Meet Jack, he’s the head of our gym and our very own Terminator… (Only without the cyborg exterior and evil vendetta against Sarah Connor).
Originally from Poland, Jack came over to Scotland when he was just 16.
While still attending high school here, he decided to devote all of his free time to the gym – he’d even go on his lunchbreaks. He loves nothing more than helping people to reach their goals and see them walking away with a smile on their face (which we assume is masking the burning feeling in their legs!)
So, if you’re looking to shed a few pounds, our resident Mr Motivator will whip you into shape in no time. But don’t let us tell you all about Jack, let’s hear it from the man himself…
How many chin ups can you do?
I’ll say what Arnold Schwarzenegger used to say… All of them.
If you had to lose one muscle group altogether what would it be? It has to be a big one, don’t be sneaky. And before you ask, you can still use that part of the body but it’s just really skinny…
This a tough one! Well… around 90% of our gym users don’t train their legs. I train legs twice a week and love that burning feeling the next day, but I suppose if I HAD to, I’d say legs… because then I’d just be the same as everyone else.
What is the strangest request you’ve had from a client?
I’ve had a few, but the strangest request was for me to become the client. A PT instructor (a student at the time) came to me as a client. But it turned out that he wanted me to be a guinea pig for some research he was doing on how fit personal trainers are. I was shocked when he asked, but at the same time I was proud to take part, and we’re still friends now!
What is your favourite form of exercise and why?
Bodybuilding training. I love lifting heavy weights, it helps me to discipline myself. I always have my headphones in and music on – it helps me to block out everything around me and get in the zone.
If you had to pick a sport to compete in at the Olympics what would it be and why?
Definitely Olympic lifting. I’ve done it in the past and just love the whole idea of it!
If there was a book written about you, what would it be called and why?“Chase your dreams”. This is because on my first day of college studying my HND in Fitness, Health and Exercise, a woman came up to me and said “People like you usually struggle here and don’t get good results.”
My response to her was “Just watch me”. I worked really hard to prove her wrong, and ended up getting the highest ever score in the HND Fitness course!
Would you rather have to exercise for 12 hours every day, for the rest of your life or never be allowed to exercise again?
A few months back, I was working out every day for at least 2-3 hours a day, I was in great shape. Went away on my Christmas holiday and slipped a disc. I had no feeling in my legs and couldn’t walk for a few days. The doctor was suggesting surgery as there was a very slim chance that the disc would go back in place by itself. I was off work for over two months and would’ve done anything to be able to go back to the gym and train again. I was in constant pain and could barely put my shoes on… it was a long recovery but a successful one – and no surgery needed!
So, long story short, I’d definitely take 12 hours of exercise, as not being able to was horrible.
What’s the best thing about working in the leisure team?
The atmosphere and the people are fantastic but the most important thing for me is the management. My manager Jeff plays a big part in my job – he listens to all the ideas I have regarding the gym and tries his best to help in every situation. In my opinion, he’s the best manager and friend you could have to work with!*
(*Jeff assures us there was no bribery involved in this last response.)