The DK philosophy
My greatest joy in life is showing people how to get fitter, faster. When I first entered the fitness industry, the options were average at best. There were group classes so one-dimensional, it would take ten classes a week to get fit. There was old-school cardio - rows of treadmills, cross-trainers or spin classes. Their benefits sold on faulty science, offering monotonous stress on the joints and short-term results. More recently I've witnessed the bootcamp boom. I've lost count of the groups I've seen doing basic moves like push-ups, squats or lunges incorrectly. Bad technique equals no results plus increased injury risk. Well, what about Crossfit? A great idea, badly executed. How can you care so little for fundamental exercise principles that you injure your clients at a rate never seen before? There had to be a better way. How could I make training varied enough to maintain motivation? How could I make it smart enough to get the job done in the most efficient way possible? And, how could I deliver on the hype by giving amazing results in fitness, fat loss, toning, posture and energy all in the one workout?
The thing is I had an unfair advantage. I wasn't your average personal trainer. I had spent the last five years studying intensely to be an exercise scientist. Learning the intricacies of human physiology, exercise physiology and the working of the main control centre, the human brain. But, unlike my colleagues I wasn't interested in working in a lab or for an insurance company. I wanted to work with people. People motivated to make positive changes. I wasn't interested in 'Hollywood' clients with their sports cars and home gyms. I wanted solutions for people of all ages whether they be mums, dads, lawyers or teachers. I started to experiment with workouts. How could I combine different training modalities to get maximal metabolic demand (fat burning)? How could I get my clients fit and keep them motivated for years to come?
In the end the answer was simple - create smart, balanced, whole body circuits. Science says the transformation at the muscles means these workouts burn fat more effectively than anything else. My clients lose fat. Science says for fitness, high intensity intervals are more effective than anything else. My clients get ridiculously fit. Commonsense says people stick with workouts that are different every session. My clients never get bored. And, my instinct says if workouts are based on primal movements of the body they can be modified for any ability level, regardless of injury status. My workouts suit every body. Ten years later, I have this art form down pat. Killer workouts giving amazing results in the shortest time possible.