WE’RE PRETTY SURE OUR NEWEST TRAINER AT BBR DAVE DRINKS A CAN OF ENTHUSIASM UPON WAKING UP EACH MORNING. HE BRINGS BIG ENERGY AND LOVES WORKING AT BODIES BY RYAN SO MUCH, IT’S UNLIKELY YOU’LL EVER CATCH HIM NOT SMILING, EVEN WHEN HE’S PUSHING YOU TO GO NEXT LEVEL. IF YOU THOUGHT BBR DIRECTOR RYAN DEVEREUX WAS THE KING OF DISCIPLINE, DAVE IS THE PRINCE. HE HAS ALL THE SELF-DEVELOPMENT TOOLS CRANKING TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF HIMSELF AND WANTS TO MOTIVATE THE REST OF US TO DO THE SAME. DAVE OPENS UP TO US ABOUT HIS JOURNEY, WHERE HE’S HEADING AND ALL THE WAY HE CREATES HIS ENDLESS POSITIVE VIBES WE ALL LOVE SO MUCH.
What led you to working at BBR?
It was actually crazy how everything aligned for me to begin at BBR. A mentor of mine named Lorne Sprigg, one of my cricket coaches, suggested I meet up for a coffee with him and an interesting guy he’d met at a spiritual ceremony called Ryan. I remember having my note pad and pen, and writing down every word that was spoken from both of their mouths during this meeting as if it were gold. So safe to say, I did find Ryan interesting and after hearing about how he carried out business I realised it was something I wanted to explore more.
So, I joined BBR as a member (mid 2020) and was there for two months before injury halted my progress and I stepped away with an inkling I would be back sometime in the future. Fast forward to February 2021, and Justine’s brother, whom I’ve been long-term friends with, messaged saying BBR was looking for a new trainer. My first thought was “am I really good enough to be a trainer at BBR?” and then my second thought was “well, I might as well message Ryan and find out”. So I took that step and set up a meeting with Ryan. Again with the notepad and pen out and had a good chat with Ryan who was willing to give me a shot.
A weird side note – I actually got into a car crash coming back from that meeting and I’ve heard that is a sign from the universe of a BIG change in life direction and that couldn’t be more true for me!
What is your fitness background? Did you play any professional sport or were you more interested in the coaching side of it?
I have played cricket ever since I was six years old and have played at first grade level for the past four years. Although, cricket doesn’t necessarily come with the biggest fitness component, I found I loved the physical and mental challenges of seeing what my body and mind are capable of during our pre-season fitness sessions. So that’s definitely played a role in opening up the path I am now on.
In terms of my own training background I vividly remember being a lanky and lamppost figure of a 19 year old who was determined to have a six-pack. So whilst on a seven-month trip out of Australia travelling around the UK, Europe and even Russia, I was eating clean AF and working out in hotel rooms and in gyms where I didn’t speak the languages… But I got my six-pack and gained considerable size over that time – trip successful! From there, I’ve been training over the last five years and at one point, I had written down over 1000 workouts in my iPhone notes.
What is your own training schedule like now?
It’s a bit of a mixed bag at the moment as I’ve been healing chronic stress in my lumbar spine over the past 3 months. I usually hit the Monday compound day and then the Wednesday arms day (a double if I’m keen) at BBR. Outside of that my rehab program is three times a week split over Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday as it’s a big program for legs, glutes and core muscles. I’ll also jump on the bike a couple of times a week and do some shoulder strengthening stuff, as I’ve had previous injuries there as well. I basically live at BBR to coach and workout.
Are you just focusing on coaching at BBR or are you working/studying at the same time? Fill us in on what you’re up to!
BBR is my numero uno focus for sure! But I am also finishing off my certificate 4 in personal training and working at Rebel in Claremont and Carousel where I basically get paid to talk to people about sports.
What made you want to want to coach?
A while ago it came to me, through a lot of self development, that my life purpose is to help people live happier, healthier lives and for the longest time I wasn’t sure what that meant or what it looked like for me. But when I closely looked at my life and what I truly enjoyed doing I realised that I was spending two hours at the gym most days and that was a little hint that this was an area that would suit me. In short, I love the social side of the gym and get deep joy from helping others live healthier, happier lives.
What is it like coaching at BBR? What’s Rhino like as a boss?!
