- Please tell us a bit about yourself, how your interest in fitness started and why you do what you?
Hi! I’m Simon Zhao and I’m 28 years old. I’ve been doing fitness since as I was a kid, from competitive swimming to my mum taking me to different sports lessons like football, ice skating, badminton and table tennis at a very young age. Fast forward to today I’ve graduated in Marketing Management then decided to follow my passion which has led me to become a qualified Personal Trainer and boxing coach where I can share my love for fitness to everyone else!
- What is your daily routine?
Physically fitness is important but without the right mindset it would be very hard to improve or excel in that department. So, I work on strengthening the mind by reading self-development books and meditation before I get into the exercise part.
- Do you follow a strict meal plan?
I actually don’t follow a strict meal plan because I’m not competing in any bodybuilding shows and I don’t eat too badly on a day to day basis anyways. I am a sucker for cake and custard though!
- In your opinion what should people do to achieve a healthy lifestyle?
A healthy lifestyle is achieved with consistency and not just a short burst, what I mean by that is I hear a lot of people only wanting to get healthy for the summer, what happens to the rest of the year then?
- Are you for or against counting calories?
I am for counting calories if you want to lose weight or gain weight. I do this with my clients that I PT, it’s a simple case of calories in vs calories out.
- What is your plan within the fitness industry?
I would like to impact as many people as possible and enjoy myself
- What 3 exercises would you recommend being part of a daily routine?
Stretching is what I would recommend first because it would help prevent injuries, and you wouldn’t want to take 1 step forward to go 3 steps back right? Secondly, I would say is walking, most people can walk and its low impact too so there’s no excuses. Instead of driving to a place that’s 5 – 10 mins drive, you can walk it instead to get some blood flowing through your body and maybe even clear your head with the fresh air. The 3rd exercise is some form of bodyweight exercise whether its squats , push ups or sit ups. You can literally do these anywhere as you don’t need equipment for this.
- Are you a fan of vegan food?
I have tried the vegan diet for a month just as a challenge before and I’m surprised at how many vegan restaurants there actually is in London and also how little vegan options there are in non-vegan places. Am I a fan? Yes, I am because I have tasted some vegan foods that actually tastes like meat!
- What is your goal in life?
Mine is to simply be happy and help people whether that’s through fitness or non-fitness related.
- Do you have any motivational quotes?
‘Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become’
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