Andrew Gann lives fitness. When the college jock returned to Atlanta for classes at Georgia State, don't think for a minute that he didn't stay focused on his gym time. So we asked him to share his fitness secrets.
Take Gann's advice to heart. The 21-year-old Chattanooga area native is also a part-time trainer at gay-owned Fit Studio. So yeah, he charges by the hour but offered some real-life guidance here for free.
What got you so focused on fitness?
Fitness has always been a part of my life. I played soccer growing up, and that required me to take weight training in high school. So there I learned basic lifts and techniques. After making some impressive results, I decided to keep up my hard work to achieve higher fitness goals.
The diet: Keep it interesting
My diet, like anyone else's, varies with the change of seasons. From January to August, I try to stay on a very strict low-carb, high protein diet. Mostly chicken and vegetables. Gluten free groceries when I can. Always changing the diet up to keep things interesting. I cook the basics — chicken and fish with whatever sides I choose for the meal.
The workout: Fresh and innovative
If my goal is to cut up, my exercise routine will be about 20 minutes of high intensity interval training in the morning. Then weights after an hour or so of having an adequate meal. And then about 30 minutes of additional cardio after lifting about 5 days a week and cardio 6 days a week. I keep my workouts fresh by constantly trying new things. Whether it's taking a CrossFit class or a circuit style class at Fit Studio where I do my personal training, I'm always looking for new ways to add new workouts to my arsenal.
The toughest part about staying fit would be the sacrifice it takes. I love sweets, and I know it is something I CANNOT have when cutting up.
My motivation for staying fit would be my clients. Why would I expect them to come see me to work on their fitness, when I'm not willing to work on mine?
Final fitness thoughts
Whether you are a fitness fanatic, or struggle with it on a day to day basis, always keep a positive attitude, and get out and make the most of it. Once you're in a regular routine, you'll feel guilty once you fall out of it. It becomes a part of your daily ritual, and you'll feel unbalanced if you lose it.