10 Questions with TV personality and fitness guru Tommy Europe
When Elisa and I decided to take on wellness for the next 30 days, I thought about the people around me who inspire me to live well. TV star/trainer and dad Tommy Europe immediately came to mind.
I used to watch Tommy’s TV shows The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and Bulging Brides avidly. In fact, when I had to squeeze into my wedding dress and only had a few months to go before the big day, I decided to enroll in a boot camp and it was the best decision I ever made. Thanks Tommy!
So, I reached out to him (Tommy Europe – TE) to get his take on wellness so that he too could inspire you to live life to the fullest by exercising and making good choices. Here is what he had to say:
1. What does wellness mean to you?
TE: Wellness means a lot of things. It means healthy living, nutrition, and doing things that you want to do.
2. Why do so many people fail at fitness regimes or sticking to a routine?
TE: I think a lot of people are unrealistic in terms of sticking to a routine. They try to take on too much, too fast. They focus on too much – they breakdown and ultimately, fail. It so much better to start small. Try going to the gym for 15 minutes to start and then increase the time, every day. It’s about eating healthy too.
3. What advice can you give to jump start getting in shape?
TE: Focus on one thing. Commit to being active 3 days of the week. If you don’t like going to go to gym, try something else, but just make sure you move. Try a boot camp, dance, group fitness. Recruit a friend so you can work out together. It will make you accountable. Consider hiring a trainer. You don’t need to work with a trainer five days a week but start. He/she will also keep you accountable and spur you on.
4. What is your favorite kind of exercise?
TE: It varies. I really like mixed martial arts. In the gym, I like work outs that involve functional movement. I am not concerned with how much weight is used but rather that the exercise is done properly. Variety is super important so you don’t get bored.
5. What exercises/workout can you recommend for busy parents?
TE: Get active with your kids. I have a 7 and a 5.5 year old and we make cleaning up their rooms fun, by incorporating lounges and squats. Just move. Do what you like.
6. Do you think children can be part of your work out every day?
TE: It’s a great concept but I don’t think it’s possible do get a good work out with kids every single day. You can certainly work your children into the workout on occasion. For example, I take my kids to the gym the kids like to pull themselves on the suspensions while I am working out. Take advantage of the time when kids are playing – even if it is 10-20 minutes and work out.
7. How is important is it to set fitness goals?
TE: If you want to be successful, you need to do it. When someone starts a business, they start with a business plan. You have to do the same with fitness and create a fitness plan. You also need to work on your contingency plan. When you write down your goals, you can refer to them. These goals will then be crucial to your success.
8. How fast can one expect results when working out?
TE: It really depends on how much time you spend working out. It will take a lot longer to achieve your goals working out one day a week vs. 3-4 times a week. It’s about how badly you want it. This should all go into your fitness plan including how many sizes you want to drop as well as how many pounds.
9. Most important tip in the quest to getting in shape?
TE: Keep on going. Everyone has good days and bad days. Go for it. Be ready so you never have to get ready…
10. What should one look for a in a personal trainer/boot camp?
TE: Look for somebody who is motivated. Somebody who has your best interest in mind and will teach you something. Somebody who can provide constant motivation, challenge you continuously and change it up He/she should know where your coming from including your fitness background, and what you want to achieve.
ABOUT TOMMY EUROPE
Best known as the tough love television host of the “The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp” and “Bulging Brides” Tommy Europe is Canada’s most recognized and sought -after fitness coach.
Founder of Tommy Europe Fitness, Tommy is an entrepreneur, award-winning fitness coach, published author, keynote speaker and creator of the SHRED Training Philosophy.
Tommy earned his fitness credentials in the school of very hard knocks – as a Professional football player. An 11 year veteran, Tommy was a two-time all-star defensive back in the Canadian Football League, playing with the Montreal Alouettes, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and BC Lions. His football career included winning the Grey Cup in 1994, and earning a shot in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. Tommy is also an honored member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame, BC Lions Wall of Fame, and BC Football Hall of Fame.
Facts about Tommy Europe:
- Two-time all-star defensive back in the CFL
- Founder of the SHRED Training Philosophy
- Award-winning fitness coach
- Best-selling author
- TV Host