Fitness Apps You Should Know About: David Gandy Fitness and Training
You probably know by now that here at GymBuzz we love the gym! We also love technology. We love it even more when the gym and technology meet to create something awesome that can help people become fitter and healthier - whether it's actually in the gym, or just keeping active in a different environment!
The start of our 'Fitness Apps You Should Know About' series began when we had the pleasure to interview model David Gandy about his app 'David Gandy Fitness and Training.'
David, how did you go from being a model to having your own fitness training app?
Well, I write for Vogue.com and GQ.com, and I just saw apps as the way forward.
Some people approached me about another app and I said “I don’t really think that’s going to work, but how about a style app or a fitness app?” So we did the style app first which was very successful, but then people kept asking me – men mostly – How often do you work out? What do you eat? There just seemed to be a gap where people needed to know.
And I think that really developed it. So now when I get those questions, I tell people “It’s on the app – that is exactly what I do!”
So, tell us more about your training routine?
It really depends. If I’ve got something coming up like Light Blue or underwear, that will be a month of training 5 or 6 times a week very hard. But on a normal week I'll probably train 4 times a week. I travel a lot so sometimes it’s hard to fit it all in.
When you’ve been training for a number of years you can actually change your body very quickly in a couple of weeks.
The thing is, I know I would work out in the most basic of gyms. Something like a TRX is a great way to shock the body, or free weights, blood, sweat and tears. That’s how to get results.
How long have you been training for?
So really I’ve been working out for the last – I used to play rugby and cricket and everything else, so I’ve always been working out – but really more substantially for the last 10 years, and in those 10 years I sort of worked out what works and what doesn’t.
I am the kind of person who believes that if you have a style app you have to be a stylish guy and you have to be recognised as one of the best looking, most stylish guys out there.
If you have a fitness app, a bit like a personal trainer, you have to be known for having a good body. That personal trainer should have a better understanding and a better body than me. If he hasn’t then I would have some queries about this – Surely if you know all of this information then why would you not want to have a great body? That’s my theory behind it.
It seems like it's not just a matter of you presenting your own training programme, but you have a bigger mission of helping people too.
Considering that in the UK we are now one of the most obese nations in Europe, it’s about time someone did something about it.
It’s pretty scary so I just wanted to lead my example.
The information out there, you have to really want to source it. There is so much different information. As you said earlier, there is accurate information and then there is information where I just read it and it’s absolute crap and I don’t know where they are getting that from.
But sometimes I feel like I’m hitting my head against a brick wall. Like we said we are one of the most obese nations, and it seems like people just want the cheat, the magic pill to lose weight, and don’t want to work hard. When they see what it actually takes to achieve results, it proves too much for some people.
That’s why I tried to incorporate into the app a fun and easier way to achieve what you want.
And the great thing about apps is of course their affordability over gyms and traditional personal training.
Absolutely. We also have a problem in this country with very expensive gyms. I go to the states a lot, and I could go into any gym – and I’m talking good gyms, like Equinox – and I tell them I’m here for a week and they just say “Well, give us 30 or 40 bucks” which is great.
Sometimes I’ll have friends who will come to work out with me [in the UK] and it’ll be £15-20 just to come in for the day, which is far too expensive. And there’s people paying £100-150 per month! In this economy that’s a lot of money.
Which is another reason for the app, to tell people you don’t even have to be at the gym for this. You can do it outside and save yourself a lot of money.
Are there any new developments coming for the app in the future?
The app is actually being updated at the moment. I’ve taken on board a lot of feedback from the last 6/7 months what people have said about it.
We’re changing it slightly, getting rid of some bits, simplifying the timer, and putting in a few body-weight exercises.
I travel a lot and can’t always carry everything that I want, so I moved on to just doing a lot of just using my bodyweight and a lot of repetitions.
There is currently a Bulk, Lean, and Cut section, and one of the problems we’ve encountered is people have asked us 'How do you do that if you don’t actually have any weight?' This is very difficult, but I understand people’s predicaments if they only want to do a 20 minute workout at home, or in a hotel room. So that’s what we’re working on at the moment.
We’re keeping this time variant. So if you want 20, 30, 45 minutes or an hour workout we are keeping that function. We are also simplifying the bespoke option so it is more like what people have asked for.
