September 02, 2014

We've teamed up with fitness expert, Gym-Based Personal Trainer of the Year and WBFF London Fitness Model of the Year, Adam Stansbury, founder of Cover Fitness.
We love Adam's holistic approach to health, focusing on his clients' Mindset, Lifestyle, Nutrition and Exercise to achieve optimum results. As well as blogging for us and providing our followers with free workouts and health and fitness tips, Adam will be working as an ambassador for The Urban Kitchen and training our director, Toral.

We interviewed Adam to find out more about his unique approach to personal training and his passion for health, fitness and wellbeing.

It's pretty inspiring stuff...


In one sentence, why do you love being a personal trainer?

It’s extremely rewarding working with people and finding solutions to their Health, Body Composition and Performance goals and celebrating in their successes.

What do you think makes you a successful PT?

My Passionate, Empathetic and Holistic approach, with health and social support at the core of my practise. People end up getting much more than they first thought they needed, there’s always deeper emotional reasons for change than people first recognise.

 Everyone is motivated to get fit by different things, how would you suggest people find their motivation?

It’s really important to create anchors both from a Visual and Emotional standpoint. You need the physical goal to help visualise how your success will look and then you need to go deeper and focus on the emotional feeling that success will bring. This helps you to stay motivated even through the tough times.

Tell us about your own personal relationship with nutrition and fitness/health.

Good nutrition, health, fitness, well being, etc is really all about the sum of many parts. The Mindset you adopt, the Lifestyle that you lead, the Nutritional habits you live by and the Workouts you apply. I focus on all these areas in my approach to fitness which carries over into the relationships and practise with my clients.

How do you hope your weekly fitness tips will help Urban Kitchen subscribers?

I hope that my weekly tips will really help the Urban Kitchen subscribers understand that a simple approach is the most effective in many cases and I hope to dispel a few myths whilst educating and empowering them along the way.

If you could eat one thing right now, what would it be?

A medium rare rib eye steak from Hawksmoor London, with some English mustard on the side or The Urban Kitchen’s Blackened Salmon with sweet potato wedges which I love.

I’m currently experimenting with a vegetarian and vegan diet for a few weeks to give me a more mindful approach to my animal protein consumption, so I’m very much looking forward to an ethically farmed juicy steak when it’s over.

Do you think it is okay for people to have vices and slip ups, or should they be on point all of the time?

It’s very much goal dependant, if a client comes to me wanting to enter a Fitness Modelling show then the approach we would adopt would be much stricter with more structure and less room for slip ups because the end goal is obviously more extreme.

But I think if good health, body composition and performance are your goals then a more sustainable approach is needed and it’s essential to remain flexible, after all we are not machines and everyday life does not always work out the way we planned.

I very much believe in the 80/20 rule, if 80% of the time you’re looking after your body then you should allow up to 20% of the time to have a few treats and ‘slip-ups’.

The most important thing is to not berate yourself when you do slip up, you can’t change what you’ve done only what you’re going to do, so enjoy it guilt free and then refocus and get back in the groove.

       "I work with Men and Women wanting to improve their Health, Body Composition and Performance by using sustainable strategies to improve Mindset, Lifestyle, Nutrition and Exercise for a complete holistic service that achieves optimal results.

I’m on a Mission to raise Awareness and Consciousness in the way we Think, Live, Eat and Move.

       "For 1-2-1 Personal Training I am based at Lomax Way on the Fulham Road. You can also work with me Online, so no matter where you are in the world you can reach me and I can help you. If this sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place."

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