Welcome to another interview from the Fitness Spotlight series. Today, we have interviewed one of the Licenced IFBB Bodybuilding & Fitness Trainer. So without wasting much of your time, let’s take a look at things Bojan has to say about FITNESS.
1. In your own words, define Fitness?
For me, Fitness is not only a way to shape your body and make it better looking. It’s also a way to shape your mind and get mental stability, it’s like rice where only except you is one more racer included- you again! Fitness is a very good way to control your mind and body, your mind will always Command and your body just needs to follow commands and stay dedicated to mind. All in All its game of shaping your mind and body.
2. Why and when did you decide to become a fitness trainer?
Because in the time when I started to train there where no so much knowledge about fitness or bodybuilding. At least not in my country, so whenever I wanted to level up my knowledge I wasted hours, nights and days on the internet. Reading the stuff about fitness where is the only theory, that could write anybody who wanted to let ppl think that he knows nothing, but 50% of that stuff was total bullshit. Then I decided to do that first cause I love this way of life, the second cause I want to help ppl who just starting now to go in shape and let them know what is good for their body and what is bad. To bring them my experience.
3. Are you CPR- certified? What other certifications do you hold?
I have IFBB certificate for a personal trainer for bodybuilding, fitness, body fitness and aerobic trainer. At the moment I am occupied with working on hormones and food in very details, so my next one certificate will be for nutritionists.
4. How you keep your fitness training knowledge up to date?
I keep my knowledge up to diet in different ways one of them is, of course, online lessons and live videos from my colleagues’ trainers with more experience. it’s like an open seminar, you can learn a lot of things. of course, don’t forget about buying literature about everything you want to know closer.
5. Describe your typical day. what it looks like? How do you know when it’s productive?
Well, I must say that I am not some “guru” whos making money speaking with ppl. I am the ordinary guy who at the moment work in a hospital with full work time. And still willing to find the second job, of fitness and personal training I don’t count in a job, its something special to me. So my day starting actually very early, it depends on am I preparing for competition or not, if I am in cutting phase, I wake up 2 hours before the job, doing my cardio and taking my supplements and breakfast. After breakfast I drink coffee and checking my online clients or mail with diet programs, after that, I go to my regular work. Working with old ppl trying to make them happy all the time, no I am not clowned I am the medical technician. after my regular work I go home change my stuff and prepare stuff for the gym, for my training and clients training must be prepared at home so we can exactly know what we are doing that they. Speak with them about their meals and how was their day. Motivate them through that conversation. After that my day it is ending about 23 h with the preparation of my meals for next day and packing them into boxes and fridge. But I must be honest, this summer I had long vacation so I had more time for myself and clients.
6. How important is nutrition to you in creating a client’s regimen?
I think and I believe that nutrition is key for everything, forget about guys on photos that you see in the gym with 6% of bf if you are not willing to eat what your organism need. You must train hard, but also nutrition is more important than supplements. It is about food to feed your organism and muscles not your brain and eyes. You can train like a beast, but if you after training go to eat some fast food or candy forget about super results.
7.What is the one habit you would recommend others develop?
Actually, there are two habits that I would recommend
1- you are not tired. It is just your brain telling you that you should rest, but you are not tired. Its cause you take sugars that day to much and your organism want to rest, but don’t do that, you are not really tired. “If you sleep you maybe miss opportunity to be successful”
2. Avoid sugars in the morning, why? well, you need to control your organism its like a machine or car, if you put gasoline in diesel car whats gonna happen? same thing gonna happen with your body. you get lazy, you want to sleep you fill tired, or without power. cause you take sugars in the morning and your insulin is driving crazy immediately. like nitrous oxide on the car but not good boost, more like oil oxide where you engine gonna start making troubles to you. be careful with your organism like you are on your bike or car. eat food that gonna give you results, not food that gonna give you taste and nothing except taste.
8. Describe how you handle a client who is unhappy with your work, or a client who doesn’t achieve her goals when you know the problem is with her level of motivation?
Until now every client was satisfied with our cooperation, I hope that in future gonna stay like that. It’s not strange to have a client with no motivation, he’s just doing that cause his wife told him that he is fat and they are going to vacation in 3 months, so he must get in shape. But hes doing that understanding it like a job, not like lifestyle or passion or at least as a hobby. I try to learn them to get it on that way, speak them often after training about goals and how it’s going in life, always you must give something to get something. in this case, you need to give time and fat to get muscles, and all the time I try to remind them that they will be happy and satisfied when they see results of dieting and training, Courage them to take that battle between themselves and their brains. Don’t listen to your brain, listen to your body. Ask body what he wants, what muscles want? we all know that brain wants pizza, simple as that…
9. What are your thoughts about organic food? What are your thoughts on a vegan diet?
When you encounter a client or prospective fitness club member who is committed to a diet that differs from your own, how do you remain objective?
I don’t trust too much in vegan food, as every bodybuilder and trainer, I believe that human need to eat a lot of different food and benefits of only vegetable protein is not so good for human body. I speak about that with every client, what he wants and what type of diet he wants, I make a compromise with the client all the time, if he wants to stay on his diet I agree with that, and offers him to try a diet which I’ll write to him. so he can try both types and compare results of that and chose by himself.
10. Give me an overview of a training program you would set up for a client strictly looking for weight loss and toning? What do you tell clients who are looking for instant results?
If the client is the first time in the gym and just started with fitness we should start with diet and circle training for few first weeks and little bit cardio like fast walking on the treadmill. With the time we would change diet and type of training, with more cardio until we make fat burning. And for clients who want instant results, they need to know just one thing about this sport, this sport is not like the sprint, its like marathon. We can choose for start 8 or 12 weeks program for dieting and we must be dedicated. And you must know one thing> Rome wasn’t built in a day!
11. Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?
Well, now I’m starting a new life in Germany and now I more care about my job and trainer carer. But when I succeed with my goals for sure I will again prepare for some competition, when you one-time step at the stage your life is never same after that, you never lose that feeling again. Stage become part of you.
12. If you could only recommend one book for our community to read, what would it be and why?
Rich dad, poor dad. Written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter.
13. Where does your personal motivation and inspiration to be successful come from?
For me my best inspiration is myself, old me vs new me. It’s not only about fitness, it’s about everything I do if I do something I like to be 100% dedicated to that. Every day you look in the mirror and ask yourself “Is this I ever wanted to be?” And you will get short, clear answer if you are honest with yourself. Then you start to work on yourself, that is the best invention you will ever do, make yourself better than yesterday. “Winning yourself is the greatest victory”
14. Give me three essential exercises you suggest for all clients? Why are these in your top three?
a) Bench press
Because life is not easy so you must get stronger, those three exercises are the best exercise to make your body stronger, with better looking and of course, you can make your problems with bottom back make disappear for example. And don’t ask about squats. Two things I have to say for the first is that Life is hard, you will walk through hell sometimes. How do you think you will do that if you don’t have strong legs? And second is that when you have one of those days you feel a big weight on your shoulders DO SQUATS.
15. How should people connect with you?
Facebook: Bojan Stojanovski
Linkedin: Bojan Stojanovski
16. Where are you located?
Marbach am Neckar, Germany