Well, he hasn’t really won a Male Beauty Pageant, but that’s the new nickname I’ve bestowed upon Lucian Comiza, my trainer at Market Sports Gym! He is always armed with hints & tips about exercise, diet etc, and I constantly ask him various questions. I thought I’d share some of what I found out, with you readers.
What sort of foods would you recommend before a full body workout, and how long does one have to wait after a meal before doing the workout?
Each person is different. Therefore goals vary from one individual to another. There is no such thing as a “perfect regime or diet.” It all depends on the individual and his/her goals. Before a session you should have carbohydrates, vegetables and some form of protein; meat, fish, beans etc. Allow up to 1 hour for digestion, before exercise.
How about after exercising? What sort of foods would you recommend and how long does one have to eat after exercise?
After exercising you definitely have to eat some carbohydrates for your body to recover quicker. Some vegetables are recommended too. And protein is vital to help your body during the recovery period!
How can one maximise the benefits of a full body workout?
Avoid take-away food, fast food restaurants and ready meals from super markets and such, as much as possible! Always do and try your best to cook your meals at home. It is best you see and know what goes into the preparation of your food. One can maximise the benefits by always adding variety! So mix proteins some carbohydrates, vegetables and have some fruit. Drinking too much alcohol, taking drugs, smoking etc, can all maximise the risks of heart disease. Leading a clean and healthy lifestyle is the way forward.
For those who really get into your full body workout and do it on a regular basis, what other exercises would you recommend?
If you are a beginner, it’s always good to start with 2-3 days a week. Having a day off in between will give your body and mind time to recover. More advanced and experienced gym enthusiasts should do what they’re body and mind asks for. But be careful.. the Gym can be addictive!
How did you get into Fitness? Have you always had an interest, or did you acquire it recently? Apart from training people and conducting classes at the gym, what else do you do?
When I was a kid, I used to do martial arts. But living in a small village in Romania did not allow me to go further in my training and competitions, so I stopped. I kept getting involved in various different sports; football, basketball and pretty much everything else. When I turned 18, I started training in a gym environment and really liked it. I was working as a chef at that time and was constantly learning about healthy eating on Spain’s Mediterranean Coast.
But it wasn’t enough. I wanted something different. Something that wouldn’t feel like it’s a big effort, when it comes to a job. I moved to London in 2010 shortly afterwards, I had some health issues and stopped exercising for a year. That was the worst time of my life! When I finally recovered, I decided to get into fitness and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. I studied Levels 1 (gym environment), 2 (Gym Instruction) and 3 (Personal Training). I now work at Market Sports as a fitness instructor and I am also qualified to teach Spin Class, Circuit Training, Power Plates and HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training). I am looking forward to doing GRIT (Les mills Programs) this month. I also want to specialise in massage, and over the next few years, plan to study Physiology, which is another great interest of mine. I also like pursuing my hobbies; skiing, boxing and music.
For inquiries, please contact the gym’s manager Ben Allen on 020 7739 6688 and quote “Emmanuel Ray.”
Please Note; Lucian Comiza is now based at The Fitness Mosaic in Chalk Farm, near Camden Town.