Interviews / Personal Trainers

Balancing the Grind With David Gullo, Fit Club HQ Co-Founder

Last time we spoke to Fit Club HQ Co-Founder, Daniel, about personal training and his goals for the company. This week, we’re speaking to Daniel’s brother, David, who forms the other half of Fit Club HQ.

We spoke to David about getting into personal training, working with his brother, training during soccer season, favourite exercise and more!

Enjoy the interview and make sure you follow the boys on Instagram and Facebook for training tips, nutrition advice and motivational posts.

1) What got you into personal training and how long have you been doing it for?

I have been involved in sport since I was 5. I play football semi professionally so fitness has always been in my blood. I have been a Personal Trainer for 2 years now.

2) Your older brother Daniel is also a personal trainer, has it been helpful having him as a guide?

It has been very helpful having Daniel as a guide. He is the one who gave me the push to study fitness when I was at a cross roads in my life. He has always been there to give me advice and guidance when it has been needed.

3) What sort of training are you doing at the moment?

At the moment I am focusing on building my strength as it is football off season. From mid August until mid November is when I focus on building strength through strength training.

4) How has your training progressed in the past year?

It has progressed well, especially in the last couple of months. I have been able to lift heavier for the same amount of reps which is exactly what my main goal and focus is right now.

5) What’s a typical day like for you during soccer season?

During the season I cut down my gym sessions to 4 per week, compared to the 6 per week I do in the off season. I focus mainly on hypertrophy as it’s mentally and physically gruelling to keep up maximum intensity at the gym as well as at football.

I drop the overall weight about 15-20% and work on muscular endurance and hypertrophy. Its mainly about keeping the muscles strong and maintaining my weight. Super sets and drop sets are a key factor in my training during the football season.

6) With so many things to juggle – personal training, your own training, soccer – how do you make sure you balance out everything in your life?

I’m very lucky that I work in a gym so I don’t have to factor in commuting from work to the gym to train. I have a schedule and routine that is pretty set week in and week out. It makes it a lot easier to fit my training in as on set days I train at certain times.

It took a few months to get into the whole routine but once I did, it made all aspects of work and gym/football training a lot easier.

7) What do you think is the most important thing to do to make sure you achieve that balance?

Definitely time management would be. Managing time and making sure I plan my week out in advance, that way I know my set routine for the next day and when and what I will be doing at what time.

8) If you had to choose one exercise to do for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

I would have to say squats. Because of football it is such a great exercise to utilize strength and power. There’s nothing quite like the burn and exertion of force and energy during a heavy set of squats!

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.