Errick McAdams is a Personal Trainer and lululemon Ambassador in NW Washington DC. For fitness information and motivation, follow him on Twitter @ErrickPT. Photo Credit: Meredith Hanafi Photography.
About Errick: "Errick McAdams is Certified Personal Trainer (ACE), lululemon Ambassador, and has over 10 years experience in the fitness field. Errick offers one on one private personal training in the NW section of Washington DC. You can follow him on Twitter @ErrickPT or Instagram @ErrickPT."
Errick was kind enough to answer some questions for us in the latest edition of our Featured Trainer segment.
1. Share a little about your fitness background. How did you become a personal trainer?
I became a personal trainer because I used to be a fat guy. At one time I weighed close to 250 pounds and could not run a mile. My "Aha!" moment happened while watching a "E True Hollywood Story" on Brad Pitt. He was 10 years older than me and looked fantastic! I knew I had to do something. At that point a commercial for a gym came on advertising that a person could join for $5.00. I got up off the couch and joined.
I went into the gym armed with an "I can't lose" attitude and experience from a lifetime spent in sports (football, wrestling, track and field, boxing). I went every day and the weight started to fall off. Gym members took notice and one day 3 gym members asked me if I would help them lose some weight - a trainer was born! Working out with those members quickly became the highlight of my day and soon I was working at the gym as a personal trainer.
2. What makes your approach to personal training unique?
My approach is to personal training is unique for several reasons. First, I have to work just as hard as my athletes to maintain my fitness level. I don't have great genetics for being lean - pretty much the opposite. I think this makes my message resonate more because I am doing everything I tell my athletes to do. Second, I believe the only thing routine about your fitness program should be that you routinely workout. I never give an athlete the same workout twice. And since I workout with my athletes, I do different workouts or parts of different workouts everyday. Finally, I don't see the people I train as "clients." I like to say: "Clients" are for lawyers - I train athletes!" My athletes and I are a team. We're all in this together. We're all athletes competing at life.
3. If you could change one behavior you see in your clients, what would it be?
This is a tough question because we all have our strengths and weaknesses. I know that for me, balance is the hardest thing to achieve perfectly - you can be continually improving, but never perfect (i.e. you have a cheat day instead of a cheat meal, etc.). Everyday is another opportunity to be better than we were yesterday:):):)
4. What is your favorite place in Washington D.C. to exercise?
The Exorcist Stairs in Georgetown - hands down.
5. Please describe your exercise routine.
I never give an athlete the same workout twice and since I perform workouts with my athletes my workout changes constantly as well. I look at exercise like saving money - it all adds up. Whether you're putting 10 dollars day in the bank or 300 dollars a month it's the same. If you do 10 min of exercise per hour for 6 hours or nail it all in 60 min you've got a good workout. I do parts of almost every workout I give throughout the day. Plus, I do all outdoor distance running with my athletes. I generally don't have much time to myself so when I workout alone I strive for intensity. I might run a fast mile on the treadmill or put the treadmill on the highest speed and see how long I can keep up, catch my breath and do it again. I also love jumping rope and push ups performed using the "Perfect Push Up" rotating push up bars. And I LOVE burpees:):):)
Learn more about Errick by checking out this short video ....
and don't forget to follow him on Twitter where he shares workouts and inspirational workout advice ...
Pre Super Bowl Fat Blast:
50 jumping jacks
40 mountain climbers
20 alt forward lunges
10 push ups
5 sets. #advanced