Glenn is a fitness junkie who has shared a bunch of inspiring fitness how-tos. We have to admit, his guides make our abs hurt just looking at them, but his encouragement and entertaining commentary will help get you through the intense workouts. Check them out, and if you attempt one of the workouts, make sure to let him know how it went!
We were lucky to catch Glenn for a few moments when he wasn’t in his garage working up a sweat, to learn where he get’s his inspiration, his favorite workout and more.
First off, tell us a little about yourself!
I grew up in a small town in south Wales, near the Gower Peninsula. It’s a beautiful area of the UK, and I recommend anyone visiting the UK to get out of London and see the rest of the country. Provided the weather was on my side, it offered lots of opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, surfing, coasteering and other outdoor activities while growing up. I emigrated to Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the summer of 2011 with my wife and our son, who is almost 2 years old now.
When I’m not making Snapguides and sweating all over my dusty garage floor, I work in downtown Calgary as an audiologist. Basically if you have a hearing or balance problem, I’m your man. I love my day job.
When did you get into working out and fitness?
I began really ‘working out’ at university in 2005. Before that I spent some time at gyms here and there, maxing out my free trials, occasionally sneaking in. But when I started university I wanted to see what I was really capable of and see if I could change my frame into something more formidable. I would run around Durham down and Clifton in Bristol, England which was essentially an brutal 10K every other day. That’s also when I discovered circuit training from a friend in university, and got really good results (with the right nutrition) using the workout described in the guide ‘how to get ripped without weights’. I did that for about 4 years! After graduating, I began work at a hospital in Bath, England, and discovered there was a cheesy staff gym that no-one was really using. I went there during my lunch breaks. People thought I was crazy, but I was hooked.
How do you get inspiration to workout when you’re feeling lazy?
I just look around at the many, many people who are eating and sitting themselves into a pattern of dissatisfaction and disappointment. I decided when my son was born that I don’t want to be the tubby husband/father who’s given up on his health, can’t keep up, and is missing out on life. I’m not going to sit there and wait for the inevitable decline in health (both physical and mental) associated with a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Working with older people shows you the value of activity earlier on. It really is a case of use it or lose it!
Where do you learn about new workout routines?
Fitness magazines, workout videos, YouTube, fitness blogs and forums, health websites, fitness books, things my co-workers and friends suggest. Most of my material is specifically selected to help you survive a zombie apocalypse. Lumberjack jumps. Think about it.
Which routine is your favorite right now?
I love the Develop Your Abs: Part II workout because I end up almost giving in every time. Part II is all about adding intensity to burn fat, developing core control to prevent injury during everyday activities, increasing your cardiovascular capacity, and expanding your overall athletic ability.
How has your experience with Snapguide been?
My experience with Snapguide has been really inspiring. From first reading other people’s guides, to gathering my thoughts on how to organise my workouts and then creating the videos and pictures to accompany them, it’s been a really natural process. A Snapguide is as much of a pleasure to create as it is to read. If it wasn’t so easy, I wouldn’t have done it.
The response from the community has been surprisingly positive; just a little bit of guidance and structure when planning their exercise seems to go a long way, and has a seemingly universal appeal. That has encouraged me to keep developing them.
I’m training for the Spartan race in Calgary on August 8th at the moment so maybe I’ll see some of you there!