We continue our Day In The Life series with personal trainer ambassador Shea. Shea is a vegan, so if you have ever wondered how vegans get enough protein to look ripped but stay lean, read on!
Most of my days start early, comes with the territory of being a PT!
Most weekday mornings I'll have hummus with avocado and tomatoes on either rye bread/crispbread or buckwheat bread - mainly because it's quick to prepare but it's also very tasty and energy dense. At the weekends or sometimes on the one weekday that I start work late I'll have (vegan) pancakes or an exotic fruit platter for breakfast.
After my girlfriend brought a box of tamarind home from the market one day, it has since become a ritual for me to eat a few tamarind pods on my walk to the station when commuting to work. My grandma who lives in Antigua makes treats with tamarind, raw tamarind isn't quite the same experience but does taste really good!
After a busy morning training clients in London, it's time for my first lunch. Today I've got a salad with quinoa, lentils, tomatoes, celery, sweetcorn, pumpkin seeds with spinach, beetroot sauerkraut and hummus. Lots of seeds and grains to get my vegan protein in, as well as fresh vegetables for nutrients.
I'm currently enrolled on a Team Leading & Management NVQ to further my understanding of business management. Each day I study to improve my skills and to further my career.
After studying, it's time for my second lunch. Roasted sweet potato, tomatoes, red pepper, mushrooms with boiled kale and soy-free vegenaise.
After a busy day training clients and furthering my education, it's time to leave the PT studio where I work to head to the gym so that I can train myself.
My post-workout snack is a smothering of peanut butter!
I spend the rest of my evening writing client programmes. It's important that I'm prepared when I get to work and that I'm always professional when I train my clients, this means I have to do a lot of homework and always do research and writing to keep up with my career.
Ever wondered what PTs really get up to in a day? What do they eat? How do they train? And how they stay in such good shape? Sundried will be bringing you a new series, A Day In The Life, where each week we bring you the day in the life of a different ambassador. They'll be explaining what they eat, how they train, and what makes them tick over the course of an average day. We start with personal trainer ambassadors Elia and Carly Siaperas.
We start the day with oats, banana, and whey protein. The protein keeps us full throughout the morning and the carbohydrates from the oats and banana are slow releasing which helps keep us going throughout the day with our training and classes.
We train our personal training clients at our PT studio in North London. We help them achieve their goals by motivating them.
Time for Elia to do his morning workout. Today it's an athletic upper body workout.
- Power push-ups
- Clean and Press
- Bear Crawls
- Barbell Shoulder Press
- Squat Curl and Press
- Kettle Bell Swings
It's important to eat post-workout so that your body can recover properly and you can get maximum results from your efforts. We have a cup of tea, an apple, and more oats and whey.
Lunch time! Today's lunch is a high volume green salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and lots of tuna for protein.
If you have a sweet tooth, one square of dark chocolate or Greek yogurt does the trick!
In the afternoon, Carly does a home workout as she struggles to get to the gym with our son. This is how her workout is looking today:
- Kettle Bell Swings
- Quick Feet
- Squat and Press
- Forward Lunges
Another post-workout snack. This time it is carrots and hummus, perfect to keep us going before dinner.
Ah finally, time for dinner! A hearty chicken salad with bread, providing a good balance of carbs and protein after a tough day.
Bed time! We have Casein protein mixed with oats and topped with chocolate chips as a bedtime treat.