Elite trainers Jon McDowell and Brock Travis introduce VIVE personal training fitness center (4925 Greenville Ave., Ste. 108, train‑vive.com) to D-Town’s lifestyle scene, sharing tips and tricks on how to get in shape and creating a healthy routine toward your fitness journey.
Tell us about the name behind the brand. Our mission statement is ‘Aesthetics follow function.’ Optimal body composition is a direct correlation to improving 10 of the most well-known biomarkers of healthy aging. We focus on creating an environment where people of any fitness level and age can train in a small-group setting while going through individualized programs to meet their goals. The environment, culture and energy fuel ultimate results.
VIVE offers tailor-made fitness programs catered to the individual WORKOUT PHOTO BY ANOUCHKA/ISTOCK.COM
What are your top general fitness tips and tricks? Exercise execution is king. For most, learning how to maximize an exercise will determine the results they get. Two people can perform a squat yet get two very different results from doing the ‘same’ motion. A program is only as good as the intensity, time under tension, range and execution of the movement. Most people have not been properly taught how to move well. Our goal is to safely progress individuals through a strength program that will lead to better health, body composition and energy levels.
Can you talk about your daily routine—how do you stay energized through the day and week? Rule No. 1: You can’t cheat sleep! If sleep is off, then you will spend the rest of the next day accommodating to make up for it. Our daily routine starts at 5:30AM, so that calls for an early wake-up call. Start the morning with a collagen shake mixed with exogenous ketones, which serves as a great source of energy without raising blood sugar; from there, about four hours later, have a morning shake fueled by hydrolyzed beef protein, organic mixed greens and 10 grams of GF fiber. Managing blood sugar is the key to consistent, sustainable energy levels throughout the day. Protein and fiber can serve as very important nutrients to assist.
Co-founder Brock Davis DAVIS PORTRAIT COURTESY OF BROCK DAVIS
Share some advice for maintaining a routine and staying in shape. Long-term consistency beats short-term intensity every time. Most people take on too many changes at once. The key to change is to pick three to four habits that you know you can achieve and sticking to those until they become permanent habits. Then pick another three to four new habits. As a team, we take complex subjects and lifestyle changes and make them simple. Our training system allows you to network and collaborate with like-minded individuals due to our small-group settings. I have observed that accountability happens due to the positive community, so our clients are much more likely to maintain their routine and stay in shape because they know if they miss training, someone will surely ask, ‘Hey, where have you been?’ Accountability is a very powerful tool for staying in a routine and meeting your goals.
Co-founder Jon McDowell. MCDOWELL PORTRAIT BY CHRIS BOOTH
Tell us about your best practices for at-home workouts. The key is to follow a structured program that has progressions and regressions, allowing anyone to begin exercising in a safe manner. We have created a six-week online, home-based workout program with minimal equipment that any health enthusiast can go through at home.
Photography by: Anouchka, Brock Davis, Chris Booth