We talked with Carlos Zamora in May, 2020.
👋 Hi! Tell us about yourself and your training
My name is Carlos Zamora. I am 32 years old. I’m from Denmark living in Copenhagen. I have a Spanish-Filipino heritage. I work as a tennis coach, a personal trainer and a kick-boxing coach. I’ve been training all my life. I’m always in shape.
My other sports include tennis elite level, professional MMA and pro wrestler traveling around the world. In my spare time, I love playing Xbox, cooking and traveling.
As for sponsors, Final Gravity as a personal trainer and I have Budoxperten through competing in fighting.
I am very passionate about fitness because it gives me the feeling of staying healthy and young. I really like to work with people and share this passion and help them with their goal. In addition to staying in shape, I always prepare for competition.
I just like the environment a lot.
⏱ Describe a typical day of training
Training should be enjoyable and for the most part not a duty. Depending if you’re competing, there will always be days you don’t feel motivated but just need the discipline and see the big picture at the end of the goal.
As for my typical training, I’d like to train twice each day 3/4 times a week for one hour/90 min each time. I still train six times a week.
I don’t really follow a specific split, but I do get three times a week hitting full body for sports specific. I’m currently doing isometric for tendon health and improve power.
The program that has given me good results is Plyometrics, working the glutes medium, shoulder rehab, neck injury prevention and not overtraining!
I don’t do any off-season bulking techniques as I am not a bodybuilder, however, for pre-competition fat loss techniques, I prefer a low carb, one week before a fight, shoot etc. And then hitting sauna to make weight.
I train at a sporting health club. It’s my working place and has all required assessments, and environment is nice. I enjoy training alone and sometimes with a company.
Before my training, I would eat whole food and take whey protein. I also live listening to motivational music. Nothing fancy. Then after training, I would take protein of course.
I carry Trx, band, jump rope, mouth card, lots of clothes, boxing gloves,
I have way many cardio regimen but my favorite is the assault bike, and that would be eight rounds of 20 sec 80/90 % max, 20 rest . Or five rounds of 30 sec 80/70 % max 30 sec rest. My favorite exercises are face pull, chest fly, bicep curl, Nordic hamstring curl, and bent over row.
👊 How do you keep going and push harder?
In my opinion, motivation is short term. Discipline is key. I’ve managed to keep training for a very long time, well, easy, I like to look good, go hard to inspire others.
My best hack for improving in the gym is to go beyond your limits, I don’t wanna be second to none. Go to a place where it sucks but that translates to success.
Depending if I have something upcoming like a competition I push hard because there’s a purpose to push harder.
The biggest challenge I’ve faced so far was fighting in a MMA cage in front of 3000 people.
🏆 How are you doing today and what does the future look like?
Covid-19 has closed the gyms at the moment so I do a lot of outdoor. I really enjoy it in the sun getting tanned
For the next five years, I would like to get sign to a big pro wrestling promotion and travel the world some more. To reach these goals, I am planning to get more exposure, perfecting my craft, get my stuff out there on YouTube.
My other plans include perhaps get more certificates of athletic training and buying a house.
If I could start all over in my fitness journey, I should have gotten more exposure through social media channels.
🤕 How do you recover, rest and handle injuries?
To avoid injuries, I do a lot of prehab, I avoid stress and avoid overtraining. To recover, I train around the injury and not provoking it. To improve my recovery, I would simply eat just whole foods and would take quality protein.
🍎 How is your diet and what supplements do you use?
My diet is conventional.
I follow 40 % protein, 40 % carbs, and 20 % fats.
I do low carb on fight week, or if I a shoot I do low carb to get the water off my body for more shreddedness.
Obviously I try to eat 45 min after training, hitting some good protein source
For cheat days, perhaps two cheat meals or week. It would be pizza and chocolate.
When cutting, I eat a bit less without depriving myself. I’m very well balanced, I tend to eat if I’m hungry. And eat sufficient if I need for a hard training.
I drink coffee almost every morning. I go out 2/3 times a month but put that aside when competing.
Life is too short not having a good night out when working hard six times a week.
👍 What has inspired and motivated you?
I love listening to hip hop music while training.
The best advice I’ve received was train because you enjoy it.
It may sound corny but I get inspired by myself.
It’s a bit narcissistic but other than that I like to follow Joe de Franco and Naudi Aquilar.
✏️ Advice for other people who want to improve themselves?
If you are new to fitness world, get proper information and start off easy.
For the experienced, keep on inspiring.
Strangest thing I saw in the gym is not training at all but just sitting there.
Avoid listening to awfully information from fitness influencers who have a lot of followers and ripping your money of your money account.
The best hack for life outside the gym is to stop overthinking and just enjoy it. Motivation is not sufficient. Find YOUR purpose!
🤝 Are you taking on clients right now?
Yes, I do but I only work with serious people who want to learn and enjoy it. And who have found their purpose of training. My specialties are boxing, athletic, and outdoor.
It’s a good idea to hire me because I believe I’m a better because I’m not lazy and have a high quality when you train with me. There’s no BS info from my part.
I’d prefer to work with real-life clients and usually it would take 1/2 month to see results after they sign up with me.
The most common training question I get is “How should I eat or train?” My answer is: It depends on your purpose.
📝 Where can we learn more about you?
Follow me. My main channel is Instagram @Notjustacoach and my Facebook Carlos Zamora.