HealthWISE joins with Chris Hunt to help improve men's health

PULLING UP: Personal trainer Chris Hunt says the road to better fitness doesn't necessarily start in the gym. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140617GGC02

PULLING UP: Personal trainer Chris Hunt says the road to better fitness doesn't necessarily start in the gym. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140617GGC02

KNOWING where to start is the biggest hurdle facing blokes concerned about their health.

That’s how one Tamworth personal trainer sees it, and he’s hoping to open people’s eyes to the baby-steps they can make at home towards a healthier lifestyle.

It’s just showing them that it can be done regardless of where you are. - Personal trainer Chris Hunt

Chris Hunt, who runs personal training business “Az Fitaz”, said a lack of education was bringing blokes undone when they’re looking to get in-shape.

Hoping to share some basic knowledge, Mr Hunt teamed up with HealthWISE to provide a free workshop for local Aboriginal men at Soul Fit HQ in West Tamworth.

“You walk into a gym and think ‘where do I start’, you’re never going to do it,” Mr Hunt told The Leader.

“The way I go about training, I try and educate them as much as I can, so they can go and do it without having me around.”

Mr Hunt said effective exercise could be done at home without flash machines and heavy weights typically housed in gyms.

“It’s not doing yourself out of a job,” the personal trainer said.

A bit of sweat. - What Barega Know wanted out the session

“It’s just showing them that it can be done regardless of where you are.

PEDAL POWER: Bart Sampson and Cyril Sampson go head-to-head in Soul Fit HQ in West Tamworth. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140617GGC06

PEDAL POWER: Bart Sampson and Cyril Sampson go head-to-head in Soul Fit HQ in West Tamworth. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140617GGC06

“You could go down to the oval and use a fence to do your push-ups, pull-ups, squat under it, jump over it, all that type of stuff.”

Mr Hunt wrote some basic exercise and diet plans for the men to take away from the workshop.

He said sticking to a healthy diet came down to preparation.

“If you’re prepared for your day ahead, you’re less likely to make poor choices with your diet,” Mr Hunt said.

He also advocated the link between physical health and mental well-being, noticing the changes it brings to his clients.

“They could come in to me, they’re flat and they’re down,” he said.

“I stay real positive and get them through the session, you find by the end, they don’t want to leave, they’re buzzing.”

Barega Knox went along to the session with the hope of picking up some inspiration and leaving behind some perspiration.

SWEAT IT OUT: Barega Knox tried his hand at some bench presses and said finding motivation and time were key hurdles for men when it came to fitness.  Photo: Gareth Gardner 140617GGC04

SWEAT IT OUT: Barega Knox tried his hand at some bench presses and said finding motivation and time were key hurdles for men when it came to fitness. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140617GGC04

“A bit of sweat, I think,” Mr Knox said he wanted.

He said finding time and motivation were the main hurdles for blokes getting active especially on top of family and work commitments.

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