It’s a family affair at Fitness Republic Ashby de la Zouch

Fitness Republic really is a family affair, and this month’s article is a quick Q & A with Simon’s brother Ben. Ben is an amazing coach that has been helping our clients achieve fantastic results here at Fitness Republic!

How old are you?

I’m 38, but I feel like I’m still in my 20s!

How many years have you been training?

I’ve been training on and off since I was 16, but only been the last 10 years that I’ve been consistent and been able to get real results.

How many times a week do you train?

I train on average 4 to 5 times a week depending on my goal at the time. When I need to get a little leaner I up my training to 6 days a week.

Why do you refer to yourselves as coaches and not a personal trainer?

We are of course all qualified personal trainers and we adhere to the same principles as personal trainers, however we believe that a coach provides more. We aim to give 360 degree support because we know it takes more than just putting someone through a workout programme to get these results. We want you to hit all your goals, and together we can achieve some amazing results. As coaches we listen better, speak efficiently, relate when appropriate, and show empathy instead of sympathy.

What is the simplest piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to pursue a healthier lifestyle?

Focus and consistency, just like one bad meal won’t make you fat, one week of exercise won’t make you thin. You’ve got to focus on the outcome you want and consistently work towards it. If you slip up on one day, just press the reset button and get back on track the next day!

Can people really lose weight and get toned without having to give up their favourite foods?

Absolutely, it’s more to do with the amount we eat that makes us put on weight, more than what we eat. As long as you are in an energy deficit and you are consuming the right amounts of macronutrients (protein, carbs and fats) then you will lose weight. You can have your cake and eat it… just not all of it!

What’s your secret for keeping motivated?

Having a bigger enough reason why…this is individual to everyone. You may want a toned, lean sexy body, but if you don’t know why you want it, you’re probably going to fail. Focus on a target and work slowly towards it.

What’s the most common exercise myth you hear from clients in the gym?

I’m a girl so I don’t want to do weights because I don’t want to get big and muscly… you won’t get big from lifting weights alone, you will getlean and strong. It’s very hard to put on muscle size for anyone, especially for females. You would seriously have to bulk up your calorie intake to put on muscle mass.

Girls are always seeking the ‘perfect butt’… What exercises would you recommend for developing the perfect gluteus maximus?

Squats, lunges, more squats and every variation of squats!  Don’t forget to progressively increase the weight as and when you can.

I have no time to exercise, what can I do?

Simple answer is anything, you don’t have to spend hours in the gym, the important thing is to keep moving even if all you can do is get out for a walk or a swim the kids. You could wake up 10 minutes earlier and do a few bodyweight exercises in your bedroom. You will make better progress in the gym, but anything is better than nothing. Everyone can find ten minutes to exercise a day, just don’t get overwhelmed thinking that you have to spend a certain amount of time exercising to make it beneficial.

Can you tell me something about yourself most people probably don’t know?

There are many things I could tell you that I probably shouldn’t (haha). I have a love for the guitar and have been playing since I was 13, I used to play in a band a few years ago and would love to do another. Aside from playing I was a sound engineer for U2UK (Simon, club owners band) and I’m also a website designer and have just redesigned the Fitness Republic website, check it out at www.fitnessrepublic.co.uk for our latest blogs and more.