Twitter: @MattCranePT / Facebook.com/MattCranePT
When did you first start training?
I first became a trainer in October 2010. Previous to this I worked in a physic role in a Hospital for about 5 years. My passion has always been in training and nutrition, which led me to complete my PT training and it has been a continuous journey of success, progress and learning ever since!
How often do you train?
I train myself between 5-6 days per week. It is important to optimise recovery to make the most out of your time in the gym!
How long do you train for?
I will train anywhere between 45-75 minutes generally, my intensity is very high as is my work ethic. So I make sure to get in, train hard and leave nothing in the tank. Everything I have is left on the gym floor every session!
What are your goals?
My goals, continue to improve my physique, improve strength and condition as the year goes on.
Which is your favourite muscle group to train?
I love hitting everything to be honest, if I had stand out muscle groups I particularly enjoy, I’d say triceps, back, legs, shoulders, biceps, chest, abs… I love them all haha!
Can you talk through your weekly workout?
Currently I am training twice a day, 4 days per week. Less days than my normal training week but this is due to the increase in work volume over those 4 days. I need to optimise my recovery also. Previous to this I was following a more traditional 5 day split, 2 leg days, 3 upper body days! Loads of pain! Love it!
Do you follow a particular diet?
Diet wise, I am aware of what I eat and what macros, calories etc I am intaking. I allow some freedom in my choices but majority of the time, I enjoy the way I eat and how it compliments my training. I think you can really enjoy healthy foods with creating flavours and textures.
I of course have the odd indulgence from time to time!!
What supplements so you take?
My supplementation is very basic, Fish Oils, Zinc, Magnesium, Multivitamin, Vitamin D3, Whey Protein and BCAA’s. I may add some things here and there but these tend to be my staple supps.
What music do you listen to when training?
I listen to anything heavy when I train, I can tend to be quite aggressive during my training sessions, so I have music that reflects that, anything from Heavy Metal, Drum and Bass or Hip Hop. Anything loud, heavy and that gets you psyched up to lift heavy things!
Who do you look up to or admire?
I have a few people that I look up to, not all in the industry either. My main influence at present I would say is Eoin Lacey, a great friend, mentor and one of the best coaches I know. His knowledge, approach to training and methods are unmatched!
What is you best achievement?
For me my achievements lie within my clients, improving their health and composition. This is the best thing about the job!
What advice would you give anybody who wants to start training?
Surround yourself by those who push you to do great things, push your boundaries and encourage you to grow.
Read, read and read.
Find what you love to do and do it! Create a career in something that is your passion!