Crussh of the month: Alex Saker
Crussh of the month: Alex Saker
Every month we’ll be interviewing an individual who we just can’t take our eyes off. We’ll get the low down on their fave places to eat, work out and explore London.
This month we sat down with Alex Saker, a man with a killer plan to share his tips & tricks on nutrition, fitness and all things protein!
Hi Alex, tell us a little about yourself!
By day you’ll find me keeping busy working in Public Relations in Central London, but by evening you’re likely to find me either lifting weights or whipping up whacky smoothie recipes in my kitchen (and sharing them with the world of Instagram!)
Give us the scoop on your #BusyMuscleManPlan...
Working full time for a busy PR agency as well as making time for my girlfriend, friends and family can be a challenge, let alone adding a full-time gym routine into the mix. A lot of people have even more to deal with, such as kids, so finding time to lift weights and keep fit can be a serious challenge - that’s why I created the #BusyManMusclePlan.
It’s essentially an adaptable workout plan that can be tailored into a three, four or five day-a-week routine, so that busy people like me can find time to get in shape. It’s easy to look at fitness professionals and think it’s impossible to look like them – particularly when you spend most of your day sat behind a desk and enjoy a few drinks with friends at the weekend - but that’s not true. I’m really passionate about helping other busy people like me get in shape and stay fit and healthy whilst actually enjoying their family and social lives – that’s why I send the plan out for free to anyone that asks.
What's your go-to for a quick protein hit?
As you’d probably expect, I’m that guy in the office that keeps protein powder under his desk. On a daily basis I’ll irritate my colleagues at 10am and 4pm as I shake up my protein and glug it down. If I can’t get my hands on a shake or just fancy a chance, then I’ll pop out and grab a protein yoghurt or protein bar to mix things up (I know, how rock and roll!) Every now and then I’ll even make something simple but tasty like protein cookies, protein flapjacks or another of my weird and wonderful protein recipes from my Instagram page – although these usually vanish fairly quickly when my colleagues insist I bring some in for them!
Where is your fave place to work out in London?
I train at Soho Gym in Camden – it’s got a great range of weights and machines, but also a really friendly crowd. If I’m not training in the gym, I like to get outdoors and do a bodyweight workout at the outdoor workout park in Primrose Hill. I usually head down there on a Saturday or Sunday morning with friends to see who can do the most pull ups, dips and any other bodyweight exercises we feel like trying. It’s a great way to start the weekend on a high and have a laugh with friends whilst getting fit.
What's your secret to staying motivated in the gym?
For me the gym is genuinely fun – I love pushing my body to lift more and more each week and obviously enjoy the physical results that come with it. I also love the endorphin rush you get every time you finish a great gym session.
However, there are obviously days when the last thing I want to do is go to the gym. It sounds super naff, but I believe that with every aspect of your life you should aim to be the best version of yourself, whether that’s working hard in your career, being a good person to those around you, or making sure you’re keeping fit and healthy. I try to keep this in mind in when I’m having an off day and use it as motivation to pick myself up and push myself – it doesn’t matter how negative you feel when you walk into the gym, you’ll always walk out feeling more positive!
If you had to have one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Wow, that’s a tough one… I have to admit I am obsessed with a good breakfast, so it would probably be Eggs Royale. I can happily sit there and eat a whole pack of smoked salmon on its own, so when a couple of eggs, hollandaise sauce and breakfast muffins are part of the equation you can imagine how happy I am!
What are some of your favourite social media pages to follow?
In terms of fitness I’m a big fan of Mike Matthews – he’s a man that really knows the science behind lifting weights and offers realistic long-term advice. I also follow Rob Lipsett for a bit of fitness inspiration – he’s seriously killing it on Instagram at the moment
Whats your fave smoothie or juice from Crussh?
The Crusshberry Blast is an absolute winner – I could honestly drink them all day long. Last time I had one I was upset when I finished it, which in hindsight was probably a bit dramatic…