Fitness Program CEO Uses His Company’s Method to Lose 60 Pounds of Fat
The CEO of a gym has lost 29 pounds of fat in just over a year by following the methodology established by the trainers he employs in order to set a good example for other members.
Simon Philis, 39, is the managing director of REUNION Training, a group of fitness studios that focus on nutrition education and group classes with a twist – or home workouts if you don’t live close enough to visit in person.
The successful Sydney businessman is surrounded by members who are on their own health journeys and he wanted to set a good example for them by attending the very training he preaches.
“I joined LA RÉUNION at the end of 2019. My very close companion and fitness industry juggernaut Luke Istomin (co-founder of F45) had asked me if I was interested in joining his new fitness revolution which is changing the gives,” Simon told the Daily Mail. Australia.
Simon Philis, 39, is the managing director of REUNION Training, a fitness studio group that focuses on nutrition education and group classes with a twist – or at-home workouts if you don’t live close enough to visit in person (pictured before left and now right)
The successful businessman, who lives in Sydney, is surrounded by members who are on their own health journeys and he wanted to set a good example for them by attending the very training he preaches.
“I was in love with the concept, because previously I was someone who loved bodybuilding and had never seen the value of group HIIT classes for me personally.
“As a guy, I wanted to have more muscle rather than lean, so Luke’s concept of a true hybrid strength and conditioning training model really suited me and appealed to me.
“I thought as CEO of the company it would have been negligent of me to continue to look so unfit – that’s a terrible example to set for my colleagues and our members, so Luke m challenged to start with just a few months, relax into , then build momentum.
Beginning his journey at 92kg in August 2020, Simon had to find the motivation even when NSW entered Covid lockdowns and training restrictions were in place.
Simon trained six days a week mixing up his strength sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, conditioning on Tuesday and Thursday and a ‘fit fest’ on Saturday.
“I was able to train as many times a week in the studio as I wanted, and when that was not possible, whether due to work or social commitments, or even confinement, I was able to use our online offering as well as outdoor training,” he said.
“No excuses, basically. I lost 22 pounds in 14 months and gained seven pounds of muscle. That’s a whopping 29 pounds of fat loss.
Simon trained six days a week mixing up his sessions with strength on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, conditioning on Tuesday and Thursday and a ‘fit fest’ on Saturday.
“Essentially, I haven’t had any injuries in that time – and that’s down to well-trained coaches focusing properly on performing the moves,” he said.
How did Simon train to get in shape?
On Mondays we train ‘knee bend’ or more commonly known as ‘squat day’, although this is less specific.
This is a lower body emphasis, pushing through the legs through a knee bend.
As someone with arthritis in my left knee and torn cartilage in my right, I was skeptical about doing this. I was proven wrong, and there is always a way to adapt to injuries.
Wednesday’s focus is on the upper body push-pull, which is pretty self-explanatory.
Fridays focus on the hip hinge, which is commonly associated with deadlifts, although we use many variations of it.
The other days are mainly devoted to conditioning, achieved through a mixture of ergometer training (assault bike, rower, ski) and weightlifting with a certain tempo and movement.
Simon started with a 15% calorie deficit and slowly built in maintenance — the calories you eat so you don’t lose or gain weight — then a period of surplus before another deficit.
“Macro splits were explained to me as a way to ensure the right amount of energy, while causing fat loss, muscle gain and hormonal balance at different stages. This balance was essential”, a- he declared.
‘My specific eating routine included what many call intermittent fasting, although the truth is I wasn’t following this as a manager – I just don’t get hungry in the morning and don’t like to eat breakfast .
“I eat normally after training in the 12:15 p.m. sessions, opting for a healthy grilled chicken full wrap with avocado, leafy greens, tomato and, because I love it, cheese .
Simon started with a 15% calorie deficit and slowly built in maintenance – the calories you eat so you don’t lose or gain weight – then a period of surplus before another deficit
“If the day was more cardio intensive, I might have pasta with a lean meat sauce, and periodically a vegetarian or vegan option, as I tend to enjoy those meals too.
“I always take a protein shake after training, especially since it’s convenient.”
“Getting your protein is so vital, and I usually struggle to eat enough of it, so this is a great way to get it easily.”
Dinners were usually lean chicken or fish with carbs like brown rice and potatoes on the side.
“I made my own pizza, saving about 40 to 45 percent of the calories by making it myself, but not having to use things like cauliflower bases,” he said.
Simon feels confident, lighter, sleeps better and no longer makes excuses to keep his shirt on at the beach
“I would even make my own fried chicken – my air fryer was a godsend!” Anything you can control or monitor will help. I tracked calories for a while, until I felt like I figured out what foods were just eyeballing. Then I took it easier.
And the results speak for themselves.
Simon feels confident, lighter, sleeps better and no longer makes excuses to keep his shirt on at the beach.
“I didn’t think that at my age it would be possible to transform like that. It really lifts me up. I wish everyone to feel that,” he said.