As the off-season comes to an end, Para Alpine Guide Brett Wild lets us know what he gets up to in his strength & conditioning sessions every week.
What’s your usual diet like while training during the off-season?
“I find it much easier to control my diet off season due to being able to prepare my meals and have control over what I cook/ eat compared to being away in hotels for the majority of the season. I use the time at home to try local restaurants in Glasgow with my fiancée when she is off work.”
What’s your favourite quick and easy healthy meal/snack?
“My favourite snack is a protein smoothie. I make this with 200ml of almond milk, 1 scoop of strawberry protein powder and 150g of frozen fruit.”
What’s your typical workout routine in the off-season?
“My typical workout routine in the off season is three strength sessions a week (around two hours long) on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I also do three conditioning sessions (high intensity workouts) three times a week on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I also run twice a week as well as cycling to and from the gym for each of my sessions. I do two yoga sessions a week for flexibility as well as four pilates sessions.
“A specific strength session will include two lower body exercises, a full body pull, three upper body and finish with core circuit – example being:
- Back squats: 10 reps x 4 sets
- Deadlift: 10 reps x 4 sets
- Clean: 5 reps x 4 sets
- Pull ups: 10 reps x 4 sets
- Bench press: 10 reps x 4 sets
- Bent over rows: 10 reps x 4 sets
- Single leg hamstring raises on bench: 8 reps x 4 sets
- Barbell roll outs: 6 reps x 4 sets
- Sit up with twist: 10 reps each side x 4 sets
- Toes to bar: 10 reps x 4 sets”
What’s your favourite exercise and why?
“My favourite exercise is conditioning. I really enjoy pushing myself to the absolute maximum. It doesn’t feel great at the time but I love the feeling I have for the rest of the day!”
Any tips for someone wanting to get active?
“My main tips would be to take the first step, find a local gym or activity centre and get yourself down there. These places are a great place to socialise as well as get fit.”