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The fitness transformer

Gideon Remfry

If you haven’t heard of Gideon Remfry, that’s because the manager of the world renowned chic and discreet KX private members club and its newer class-based pay-as-you go sister gym, KXU, both in London, is the antithesis of today’s Insta-trainer, and won’t discuss his famous client-base or his achievements. Of which there are many – after 25 years of applying his practice and study in the fields of exercise, nutrition, coaching and holistic lifestyle and functional medicine, he was recently selected as one of the Top 25 Trainers in the world in the prestigious Men’s Fitness power list. For Ikigai, we look forward to learn how to develop a healthy outlook to integrated fitness training (and hopefully get a leaner physique in the process).

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What gets you up in the morning?
My family wake me up each day, both physically and metaphysically!
My second alarm clock is my passion to study, practice and evolve my holistic and integrated health care approach and lifestyle.
If you had to describe what you do in a sentence…
I develop and deliver evidence based, holistic wellness in deliciously bite sized and edible portions.
What makes you an expert in your field?
My skill is to simplify sometimes complex wellbeing subjects, and make them accessible.
When and how did you receive your calling?
I started Judo at an early age, an inspired introduction to fitness thanks to my 1st Judo coach, Raymond Coulthurst. At 20 I found myself a bit lost and unhealthy and looking for a future. I plunged myself into a personal training course which was the catalyst to both my return to health and subsequently a lifetime passion and career.
What is the most misunderstood thing about your profession?
A great deal of the fitness industry’s motivation follows the same type of  “no pain, no gain” dogma….
The truth is, there is health changing power in a little bit of regular movement and it should not be underestimated.
If there was one thing you could pass on to everyone, what would it be?
By all means enjoy reading and viewing inspiring and sexy, pseudo-science nutrition and exercise gurus, but it is important to realise that extended voyeurism may be motivationally toxic to your goals. Use this time to re-focus on you and your surroundings – optimal wellness or health, as well as mind and body transformations requires managing different components of your lifestyle including diet, exercise, stress, sleep, relationships etc.  Your genes load the gun, but your environment pulls the trigger. Focusing any spare and precious time towards positively changing your environment is wise.

“We are adding years to our lives but not life to our years.”

What one thing should we stop doing now?
“A year from now you may wish you started today”… A cliché but most of us only address a problem when something breaks. It is better to exercise little, often and smarter to support achieving transformative health and a great body, rather than hard and fast, which may promote injury and perpetuate a yo-yo diet and exercise cycle lifestyle.
What one thing should we start doing/do more of now?
Breath, is the secret of life….Start and end the day with 6 diaphragmatic breaths. Each breath is taken using a 5 seconds inhale, a hold for 5 seconds, a breath out for 5 and a final hold for the count of 5 before repeating 5 more times.
What is your “ikigai”?
I witness and work with a lot of people suffering, physically, mentally and spiritually. This includes individuals who can sometimes appear to be at the “top of their game”. While Bio-medicine can be miraculous, it is by in large focused on a “pill for every ill”, symptom-led approach to disease, yet over 70% of global diseases are lifestyle driven. This drives my passion to build on the positive outcomes and scientific evidence base related to integrated and holistic healthcare. To be part of a community focused on creating a happier and healthier society is a blessing. Our “Healthspan” is the future.

To learn more about Gideon Remfry: kxlife.co.uk

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