Meet the head of fitness for YOLO & key questions answered

James Golden – AKA The Fitness Pro, is a fitness professional with experience stretching across 20 years. James has previously worked for the government, owned a fitness club up until a year ago and is now a freelance fitness professional. In November 2017 he joined the health and fitness retreat company called YOLO retreats.
James and the team at YOLO Retreats have created a fitness retreat programme to allow people to focus on their fitness and wellness in a luxurious and mindful environment in the country.

Head fitness coach- James, supplies answers to a set of questions about YOLO Retreats to help you understand more about the experience :


How important is nutrition on the programme?
The saying ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ is very true and the training can only provide the desired result if the nutrition is disciplined enough to support your training objectives. We are what we eat and it is important to consume healthy produce at the right time with the appropriate portion size. The YOLO Retreat programme will deliver an understanding on how to eat clean and to better understand the role of nutrition in supporting an effective training regime.

Some people may find a day of fitness intimidating, what would your advice be to them?
Guests come along individually or in a small group but, ultimately, come together as a group through the experience. The programme is structured in a way that won’t break people and is developed to inspire you. The experience is designed to improve an understanding of training and nutrition to help someone live a better lifestyle.

What kinds of exercises are included in the training sessions and which is your favourite?
The day has two phases of training either side of lunch. The morning will consist of a metabolic HIIT class alongside a core and Yoga class. The mid-late afternoon part of the day will supply further group-based strength training and a fitness workshop to help you understand how to train smart. My personal favourite is the intro HIIT class in the morning, as it is the perfect start to the day which makes you feel good to be alive.

What inspired you to be involved with this programme?
People have certainly become more conscious of living healthy in recent years and I wanted to be part of an experience which educates in a practical fun environment. The sessions will genuinely invigorate you and provide an absolute unique fitness experience. Working with likeminded professionals to support the guests to live healthy is highly rewarding and passing on my knowledge to others is my passion.

What advice do you have to stay motivated while exercising?
Set objectives and create a plan that supports you. So many people apply themselves to exercise but have no direct focus or goal. It is good to challenge yourself and ultimately reward yourself if you meet your objective.

Outside of the training programme, what other activities would you recommend within the YOLO programme?
My moto has always been ‘knowledge is power’ and we can supply DNA fitness testing to help you understand more about your responses to certain food groups and how your body reacts to exercise. This can be invaluable to help you understand how to get results. Highly recommended!

What is your best advice for those trying to lose weight?
Losing weight is easy when you know how. Using the expertise of a fitness professional can be valuable to help create a plan and buddying up with a friend with the same ambition as you can provide added support – especially when the going gets tough. I cannot recommend highly enough the importance of having a plan to support you towards your goal. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.