The July/August holidays, or Summer as we tend to call it, is fast approaching and we all want to achieve the perfect body for the beach but some of us don’t know where/how to start. I decided to get some assistance from one of the sexiest, health conscious men in Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Christopher Sampson, a personal trainer. In this interview, he explains how to start, where to start and what is necessary in order to maintain those curves.
Kimberly Marshall: Tell me about yourself?
Christopher Sampson: I am 28 years of age, and I do personal protection for a living, so therefore it’s important that I stay as fit as possible.
KM: What are your training patterns like?
CS: I often train in the morning because at that given time our body has fewer calories to burn which is beneficial to me in maintaining my physique.
KM: How long have you been working out to sculpt your body?
CS: Basically I've been working out since I was 17-years-old.
KM: Would you agree that there are different exercises for each body part? If so, could you list a few?
CS: Yes, there are hundreds of exercises for each body part. For shoulders we have the shoulder press, side lateral raises and bent over flies. For the back you could do dead lifts, lateral pull downs and seated rows. Chest- flat press, incline press, dumbbell flies and for arms there are biceps curls, preacher curls for biceps, triceps pushdowns, triceps pull downs and overhead extensions for triceps, crunches for abs, lying leg raises for abs, abdominal twist and legs.
KM: How important is being healthy and what do you suggest should be motivation to exercise?
CS: Being healthy is beneficial in so many ways. Knowing that you're healthy gives that mental drive, which triggers your physical outlook on yourself, which in itself is motivation to exercise.
KM: As a plus size woman, what is the first step I should take to lose weight while still maintaining my curves?
CS: You should begin by finding a diet that suits you, in conjunction with the right training program for your body. This should be professionally directed.
KM: Do you think it is harder for a plus size woman to lose weight?
CS: No it’s not harder for a plus size woman to lose weight. What I can strongly advise is, instead of just focusing on just losing weight, you also need to look for reduction in inches because based on your body type; you may not necessarily lose much weight. I can guarantee you on this one because I have mainly dealt with plus size women on both a professional and personal level.