1. How long have you been doing sports and at what level? (hobby / racing sport / results etc …)
I started “sport” at 4 years old in Liverpool when my father bought me my first pair of football boots. At school in England we played rugby, cricket, and did cross—country running in the rain and mud. I started to play ground-hockey at 14 and was in the National under-15s Champion team. After that I got interested in martial arts for a while but soon went to running when a friend asked me to join him in a 10km race for charity. That got me hooked and I went on to run the Miami & New York Marathons in the same year (1982). Another friend asked me to do a Triathlon with him in 1983 and at that time, no-one knew what it was but I did it anyway. Later I was back in Europe and I ran the Nice Triathlon 2 years in a row because I became friends with Mark Allen the 10-time World Triathlete Champion and he stayed with me in Switzerland whenever he had a race in Europe. Form this I started lifting weights and in 2013 in New York, I did my first Crossfit courses and that became another addiction :) I loved it so much that I did my coach’s certification at the age of 60 and went on to become certified in Rowing, Strongman, Mobility, and Weightlifting. After coaching this for 4 years, and placing first in Switzerland (over 60 division), I started to focus specifically on Olympic Weightlifting which is why I’m here at DynaMaxX. I had never had the opportunity to use Olympic-level equipment before!
2. What are the most important aspects of choosing a gym? How can be recognized a really good Gym?
That’s a tough one to answer because different people need different things from a gym but universally I think cleanliness and hygiene are probably at the top of most people’s list. Apart from that, what I look for is the quality and condition of the equipment and a knowledgeable staff; both of which DynaMaxX has.
3. What other sport activities are you doing? (outdoor, hobby, intermittent)
My wife and I love to hike; she is from Switzerland so grew up in the mountains and we love to follow the old trails. We did this in the deserts of Arizona and Morocco which is a wild experience. I jog, swim, cycle, and want to begin rock climbing.
4. If someone, as an ordinary working person, has little time to do sports, what is the most useful and most time-consuming (I think you mean time-efficient) way of training that she/he can do at least 3-4 hours per week?
There’s no doubt in my mind that the most efficient thing to do if you’re short of time is to lift something “heavy”. This could be on a Smith-machine, free-weights, an odd object like a slam-ball, or a Hungarian goat-bag, or simply your own body-weight with pull-ups for example. DynaMaxX has ALL of these possibilities and more so there’s no reason to not spend 30-45 minutes here and it will make you healthier in every aspect of your day-to-day life.
5. What do you recommend to the older age group, how to start or restart sports, paying attention to avoiding injuries, possible illnesses, and what sports activities are right for them?
There is absolutely NOTHING that an older person can’t do at some level. Obviously, we can’t run as fast, or lift as heavy but the human being was designed to MOVE and not to sit so we need to keep doing that until the end. Every sport modality can be scaled down to suit the ability of the person, which is the message that Crossfit is focusing on now. I look at 2 things with older people before getting into specifics; can they balance on one leg, and can they get up off the floor with as little help as possible. It sounds like nothing but these are super important as we get older. Balance and strength exercises will mean a person will live longer and in a more healthy state. The incredible amount of equipment at DynaMaxX means that everyone, at any age, and any level of ability, can do something. I would advise them to work mostly uni-laterally; that’s to say, exercises on one leg (or arm) at a time and incorporate plenty of balance exercises. Add to this, lifting something off the floor, (whatever weight you can manage). If they could do some Mobility work (like stretching) to get their joints mobile, they’ll see that their lives will change drastically!
6. In parallel, what are the most important dietary and lifestyle changes that an average citizen over 40 years of age should make for a long, healthy life?
Without doubt this can be summed up in a few simple rules: eat real food; that means it doesn’t come with a label and hasn’t been manufactured in a factory. Eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds etc. Nothing processed and no sugar; cakes, cookies, sugary coffees or drinks, muffins etc., I think you get the picture? Protein is an important consideration for everyone but especially as we get older; often, older people don’t get enough and they lose muscle mass; you lose muscle-mass and you can’t walk up a hill with your shopping, carry your grandchildren, get up of the floor if you fall. As lifestyle changes; Drink more water, sleep longer, Movement, Meditation, and More protein are my recommendations.
7. Based on your experience, what would your advice be to today's young generation? (is it worth paying for sports and healthy lifestyle in long term?)
OMG YES! When we are young, we feel invincible and immortal, but today’s lifestyle and nutrition mean that the young generation of today could be sicker at a younger age than we EVER were. Negative nutrition and lifestyle at 20 will only begin to show at 40; at 40 it will show at 50, and at 50, well that could be … ! People say to me; I hope I can do what you do when I’m your age and I answer, then you must start doing it now (whatever age you are) because if you wait until tomorrow, it’ll be too late.