At the same time, you can never completely please everyone. You have people come back saying “absolutely magnificent, love it. Had the most amazing results.” And then you have other people come back and there’s one mistake on there – they couldn’t log in to Facebook for one day – and they say “it’s crap, it’s rubbish”.
The app itself is £2.99, which is another strange thing when people complain about the price – “Oh my God that’s so expensive.” And they’ve also got a Starbucks in their hand while they’re talking to me, so I say “Can I just ask what that latte cost you? Is it skinny or full fat?”
Well just drop that latte, save yourself some money and buy yourself the app!
Something like that is very, very simple. So for people to say it’s expensive is fairly ridiculous.
That’s the world we live in with social media and people being able to quickly comment. It is difficult.
How do you get over any challenges you have had in your own training?
I’ve had quite a few challenges and I tend to get over them with trial and error. The boredom threshold is probably the one for me and with that I always just go into the gym and do different exercises, keep on pushing myself and shock the body and muscles. This is a way to get results very quickly.
Like most people I always used to push heavier and heavier weights, and with this I wasn’t getting the body I liked, I was getting too much bulk. Which is fine, but you need some definition. So I pretty much went back to the core form of the exercise, getting that completely right with lighter weights and slowly increasing. This is the way I got the results that I wanted.
I noticed on your site you say “Getting results is key in maintaining motivation and determination” - This mirrors my own philosophy to some degree, because when people see they are getting something for their efforts and money spent, they are much more likely to continue.
Yes, if you see results it will make you want to carry on. But for a lot of people, including myself, the boredom threshold kicks in. That’s why we also have the three sections – you can go to the lean section, on to the bulk section, back to the cut section, and on and on. It’s about having enough on there to keep people entertained.
And as you and I know there is no cheat behind working out and getting fit. But at the same time if you are doing the right things you are going to see results quicker.
To find out more about the David Gandy Fitness and Training app, and to download for iOS or Android, click here.
Thanks to this months The Lucky Clover blog we are learning five new things about David Gandy. Last months blog was cars this month are his favorite drives.
March was made for making great escapes. Out of winter. Out of town. Into the wild blue yonder. Get behind the metaphorical wheel with a little insight from Gandy on the roads less traveled he’s dying to drive down now.
Scottish Highlands: I first drove through the Scottish Highlands when I was six years old. Obviously, I wasn't driving myself, but even then I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel. James Bond in Skyfall probably does more justice to the scenery than I could ever describe. It’s really like no place on earth. Last year, I drove through the Highlands twice and for a driving enthusiast it is a dream. Just be careful though, there is a saying in Scotland: “If you don't like the weather, just wait 10 minutes.” That’s how quickly it changes.
St. Gathered Pass: The Gathered Pass is a high-mountain pass in Switzerland connecting the northern German-speaking part of Switzerland with the Italian-speaking part, along the route onwards to Milan. I’ve never actually driven this road, but one day I certainly will. Supposedly it is the greatest driving road in the world to truly test a car. Sounds like a great challenge to me!
Pacific Coast Highway: Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Carmel, San Francisco… some of the most beautiful places in the world all on one road. I’ve driven this road in 90 degrees of heat and rain. Once, a landslide even prevented me from going any further and still, it didn't matter. Whatever time of year, whatever conditions, the P1 is always spectacular.
Uganda: I once spent 3 days driving through the whole of Uganda in order to trek for gorillas. Being touching distance to the gorillas was special enough, however it’s the driving that still stays in my memory. Not that you could really call them roads that we were driving on half of the time… we also had a vehicle crash into us, we broke down and had a few punctures. However, to discover a country like I had never seen, to meet the people, the children and the different cultures, only driving really affords this kind of insight.
Amalfi Coast: I’ve shot fashion editorials on the Amalfi coast from Positano to Ravello more times than I care to remember, and usually with some of most well-travelled and successful crews in the industry. But an amazing thing happens every time on the Amalfi coast: everyone is inevitably almost stunned to silence by the beauty. It just so happens that the stunned silence may be broken by the odd Ferrari V8 speeding past, but for once I'm happy just being driven and enjoying the peace and view.
