It's been a while since we caught up with the interns. We had a new program kick off a few months ago, and with a fresh round of interns the gym, there's plenty to talk about.
Let's start with Nick Borg.
Nick, tell us about your interests.
Resistance training, football, listening to music and reading/learning about the human body. I also really enjoy trail walking/hiking if I remember to wear suncream.
Why did you apply to intern at Romero Athletics?
I'd researched R.A. through social media and the website. I found myself agreeing with a lot of their philosophies and admiring the training systems and culture that had been created. I can see that all of the coaches invest as much time educating themselves as they do their clients. These are the kinds of people from whom I wish to learn.
What do you hope to gain from your internship?
Experience in working alongside a more diverse range of clientele, and education from other more knowledgeable and more experienced coaches, all ultimately allowing me to become the best coach I can possibly be.
What’s your history with sports and training?
I grew up mainly playing football and some racket sports, before exploring 'the gym'. I assumed that bodybuilding was the only way to train with weights and didn't imagine that anyone could have a different goal. I then started reading and learning more from coaches around the world and understanding the importance of human movement. All of this with many cold/ muddy obstacle course events mixed in along the way.
What about your training now – what are your favourite exercises?
Really loving heavy tricep kickbacks at the moment. Just kidding... I like the squat because it's such a fundamental movement which should be relatively simple, yet most adults have grown to find it so difficult for many reasons. Also anything Pallof press-related, for how effective yet humbling it is.
Ray Parlour. Google if you don't know!
Hit us with your goals – in training and in life.
Turn weaknesses into strengths. I've a long list of weaknesses so it'll take a long time, but the more I train the more I realise I'd rather live a little longer and injury-free. Short-term, a 5-plate deadlift within a year, and to improve muscular imbalances.
What have you learned so far from interning at Romero Athletics?
I've learned not to be scared of stripping back training to re-learning fundamental skills with a view to long-term progression. I've also come to appreciate the value behind having a broader physical skill set. These, alongside some helpful coaching cues and technique points.