As many of you get ready to get back into shape for the New Year, we had the opportunity to sit down with our friend Sam of Smugs Fitness down in Georgia to talk everything from fitness to fashion. Enjoy the interview and be sure to take down some of Sam's tips.
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been a trainer for?
I am originally from Bethlehem, PA, but moved to South Carolina in 2003 for graduate school and ultimately settled in Atlanta in 2007. I’ve been a coach and trainer for the past 8 years.
Tell us about Smugs Fitness- how long have you been around for?
Smugs Fitness was founded (officially) in 2012, but was conceived back in 2008 while I was working as a chemistry teacher during the day and moonlighting as a trainer in the early mornings and evenings. Smugs Fitness specializes in Personal Training and Small Group Training at our facility in the Historic Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta and we also offer customized Corporate Wellness Programs to a variety of businesses in Atlanta.
What is the most rewarding part of being a trainer?
When a client is able to see. What I mean by see, is that the grasp the big picture and can simplify the major components of health (Fitness, Nutrition, Sleep and Stress) to fit their lifestyle and incorporate habits into their lives that will improve their ability to live a long, higher quality life.
What is an exercise (or training routine) that you are really digging right now?
I’ve been spending majority of my training sessions the past year in working with Kettlebells using the StrongFirst methodology. Kettlebells are a fantastic tool for building strong, muscular and athletic humans. I have found Kettlebell training to be the most efficient form of training to yield the desired outcomes I have been seeking.
If you only have 30 minutes to train each day, what would you recommend?
It may be a little redundant based on my previous answer, but I’d get a kettlebell and do a full body workout consisting of Turkish Getups, Swings, Presses, Squats, Cleans and Snatches. I often post full body workouts and kettlebell complexes to my YouTube Channel, Website, Instagram, and Facebook pages. With these 6 movements, you’ll build a lean, strong, and muscular body. Additionally, the possibilities of workouts are endless just using these 6 movements! You won’t get bored!