Fitness Mastery: Interview with Bree Masters
For this week's blog I thought I would share this interview with my readers. I have mentioned that I may be a Qualified Personal Trainer, but even I need help with motivation from time to time. I can't rest on my laurels alone, which is why I joined a local gym to stay in shape. I train a couple of times a week at Snap Fitness in Croydon alongside my martial art training. I never have been a member of a gym until now. I am glad I waited all this time, because I found a great culture within this gym.
I was initially met by Damian the manager, who made me feel welcome here and inducted me into the club. I then joined a fitness program run by Bree a few weeks later. She is a PT who has also studied Nutrition. I then asked her to help me on my fitness journey. I like training with Bree because she is a very nuturing person, who doesnt make me feel like crap when I fall short of my fitness goals. I know, I am not ripped like Zac Efron, nor do I aspire to be. I am a solid person genetically, getting my physique from my father's side of the family. I love the fact she doesn't judge where people are in the scheme of things.
I am currently in the process of slimming down, due to a colossal screw up with my medication. Last checkup, my regular doctor was away for a period of time. I saw another doctor who reviewed my file, and he decided to change the dosage and even suggested to use another brand of medication. I then went to the pharmacy and did just that. Within a period of less then 6 weeks, my weight ballooned from 98 kg and I gained 20 kgs. I was mortified that I had such a negative reaction to the change.
Once my doctor was back from holidays I had advised him what had happened. He then told me to stay on the previous medication I was using. Despite the weight gain, and outgrowing my jeans, I am fine. But, because of another doctor's negligence I now have to lose the weight especially because I am working in the fitness industry and want to set a good example. People have often commented that I am overweight, but they didnt know the reason behind it. I eat relatively well, despite the occasional indulgence. I also train often, and hike regularly. So, yes even trainers can have weight issues also.
Anyway, Bree has been by my side ever since joining the gym and for such a young lady she is professional, knowledgable and personable. She has held me accountable and I am keen to keep the weight down. I highly recommend getting a PT to oversee your fitness journey, in order to keep you on track. As a way of showing gratitude I thought I would conduct an interview and help boost her profile. She is a diamond in the rough and is the epitome of what a PT should aspire to be.
Thanks for consenting to this interview.How did you get involved in the Fitness Industry and what did you do beforehand?
I was starting my second year of Architecture at Monash when I realised that I was getting into the wrong industry. My time outside of university was spent training and researching nutrition and I soon realised that my passion was for health, not Architecture. So all in one night I made the tough decision to leave Monash, transfer to Deakin to study Dietetics (of which I’m now in my final year before Masters), and become a qualified Personal Trainer! Nearly 3 years later it was the best decision I made.
Agreed. I believe in following your passion also. What has been your motivations to becoming involved with Fitness?
I went through a tough period in high school where I really stopped taking care of myself. I gained some weight after changing schools and my body confidence plummeted, which led to very unhealthy methods of weight loss. This destroyed my relationship with food, my body and my health and I ended up with some terrible habits and disordered eating.
It took a long time, lots of research and lots of effort to bring myself out of that but ultimately I was able to learn how to rebuild my metabolism and health. So while my original motivation for getting into fitness itself was fuelled by body image and weight loss, what got me into health and nutrition was my motivation to become happy with myself and as healthy as possible.
It's great to see you overcome those obstacles. I met you working at Snap Fitness. What makes Snap different to other gyms out there?
I was a member of Snap Fitness Croydon long before getting into the industry. During my PT course I had three different gyms offer me work experience positions, some of which came with a job opportunity at the end. I took a big risk and said no to all of them, and instead asked Snap Fitness Croydon if I could do my experience there. And that’s for one reason only: the atmosphere.
I went to these other gyms and while they were friendly, and some better equipped, none of them matched the attitude and atmosphere that Snap Fitness Croydon has, where every member is known by the manager and trainers, where help is given whenever it’s needed. Going to the gym can be daunting for some, especially if it’s the first time, and Snap Fitness Croydon was the only gym that I felt went out of it’s way to make the gym a happier place. I wanted to be a part of that!
That is why, I joined Snap as opposed to other gyms. You have also studied exercise science and nutrition at University. What are your thoughts on nutrition in today’s society?
Nutrition is something that I have a lot of passion for, and I feel that today’s society doesn’t put quite enough emphasis on it. There are so many gadgets and fitness fads that are targeting people who want fast results with as little effort as possible. Unfortunately, this means nutrition is usually put on the back burner when in reality it is the most important aspect of any fitness or weight loss goal! Being educated on nutrients and how your body uses them is the best thing anyone could do to help them see more results but also continue to see results far down the track.
Have you ever had a client who had such a great result and exceeded expectations?
My clients are such hard working people! Every single one of them has made massive improvements over the years and it ranges from weight loss, to getting rid of back pain, to ditching bad food habits. The thing that I’m most proud of is when I have a client who develops an understanding of nutrition and is not just doing what I tell them to - they’re choosing good food because they enjoy it, they’re exercising because it makes them feel good. They’re the REAL results because they won’t have me forever and when I’m not around I want their life and fitness to continue to get better and better.
Every trainer has had a nightmare client or two. I know I have. Has that happened when your client has just been too difficult to deal with?
To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever had a nightmare client! But there are a few things you can do to be an AWESOME client and they are to turn up on time and follow the advice we give! At the end of the day, trainers just want to see their clients get results and feel amazing, so there’s nothing harder than seeing a client struggle because they’re not sticking to the plan.
Agreed, punctuality is a big thing for me. What does Bree Masters like to do when she’s not working at the gym?
I love to bake! I’ll usually be creating healthy recipes or making someone else’s (and then eating them of course). I usually send these recipes to clients or use them as part of my 21 Day Metabolic Reset program.
Terrific! If you could meet anyone dead or alive who has been a big influence on you who would it be and why?
If I’m being completely honest, the people that have influenced me most are the people around me who have mentored me or shaped my life as I’ve grown up. Anyone from my parents, to my friends, to the people I work with now who have all got such different approaches to their own health and fitness. I’ve taken on board things that I admire in them all. That said, who wouldn’t want to meet Barack Obama?
Indeed, he certainly is an inspiring individual. Is there any recipes that you are fond of that you would like to share with us?
I have to share my recipe for Rocky Road Protein Balls. This was a favourite from my first 21 Day Metabolic Reset!
ROCKY ROAD PROTEIN BALLS (Serves 10-12)
2TBS cocoa powder
1/4 cup gogi berries or unsweetened cranberries
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup peanuts
1 cup dates
2 scoops protein powder
1/2 cup shredded coconut
5-10 drops liquid stevia
Add cashews, dates, cocoa powder and protein powder to a food processor and blend until in small pieces.
Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until combined.
Add 1tsp water at a time until it becomes almost dough like
Roll into 10 balls and refrigerate.
Finally, how can potential clients reach you should they wish to train with you?
I can be reached any time through my email: firstname.lastname@example.org