Jamie Lloyd talks about sport, and life… And shares some valuable training and wellbeing tips…
Before I was a personal trainer I worked in a number of jobs, mostly office work in the city, but I’ve always had a passion for heath and fitness ever since a young age. In fact, my dream as a boy was to either be involved in some kind of sport or to be in the armed forces.
I started out on my dream, when I began playing rugby, and doing long-distance running at the very young age of six. My Mum was an aerobics instructor, and so I guess she inspired me to keep fit, and it went from there.
So even though I was lucky enough to do a sport-related job I have been plagued with injuries, including a slipped disc in my back many years ago, which resulted in having back surgery. After the surgery I never thought I’d lift weights again, or do any sport again for that matter… I hit rock bottom!
I took the dedication and time needed to rehabilitate myself, and I’ve had the willpower, determination and mental attitude to achieve many great things ever since.
From all of my experiences my mantra is “If you want something as badly as you want to breathe, you will achieve it as long as you have the right mental attitude.”
I also have more self awareness now that I’m older, and I tend to nip any aches and pains in the bud by having regular weekly Thai massages, and by doing daily stretching and mobility postures in order to prevent any injuries.
I also have regular sports massages, as I lead a busy schedule training clients so I’m always on my feet. Plus, as I like to keep myself in check I believe regular massage helps me recover from brutal training sessions, de-stress mentally, and to sleep better.
Sleep is an important factor in my daily life ad I always ensure I go to bed by 10:30pm to help me get a proper night sleep and to help me recover from my training.
It is so important to take care of your body and mind when you do a job like mine, especially when you are a role model to your clients. If they see that you are over doing it, they may too. And when clients over train, they either do too many sets, work out for too long, or train too many days per week. The result? Fatigue and overtraining! And very little is gained in terms of size or strength, and in some severe cases of over training people can lose muscle, and be prone to illnesses and/or depression.
What many clients fail to realise is that every time we workout, we make massive inroads into our ability to recover. We put ourselves in a situation where our body need to actually “heal” before it can grow. And this does not only go for our muscles, but our CNS (Central Nervous System) as well.
Exercise is holistic, so you can still be empowered in mind and body by making it a part of your life. It is never too late to start exercising even if you want a day out of the gym, just go for a walk in the fresh air, or do some yoga in front of the TV.
Not only does the body need to repair the micro trauma that occurs within muscles during training, but it must also be able to restore hormonal and neurotransmitter balance, reboot the immune system, and clear free radicals from the system.
So my advice to everybody is to listen to your body, factor in rest days, or easier training days like swimming, yoga or massage, I also instil that if you can’t gain then don’t train!
The body definitely responds to the way we think, feel and act. This is often called the ‘mind/body connection’. When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right. For example, a cold or a migraine might develop after a particularly stressful event. So this is why I think it’s important to listen to our body and boost our immune system.
I do take my own advice too, so as well as the regular massages, I make sure I use Epsom salts and a few drops of tea tree oil in a bath, to help soothe the aches and pains away.
A bath is relaxing for me, as I shower two times a day – sometimes three if I’m training myself, as well as my clients. Sweating and washing regularly can dry out my skin, and as I have suffered with psoriasis for most of my life I now make sure I apply the cream that I was given by my dermatologist every day. I also ensure I use magnesium oil on my legs each night to help my recovery.
I have quite healthy diet too, and try to eat only organic food. Like most, people I do like chocolate and red wine, but as I train most days I know what my body craves and that’s quality nutrition at most times.
And I need to stay healthy from the inside out, as every year I set myself a new fitness challenge.
My final wellbeing advice is to always focus on the task at hand and break what ever is thrown at you into small chunks mentally. If I’m doing ten sets or a twelve-minute Amrap, then I focus on one set, or one minute at a time to mentally help me get through it.
I believe in order to maintain optimal health you have to think about the five key pillars, and that’s proper hydration, sleep, exercise smart, and don’t over-train, eat organic when you can, and supplement daily with an honest and reliable source.