William Dawson Post-Workout Interview
When it comes to working out, the time you spend sweating it out in the gym tends to get all the credit"but it shouldn't.
The workout doesn't stop once you've left the gym, the body continually burns fat throughout the day and the last thing you want is to undo your hard work. We often break our own diet rules thinking we deserve it or fail to take care of our bodies thinking it's just a sign of hard work.
Interview with William Dawson; Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Question: What can we do before a workout to get better workout results?
William Dawson: The two main things to do before getting into a workout would have to be to make sure you warm up properly and to go into your workouts with a plan so you don't get side tracked.
Question: What is the best thing we can do, after a work-out?
William Dawson: The best thing to do would be to eat properly and to get enough rest. Get your post-workout food in because it will help your body recover faster and good sleep as this is where all the actual repairing is done.
Question: And, what should we be consuming after working out?
William Dawson: Post workout nutrition and supplementation is essential, the body has been pushed out of it's comfort zone and the body is craving replenishment. I would recommend a quality source of protein that is fast to ingest such as whey protein isolate and a high GI carbohydrate which cause an insulin spike, which will in turn lead to efficient uptake into the muscles of both carbs and protein.
Question: Why is what we do post-workout as important as a workout?
William Dawson: The reasoning behind this is with all the hard put you've just put it in, you want to make you're your body is getting what it needs in order for you to make improvements. Take a car as an example, the better you take care of it, the more capable it is in terms of maintaining optimal levels and functionality.
Question: What are electrolytes and how can we get them in, after a workout?
William Dawson: The electrolytes are made up of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphate. muscles. They also regulate the amount of fluids throughout your body, which affects cellular function, blood volume and blood pressure. You can get your electrolytes from electrolyte water as well as flavoured options if is more palatable. Another option could be pink himalayan rock salt as it can help with rehydration, by replacing electrolytes lost during sweating and help with circulation to flush lactic acid from the body.
Question: What's a typical training session for you?
William Dawson: Generally speaking, my session will be a combination of both strength movements and conditioning exercises. Strength will consist mostly of compound lifts with free weights and with conditioning, it will depend of the type of training however I do have a preference with doing HIIT methods, they seem to get me amped!
Question: Where should we find motivation for early-morning cardio?
William Dawson: If its early morning, I find most of the motivation I need with the music that I play and if I really need something a little deeper I would probably look to YouTube for a few motivational training videos.
Question: Have you set 2017 fitness goals?
William Dawson: My goals for this year include better helping those I have as clients, keeping myself fit and healthy and to improve upon both training knowledge and practice.
Question: What would we find in your gym bag?
William Dawson: My bag will usually consist of a protein shaker, towel, earphones, change of clothes and depending on the day I may bring a belt or straps. The most important thing you'll find though is DU'IT Tough Hands. If you're like me and at the gym all the time, chances are you have callouses, right? Taking care of your hands by using products such as Tough Hands by DU'IT, will help alleviate this burden by repairing and moisturising those hands to keep them in top condition, all day every day.
Interview by Brooke Hunter