Name: Jack Eyers
How did you get started with Fitness/Bodybuilding?
I started using the gym when I was at school. Because of the limited movement in my leg, it was hard for me to join-in with playing sports during PE lesions. Instead I was allowed to use the school gym. I have never been very academic. So the gym was one of the first times I had seen good results. It was a place where I could achieve.
When i was 16 I had elective surgery to have my right leg amputated…
Since then, I’ve been involved in various Paralympic sports such as wheelchair basketball, rowing and athletics. In the meantime I’ve qualifying as a personal trainer.
What motivates you, where does your motivation come from?
My motivation is… how far can I go? How strong? How big? How lean can I get?
The body is an amazing thing and will adapt to anything you put it through. I enjoy pushing the limits of what I can achieve. My body is my business, so I believe I should preach what I teach.
Can you tell us why you became a personal trainer and what rewards does it bring?
Being PT is not just about fitness, it involves nutrition, lifestyle and general well-being. I try to push people out of their comfort zones. I often support people going through a life change. This is something I take very seriously. In order to fulfil this part of my role I must wear several different hats: Personal trainer, friend, life coach… This ensures I build strong relationships with clients, and they are able to trust me, to help them achieve their goals. Being a part of this process is incredibly rewarding and empowering and I’ve seen some great results.
What does your typical workout routine look like and how did you accommodate certain exercises around your leg?
I work through a split routine 5-6 days a week. I tend to train chest and calves twice a week as they are my weakest parts and in the summer I train CV and abs 3 mornings a week.
My legs day is my biggest routine, I will sometime split it up to quads and gluts in the morning and hams and caves in the evening. I use a smith machine when I squat as this help with my balance. I often super-set smith machine squats with adductor and abductor or glut raise to really make sure I target my stump.
Smith machine squats: 20, 15, 10, 10, 10, 8 (supper set with) glut raise: 10, 10, 10, 10
Leg extension: 12, 10, 8, 6 (superset with) single leg deep squats: 10, 10, 10, 10
Leg press machine: 15, 10, 8, 8
Leg curl: 15, 12, 10, 10
Standing calf raise: 20, 20, 15, 10
Straight leg dead lift: 10, 10, 10
Seated calf raise: 15, 15, 15, 15
What is your typical diet plan?
0700: porridge oats with handful of nuts and scoop of chocolate whey protein
1000: Rice, chicken and peas and spinach
1300: Rice, chicken and peas and spinach
1600: 2 scoops whey protein and banana (post workout)
1900: Sweet potato, salmon and broccoli
2200: 2 scoops casein protein
Do you take any supplementation?
Wellman multi vit, codliver oil, CLA, BCAA, L-glutamine, pre workout drink, creatine,
What is your proudest achievement so far in fitness?
My proudest achievement was in 2011, I completed two half marathons in a racing wheelchair. This was a complete shock to my body as I had never trained for endurance before but felt it was something i needed to prove to myself i could achieve.
Then 2012 I performed a cabaret style rope act at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony in front of 80,000 people. Again this was a completely new style of training. We focused on grip strength, shoulder stability and core strength along with great flexibility.
In a wider senses i also feel proud to inspire other amputees to get fit and into shape.
Do you have any short term or long term goals?
My short term goal is to be the face of disabled/ amputee fitness by being the first front cover magazine amputee fitness model
My long term goal is to create a amputee fitness work shop/ boot camp
Is there anyone that inspires you?
Arnold Schwarzenegger is my all time favourite inspirational athlete. I love his attitude to life, his motivational words and above all his fantastic physique!
Any favourite quotes you would like to leave with?
Live the dream
No one has ever drowned in their own sweat
Surround yourself with great people and great things will happen
Fun Quick Questions For Our Readers
Favourite colour? Turquoise blue
Favourite food? Indian food, Chicken madras and egg fried rice
Favourite TV Show? Criminal minds
Favourite movie? Man on fire
Favourite Band/Artist? Nickelback
Do you have any pets? No but I want a dog!
Chase your dreams! Change is scary and often uncomfortable, but life begins outside your comfort zone. So learn to embrace it and get used to it. Believe in yourself!