We spoke to Aaron McAllister, the co-director and co-founder of FitazFk with business partner and friend Georgio Batsinilas. Famous for their digital workout guides, their new exciting fully equipped FitazFk Gym is about to take over Kangaroo Point in September. Aaron shares with us his own personal routine and fitness tips to help you be the best version of yourself!
110 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
How long have you been a personal trainer?
I’ve been a personal trainer now for 18 years… and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Describe what kind of personal trainer you are/what is your philosophy?
I like to work with the body not against it. Knowing when and how to push the body to achieve best results is very important to me.
I also like to help people make health and fitness a part of their lifestyle, not a temporary thing. It’s easy to get caught up in a rut and make excuses. But I think if you really learn how to incorporate it as part of your lifestyle, you’ll really reap the benefits.
I use shorter, high intensity sessions as I find people feel they can fit them in to their lifestyle easier. This is what FitazFK is all about! Using the unique #FitazFKMethod, 28 mins of exercise, every day, for just 28 days. FitazFK Gym in Kangaroo Point is opening next month and will be predominantly based around this EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) method, with EMOM classes as well as a fully equipped gym, for your workout needs!
What is your best tip when it comes to training?
Find something fun to do that you enjoy with people that you enjoy being around and I guarantee you will like training more.
Exercise doesn’t have to be “dreadful.” Maybe running 5kms isn’t your thing, so give boxing or a HIIT class a go. Plus, it’s a great way to mix things up and keep your training regime diverse!
Make your session short and achievable and always goal orientated. Use numbers or rep and distance to evaluate your progress and to motivate yourself. There’s no better feeling than beating that PB or hitting a new goal!
What is your personal fitness routine?
My fitness routine has changed over the years. I’ve done a few different types of training through my career/life. I like to mix things up and keep it interesting – it keeps my body guessing, so I never get bored.
At the moment I am doing some strength work but I also love Muay Thai (kick boxing).
If you could only do one type of exercise, what would it be?
It would have to be hitting pads with my trainer. It’s like a form of meditation to me. I need it in my life. I also really love going for a good run. It helps clear my mind.
What is the most common excuse you hear for not training, how do you combat that?
“I don’t have time/ I’m really busy” is probably the number 1 excuse I hear as a personal trainer.
It is a common one used because people feel it’s okay to be busy and to not make health and fitness a priority. It’s the first thing people often forfeit. “Oh, I’ll just go on that run tomorrow!”
I avoid this excuse by working with clients to make training a habit or a ritual. If you are slack don’t give yourself the choice of not training. Get up and train a little bit everyday. Make it a routine – just like you brush your teeth every day, you should treat training the same!
Another big one is working out at night. I personally prefer training in the evenings, but a lot of people get home and can’t get back out the door to hit the gym or go for a run. Once you sit down, it’s really hard to get back up!
I suggest taking your activewear to work and avoid going home before training. That way, you’re less likely to skip that gym session. Working out in the morning is a go-er for those who lead busy lives, it really helps kick start your metabolism in the morning, you’re in a better mood and you don’t have to think about it by the time 5PM comes around.
What do you think are the most underrated and overrated exercises?
Underrated: stretching/ yoga (especially for men). I am a huge fan of low-intensity exercise, but its benefits go far beyond a good stretch. It helps clear the mind!
Overrated: anything that costs too much money or you need too much equipment for. That’s what we pride FitazFK on. An accessible, 28-day guide that you can literally use anytime, anywhere, with NO gym equipment required! That’s the beauty of it.
What are your recommended pre and post workout foods?
I like to have a long black coffee before training and I usually have a well-balanced meal of protein, carbs and veggies post training.
Nutrition doesn’t have to be hard nor does it have to be boring. By educating yourself and getting creative in the kitchen, you can really come up with some tasty recipes!
I like to eat clean whole foods to replenish my body after training.
Who do you most admire in the industry or who is your favourite athlete/sports person of all time?
This is a hilarious question for me because anyone that knows me know I love Conor McGregor.
He is about the only thing I watch on TV. He is also Irish and his banter and hilarious chat really fires me up. I love combat sports so I really enjoy watching him. He’s come a long way and I admire that!
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