James Clarke is joining us in the Personal Trainer Zone this week. Find out why he is a fan of plant-based nutrition and his number one tip for injury prevention.
1) What was your inspiration for getting into the fitness industry and becoming a Personal Trainer?
I guess it started from playing different sport when I was younger. These days my inspiration comes from all sorts of places.
I’m inspired by people who are masters of their work. That gives me the motivation to become a better Personal Trainer.
2) How many days a week do you recommend working out?
It’s all relative on your goal. However, assuming the aim is good health and fitness then I’d suggest three days per week plus an active lifestyle.
3) How long should you rest between workouts?
Again, it’s relative to the intensity of your workout.
Listen to your body. If you feel really sore and fatigued take a day off.
4) What is your favourite piece of equipment in the gym and why?
Without question the Watt Bike.
You can really work your fitness with almost no risk of injury. It’s also fool proof.
Do a quick google search of how to set yourself up on a Watt Bike and your away.
5) What do you recommend to eat before and after a gym session?
Before training I suggest to ensure you’re hydrated and have had some complex carbohydrates a couple of hours prior. Think brown rice or sweet potato.
After your workout, some fresh fruit or even simple sugars in the form of an energy drink can help!
6) What is the most common injury you see with your clients and what advice can you offer for prevention?
I am a huge advocate of keeping it simple.
There are lots of instagram videos of people doing crazy exercises. For example, I watched somebody doing squat jumps onto a bench. They slipped off the bench, caused an injury and looked a bit of a plonker!
Cut out the fancy stuff.
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7) How do you develop individualised training plans for your clients?
I do an in depth consultation and take into account my client’s lifestyle, nutrition and fitness habits.
After exploring each area and asking lots of questions, I then go away and develop a plan in line with their goals.
8) What does plant based nutrition involve?
Firstly, as a Personal Trainer my role is to provide fitness plans and nutrition guidance.
Dependent on their goals, I often promote that my clients increase their plant foods.
That means intaking more fruits and vegetables basically!
9) What are the benefits of plant based foods?
Adding plant based foods to your meals will increase your energy, assist recovery and boost your immune system!
It can also help with digestion as well as making you feel fuller for longer.
10) What are the benefits of using a Personal Trainer and what are the main services that you offer?
My main services are online training plans. The benefits of this are the fact its offers a more complete service.
It’s not uncommon to pay £50-£60 ph (outside of London) for a PT. Yet, you’re only really getting one hour from your trainer.
With online training, your programme will last as long as agreed and there will be constant WhatsApp/Email support – whatever suits the client best.
Online training is also more affordable as the trainers overheads are less too.
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