Need a push in the right direction? It’s not hard if you learn from the best.
Artur, a personal trainer to celebrities like Lady Amelia Windsor and Eliza Cummings, freelance journalist and founder of FitnessArtz in London, will be kicking off the first (in what will become a series of) fitness residencies at The Sanchaya in Bintan this coming August. But before that, he’s here to share with us all there’s to know about health and wellness.
FEMALE: How long have you been in this industry?
Artur: “My passion for fitness began when I started karate training as a child. I naturally progressed into being a karate trainer from being an athlete. I started teaching back in 2005 when I first moved to Austria to study. A little later, through my passion for movement I discovered weight training. When I started modeling I realised that I had to also look good. I started working in the industry in 2012, in a female only studio in Vienna. I worked more as a fitness coach back then rather than a personal trainer. Our members were ladies between 16-80 years old! I truly enjoyed coaching people and that was one of the main reasons why I decided that I want to get into the job. I properly got into personal training in 2015.”
F: But you did your masters in Journalism & Communication instead. Why not Sports Science given your passion?
A: “That’s a great question. I always used to say that I don’t want to study sport science or languages as I can learn both on my own. I actually wanted to be a lawyer, ended up studying archeology for a year and then moved to Austria without really knowing what I wanted to do. Media and Communication Science sounded like something interesting so I decided to go for it. It was also a good challenge – I had to study in German which isn’t my mother tongue. I’m glad I chose to do my degree in communication as it gave me a good foundation for what I do today.”
F: Do you have fitness goals for yourself?
A: “I very much believe that you have to practice what you preach. My general goal is to be strong, mobile and flexible. The holy grail would be to find the right balance between training and recovery as I tend to overdo it sometimes. More specifically I’m currently working on my side split and some lifts in the gym. I’m also trying to fit as much mobility training as I can – I believe our joints need to be taken care of a whole lot more than the current trend in the industry dictates it.”
F: Tell us 5 things we would find in your fridge right now?
A: “1. Vegetables! As fresh as possible and as wide variety as possible! 2. Nut butters – I would be grateful if someone could lock them away, I consider myself a nut butter addict 3. Good quality fish 4.All sorts of berries – raspberries, blueberries, strawberries 5. Organic eggs”
F: What form of exercise is your least favorite? And what is your favourite exercise if you had to pick only one?
A: “I’m not a huge fan of running on a treadmill. I get bored easily. Having said that, I enjoy pretty much every sort of movement. My favourite exercise is probably bench press, simply because it was my biggest weakness and I managed to get reasonably good at it. I enjoy moving in general and I think I can get passionate about pretty much every form of movement if I can learn it from the right coach!”
F: Surprise us with one fun fact about you.
A: “One thing which not many people know about me is that I used to want to pursure a career in war journalism! However, my love of fitness took over!”
F: Are you excited for your upcoming residency at The Sanchaya?
A: “During my residency at The Sanchaya in Bintan, I will be holding daily fitness classes, in addition to one on one sessions, helping students learn how to maximise their fitness potential. The classes will be kept small, with a maximum of 12 participants each, ensuring a high standard of coaching is maintained so participants feel as though they are in a one-on-one training session. I will also be hosting Q&A sessions, allowing guests to ask questions specific to their personal fitness goals and lifestyles. Specific advice will help participants to maintain their healthy lifestyle in the future. I’m really looking forward to spending time at the estate and helping guests to achieve their unique goals in a more relaxed setting to that of their usual gyms – it’s a chance for them to refocus on their goals without the distractions of everyday life.