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Three very fit men who should be on your wellness radar

Claire Coakley

Photography courtesy of Lawrence Price , James Stirling , Tom Trotter

Part one of our feature showcasing the next squad of male fitfluencers who are fit to follow.

1Lawrence Price

Your actions define your character

What's your fit skill set?

At 15, I played international rugby for Wales. I was lucky to be coached by professional S&C coaches. Being taught functional moves, such as the snatch or clean, at a young age was a game-changer, as I converted purposeful gym training into improving performance on the sports pitch. This  'move with purpose' concept shaped how I approach my training now.

Sport gets into your DNA from a young age so, although I've long retired from rugby, I'm still passionate about getting a good sweat on in training. The post-workout feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment is similar to that after a rugby match. Only with less blood and bruises, hopefully.

What puts you on our radar?

For the last 13 years I've been a coach; coaching people, day in day out, long before social media came to shape the fitness landscape. I've now shifted to adopt the term 'influencer' because, as my training focus has evolved, so too has my message. Now I explore mental wellbeing through a fitness-led lifestyle. I count myself lucky that I have a social media platform to help others explore the same journey. 

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Develop mental tools for growth. So, taking some time to get to know your deeper self and learn how to operate in ways that serve your greater values. This naturally offsets the exercise and nutrition that lead to greater all-round wellness. I guess it's a chicken and egg situation, but I firmly believe the mind leads the way and the body follows. 

I believe everyone needs a coach – in person or virtual. As a FiiT Trainer, I've seen huge strides towards reaching more people online in lockdown. We've seen what is possible in the virtual space and that excites me

Motivational motto?

One of my favourite sayings is “Your actions define your character”. Talk is cheap, so I'll leave it at that and be judged on my actions rather than my words. 

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2James Stirling

I help find a mindset to achieve your goals

What's your fit skill set?

I'm a PT, Fitbit ambassador and Optimum Nutrition sponsored coach. My ethos is having fun with your fitness and I'm passionate about exercise using only bodyweight. I believe exercise is accessible for everyone, and we can improve our health and fitness with or without equipment. 

What puts you on our radar?

I provide accessible workouts through my social media that people can follow, enjoy and benefit from. I  accommodate for all levels and experience so you'll find a range of workouts on my Instagram. I won’t show you how do a barbell snatch or max out your deadlifts.  I'll help people find a love for working out, a routine to suit their lifestyle and a mindset to achieve their goals.

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I encourage mastering the basics and the affordable things we can easily do. There is no cost to putting on trainers and walking, so first increase your daily activity. Walk, run, jog…Whatever you're comfortable with, do it. Next are strength elements: exercises such as squats, push-ups, back extensions. Bodyweight strength is important to our everyday and future life. I don’t follow a strict diet and neither do my clients. I show them how to understand calories and build sustainable habits. 

Motivational motto?

Don’t waste time worrying about things that might not happen. I feel many of us worry before we start something new, whether a fitness plan or a job. There are so many ‘what ifs’ that never materialise. I do still find myself, at times, worrying unnecessarily, but now I try to enjoy every day for what it is. 

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3Tom Trotter

Blessed to be obsessed

What's your fit skill set?

My background is rugby, playing professionally and representing England Counties U20. I love the gym and specifically train to become stronger and more powerful to enhance my rugby performance. Being the smallest on the pitch (and constantly terrified), the physical challenge really got my heart racing. As did that feeling of winning, of course.  Bigger the win, bigger the social sesh. (Slimline G&T for me, please.)

What puts you on our radar?

I don’t preach. Life's too short, eh? “Live simply so others can simply live” – that's what my Gramps told me. I'm a 'jack-of-all-trades', so one video post is an intense marathon training and, in the next, I'll learn ballet. My approach is to experiment and see what suits. I'm a fun (some say immature) person, so my positive vibe is 'don’t take life too seriously'. Unless you set yourself a 400 total burpee session and you want to give up on 390. Then take it seriously and do 10 more.

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Eating – I just whack in what I love and I've never tracked a calorie. Roasted vegetables – the more colour the better. Healthy, wholesome foods and balance…Smash a Hob Nob down or a whole pack. Like training, enjoyment is key. If we aren’t enjoying it, there's no longevity.  I drink gin on the weekend and make magical, creamy protein oats.

Training is all things conditioning, cardio and sweat. Bodyweight – burpees, functional movements. In the gym, use cardio equipment like running machines, rowing, assault bikes. It makes me tingle just thinking about those toys! Keep it functional. That's how I train – high-intensity and productive.  
I do 5am get-ups with long-distance runs, swimming and gym. The heart-race feeling comes from pushing my body every day to the limit and bagging that feeling of productivity. It's my daily mental and physical therapy.  I could waffle on all day about training.  Blessed to be obsessed.

Motivational motto?

Chuck me into any situation and I'll give it my best. I take pride in my ability to inject energy into situations when a different approach is needed. That's a big slogan. Healthy, happy, appreciative – that'll do.

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