September 28, 2015: Laurel Walzak, Fitneff Inc., learns more about Iain Bain, Writer, Personal Trainer & Guest Blogger at Fitneff.
We, at Fitneff, would like you to know a little more about our guest blogger's and why we chose them to blog with us. Iain Bain, one of Fitneff's guest bloggers, has a passion for health, fitness and journalism and so he coupled the two and has made a career out of them. He describes himself in these words "Voracious for more, obsessively insatiable curiosity". That description alone makes us want to learn more about, whom we refer to as Bain, Iain Bain. Read more below.
Q. You are a writer with a degree in Journalism and you also have a background in health and fitness, tell us a little about this and how you married the two. IB: I suppose it was inevitable. The two were coupled because I have a passion for both. I didn’t decide to force the two together it was in my makeup. I have been lifting weights since I was 15 years old and I got the inspiration from a book I was reading at the time. The antagonist woke up every morning before dawn and worked through his vigorous workout routine. Shortly thereafter, I was doing the same. It boiled down to life imitating art.
Q. Where can we find your work? Thebainbuild.com blog? IB: My fitness pieces are found at dailyxy.com, thebainbuild blog and of course now Fitneff. I have a portfolio of other works from newspaper and magazine periodicals that do not pertain to the fitness industry. They range from human rights issues to alternative lifestyle features.
Q. Why did you get into the health and fitness industry and what do you love about it? IB: Again, I have spent the majority of my life in a gym and helping people achieve their goals comes naturally to me. It was more of a birthright than an active decision to work as a trainer.
What I truly enjoy is building a client up not only physically, but mentally as well. It is more than screaming for one more repetition. It’s about building that confidence and innate belief that you can be bigger, stronger, more flexible. That coupled with an infectious passion to perpetually challenge and improve yourself is what really drives a client towards success. Teach a man to fish…
In your opinion what differentiates you from the other personal trainers in the industry? IB: I’m sure I have many commonalities with my peers but what I do offer is a natural talent for inspiring those who work with me and pushing them beyond what they would have otherwise seemed impossible.
My, Laurel's impression, 6 words that describe Iain Bain: Knowledgeable, humorous, confident, unassuming, friendly and creative. Any surprises here? IB: No surprises. After having said that however, I feel as though I need to be taken down a peg, as though I expected such a flattering character grade.
Q: Your impression - 6 words that describe you? IB: Voracious for more, obsessively insatiable curiosity.
Q: 6 Words you think your client's would describe you? IB: Why won’t he let me rest?
Q: You train a high volume of executives, why do they come to you? IB: My clients crave challenge. That’s what made them the successes they are today. I give them the challenge they itch for, and show them how powerful they really are.
Q: When these executives work with you, do they have commonalities in their training needs or is everyone different and why? IB: They are all different and they are all the same. There is a lot of overlap when it comes to training however everyone has variables whether it is past injuries or muscular inefficiencies. I find a way to work with any limitation to give them all equal opportunity to succeed.
Q: Does the training end at the gym for these clients, why or why not. If no, what tips do you give them to continue their efforts beyond the gym? IB: Homework is crucial. It reminds a client throughout the day that their efforts in the gym translate to everyday life. Three to four hours with me in the gym simply isn’t enough. You need to adopt the lifestyle, not simply punch in and punch out. There are a myriad of different exercises I give for homework all mostly encompassing core, scapulae and mobility.
Q: How does rest, sleep, nutrition and stress management play a role in your clients' quest to achieve their goals in the gym? IB: Again, the hours spent at the gym are the tip of the iceberg. Your lifestyle needs to be conducive to a finely tuned body and mind. Lots of sleep for recovering muscles. Eating well. Not dieting, dieting is a sure way to potentially make progress and then quickly regress. If you do not adopt manageable, sustainable dietary habits, the rock will roll right back over you down to the bottom of the mountain.
Q: When you train your clients, you tend to throw rowing into their training, why? IB: Rowing is the only cardiovascular workout that works the entire body and has no adverse effects on posture when executed correctly. I have people who cannot otherwise deadlift due to herniated discs and yet rowing is a viable option for working on glute, quad, core and back strength.
Q: What does success for your clients mean to you? IB: This is my purpose. Without their success, I would be superfluous.
LW: I briefly chat with you at the gym and am learning more about you as a personal training but I also understand you are a writer and so I'd like to ask you a few questions related to your other passion, writing, answer with one to two word answers please?
Q: Favourite subject to write about? IB: The unusual.
Q. Do you admire any writers, yes or no? If yes, who? IB: Earnest Hemmingway, Herman Hesse, Friedrich Nietzsche, Kurt Vonnegut, Franz Kafka, Albert Camus
Q. Favourite author? IB: Jean-Paul Sartre
Q. Favourite book? IB: Huis Clos (No Exit)
Q. Fiction or non-fiction? IB: Fiction
Q. Dream writing job? IB: Published author
Name: Iain Bain
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Today, on International Women’s Day, I have chosen to profile Laurel Walzak, the female co-founder of Fitneff Inc. Laurel has been successful in so many areas of her career - first as a trailblazer in the sports business industry, then as an entrepreneur and most recently as an Assistant Professor of Sports Media at Ryerson University.
Laurel also spends a great deal of her time and energy outside the office in efforts to advance the careers of young women who are making their start. I asked Laurel some important questions about the role of women in business, and the role that she plays in advocating for other women in her life.