- Name: Alex Calkins
- Year of birth: 1986
- Height: 175 cm
- Weight: 79 kg
- USA, California, Pasadena
How i started training
I started training when I was 15 years old with my best friend Scott. After school, we went to the gym, and then to the beach. I’ll say that in my life there are only two constant things that are always equally important for me: real friends and real training.
I remember the people around me saying: “Why are you going to the gym? Aren't you fat? ” Indeed, I was a very athletic child, played basketball, ran a lot, went in for mountain biking and often went camping. But I wanted to get better.
My attitude to training
I train every day, and sometimes several times a day. Although now I am no longer a fitness trainer, I still like to work with close friends, I like to help them achieve their goals. The best feeling is to see the welcome progress.
I don’t worry about the opinions of those around me: let them believe that I do it only because I am selfish and terribly love my body. Let them think that training for me is a kind of sublimation. But I believe that those who think so are too weak to achieve the goal themselves.
What motivates me
I like sports: a gym or outdoor training is not important. The only thing I like more is to learn new training techniques and teach others these techniques. Only in this way we grow not only physically, but also morally.
Frankly, the primary motivation for me was the guys from the American football team of our school - I saw how quickly they gain muscle mass, and I also wanted to be no worse, or even better than them. I always loved the competition.
The goal of my training is to increase the muscle mass of the legs along with the development of explosive strength and speed. I always ran a lot and went in for snowboarding, so I did not pay enough attention to my legs, thinking that they were already loaded. But I realized that this was a mistake.
Now I am doing frontal squats (5 sets of 5 reps, a break between sets of 30 seconds, working weight 60 kg), then leg extension in a simulator sitting (5 sets of 10 reps, a break between sets 60 seconds, working weight 50 kg).
For me, the day of training hands is a “day off." This is an easy workout, and I don’t even do a hitch at the end. In the end, I just do pull-ups with a wide grip to “clog” the biceps. Sometimes I add one set of exercises for the legs: lunges or squats.
I really like dumbbell bench press for biceps while sitting . The main secret of this movement is not to use shoulders, and to ensure that the elbow is always at one point, and does not move in any way. In this case, even a 20-pound dumbbell is enough for pumping.
Do I meet in the gym
I admit honestly that I met with the girls we met in the gym. But I have a strict rule - if I am a coach, then the initiative should come strictly from her. Only once did I go on a date with the girl I trained.
Flirting during a workout is an exciting experience. You catch her gaze, not quite understanding what she is looking at: hands? to the press? on shoes? Then you try to finish the workout together. But always in headphones, and never talk to her in the hall.
What my workouts give me
Now my work is related to the organization of children's hiking in the mountains, skiing and snowboarding, as well as trips on yachts to the ocean. I am responsible for the children, I must be prepared for any surprises, and training can become stronger.
When I became a personal trainer six years ago, everyone told me that it was “just a phase”, and it will pass, I will outgrow it. Now I am 26, and I am in the best physical shape in my entire life. My body is what allows me to live the life that I want to live.
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