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👋 Hi! Tell us about yourself and your training
My name is Jérôme Prun, I'm 28 years old and I'm living with my other half in Paris. I'm a French blogger, doing also photography modeling and coaching for living. I was working in hospitality for 10 years but I wanted to focus on my passion and do my best to work on it.
I'm training now since approximately for 11 years. I always did sport, mainly karaté during years when I was a teenager, but more for my parents and it was kind of more a social activity.
I was big but always with a good base of muscle too, and this is at 17 years old when I got to 107 kg that I decided to stop to follow the family diet and to start to train in order to change my body.
I was doing karaté to please my parents but I liked it more for the friends I had there. I was jealous of others guys with a more aesthetic body so I thought the best way was to do like most of them and started to go to the gym.
So I lost 20 kg in one year and 30 in total in two years. Now I train to relax, to keep in shape, and more for health reason than before.
⏱ Describe a typical day of training
With years, I have been able to try many ways to train but I prefer to do weight in a gym. Normally, six times a week I go to the gym and do always one big muscle and one small, like chest shoulder biceps or back triceps or legs, but also at least three times cardio in the morning, like 5 to 10 km run outside or elliptical bike at the gym.
I think we need to focus on a natural way to do sports and many people are forgetting cardio for cardio reason instead of aesthetic and metabolism rhythm.
In my bag, I always have a towel, my personal bottle and the supplements for before, during, and after the training.
I usually work out alone because I already coach at the gym during the day but sometimes it is good to motivate with a friend.
👊 How do you keep going and push harder?
There are so many ways of being motivated now like when you look at social media and when you look around you in a gym, which are full of people with body goals and different genetics.
At the end of the day, I am always motivated by the fact not to come back to the body I had and the feeling of being rejected for my body to be fat and not attractive.
But with time, I try to be more distant with this perspective and to think on a personal record goal and a healthy version of life.
We can't do competition, look good all year and every year, be frustrated of not eating what you could like the most ... So being flexible and healthy is for me the happy version.
🏆 How are you doing today and what does the future look like?
So this is my goal now: Find a good rhythm between life, social, career, goals ... And try to teach it to the most, in order to accept our body, to have goals but not being too perfectionist, to be able to focus on the good vibes and work on the bad one. And to be ourselves and not to be pressured by social lifestyle shown all over the globe.
I think I would have tried to be more in control if i started over. At the beginning, when you lack self confidence, you'd listen to everyone at the same time, and won't always follow the good information or learn about yourself.
I think that is why it is important to take a good coach to learn the basic and after to improve with time.
🤕 How do you recover, rest and handle injuries?
I am pushing very often a bit too hard when I have a goal and go to an extreme that I always suggest not to do to others and to my friends and clients I coach.
So with injuries, I am not a good example but I try to rest and to follow up the doctor's indication. We have to remember to listen to our body and if there is pain or frustration to find a way to think if it is normal, if it is temporary, and how to balance it.
I am doing a lot of cardio by period so I have injured my foot but I always rest, do massage and consult a doctor if necessary.
I know sleeping time is super important but I am kind of an hyperactive and I should sleep more than the actual six hours I do on a daily basis.
🍎 How is your diet and what supplements do you use?
I have been following a lot of way of diet, because of discussion with many people, coach and models. I think each person should have a personal diet that suits him and that no one should tell you what to eat exactly because we all have different tastes and different way to see diet or our goals or our aesthetic.
Now I follow a flexible diet most of time that the concept allows me to eat what I want but by controlling the calories balance by day and with a good balance of nutrients so I keep building muscle or being stable and healthy.
I am for example addicted to ice cream so not to be frustrated, I'd allow myself a bit of it every day in order not to feel frustrated, but I need to count everything I am eating, that is not a problem with the technology we have now like the application MyFitnessPal.
By knowing my goal, I adjust my calorie-daily goal and I try to make big portions of vegetables in order to not eat too much.
We have only one life and I think we should all accept that we can't control all the time. For bodybuilders that need an "aesthetic perfection" I understand no exception but on a daily basis and for a more "normal perspective" I think we all need to accept to not be perfect on diet all the time so once or twice per week with friends and alcohol is not a problem but recommended I think.
I love coffee but I drink it more in a social way because I usually take a thermogenic in the morning.
👍 What has inspired and motivated you?
We are living in a world that always pushes you to perfection and show you some people that has an aesthetic that we are taught as a goal. So I always had wanted to be attractive and to look good.
For me, it doesn't mean to be so shredded or so big as some bodybuilders competitors, but more of something more athletic, showing a good body balance and a good way of living. But everyone has his point of view, and i don't judge. Someone like Rowan Row is a good example for me.
I love very commercial and pop music, the kind that makes you want to dance with a happy vibes and mood, like Meghan Trainor for example.
✏️ Advice for other people who want to improve themselves?
So now to someone that wants change and to be motivated, I always answer to first see what he wants and to see if he understands the consequence of this goal in order to see after how to build a plan on it, about sport for sure and training, but mainly about rhythm of life and diet.
The abs summer goal is one of so many people that we have to be able to teach how to work on it on a long way and not by depending all year or every year of a coach.
It is important to be our first self motivation and to learn everyday how to reach it on the easiest way for us.
I like to eat what I can, even if I will mainly eat healthy, but being flexible when some others people will prefer to know what to eat and to eat the same everyday. It is about what is the best for each person.
🤝 Are you taking on clients right now?
I am always available for new clients to teach and coach them. It is an exchange, we share. My only condition is to have a clear goal and answers to questions about it and daily life, and a resume of one normal week of diet where everything is mentioned. It is the base to understand the person and to be able to work with at the gym or by distance.
I think I am not just a coach but I am also a sharer. I like to share my passion, to teach each person how to adapt things to their own lifestyle and not just to give orders.
For me, the coach is supposed to be the friend that will help you to stay motivated and give you advice but also the bad guy who will tell you the truth when you are saying a fake excuse.
Usually, people ask me what do I eat because they think it is the most difficult and I tell them that I am always with good appetite and will always eat things I like. It is about being on our own personalized approach.
And to have results, generally in four weeks you can have results even with just a few changes, because it is about adapting and improving every week. :)
📝 Where can we learn more about you?
I am starting my blog on lifestyleloulou.com where I will explain all my approach to diet, share training and recipes, and many lifestyle publication as I am already doing for a while on my Instagram @jeromeprun