Meet Mike, our TORQStar of the month, a disciplined trail lover and craft beer fan!
Meet Mike, a loyal fitness lover and craft beer aficionado here at TORQ. Some people forge a quick relationship with exercise and fitness. But for some it’s a process that happens later in life and eventually turns into a much deeper relationship. Mike has been an avid supporter of TORQ right since we launched and ever since then, he has been in the studios at least thrice a week. Let’s read his process.
Tell us more about yourself.
Hi, well, my name’s Mike, I’m from the UK and I’ve been in Hong Kong for the past 12 years. I love the hiking and trail-running scene out here. I’ve recently become a father and I’ll be celebrating my 40th birthday this year. During the week, when I’m not staring at numbers on screens, or drinking craft beer with my mates, I try to keep myself as fit as possible.
Do you think being self disciplined is important?
Of course! As Jocko Willink says “Discipline equals freedom”. Honestly, I enjoy it so much now, that it doesn’t feel like I’m being hard on myself. At first, when I was really unfit, it took a lot of willpower, but after I really started seeing the benefits, it motivated me. I think enjoying your workout is crucial, otherwise you’ll always find an excuse to not show up.
Is working out another way of de-stressing for you?
All exercises are good to de-stress, but nothing beats high intensity cardio workout. The feeling afterward is great, with all your endorphins pumping high. I’d like to think it makes me a nicer person, but then again, probably not.
Were you always focused on being fit? What was the changing point in your life?
No, not at all. I was very late to the game. I was mainly focused on drinking and partying because I was always the worst at sports in school. I had deliberately avoided sports and exercise for pretty much my entire life until I challenged myself to tackle my first marathon back in 2011. Since then it’s been quite a turnaround really.
There are other places you can do spinning but you don’t see the same results as TORQ – whether you’re training hard for a triathlon or just trying to lose a few pounds. The instructors here really push you to the limit and want you to get the best results you might not even know you are capable of. The combination of their energy and motivation, as well as TORQ’s technology to track your live performance on screen, means you just won’t slack off. There’s no way I would ever burn as many calories in a gym on my own!
What are the classes you enjoy and why?
Regardless of the weather, I do TORQ-CYCLE three times a week, which is my main way to maintain a high level of cardio fitness. TORQ 60 on Saturday morning is a great way to start the weekend. Normal TORQ cycle is a 50 min class, but the extra 10 minutes you get at TORQ 60 makes a surprisingly brutal difference, although you feel great for the rest of the day and can enjoy Saturday evening food and booze guilt-free. I sometimes do the SWITCH classes also, which helps with mobility and balance.
What are your goals and how does TORQ help you achieve these goals?
Firstly, I want to maintain my current fitness level which I’m pretty happy with. Secondly, I also like to keep challenging myself with Ultra-marathons, the scene is growing exponentially around the globe. I’m looking forward to signing up for a couple of them at the end of the year.
What is the advice you would like to give people who cannot be so disciplined and dedicated towards fitness?
Well if the person happens to enjoy a beer like myself, I say do a spin class first and reward yourself with a pint! Everyone is different, you cannot keep preaching at people to do stuff, or you become really irritating. That being said I always try to “nudge” my friends and family in the direction of fitness because it has genuinely made such a huge difference in my life.
Thanks for joining us at TORQ, Mike, we appreciate your presence and your balanced perspective on fitness and enjoying a beer!