Dave – better known to many as Slatts – is a personal trainer at Fit4Less in Tallaght. And with an extensive background in GAA – one of his fortes is concentrating on sports specific training programmes. Here’s what he had to say.
1: Tell me a little about your personal fitness background?
I grew up in Confey, a small parish in Leixlip, Co.Kildare. From an early age my dad would take me and my brothers to the GAA club to play hurling and football where I would learn the fundamental skills of the sports in which I grew to love. As a Kildare man, I grew up representing my county in both hurling and football at all levels from juvenile to U21, and senior level. Throughout all this time and as a result in participating in GAA, I developed a keen interest into the fitness industry. I played both hurling and football throughout my third level studies where I met great friends and won all Ireland’s along the way as an added bonus! Looking back now, I am convinced that there is a direct correlation between sport, fitness and personal fulfillment.
2: What’s your typical day like food wise?
I keep a food diary. This allows me to review my eating patterns over the course of any time. Most days I aim to snack three times in between my main meals while staying extremely hydrated throughout. I aim to consume fruit or vegetables with every meal. I like to keep breakfast simple with quick food such as eggs, oats or fruit. When I am preparing my foods well I like to cook extra for my dinner in the evening which enables me to eat well for lunch the next day. When training in Leixlip with my club, I like to visit my Mam and Dad’s to eat dinner there. I tend to raid the presses before I leave .
3: As a footballer, what type of exercises has helped you improve your game?
I have been very lucky throughout my playing career where injuries are concerned to date (Touch wood). I have not been injured to a great extent but anytime I have been, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge. Mobility, flexibility, and activation exercises have allowed me to gain an insight into improving body functionality along with potentially sustaining the longevity of my playing career.
4: As a personal trainer what are your top three fitness or food tips?
• If you consume less calories than you burn, you will lose weight as the body will utilise the fat and burn energy.
• Always have a water bottle with you to stay hydrated.
• Make S.M.A.R.T goals and be patient.
5: Who is your personal Fitspiration?
My personal inspiration is Usain Bolt. The man is an absolute champion on and off the track.
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