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Men's Health (UK) - - Gym Awards 2018 -

GUS­TAVO VAZ TOSTES

@gus.wit­train­ing

“Most gyms don’t of­fer a ser­vice,” says Vaz Tostes, head coach at Lon­don Crossfit space WIT Train­ing ( What­ever It Takes). “They just of­fer a work­out. Peo­ple turn up, they sweat, they take a selfie, they leave. Who cares whether or not they’re im­prov­ing?” Vaz Tostes cares – quite a lot, ac­tu­ally. Hav­ing de­vel­oped a love for fit­ness while study­ing for a sports sci­ence de­gree in his na­tive Brazil, he dis­cov­ered Crossfit after mov­ing to Lon­don. Its fo­cus on func­tion­al­ity, fun and com­mu­nity ap­pealed to him. When asked to de­scribe his train­ing ethic, he earnestly de­ploys phrases such as “chang­ing lives” rather than “build­ing mus­cle”. Although, if his own physique is any­thing to go by, you’re well equipped to hit any goal on his watch.

RUN­NERS-UP Laura “Bi­ceps” Hog­gins @lau­ra­bi­ceps

A strength and con­di­tion­ing coach whose fo­cus is en­sur­ing her clients feel great, not just end up look­ing swole, Hog­gins won’t let you get away with coast­ing through your train­ing. The moniker isn’t for show, ei­ther: she can prob­a­bly curl a lot more than you can.

Ol­lie Mar­chon @ol­liemar­chon

Mar­chon is the man whom many of the UK’S top train­ers turn to for their own pro­grammes. At Mar­chon Per­for­mance, there’s a strong sense of com­mu­nity (there’s that word again), with reg­u­lar team chal­lenges. As­sault bike lac­tate in­ter­val day, any­one?

VAZ TOSTES WILL KEEP YOUR TRAIN­ING FUN, AS WELL AS EF­FI­CIENT

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