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Behind The Scenes Of Surfing The Menu With Hayden Quinn
June 3, 2016

Co-owner of The Cube Gym in Sydney and star of ABC’s latest hit show, Surfing The Menu, Hayden Quinn is one busy man! So how does he do all of this while studying his Master Trainer Program™ and fit in his own training? We recently caught up with the culinary superstar to find out how he juggles his busy schedule.

With a few kilometers under his belt from traveling Australia, Hayden is no rookie when it comes to improvising his training while on the road. Now the name of the show does give away another of Hayden’s many talents, however it wasn’t just surfing that Hayden and co-star Dan Churchill got up to throughout the series. While on set in Toowoomba, Hayden and Dan came across the local BMX bike track which proved to be great outdoor training arena. “Dan and I would literally race each other running around the BMX track as it had lots of great little hills and sprint sections.” In addition to this, it was early wakeup calls with bodyweight exercises, that ensured they would get a head start on each day.“We took with us a 16kg kettlebell, two skipping ropes and our training shoes and that is all we really needed.”A regular early morning workout on the road included a walk or Jog to warm up for 10 minutes, followed by a combination of push ups, sit ups, shuttle runs, tricep dips and squats.

When travelling for work, or even a holiday it can be tempting to opt for the convenient option when it comes to food. When we asked Hayden his tips to keeping his nutrition on track, he literally took ‘meal prep’ to the outback. “Shopping ahead of time and sorting out lunches while on the road and having having healthy snacks was crucial when filming, there were definitely plenty of times where there were limited or no options other than what was in the truck stop or service station, so we always had a supply of nuts and tuna on hand.”

It was not just training that Hayden had to squeeze into his day around filming, whilst on the road he was also part way through his Master Trainer Program™. “Studying online made it pretty easy to stay on top of my workload with The Institute. I was able to make use of the travel hours by catching up on reading and planning the practical elements in advance for when I got back to The Cube in Sydney.”

Juggling work, training and study are common challenges for any students, whether you are travelling, or in general have a busy lifestyle, Hayden’s golden rules you NEED to apply are; “Wake up early and get a head start on the day with some exercise, plan your meals, pack your food and drink lots of water.”

For more information about The Institute's Master Trainer Program click here, and be sure to tune into the next episode of Surfing The Menu this Sunday, 6pm on ABC!

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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