Can Basic Fitness Routines Lift Your Life?

Training is something I do almost everyday. Not just to stay fit and be ready for my next trip, but also as a state of mind. To reach my fitness goals and find a purpose in my life.

These highly-effective exercises, the powerful music, the intensive repetitions motivate me to push myself out of my comfort zone and get the best out the session… and all that in just 30mins!

So you won’t be surprised if I tell you that I hit the gym even when I am on holiday. Actually, I like training sessions with like-minded people. And when I feel I am going to give up, I take a look around and realise that no-one is quitting. So I reset my mind on the next goal and push a little bit harder.

That’s where I met Francois, or Fran in short when on my 2 weeks holiday in Mauritius. I knew about GRIT but I did not really try – getting to his class was a game changer. After an excruciating 30 min non-stop, I signed up for more. So, I wanted to discover how he managed to get my lazy-self achieving my fitness goals again.

No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better.

Could you tell us more about yourself and how you became a personal trainer?

When I was a child, I grew up playing competitive sports mainly football and field hockey . I played field hockey at a pretty high level for the Malawi National team as from the age of 14. I played national league field hockey in the UK and represented Berkshire in the country championships . So I basically grew up training in gyms. This experience taught me to focus on achieving small victories each day starting from the moment I opened my eyes in the morning.

Very impressive start, what led you to achieve a career as a personal trainer?

I decided to further my education after completing an HND in Physical Education in taking a group fitness instructor and personal training certification course with the Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness .

Let’s be honest there aren’t many jobs that enable you to truly love what you do, look forward to the day ahead and earn a living along the way. I enjoy being active and a have a genuine interest in improving human fitness and function and get a kick out of working with people one on one. It fills me with peace, strength, courage and pride. I thrive on helping make people happier better versions of themselves.

People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being.

I have attended GRIT classes with you, and it was intense. What is it and how do you get people hooked?

GRIT in psychology is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual’s perseverance of effort combined with the passion for a particular long-term goal or end state. It is considered one of the quickest ways to take your fitness to the next level. The high-intensity interval training workout builds cardiovascular fitness and lean muscle while sending calorie burn through the roof.

Getting hooked on GRIT is easy… it’s the quickest way to fitness goals. The workouts feature a variety of functional exercises that are scientifically structured and tested to ensure they drive the heart rate into specific training zones at certain times.

Participants push themselves out of their comfort zones and get the best out the session and all that in just 30 mins .. that keeps them coming back.

Goals are important. Setting goals is proven to help you achieve more. Goals help you strategically pick the right actions, help you put in more effort, and keep you motivated over time.

Having good fitness goals can help you push through feeling too tired to go to the gym. Coming up with random numbers or ideas is one place where goal setting can go wrong. It’s more important to know your vision: the way you want your goal to change your life.

Trying to set good fitness goals without understanding how they are meaningful to you personally is a great way to set weak goals. But do it right and you can lose weight, increase physical activity, and increase motivation by setting fitness goals.

Why Should I continue pushing?

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is any workout that involves short, intense bursts of effort followed by periods of recovery.

The idea is that you go as hard as you possibly can for a short time, rest and then do it again. The intense intervals, particularly the use of the recoveries, allow you to keep reaching your maximum training zone, which is where the results kick in.

Significant weight loss and muscle gains will take approximately eight weeks to see. However, even though you’re not seeing muscle definition, the benefits going on in your body and mind are considerable.

People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives.

What is the mental benefit of applying to a fitness class?

Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. But exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, and more.

It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference.

No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better.

I am preparing for a running event, a backpacking trip or a mountain biking tour, what should my pre-trip training be to get in shape for the outdoors?

Spending multiple days hauling a pack weighing 40 pounds, running a half marathon or trail race or taking part in a mountain bike tour up and down uneven terrain will challenge you in countless ways.

From head to toe, you’ll need strength coupled with a solid level of cardiovascular fitness. Spending time to get physically prepared is critically important for a more enjoyable journey or race.

Sometimes life get in the way and we stop exercising. What would be your number one empowering-tip to go back to fitness routine?

Before you start any new workout routine, ask yourself why you took a break in the first place. Maybe you were recovering from an injury or sickness. Late nights in the office and family or social obligations can also sidetrack you.

Find meaning. Aside from having stronger arms and dropping pant sizes, exercise has other amazing benefits. You feel more energized, have better body confidence and have improved your overall health.

Two and half years ago I was diagnosed with a tumour on my pancreas. There were no warning signs. I had always been very fit and lived a very healthy life style. With that diagnosis, the brakes slammed on my livelihood. My way of life. It completely changed my entire world. Not just for me, but for my wife, son and our families.

I always try to persuade my group class participants how important being fit and healthy is. My Doctors said thst because I was fit and and healthy that I could took on the challenge head on and recover.

It is the quality of our lives that fulfils us and fuels it with honest happiness, gratitude and genuine experiences.

If you had one fitness-goal secret to share, what would it be?

Create a personal fitness mantra to stay motivated to you workout. ‘A mantra is a sacred word, phrase, sound, or a group of words in Sanskrit that is normally used in meditation and spiritual activities. It doesn’t need to make literary sense, but it’s often spiritually and personally meaningful’

On those days you second guess yourself for setting a 6am alarm to hit the gym,On those days you second guess yourself for setting a 6am alarm to hit the gym, recite your own fitness personal mantra as a powerful reminder to keep you motivated.

Where can we find you?

On my Facebook page The Fit Factor – there will be sacrifice, hard work, and a lot of hustling ahead but I guarantee you an enjoyable journey.

We all have reasons for not exercising but it all comes down to time management and fear. Fear you’ll get hurt. Fear of embarrassment or fear of failure. Do the things You know will make you better!


I am a full-time blogger, an entrepreneur and an avid traveller. I share my travel experiences and inspiring mountain and trekking adventures through stories, photos and videos to help you explore the world. As a photographer, I invite you to travel with me to some exciting corners of the world to discover your own dream destination. Life is short, keep your dreams big !

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