COVER MODEL FIT
Stefan Brydon ( DNA # 163) Andrew asks former DNA cover guys how they achieved their fitness goals
DNA: What got you started in the fitness industry?
Stefan Brydon: I wanted to help change people’s lives and also their perception of how training can actually be fun. I keep focused on fitness mainly because I feel great when my body is performing at its maximum. Before coming into the fitness industry I was a very active sports person. I have been a gymnast since I was four years old, played tennis and have been involved in most sports throughout high school.
What kind of training do you do? Mainly weights but I incorporate stretching and light cardio to make sure I keep my body lean and athletic so I’m able to perform to my fullest potential. Also by adding stretching to my program I minimise the risk of injuries. I’d say I train five to six days per week, breaking up different muscle groups to allow my body to grow while at rest. What is one piece of advice you give all new clients? Have realistic goals. Trainers are there to educate and motivate. Also, I always make people aware that training is only a small part of your transformation. When beginning training, you have to incorporate sleeping well and also diet is key to any muscle gain or weight loss plan. What are the best lessons you’ve learned about keeping in shape while helping others transform? I always say be kind to yourself and listen to your body. Eating clean 100 per cent of the time is hard to maintain. One or two cheat meals a week are good for your body and mind. Cheat meals aren’t a doorway to binging. A pizza can be made at home where you can control how it is cooked and what ingredients are added. What does it take for someone to transform themselves physically? Realistic times and goals. Transformations don’t happen overnight and training is an ongoing thing that will help you for the rest of your life in tasks that become more difficult as you become older. Someone has to be dedicated to achieving their goals and wanting to make the change in their diet and training. Without that, relapse is inevitable.