This year during day 2 of the London Collections Men A/W 2014 David Gandy arrived to the first show of the day wearing a gorgeous long cream coat with his name monogrammed on the back collar seen when it was popped up. The coat was paired with a blue waistcoat and trousers, brown tie and brown and white striped shirt. The coat and the ensemble were designed by David and Neil Fennel.
An insight into the life and mind of David Gandy: Fennell Ambassador
FENNELL: We often look to the past for inspiration, from old film stars to people we see in vintage photos. Who's style has inspired you?
DJG: I'm very much inspired by old Hollywood. Cary Grant, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, James Dean. The ironic thing is that many of these icons never went out to be stylish, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman were happy in t-shirt, jeans and a Belstaff jacket as they dressed in a Utilitarian way, but were still the definition of cool.
FENNELL: When was the first moment you realised you had a love for fashion?
DJG: It's more for the love of design than just fashion. I've always loved car and time piece design and this then transmits over to fashion and interiors design.
FENNELL: What accessory do you think every man should have?
DJG: I would have to say either a great watch or good shoes. These are both accessories that can make or break an outfit.
FENNELL: What do you think the male equivalent of the LBD (little black dress) is? The outfit men fall back on when they want to look their best and feel comfortable?
DJG: A midnight blue three piece suit. It's literally something that every man looks good in. Its very flattering, can of course be separated and worn in many different ways.
FENNELL: You are often described as a real 'gentleman' and it is clearly something you take pride in being. What is the importance of being a gentleman to you and how would you encourage other men/boys to become more gentlemanly?
DJG: My grandfather and father are both gentlemen and I have been brought up in the same way. It's a trait that is a rarity now a days and that's why other men who I class as gentlemen stand out from the crowd. I think being a gentlemen is about being descreet, not shouting about what you have and encouraging other people. In today's world people seem to just want to shout about what they have and don't have.
FENNELL: What would your perfect Sunday consist of?
DGJ: Driving! It doesn't matter what car I have. But the right road and driving a car to its limits and my limits is still to me the perfect way to spend a few spare hours.
FENNELL: What album have you been listening to recently?
DJG: Im very old school with my music choices. So I've been listening to a lot of Bobby Blue Band, Spanky Wilson etc. But that's mixed with Bon Iver, so it's rather varied.
FENNELL: What item of clothing do you own which you never want to live without?
DJG: My watch collection, as I love to match my watches to my style or outfit. But I'd probably say an item of clothing is just a simple white t-shirt. I wear it with anything from a pair of jeans and a cardigan, to a pair of tailored trousers in summer to under a DB.
FENNELL: What has been the best piece of advice you have been given and how has it effected the way you live your life?
DJG: Im not sure I have been given good advice, I've learnt from mistakes more than anything. But really I think it's about observing people I admire in life.
FENNELL: If you hadn't pursued a career as a model what can you picture yourself doing?
DJG: I already do the other things that I wanted to achieve. I review cars for GQ as I would have loved to have been a motoring journalist and also write for the Telegraph. I have 3/4 charities, one of those being the first ever ambassador for Battersea Dogs Home to help the animals, as I would have loved to have been a vet.
FENNELL: We are about to start our latest Gandy x Fennell collaboration. What has inspired your ideas for the designs?
DJG: I try to do the opposite to what everyone else is doing or thinks is trendy, I'm not a big believer in trends. Im very much inspired by military historic clothing. When we came to design the overcoat for LCM in January I looked at Military overcoats from the RAF and also inspired by the fitted design on women's overcoats.
David Gandy appears in the latest issue from GQ Taiwan, leading British model David Gandy reunites with photographer Chiun-Kai Shih, following a shoot in 2012 for August Man. Styled by Marcus Teo, David is the embodiment of the return of elegance with simple but sleek tailored suiting looks.
Grooming: Scott McMahan for Brooklyn Grooming
Photo Assistants: Alex Muccilli, Colin Simmons, Chris Lee
Fashion Assistants: Drew Van Diest, Leslie Padoll
Production Assistants: Esther Pang, Naomi Zhao
Producer: Clarissa Morales
Retouching: Skin Digital www.skin-digital.com
Video: John Polquin, Alex Hill
Special thanks to: Brandon Reynolds and Sam Doerfler