I’m not sure I’d even call Ryan a boss as I think of him more like a mentor whom I listen to and follow his teachings. I mean I also do what he says of course haha! But he is such a good person who, no matter how busy he is, will carve out a 30-minute slot to chat about anything that is on your mind. He’s already demonstrated to me that he truly wants the best for myself and all the members at BBR by holding himself to such exceptionally high standards of service. It must sound like I’m kissing up to the boss here but I honestly feel such support from Ryan which gives me confidence to fail a thousand times in order to succeed, which is something special. He’s also clear cut and can be stern when you’re not living up to the BBR standard which I appreciate and continue to learn from his ways.
In terms of motivating the members, I sometimes feel like we (as PTs) are just watching these phenomenally determined beings push themselves to their limits everyday and we’re just there in case something goes wrong. I almost feel bad at times for trying to get that extra 1% out of people who are already going at 109% but then I remember our members pay for us to do that and so I oblige.
Where was your first job and the biggest lesson you learnt from it?!
My first job was at McDonalds when I was 15 on slave labour at $8.06/hour and I’m not even sure that is legal! The biggest lesson to come from those two months was that fast food is DISGUSTING, makes me feel terrible after and that a healthy diet was the way forward for me. So in hindsight, I am very grateful for this job.
What are your regular health routines outside of training that keep you feeling your best? What are your non-negotiables?
I guess you could say I am a very structured and ritualistic person, having both morning and nighttime routines. I place my mental and physical health number one on my priorities’ list. I could be here all day describing these so I’ll list them instead. Regular health routines that help me feel my best include:
• Daily Mediation – At least 10-20 mins everyday. This is a non-negotiable for me!
• Cold shower to start the day – I LOVE the feeling of knowing I am in control of my mind. This morning was freezing!
• Mental training apps (LUCID and Headspace)
• Journaling – I have both a general journal and a gratefulness journal which I write in everyday. Reminding yourself everyday what you have to be grateful for is a must do.
• Daily to do list – again another non-negotiable as I enjoy my structure so I know what to aim for.
• Reading and learning – I love physical and audio books, podcasts, blinks etc.
• Making my bed – a good tip from the Army.
And that’s most of the things I get up to to ensure I give myself the best chance to be optimal in both mind and body throughout the day.
I noticed you drinking a smoothie while we went for Easter breakfast at Shorehouse – is nutrition very important to you? What principles do you focus on?
Nutrition has been a side passion of mine ever since I was that skinny 19 year old wanting to have a 6-pack and googling what The Rock ate to get massive. So I have put a lot of time into learning what is considered healthy and have tried different diet regimes including vegan, vegetarian and paleo to see what felt right for me. If you’re not patient, you definitely shouldn’t food shop with me as I religiously read food labels. Through all of my trials and research and now trying the BBR food plan I have come to the conclusion that each individual’s diet is unique to them and the best way to figure out what is “healthy” for you is to listen to what your body tells you when you eat certain foods. So that’d be my underlying principle and other than that I simply ensure:
• I am getting high levels of protein spread across the day (30-40g per meal every 3-4hrs)
• I eat lots of fruits and vegetables per day (think at least 2/5)
• Eat high quality wholefoods – food with dirt on it is good!
Inspire us with any goals you are working towards right now, from fitness to life!
My number one goal for 2021 is to heal my body from chronic injuries that are yet to fully heal so I can feel healthy, strong and fit.
My other major goal is to finish my certificate 4 in Personal training and to start being able to help people on a more individual basis, which I know is going to bring me such inner fulfilment.
What’s your favourite part about working in the fitness industry?
The people! And BBR classes! I am in awe of so many of the people at BBR. On top of being absolute weapons in the gym, they are genuinely lovely people who continue to make me feel like I have found my tribe at BBR. BBR classes are like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Everyone is giving 110% and when you’re in the warzone it feels as though time slows down and I feel so present, which I LOVE. I Feel my most alive when training in or coaching a BBR class. I would honestly coach at BBR for FREE – but no one tell Ryan that!
Fast five faves
Fave station/exercise at BBR?
DB bench Press and 21s are equal top as ya just feel the biggest pump after
Pull ups when Last on a compound day otherwise, Sissy Squats as they F*** you up!
Fave cafe and your order there?
The Secret Garden in South Perth (across the street from my place) and my order would be the vegetarian breakfast, which is MASSIVE, with avo and an extra egg added.
Fave cheat/treat meal?
Nachos with EVERYTHING you can legally put on them
Fave holiday destination?
The UK as I’ve got wonderfully welcoming extended family over there, cheap fruits and veg, and SO much cricket during the northern summer.