Probably when I was about seven my dad took me surfing at Saunton Beach and he rented me a board and suit. I was hooked pretty much instantly.
I’ve been working closely with a personal trainer called Andrew Blake the past 10 years to prepare myself for what I’m going to put my body through and we’ve also just started doing surf fitness retreats where we we’ve been training people the techniques to use to give anyone more ocean confidence what ever their surf ability or goals.
Meet Martin Whitelock. He is a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor from North West London. He is a true expert in his field and runs the highly popular Moe's Bootcamp. We met with Martin to talk about fitness, his career and his hobbies.
I'm a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor from North West London. I specialize in body weight exercises and functional fitness equipment such as kettlebells & medicine balls. I freelance as a PT so I provide one to one sessions throughout London and I also run Moe's Bootcamp which is group HIIT classes incorporating equipment such as Tyres & Battle Ropes.
Where did you get the idea:
I'm local to the King's Cross area and I noticed a shortage of fitness options available in the area. I approached the group training idea with King's Cross Estate services & the site developers Argent. They were very supported from the start.
I was very tough at first and I've learned a lot about building a business. My first session had 2 people, an employee of Argent and one of my best friends! The toughest challenge was the great British Weather. We trained outside for the first 18 months. It's a niche market but if your positive & consistent other people will believe in what you do.
The location is awesome. We train under a huge shelter (West Handyside Canopy) surrounded by all the incredible new developments on site.
The classes are designed to be as fun and interesting as possible using the functional fitness equipment. The system is also created to allow mixed abilities to train together.
Have you got a loyal set of partakers:
There are so many repeat users it's insane. The fact people keep coming back for more is the most encouraging thing about the job.
I have statistics on who has made the most attendances that month and the top 10 get shared amongst the group via our email campaigns. A monthly prize will be introduced from April.
I think it's a fantastic way to meet new people. Not just for myself! People who train together get the chance to connect and it's a great way to make new friends.
There's a always new ideas on the market. Especially with the Internet nowadays. The most sensible advice I can offer is to use common sense. Eat less sugar and more vegetables!! People generally know when they've been eating crap. Most of the time it's just about having self discipline and being sensible.
Big do's and don’ts:
Do get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water. Don't drink alcohol every weekend and don't eat fast food or chocolate.
What does fitness and a healthy lifestyle mean to you:
It means everything. My main priority is my health and being able to to have relative strength makes me feel good. I run a business and I have two sons. Without exercise I think I would have far less energy, be less creative and less motivated.
Balancing your career and personal life:
I'm very lucky that my business is fitness. Everyone I deal with is generally in a great mood. Either excited pre training or pumped with endorphins post training. The flexibility and control I have over my hours is one of the best benefits of running your own business. I can take time off whenever I want. But on the flip side, if I want the business to grow it means putting in shifts during unsociable hours.
On most days when I'm off my free time is spent out on adventures with my sons! My favourite parts of London are Hampstead Heath & Covent Garden. Other then that I love to go shopping and also catching up with friends for some down time.
I'm working on a YouTube channel to provide HIIT sessions and also create content to provide other insights to the fitness community.
I'm also considering online Personal Training which will allow me to train more people on a daily basis.
How can people reach you and join in?
My Personal Training is schedule is completely full at the moment. Moe's Bootcamp has a few spaces available on most sessions and is available to book online via my website www.mw5-fitness.com You can also follow my daily fitness adventures on Instagram @mw5_fitness