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David Moorhead: 'Training should be a part of, but not take over your life'

The 39-year-old is fitness manager at Belfast's first digital gym, Better Gym in Church Lane, which opens tomorrow. David, who is a national Les Mills trainer and presenter, lives in Whitehead and has three daughters, Skye (11), Alex (8) and Evie (6).

Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?

As well as training in four strength and conditioning classes a week which each last up to an hour, I also teach five to six classes a week, including Les Mills, Body Pump, Body Combat, circuits and spin.

What's the worst illness you've had?

Man flu... and I've broken my nose a few times playing rugby. Nothing serious, to be honest.

How healthy is your diet?

Breakfast is usually two boiled eggs with two rounds of wholegrain toast, with chicken salad for lunch and plenty of greens. Dinner is a stir fry with fish, lean mince or beef, chicken or turkey. Basically my diet consists of lots of fresh fruit and veg. I snack on apples, bananas, oranges, nuts or berries with some cinnamon.

Any bad habits?

Drinking too much coffee. Since I started working here I have been drinking up to four Americanos a day when usually I would just have two. But I put that down to getting used to a new working environment. I tend to stick to an 80:20 plan which means I eat in a healthy way most but not all of the time. It's also important to be able to relax and have a piece of chocolate or a packet of crisps occasionally.

Do you drink and/or smoke - if so, how much?

I don't smoke and am not really a drinker. A few beers on a Saturday night is the most I have. When I was younger in my teens and 20s I would have had a bit of a jolly at the weekend, but since the girls were born it's been different. And it's important for my training to be consistent too. I'm a firm believer that training should be part of your life but not take over your life.

Do you take any health supplements?

I used to but through time and self-education I believe you get all the nutrients you need through a balanced diet.

How do you take time out?

Walking or getting out on my bike around Brown's Bay, where my parents are from, or The Gobbins. It nearly always involves some kind of exercise.

How well do you sleep?

Pretty well. I would get seven to eight hours every night. I rarely have trouble sleeping - a little bit recently but that's probably all the coffee I've been drinking.

Getting a good rest and sleep are massively important to a healthy lifestyle.

Do you worry about getting old?

Yes, as I am approaching 40 I have started to think about what is going to happen without stressing about it too much. I am certainly more aware of age and that is where getting enough rest comes in. Now I would take days off so I am not exercising all the time to give my body more recovery time. While I can still do everything I have always been able to do, it takes longer to recover.

What is your go-to product or habit that keeps you feeling healthy?

Drinking water. I would have up to five litres of water a day especially when I'm taking classes. But it would be two litres everyday. Water is the best natural remedy.

Better Gym, Church Lane, is the city's first digital gym which is part of a £1.8m investment by social enterprise initiative GLL and Belfast City Council. The gym opens tomorrow and has many unique features such as facial recognition for members and is the only gym here with a PRAMA studio, an interactive workout programme which has taken America by storm. For more details, visit

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