New Colin

Phoenix Fitness have kicked off 2019 with an inspirational campaign to aid those who have an interest in fitness but have not yet had the urge to get themselves going. 

We have gathered some of the Phoenix FitnessFam together to capture their first hand experiences to help you start your journey!  It's a new year and there can be a new you!  So get inspired and see the change you can make! 

Check out @c.cambro transformation below, the image shows a transformation of 7 year apart.

 

 

Phoenix Fitness :

How did you start off your fitness journey?

Colin:

I first started lifting weights through strength and conditioning training with my rugby team at 15 years old. This was focused on heavy compounds and started my passion for lifting and training. The programming was strength focused, but was not particularly well rounded and led to some muscular imbalances specifically my chest overpowering my upper/mid back. This led to some injuries alongside my rugby and it was during my rehabbing that I really fell in love with training and nutrition beyond just lifting for rugby.

Phoenix Fitness
 :

At what stage in your life where you encouraged to get into fitness?

Colin:

I have always been heavily active since I was a child through rugby, football, tennis and golf. Rugby was my main sport growing up and this was my path into fitness through strength and conditioning as I needed to be stronger and more physical in order to be competitive.

Phoenix Fitness :

Did you invest in fitness equipment?

Colin:

My Dad bought my brother and I a barbell and weights up to around 60kg when we were 15 which we used at home alongside our rugby club gym. Nowadays, I have purchased a foam roller, resistance bands and a lacrosse ball which I primarily use for stretching and mobility work while all my training is done in the gym.

Phoenix Fitness 

Have you ever tried working out at home and how did this work out for you?

Colin:

At the age of 15, I used my rugby club gym but also had a barbell in my garage which my Dad bought my brother and I for Christmas. We used this primarily to do barbell circuits for compound movements like squats, overhead press and barbell rows. This helped hugely with my technique and form but the rugby club gym had much more equipment to allow me to overload my muscles.

 

Phoenix Fitness :

Did you create clear and trackable goals?

Colin:

I always set process based goals where I tick off the achievement each day or week in order to contribute to the bigger long term goal. For example, the big goal could be to loose 5kg with the smaller goals being to eat a set calorie number each week (across 7 days), walk 70,000 steps (10,000 a day), weight train 4 times across the week. these all add up to the bigger goal.

 

Phoenix Fitness :

Did you ever leave focus to your fitness journey, if so what motivated you to get back on track?

Colin:

By now, I have build sustainable habits which mean training and eating well is a daily occurrence like brushing my teeth. However, I used to use a whiteboard to write my goals in the my bed room to remind me each day as well as watching motivational Youtube videos and following like-minded, hard working accounts on Instagram.

Phoenix Fitness :

Which exercises do you find work best for you to achieve your overall goals? 

Colin:

Weight training in the 8-20 rep range is what I enjoy the most. I train 5-6 days a week and do 5-6 exercises/movements per session which target 2-3 muscle groups.

Phoenix Fitness:

Are you happy with that you have achieved or are you wanting to do better? if so what are your next goals?

Colin:

In fitness, I am never fully satisfied and that keeps me going. I have built a good physique but I'd like to continue to gain further muscle naturally while growing my fitness instagram by providing value to followers while recommending high quality products that I use myself.

Phoenix Fitness :

Do you have any top tips to give to beginners who are starting off their fitness journey based on your experience? 

Colin:

My biggest tips would be to commit to small gradual changes over time like swapping out some of your foods for better choices, training 2-3 times a week, walking 10K steps a day. All of these add up over time until you're living a much healthier lifestyle. Don't jump to an extreme fitness lifestyle as that will be harder to stick to unless you build it up and get better and better.

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