Richard Taylor is a Sports Supplement Expert and qualified Personal Trainer based in Chatswood, NSW. Richard shares his favourite way to workout, what motivated him to become a personal trainer, view on ‘diets’ and what inspires him to live a healthy life.
3 foods you can’t live without:
CHEESE – It’s what prevented me from going full vegan, in my vegetarian “phase” years ago. I haven’t been able to eliminate macadamia nuts from my diet because I can’t afford 100g a day I hate to admit it, but I can’t seem to kick my protein bar addiction.
What’s your favourite way to move?
Hiking and lifting weights are a diabolical combination for burning fat and building muscle.
Why did you decide to be a personal trainer?
I became a personal trainer in 2003, because I was an elite athlete and it was a natural progression to become involved in fitness, but the true turning point was in 2009, when I was diagnosed with lymphoma and had the chemo and radio, all the nasty stuff that annihilates your body. I had to rebuild my body and state of health from the very start, and wellness became very important to me, and made a decision based on passion, to dedicate my life to helping others to achieve their optimum state of wellness.
What’s your eating philosophy?
If a diet has a name and people can make money from it, then it’s probably a fad and you should take the information with a grain of salt. Eat fresh, minimally processed food, from a variety of animal and plant sources. Don’t exclude anything you love, unless it makes you sick. Eat consciously and mindfully. Don’t eat too fast. Create a diet that works for you. Call it the John diet, or the Sarah diet. It’s yours. Don’t follow anyone else’s diet. It’s theirs
What are the top 2 healthy essentials we could find in your handbag/gym bag?
I’m a minimalist. I have a change of clothes and toiletries. I don’t listen to music. I don’t use any gym accessories
What motivates you to live a healthy life?
Well, if I’m being honest, because we’re all friends here… I like to look good. I like to have big muscles. I want a 6 pack, but it seems to elude me I also want to be an engaging father, a loving husband and have the energy to be present at all times I want to travel when I’m 80 and I don’t want to be wheeled around in a wheelchair
If you could give only one tip to improve the health of others, what would it be?
LOL just 1 tip? Ok. Work on improving your relationships. Your close relationships as well as your random interactions with strangers. The quality of your close relationships and your social interactions are the 2 biggest predictors of a long life.
Connect with Richard:
Facebook: Taylored Training – Richard Taylor