Guy Forster
Alpha Fitness
#104-1145 East 29th Street
[email protected]

Guy has been a personal trainer since 1999, but since his move to Lynn Valley in 2008, he is working with more and more people from his own neighbourhood.

What do people appreciate about your help?  
They know that with me they’ll benefit from encouragement, education, accountability, and results.

What do you see in your clients?
Enthusiasm, courage, and dedication!

Any tips for us? Want to keep the weight down over the long term?
1. Exercise daily. Once people get to the point with physical activity where they don’t say they love it, but they do say “it’s part of my life”, noticeable results followed. The most successful individuals averaged 45 – 60 minutes of physical activity at least 5 times per week.

2. Greater food awareness. The simple knowledge of how much fat, carbohydrate, and protein one is eating helps control calorie intake and limit sugars and bad fats. Ignorance is a huge roadblock to weight loss.

3. Breakfast. Nearly every individual successful in long-term weight loss maintenance eats breakfast every single day.

4. Weighing In. Although weighing in has become taboo, weighing in regularly helps improve weight loss and weight loss maintenance. Again, it comes down to awareness; you can’t expect to lose weight on a wing and a prayer.

What are some of your other ventures and accomplishments?
•British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association registered Weight Training Fitness Leader
•National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer
•Contributing writer for “FitLifeBC” magazine
•Owned and operated my own bike messenger service in the 1990s.

And hobbies?
Road cycling and mountain biking, attending sporting events, family time, ongoing education, cooking, and weightlifting.

What do you do in the community?
I was a weight room supervisor at John Braithwaite Community Centre for a year, and, with Alpha Fitness, organized two “Hand-up for The Harvest” fundraisers for the Harvest Project. I also help the Salvation Army with their Christmas fundraising campaigns.

What don’t we know about you?
I am a tech moron.  I do not have a laptop. I use a flip phone. I used a Polaroid camera until 2007. I use a Sony walkman when I work out!  Yes, I listen to mixed tapes when training.  People under 25 stare at me in disbelief when they see me inserting a cassette into my walkman. They have no idea what it is.

What’s the business taught you?
Time management.  Also, every individual is very unique and a cookie-cutter approach does not work.  In addition, it has taught me patience and the strength of the human spirit!

What’s your future hold?
Continuing to help people.  I would like to travel with my son when he is a little older.

Favourite quotation?
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow”

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