Hey, I’m Seton. By day, I work as a Business Analyst in the City, but underneath the shirt is a guy who has an unmeasurable passion for fitness. I am also a Certified Level 3 Personal Trainer. Being skinny at a young age had a negative impact on my childhood. Not only did I lack confidence at school, but psychologically, I began creating barriers in my head; so I took an action to make a change. I still remember my first set of dumbbells my parents bought me for my 16th birthday. Pocket money wasted on ‘MaxiMuscle’ protein shakes because I was convinced that I would look like the guy on the cover of the tub by taking supplements alone. I can now look back and laugh at how naive I was.
Through the love of playing sports, I signed up to my college gym to maintain my fitness. However, things went downhill when I started university. The uni lifestyle took a toll on my health during my first year, but sports came to my rescue when I decided to join my university’s American football team. Motivated with the prospects of playing for multiple senior teams, I became more invested in my health and fitness and worked closely with several nutritionists and personal trainers. While the dream of pursuing American football slowly evaporated (due to injury), I continue to apply a structured diet and workout regime to my lifestyle.
Since finishing university and being thrown into the working world, my love for health and fitness has not faded. I have applied this principle to the extreme and challenged my limits by partaking in 5+ bodybuilding and physique fitness competitions at regional and national level, securing top 3 placings. I do not claim to be a fitness pro, but through my knowledge and experience, I want to demonstrate and encourage you that even with a busy schedule you can still adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Health and fitness initially became a necessity for me, having taken part in various contact sports including boxing and American football, however I had never really valued the importance of my health. It wasn’t until I was at university when I began to educate, develop and appreciate the importance of exercising correctly and fuelling my body with the right nutrients; which is now engraved into my daily lifestyle.
Believe it or not, my favourite exercise is squats. During my ‘immature’ days of exercising, I always overlooked training legs, now I look forward to ‘leg day’. Squatting (when done correctly) encompasses the use of all muscle groups, providing a full body workout. Squats is a ‘love-hate’ affair.
Sundays is my day for domestic duties. This is when I prepare my food for the week. It is essential for me to prep my food, as it does not give me an excuse to eat bad foods during the week. My weekends are my down-time, I usually enjoy eating out on a Friday/ Saturday night. Having adopted this lifestyle for so long, I rarely find myself craving bad foods; but when I do, I make sure this is done in moderation. I prefer to have my ‘cheat meal’ once than consistently during the week.
I like to think of myself as a part time geek. I have a silent passion for technology and am fascinated with start-ups. Working as a Business Analyst, you may occasionally find me at Google Campus, London, getting a taste of the up and coming start-ups and technology.
Consistency is key. The true power lies in ‘change of habit’. Results won’t come overnight (no matter what magic pill anyone tries to sell you). Trust the process and you will reap the rewards of your efforts. Remember it’s a lifestyle, so do not be so hard on yourself if you fall off the wagon once in a while.