My Personal Trainer

via Bryce Wylde



1. What motivates you to motivate others to stay healthy?
What most motivates me to motivate others is the sense of accomplishment that I feel when a client achieves something they thought they never could before. There is no telling how far someone can go when they have a trainer and motivator behind them who believes in them. I am just a catalyst, and the human spirit is without limits.
2. What led you into the field of personal training and fitness in the first place?
I have always had a keen interest in health and fitness. As a teenager I was always actively participating in team sports, running track and field, and participating in other extracurricular activities. When I reached my late teens, I started to notice that my body was rewarding me with favourable results from this level of activity – results occurring apropos the dedication that I had invested in myself. I didn’t want to see these results dwindle so I joined my first fitness facility. At the gym I quickly became a committed member, working out often and paying closer attention to the foods I was consuming. In turn, I began seeing life changing results, from both the workout and the healthy choice I was making. Gym patrons and staff alike began asking me for advice and help. It was recommended to the head trainer at that gym that I should become a personal trainer. That was it. My fate was sealed. That was 15 years ago now!
3. Why do you think I chose you as my personal trainer?
I remember seeing you working out at the gym. Your workouts were consistent yet comfortable. In other words, they were without the versatility that a personal trainer adds to a workout. I felt that you were suffering from a very common problem most “gym goers” experience – a lack of physical inspiration! It is true that some form of exercise is better than doing nothing at all. But working out with commitment, sense of purpose, and a strict methodology is so much better! If you remember, I approached you one day as you ran on the treadmill and offered you a complimentary session. From then we’ve been working together. And ever since then, as far as I’m concerned we’ve been forging great results.
4. How rewarding has it been to have helped people get healthy through exercise?
To see a client walk into the studio with “heaviness” about them – physically and mentally – I feel compelled to do everything I possibly can to help them to a life of wellness. It’s those first few workouts, the very beginning of the program when the motivation is the lowest and the workouts are the most trying that my clients need me the most. Once we get over that initial hump and my clients get excited about their custom routine and their obvious early results, it’s then that I feel most rewarded.
5. What should we all be doing as a minimum routine?
As a bare minimum, I suggest people undertake 45 minutes of resistance training focusing on circuit training (full body), plus 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise two times a week. Let me reiterate that this is a BARE minimum! In addition, an effective form of abdominal exercise should be accomplished with each of the workouts. Furthermore, major muscles groups should be targeted every single workout. In our busy lives we must make the most of our time while we are at the gym.
6. Tell everyone how it is that you train me?
As you are well aware by now, your routine consists of foundation exercises along with functional training – the staples of any great workout routine: lunges, squats, pull-ups, chest and bicep and tricep exercises. After assessing your body type – for you to obtain noticeable results – your workouts should typically include challenging compound and tri sets that go well with active rest.
7. What is your – the Kirk Sutton – routine?
My own personal routine includes 5 workouts per week, with a focus on one major and one minor body part per workout. Almost every workout that I perform includes some variation of foundation exercises with functional training. I also take part in weekly squash games along with elliptical training.
8. How much does diet play a role? How about mental state, stress, and sleep?
A lot of people are under the misconception that working out – no matter how hard – warrants a free pass to eat poorly and make less than perfect food choices. The truth of the matter is that working out goes hand in hand with making smart and healthy food choices in order to have the body and fitness level that most of us want. It is nearly enough to repeat the well known quote: “we are what we eat”. But, not being conscious that the unhealthy choices we make today will affect us tomorrow is a shortcoming of society. Because you can’t separate mind from body and therefore you must do all that you can to reduce stress, it is imperative to include meditation, deep breathing, or simply ensuring that you keep your date with your trainer in order to keep stress down. Working out reduces stress considerably! Sleep is also very important to mitigate stress and maintain optimal body composition. We all need a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
“It’s not how you start, but how you finish”
Kirk Sutton

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