Bradley Simmonds is the hot new trainer whipping fitness fans into a frenzy online.
He launched his platform, Get It Done, in October 2020, and has already amassed hundreds of thousands of followers, including a celebrity clientele that includes Lucy Watson, Sophie Hermann and Rosie Fortescue from reality TV show Made In Chelsea, presenter Maya Jama, football stars John Terry and Jamie Redknapp and the latter’s ex-wife, media personality Louise Redknapp.
So who is this ripped PT, who advocates we shut up moaning and just ‘get it done’ when it comes to a workout?
A former professional footballer, Bradley left the sport after an injury and went on, aged just 20, to launch his career as a personal trainer. He rose to social media fame in the pandemic thanks to the nation’s boredom and lust for free home workouts.
‘I adapted quickly to what was happening and started doing live workouts on Instagram,’ says Bradley, now 28. ‘I was doing two workouts a day – one HIIT workout in the morning and one strength workout in the evening.
‘It was such a buzz as I had over 7,000 people joining my live workouts a day and grew 100,000 followers during that period. That gave me the confidence to start my own platform and it’s been hugely successful.’
Now a brand ambassador for the likes of Under Armour, My Protein and Adidas, Bradley has written two books and his fitness website offers live daily workouts – including strength training, HIIT, yoga, Pilates and boxing – alongside weekly Q&As with nutritionists and doctors.
However, his style of training is not for the faint-hearted. He’s all about tough love and you can expect high-intensity training, fused with bodyweight moves and strength training with weights. ‘My style is quick and intense. I like to get your heart rate up and give you a good muscle pump at the same time.
‘While I make sure my sessions are challenging, I also ensure they’re fun and creative. I incorporate HIIT with weight training: the HIIT is going to improve your cardiovascular health and it will also help you drop body fat for those who are trying to lose weight, while the strength training is important for your muscular system and will make everyday activities easier.
‘I include lots of deadlifts as this will help you in the supermarket when you need to pick up heavy supermarket bags.
‘For the everyday person that might cause injury, but if you’re training with me daily, those activities aren’t a problem and you’ll be more capable.’
Bradley’s ‘get it done’ mantra aims to inspire everyone to work out, no matter what else is going on in our lives. His sessions normally last around 30 minutes which, in a heatwave, is probably all most people can, or would want, to do.
He’s also a fan of supersets, a form of strength training that involves performing two exercises back-to-back – bicep curls and a tricep press, for example. This effectively doubles the amount of work you are doing in a shorter space of time and is perfect for summer when you don’t want to spend hours exercising.
- Try it out: Bradley Simmonds’ home superset workout
‘A superset involves moving quickly from one exercise to another without taking a break,’ says Bradley. ‘The rest comes after the two moves have been performed.
‘It’s a high-intensity mode of strength training and allows you to train more muscle groups in a shorter period of time. It also makes things more creative and challenging.’
He says a superset can be done with the same muscle group to really exhaust those muscles and build muscle mass, or with opposing muscle groups which means you can do more reps and sets.
‘For example, it can be a chest press and chest fly to really overload the chest muscles and this means you’ll become stronger and build more muscle mass in that area quicker. Or, you can go for opposing muscles with something like biceps and triceps. As one muscle group is resting, you’re working the other one and this means you can do more reps and sets.
‘This means you can be more intense in a shorter period of time and it’s a great mode of training for the summer, or if you’re time poor.’
While you can do supersets with bodyweight exercises such as push-ups and triceps dips, or even cardio moves like burpees and mountain climbers, Bradley says weights are best here.
‘Supersets are a bit more challenging than your average workout so I wouldn’t advise them for complete beginners, but if you’re not a novice, they’re a great way to add a new dimension to your training and save time.’
If you fancy giving them a try, Bradley says to keep your eye on your form, because you can fatigue quickly and that’s when form can slip and injuries happen.
Once you’ve mastered supersets, there are tri-sets (three exercises back to back ideally with the same muscle group, followed by a rest period), pyramid schemes (starting with light weights and higher reps, building up to a heavier weight with fewer reps) and even quadruple sets.
To find out more, visit getitdone.fitness
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