Gosh, I never thought when I created this series how exciting it would be each week to talk to some of the most amazing and talented people in the industry from fitness to health and wellbeing.
This week I was lucky enough to chat to the passionate and very driven Mark Roper, from England.
Hi Mark, Thank you for wanting to take part in my mini series, which helps to inspire all sorts of people wanting to chase their dreams… So the question I always ask everyone first is how would you describe yourself in one sentence –
I'd say I'm a fairly unique individual with a distinct ability it get under people's skin! For those who don’t know you, briefly explain to us what it is you do? I have my own personal training company based in London, UK. I specialise in training the corporate executive, with lawyers making up around 90% of my business. These guys live a very stressful lifestyle so my focus is on getting them as healthy as possible, improving not only their training but their nutrition, sleep and quality of life so they achieve their desired goals.
For those who do know you or get to work directly with you really admire your passion for fitness and desire to achieve greatness, so what is your secret Mark, your motivation to do what you do every day? I wouldn't say i have a secret, I'm just lucky in that I genuinely love my job! I am fascinated by people and love helping them. Training and being healthy is a huge part of my life so having the opportunity to impart some of my knowledge onto others keeps me motivated every day. What kinds of things inspire you?
And who do you personally admire or find inspiration in? Growing up I was a huge Manchester United supporter and players such as David Beckham and Ryan Giggs inspired me greatly for both their skills and work ethic. Roger Federer is another sportsman I've always admired. He is past his peak now, but he is just a pleasure to watch, Music has always been a huge influence on me from a early age and is my main passion outside of my work.
I take huge inspiration from my two mentors Eoin Lacey from the Irish Strength Institute and Dr. Eric Serrano. In my opinion these guys are the best in the business and I'm very lucky to call them my friends as well as mentors! Not only is their knowledge levels out of this world but they are two of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
What or who was it that inspired you to star this journey you are on, to help others achieve success in this field? There wasn't really one person that inspired me to start my journey however my first boss Michael Pellegrino and world renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin were huge influences on me very early in my career. Charles in particular changed my outlook on everything and I learned so much from him. He was a complete game changer in the personal training industry and I don't think he gets enough credit for that. What do you think was your wake up call for change or a 'aha' moment that you realised you wanted to create a change in the world around you doing what you love? Again I didn't necessarily have a 'aha' moment, I just always knew I wanted to do something fitness or teaching related. The obvious choice was to be a PE teacher however at the time I didn't really want to go to university. My best friend thought I should become a personal trainer, and after a course recommendation I got qualified through Premier Training in 2005... The rest is history! Self Love, the key to success and belief, what would you say are the 3 things you love most about yourself - My confidence
- My caring nature What would you say has been your biggest achievement, personal hurdle or a health challenge that you have had?
How did you overcome it? How has it changed you, helped you to grow? My mum and grandparents died from cancer within a few months of each other when I was 6 years old. It was obviously a very traumatic time however I don't think I realised the effect it had on me until I was older. It definitely affected my personal relationships later in life, however I also think it made me very resilient and able to deal with stress. I am a very upbeat person and try to take the positives from everything. What advice would you give to someone who is going through their own personal challenges, hardships or lacking self belief? What do you think has helped you when you have doubted your ability? Having people in your life you can talk to is always going to be of huge significance. I was very lucky having a older brother and sister to rely on plus the rest of my family pulled together helping us through that difficult time. So reaching out to family and friends is always the first thing I'd recommend. Not enough people open up and talk about their feelings, particularly men. Professionally speaking having a mentor is always essential for personal growth and development. If I ever doubt my ability or just want to chew the fat on a topic I know I can reach out and gather the assurance, knowledge or inspiration I need.
Do you think that the mind plays a huge part in what you do, not just the body? If so how do you tackle both? Definitely! I'd say the mind has a much bigger role of the two. Having a in depth client assessment to find out their personality type and what makes them tick is essential for getting long standing results and client retention. It will allow you to know when to push a client or back off and the type of motivation they need. Getting the mind stronger will definitely make the body stronger! Do you have a favourite inspirational quote, mantra or affirmation? "The worst thing I could be, is the same as everyone else. I'd hate that." Arnold Schwarzenegger What are your go to nutrition tips for performance in the gym? It's such a extensive and specific topic that I can't really say one thing.... However eating adequate levels of nutrient dense food is always key. Make sure the majority of your plate is filled with vegetables, then some quality animal protein, healthy fats and non wheat based carbs such as sweet Potato would be ideal. Your favourite exercise and why? My personal favourite gym based exercise is a close call between a chin up or a back squat.... I'll go back squat for the results it generates and difficulty to get it right. When not in the gym I love a 100m sprint on the track!
Thank you for your time, I am honoured to have been able to have this chat with you and share with others what you do, as you are someone I am grateful to know and share this health and fitness journey with.
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