Continuing our Team tips for the festive Season, Dapper Dan gives you his tips for getting though the festive season in one piece.

With the countdown to Christmas on, What’s your top tip for clients to get them ready for party season?

I guess just make sure you drink plenty of water, try and eat as healthily as you can, follow a sort of 80/20 rule, it is OK to have a few treats and drinks but make sure you’re getting plenty of nutritious food in also

For someone starting out into fitness would they be better waiting until January to get moving?

I’d recommend starting now, start out small and you can build up, then when January comes round you’ve already built a bit of a foundation to crack on with. I’ve found with many people of the years that ‘I’ll start in January’ never really comes round. It’s also a good way of slowly incorporating change, rather than in January making the New Year resolutions of getting fit, eating clean, giving up alcohol etc, which isn’t sustainable for most. Implement a good training routine and be consistent, this way it can be a habit by January and then you can make a small change to your diet and get better results. Set yourself movement/fitness targets instead of looking at the scale, so if you start now, maybe aim to get strong enough for a level 2 class before Christmas.

Top tip to keep stress at bay over the holiday season.

It’s Christmas, why you getting stressed? You’ve worked hard all year, enjoy yourself. If you feel the stress kicking in, stop, take a breath and refocus.

Do you eat clean & healthy over Christmas or will you over indulge like the rest of us?

I’ll be heading home for a week over Christmas and it’ll be my first Christmas at home since 2011, It’s also my birthday on the 28th, nicely sandwiched in between New Years Eve, but they’re only 3 days, Mostly my routine and diet will stay the same throughout December, I’m not overly strict on myself anyway and I probably eat too many biscuits and donuts, so not much will change!

How do you stay on top of your workout routine over the festive season?

I’ve had a pretty up and down year for working out, I’ve moved around a bit and I haven’t really had a goal in mind whenever I’ve been training.  I have very much gone through the motions, up until about the last 6 weeks where I’m back enjoying it again. My current training cycle finishes on Dec 26th and then I’ll have a deload week going in to the New Year, I’ve started plan my training 6-8 weeks in advance so it’s ends up being a little easier to remain consistent and see if I’m still on track.

What’s at the top of your Christmas wish list this year?

To be honest I don’t really need anything, get to spend Christmas with friends and family so that’ll suit me fine

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