Ste­fan Bry­don ( DNA # 163) An­drew asks for­mer DNA cover guys how they achieved their fit­ness goals

DNA Magazine - - FITNESS -

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.

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