Interview with Peet Rothwell, Singer, Personal Trainer, and Fitness Competitor04-12-2014
Peet Rothwell, 31, is a professional singer, a personal trainer, and a men's fitness physique competitor from North Wales who has been living in Marbella for 8 years.
Your passion is fitness. Why fitness?
I have always had a mind to get healthy and work out as I'm getting older but in recent years I decided to ditch the Marbella party lifestyle and really start to treat my body right for a change. This led me on a trail of education about my body, nutrition and biometrics that has captivated me from the start. Fitness for me is an escape from reality but at the same time a platform to constantly challenge myself and overcome obstacles; this brings about self pride and confidence, two things that I was perhaps lacking before!
When did you start with sport and fitness? Have you been doing sports all your life?
I have been relatively active over the years. I used to play football in high school and at times hit the odd punch bag (my brother is a boxing coach). I started working out on and off in periods around 6 years ago but at the beginning of last year really stepped it up, in terms of education, nutrition and training. In May of last year, I challenged myself to compete in Men's Physique Fitness Model category within 12 months. I achieved that goal in August this year competing at the Malaga Summer Muscle Festival at Plaza Mayor. In the meantime I have been coaching and training people and passing on my knowledge and experience, there’s no better feeling than helping someone transform and change their life.
Which types of muscles do you like to train most? What is the best exercise for you, or your favourite one?
I used to have a favourite muscle group before I saw the big picture. I always longed to have a chest haha so I would tend to always be waiting for that workout, but when "working out" turns into "training" the bodybuilding element takes over so now I go through phases. I’m constantly looking to identify my weakness's weather through progress pics or constructive criticism and will then focus on those areas to improve and keep everything in proportion. At the moment even though my category doesn't show them (we wear long beach shorts) I'm working hard on Legs and looking forward to improvements there. It's excitement and pure hell at the same time!
You have your own coloumn in Marbella Rock magazine. Tell us about it!
Yeah, well, obviously, as for now, I have a career outside of fitness so I don't have a lot of time outside of work (I sing songs), training myself for my next comp and training clients but I have always wanted to write and blog. This is something I will be starting in the New Year as part of an online fitness community I will be launching, but earlier this year I was given a great opportunity to get my ramblings and advice on all things fitness out there through the medium of magazine. So since June, I have been writing the fitness and wellness section for Marbella Rocks magazine. I cover all things from nutrition and weight loss tips right through to Bbdybuilding and training techniques. The magazine is also viewable online, which is great as people back home in the UK have messaged to say they are following and finding the columns useful. It's a good feeling!
Where do you train? At which gym? How many times a week do you train? o you also do some other sports?
I tend to train mostly at Plaza Gym, Nueva Andalucía, but also, frequently, at some other local gyms as I have clients around. You will find me at the new Rock Gym Marbella on Ricardo Soriano most Sundays and also sometimes train at Alahmar Fitness, Calahonda! As far as how many times a week it will vary, I train to a 30-day schedule, for example, day 1, day 2, day 3, etc., rather than Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. My rest days tend to be intuitive and thrown in wherever needed, rest is such an important factor in any training but you get to a point where you know your body and between this and my training log I tend to get a good gauge of when I need to rest. As far as other sport, not right now. I had to stop boxing as I broke a bone in my wrist on the bag and in preparation for my next competition I am in what we call "Bulking Phase", I am gaining weight and mass so my cardio levels need to be at a low till around 10-12 weeks before I hit the stage.
If someone like to have you as a trainer, how it is possible to contact you?
For now, I have few clients as my singing career has been crazy. The New Year, we will be launching RothWellness Marbella which will be a full fitness community with listings of trainers for all types of fitness from yoga, personal training to boxing and combat, so I will be available through there along with a host of other fitness professionals. Hopefully, there will also be an index and profile for local clean food spots, gyms, massage, supplement and organic, and health food shops, all things fitness.
Who is your mentor?
I love Golden Era Bodybuilding, so my inspirations include Big Arnold, Frank Zane. Dorian Yates is probably an obvious one with the local connection, but genuinely, I have come across a lot of his interviews and videos and he talks so freely and intelligently about the sport, there are definitely parts that I take in the gym with me on a daily basis (especially, on back day), but my main inspirations are Men's Physique Pros like Steve Cook and Ryan Terry. Every day, I watch a video or read an article by one of these guys.
You had your first competition in Men's Physique Fitness. How did it go?
It was the best, most interesting, and hardest experience of my life. From the day we decided to compete there (4 weeks before) to the moment we stepped offstage, it was a rollercoaster of emotions, sacrifice, pain, and an absolute sense of accomplishment. Every step was a learning curve. I'm hooked.
What is your goal in fitness?
My goal ultimately is to have a career in fitness. I built a fantastic career singing all over the world over the past few years but it won't last forever. I will do this till they don’t want me anymore but I have developed a real passion for fitness and I have built myself goals that I have to achieve. Something happens inside Rothwell when people say I won't be able to do something haha. I'm like a less violent Batman, I have this life by day and then at night I throw on a black suit and well you know the rest. Haha I hope you edit my daft ramblings.
All girls probably want to know whether you are single.
Yes, I am.
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