After 8 years as a personal trainer in London, Luis admits he really can’t see himself doing anything else: “I start yawning after half an hour at a desk. This job is all about activity – and that’s just the way I like it: dynamic, intense yet uncomplicated.”
For Luis, there’s far more to creating the perfect fitness programme than imagination: “You can’t just dream it up. It takes experience, research, lots of training and a willingness to keep learning to create a fitness plan that does all a client hopes it will.
“It’s about achieving the right mix, of nutrition, weight management, toning, muscular development and performance. And having a laugh, because you can’t work with these trainers and not enjoy it. They’re all brilliant.”
I follow up a great training session by blending some fresh fruit (usually a banana and mixed berries) with a couple scoops of whey (choc or strawberry flavoured).
I love trying foods from all over the world but nothing beats chargrilled chicken from back home in Portugal and my mother’s chilli-con-carne. I can’t say I’m a big fan of cauliflower however you prepare it.
I used to like hip-hop but now I find it too aggressive. So now my pre-workout playlist features tracks like ‘The Black Parade’ by My Chemical Romance and ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes.
Right now I’m focussing on dynamic movements like jumping lunges and push-ups with claps, but I think my favourite move is an exercise I perform from a kneeling position. I use my arms for momentum and jump into a squatted position, then jump again really quickly into a tuck, crunching my abdominals.
My worst ability is self-assessment. I think I’m very laid back, open and carefree. I’m not very good at this bit, am I?
Koalas, on average, sleep 21 hours per day – lazy buggers!