04 Sep Gareth McKeown EXPERT OF THE MONTH
If you have listened to any of the podcast interviews that I have been privileged to be a part of in the last month (She said club interview here and Best of Belfast here) then it will not be a secret to you that I am bringing out a workout programme!! I have admired and known Gareth for a long time. He is one of those physio type people (technical term for his profession is below) who I can spend two minutes with complaining about my sore shoulder and within that short time he uses his clever brain to fix it. Not in a freaky way but in a methodical genius way.
When I train with Gareth he manages to use this clever brain work to flow seamlessly into workouts which fall into the functional training category . It also hits part of your body that you need to stay strong way beyond the average squat and tricep dip.
So, it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Gareth and his expertise. We have been working together for months to bring out a super Aly inspired three month fitness programme. We aim to launch it within the next 4-6 weeks and will have all the information on here first so keep an eye out!
Name – Gareth Mckeown
Age – 32
Occupation – Personal Trainer/ Movement analyst
Location – David LLoyds Belfast
In a few lines tell us a bit about yourself, work, family, lifestyle etc.
Travelled the world in my 20’s using hockey as a way of facilitating that along with the personal training. Since I got back from my travels I met my loving wife Gillian and now we have created a fantastic home for ourselves and our 3 month baby boy Freddie! I enjoy most sports that have a ball associated but in my free time I still enjoy playing hockey and golf especially. I also enjoy anything that gets me close to the water!
You are working as a personal trainer now. Can you tell us a bit about your sporting / fitness/ wellbeing background?
By the age of 21 I had already been on the operating table 13 times (unlucky for some) all while trying to maintain a high level of sport made me realize just how important rehabilitation and constant maintenance is for the body. It also helped me figure out that although i didn’t really know what I wanted to do career wise until late on I knew it had to involve helping people. So fast forward the years and many courses later here I am doing what I love.
What do you enjoy most about what you do now?
Firstly Interaction with people that used to be clients and hearing how they are getting on now. Whether they are telling me about how pain free they are now or how great they feel now as they keep active always makes me smile.
Secondly I enjoy the variety of the clients that I get to work with. Every day is different. I can honestly say that getting up and going to work never feels like a chore, and i know I am lucky to be able to say that.
How do you stay on track with your fitness goals? (diet, training with someone etc)
Truth bomb here, but I don’t. I don’t set goals as such. I have highs and lows like everybody but I am fortunate that playing sport is still a big part of my life so I train for that 3-4 days per week plus a match. I lead a very active life and for the moment I am happy. This is something I see in yourself also Aly from the times we have trained together. The “goal” is to have fun and enjoy it and not for it to become a chore. Your videos are not just in the gym but on holiday, dancing, yoga, its great and refreshing. Yes there are times we need help and motivation but once people arrive at this stage where it becomes part of our life i don’t see it as goal setting but enjoying ourselves
How important is nutrition to you?
Massive!!! When looking for weight loss you have to be a little stricter on yourself but you have to find out what works for you and your lifestyle and don’t deny yourself the guilty pleasures as in my experience that sets you up for failure.
What is your favourite activity to do outside of sport/fitness?
Family time. Nothing better than everybody in the same place. Always filled with laughter and fantastic memories being created
Where was the last place you holidayed?
Annecy, France. If you havent been, go! One of my favorite places in the world to visit
Do you have any advice for your younger self?
Pick up the phone more often. As i said before I travelled a lot in my 20’s and didnt keep in touch with people as much as I should have. I took a lot of relationships with friends and family for granted and a simple phone call goes a long way
If you had to choose one cheat meal what would it be?
Raclette, from my days living in Switzerland but basically melted cheese and potatoes. Served with wine. Happy days
Where can people find you?
David lloyds Belfast and on my Func train instagram . Exciting times to come in the not so distant future.
Thanks for sharing Gareth, I can’t wait to finish our workout programme to help people to feel the best that they can feel!