Our much-adored Coach Wes has been in the industry for 14 years now and to say health and fitness is his passion would be an understatement. Wes lives and breathes health, he practices what he preaches day in and day out and with as much passion and enthusiasm as the day he started his journey.
Wes completed his studies and began working in the industry 14 years ago at Fitness First, Castle Towers. His career has been a successful one working as a personal trainer and health coach and helping his clients achieve their goals. His interest grew after reading a number of articles on different health and fitness topics, in particular technique and strength training. Once his knowledge grew so did his passion.
Wes says the difference in his lifestyle changes since 2004 has been more emphasis on training for a purpose; his focus on detail is commendable however that started when he studied more into effective ways of training. Programming for himself has seen great results and has increased his focus even more (if that is possible). Nutrition has come a long way since the beginning. His focus on macronutrients has seen and helped him achieve his particular fitness goals with a healthier and more wholesome approach to food and the benefits of following macros. More recently in the past 12mths Wes has cut gluten from his diet and in the last 3mths has cut dairy. His awareness for healthier alternatives has heightened and choosing the better options rather than the easier options has helped his “gut” health immensely. “Instead of wheat based pasta I will now opt. for quinoa based pasta. That includes milk as well which I have recently moved away from and towards macadamia milk or almond milk or even coconut based yoghurts. For personal reasons as well as health reasons.”
When asked what his number one health tip was, Wes’s answer was simple. Consistency. FULL STOP. “Consistency is key and I will never change my answer for that particular question. So many people ask and I keep telling them the same answer. Week in week out people or society in general are looking for a “quick fix” something “easy” but what they are forgetting is that the time it took for their bodies to get this way or for their health to be where it is, to the point where they realise it is time to fix it and do something about it!! It just doesn’t work like that.” As Wes is explaining his point nothing but passion and energy is coming across, it is so good to see him in his element and the elated expression on his face. “The smallest thing can derail someone’s focus and determination and that is what we need to learn to push past and stay consistent!”
Wes enjoys a H.I.I.T style of training for his clients to help them achieve their goals. His passion is with strength training however he says the method behind high intensity interval training is proven to be more effective at fat burning and helps mobilise the fat cells in the blood stream. It is a great tool to use and when used correctly and combined with strength training the results speak for themselves.
To catch Coach Wes in his element his class is on Monday nights at 6:30pm. Which of course is a hard hitting H.I.I.T class.