Britain at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships (2009) and Man vs. Mountain marathon over Snowdon to name a few.

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

    Growing up in Switzerland, I have always been keen on the outdoors in any form of endurance activity. Going hiking and camping at weekends, running on and off road, mountain biking and road cycling, rock climbing, skiing, wakeboarding, swimming and kayaking were all much more exciting than studying!

    What are your training goals now?

    My motto is to always maintain a base level of fitness to take on any challenge when the opportunity arises. I don’t enjoy training for the sake of training but I do enjoy completing a challenge as opposed to saying: ‘Sorry I don’t think I’m fit enough’.

    So my current goal is back to basics and working on improving my core strength and 5km time.

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

    My advice to myself and anyone else would be: don’t skip today’s session because as much as today may hurt and how little you feel you may achieve – it is all adding up in the bigger picture!

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

    Finding the motivation isn’t always easy, especially when I know I am going to have to push myself outside my comfort zone in order to improve, but remembering the overall goal and the reasons why I want to achieve new heights are what push me to carry on. Using mental imagery helps motivate me right up until race day. To keep clients motivated, I stay up to date with my social media so they know what I am up to and can see I push myself through the same pains as them.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    Specialising in functional training I would say my go-to piece of equipment would be a suspension trainer as it can be used anywhere and I can target the majority of my muscle groups with it.

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    Reading journal articles as well as attending training courses. I am currently expanding my instructing portfolio by working towards my Pilates qualification.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Train because you want to, not because you have to.
    2. Make sure you always have something to train towards to help you stay motivated.
    3. Enjoy an 80-20 balance, don’t train so hard that you forget to enjoy yourself!

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

    Running, as it can be done anywhere and there is always an alternative route.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I feel Sundried’s ethos aligns well with my own values of deeply caring about the environment and appreciating my surroundings. My favourite place to train is in the outdoors and Sundried has a similar passion.

    Favourite fitness quote:

    ‘Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.’ Michael Jordan

     

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  • Robert Hemingway Personal Trainer

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    Robert began his fitness journey with martial arts but decided to pursue the path of bodybuilding to improve his physique. He tells Sundried how he stays motivated and how he applies his knowledge to training his clients.

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

    I took my first step into fitness by studying Shotokan Karate. I always looked up to martial artists and admired their strength and perseverance. Being the energetic little kid that I was, I decided I wanted to be like my heroes. It was a long, difficult road full of various different life lessons that I am now able to implement into mine and my clients' lifestyles. After doing karate for 10 years I decided to alter my path slightly; I decided that I wanted to improve my physique. I knew that martial arts could only take my body so far, and I wanted to become stronger. I now run an established online personal training business.

    What are your training goals now?

    I’m currently focusing on tweaking my diet until I’m lean enough to see where my body needs improvements. Near the end of the year, I will be focusing on upping my calorie intake to a point where I will be building muscle and keeping my body fat percentage low.

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

    I’m oddly double jointed, to the point where my hips are extremely flexible & my limbs move in a way that no human should move. I also have extremely stretchy skin.

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

    My experiences, good and bad, have made me who I am and have lead me to the life I am currently living. 

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

    I track my macros, so I basically eat what I want to maintain my physique. My breakfast and lunch do not seem to differ often if I am honest; I usually stick with the same food and then consume my leftover calories for my dinner. 

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

    I run online competitions for my online clients. It’s a 60-day transformation challenge, where my clients send in a time-stamped photo at the beginning of the challenge and another photo 60 days after. I personally judge each transformation and narrow it down to the final 3 – l then decide who takes each place and provide each 3 clients with a cash prize based on their position. I keep myself motivated by constantly taking photos/videos of my overall physique to compare in a few months’ time.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    I train when I can, as quickly and efficiently as possible! If a part of me isn’t aching, I like to train it! Other than that, I usually mix things up. 

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I take a big interest in the human anatomy so I like to refresh my knowledge on a regular basis to maximise not only my results but also my clients'. I usually read scientifically verified evidence/journals – and take a workshop here and there if it seems informative to myself.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Work out your macros and hit them each day
    2. Steer clear of attempting 1 rep maxes with isolation movements i.e. bicep curl
    3. Be imaginative, be unique, and improvise different training techniques!

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

    Maybe a full body hypertrophy workout so I don’t start losing muscular proportion!

    What are your training goals?

    Other than pushing my physique to its natural limits, I also have one particular part I would like to develop: my calves. At a young age I was gifted with a pair of fairly small calves and to this day I continually work them into the ground in the hopes that they’ll grow! 

    Why work with Sundried?

    After reading over their website, I took a large interest in the ethical approach they had taken towards their clothing line and ideology and I couldn’t resist partnering up with like-minded people.

    Favourite fitness quote:

    Paulo Coelho
    “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times”

     

    Robert's Website.

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