👋 Hi! Tell us about yourself and your training
My name is Jermaine Wright. I’m 32 years old born in Oceanside, California currently living in Barcelona, Spain with my girlfriend and two other flatmates.
I’m currently unemployed working on creating a business for myself here in Barcelona. I spend most of my time learning Spanish and creating content for my future endeavors Hustle_sport.
I have been strength training for about five years now. I considered myself very active as a kid I enjoyed playing different sports, which led me to try out for my school’s basketball and football team. I made both teams and went on to win a championship in the first year playing football.
Although I had more success playing football, I enjoyed playing basketball much more and eventually only continued to play it. A few years later I discovered skateboarding. I really challenged myself with it, pushing my limits and dedicating my life to the sport.
The dedication I gave to skateboarding allowed me to obtain sponsorship, travel around the world, and make money doing what I loved as a kid. I recently decided to move on from skateboarding competitively. I first started my fitness journey because I wanted to decrease my chances of hurting myself in hopes of preventing injury while skateboarding.
Then I started strength training to become more competitive playing basketball eventually I was so deep into researching movement patterns and how to best train and condition for both sports I decided to look into a PT certification. I really enjoy pushing myself in the gym and watching my body transform also the way I feel after completing a vigorous workout is very satisfying.
⏱ Describe a typical day of training
Most of my favorite exercises are based in the plyometric group. I love jumping around and doing exercises that help improve athleticism. I was hesitant for years to strength train being afraid of what I’d look like on a skateboard. I later realized my misconception of strength training vs bodybuilding.
I typically do not use training tools such as logs, supplements, or have any rituals unless I’m training with a particular goal in mind. For example, when I had set the goal for myself to “Dunk” during a game of basketball I had to utilize many common tools such as keeping a training log, using my apple watch to properly track rest and work periods during my workouts.
👊 How do you keep going and push harder?
Skateboarding has offered me the discipline to push harder while training. It helps to have a competitive spirit as well. Both give me the discipline to work hard not just in the gym but with life tasks and goals as well. Making the decision to take better care of myself and making training fun by adding some creativity to workouts have kept me training.
My advice for others will be to try different styles of exercising, keep your routine fresh without trying to complicate things too soon. It’s simple to make time for the gym when it plays a role in your happiness, but being healthy doesn’t just mean going to the gym. By the way, luckily we have the internet and training can be made possible anywhere. One of the biggest challenges I face is putting on weight and maintaining it.
The biggest challenge I've faced is my current situation trying to figure out how to establish my fitness business here in Spain while trying to obtain the proper documents to live here legally. My Spanish speaking level is of a beginner so that's an obstacle in its self.
🏆 How are you doing today and what does the future look like?
In the next five years, I will most likely be a father, own a successful online and mobile PT training business. I’ll have my online training business running as soon as the COVID-19 viruses are contained and we’re able to gather in groups.
I will launch outdoor small group classes and 1 on 1’s. I and my better half are currently looking at buying a new flat in the next couple of months. We are planning on traveling around North America for a few months early next year (if the virus permits) and once we return having a family.
🤕 How do you recover, rest and handle injuries?
The way I avoid injuries is by making sure I complete a proper warm-up before my session and cool-down after. Both are essentials and doing prehab exercises is definitely a plus when trying to prevent injuries. I use just about every massaging tool I can find from foam rollers, massage guns, balls, to bands. I absolutely love stretching.
My body operates well with six to seven hours of sleep. I have a natural alarm system and when it's time to get up I just do. I noticed too much sleep has a more negative effect on my daily productivity than not enough sleep. Over eight hrs is too much and the sweet spot is a minimum of six hours.
🍎 How is your diet and what supplements do you use?
I keep the diet very simple. More fruits and vegetables than meats, easy on the fake sugars and super salty food, keeping an eye out on bad oils and fried food as well.
I’ve tried a few different techniques such as intermittent fasting and the “Keto diet” I’ve also tried the pescatarian diet but in the end, I didn’t notice either diet affecting me much so I went back to my old ways of a conscious diet.
Yes, yes, yes I love drinking coffee, tea, and my girlfriend is french so we share a bottle of wine a couple of times a week.
It's not often that I restrict myself from foods, I believe in balance and staying conscious of my consumption of bad sugars, fats, and fried food. If I have already eaten any of the three "Bad foods" listed I'm conscious not to do it again in the same week.
In regards to cravings, again for me it's about balance sometimes I submit, and other times I challenge myself to stay strong and not indulge. For me balance is key.
👍 What has inspired and motivated you?
I really enjoy reading a good book. Here are a few suggested reads that have inspired me and have had a profound impact on my life.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
- The 48 Laws of power, The 50th Law of Power, and Mastery by Robert Greene
- The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
Some podcasts I listen to include the Joe Rogan Experience, Tim Ferris, and Gary Veynar. The podcast I’m currently listening to the most is called “Coffee break Espanol”. This one is great for learning Spanish.
The music I listen to constantly changes it really depends on what kind of mood I’m in or what type of training I’m doing. For instance, I noticed I prefer listening to rap music when bench pressing.
The best advice I have received is sticking to the basics and not over-complicating ideals, workouts, life. Try to leave your ego at the door of the gym, focus on correct movement patterns and form rather than moving heavyweight.
✏️ Advice for other people who want to improve themselves?
Having a game plan helps when training. It allows you to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Have a plan. I think it's a mistake to train muscle groups in isolation.
In my opinion, routines should be created based on each individual practice of a sport. If training basic conditioning, you should adapt your exercises to your everyday movement patterns by practicing contralateral movements.
You can mimic particular movement patterns of all sports and then practice them in the gym in order to increase your skills and competitiveness.
🤝 Are you taking on clients right now?
I’m not taking on clients until I officially launch my social media pages. I’m looking to use three social media platforms and should have them up by the end of March 2020.
📝 Where can we learn more about you?
Please follow me on Instagram @jmaine1_yall.
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