Staff Bios - Harry Stead
Who are you? Your life story in one paragraph.I grew up in England and moved to New Zealand at the age of 13. I've played sports since I was about 4, with football being my true passion. I played football in the top age group grade at under 17 and under 19 level and also played district cricket for Manukau. I fell in love with training after injuring my knee playing football. Being instructed to work on strengthening my legs meant I had to spend a lot of time in the gym and it all took off from there. Now I pretty much just hit the gym, as injuries have hindered my cricket and football, and now I get a buzz off pumping iron and trying new and exciting supps that bump up my performance.
What do you like most about working here?
I'm really big on training and the great effects of supplements. I enjoy working with a bunch of like-minded, cool, friendly people and having the ability to help people change their lives by becoming healthier, better versions of themselves.
What do you do to stay fit?
Weight training 6 days a week. I usually prefer to play basketball or football as my cardio as I'm not a huge fan of treadmills!
I started training seriously at the beginning of 2016 when I'd finally mastered the basics and learnt the importance of muscle contraction/time under tension etc. in regards to muscle hypertrophy.
What's your favourite/least favourite exercise?
Favourite exercise: Lat Pull Downs.
Least favourite: Dumbbell Lateral Raises.
What's your favourite workout music?
EDM or Hip Hop.
What's your favourite food?
What's your #1 fitness/nutrition/health tip?
Set attainable short-term goals in order to reach your long-term one. We get too caught up in looking like other people and expecting rapid progress. The best version of you is what you should aspire to be and taking that one step at a time and realising it's a marathon not a sprint is key to sticking with it!
If you could only use three supplements for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
1. Whey Protein: it's a staple supplement for most people. It's an easy and convenient way to get extra protein into your diet.
2. Multi-vitamin: often overlooked, multis are key to making sure you're meeting all your health needs. You need to take care of yourself if you want to improve.
3. BCAAs: the key to surviving DOMS! Also prevents muscle breakdown and the powder form makes it so much easier to get your water in.