Anthony Bailey | Faces of Recreation

Anthony Bailey is a Faculty member who works in Child Psychiatry. 

How long have you been training at the BirdCoop Fitness Centre?

I’ve been training since September 2015.

What are the benefits you have seen out of your personal training with Bryan?

I think the key benefit is that I’ve got much more energy. I have really noticed the difference in everyday life. It’s not just for physical things but even work related things, so I just have more stamina. And I’ve quite liked the discipline. I’ve got to come every week and I think the advantage of having a personal trainer is that you can’t sort of wiggle out of it. If you don’t feel like coming you still got to come. And actually, It’s quite nice to come and have someone to chat with. I guess the other difference I’ve noticed is that I’ve started to exercise when I’m not coming here. I’ve gone from not really enjoying exercising to quite liking it. So lots of different things. And you still get to know them and what their strengths and weaknesses are. He’s pretty good at knowing when he can push me. It’s very individualized.

Why did you choose Personal Training here?

So I’ve always liked skiing, horse riding, and gardening, but I’ve never liked exercising just for the sake of exercising. I always had to be doing it for a purpose. And one of my daughters was over and we like to cycle a lot. I was so stiff I couldn’t swing my leg over the saddle over the bike, having to tilt it little bit. So I thought I needed to do something about this. So I started looking at around at different gyms and worked out that I probably needed a trainer if I was actually going to stick at it, as opposed to starting it and then dropping it again. And I think there was an ad for the gym in the coffee room at my department something about training, or there was some ad. So it was really the result of advertising. If that poster hadn’t been there I would have just gone somewhere else. And actually I’m pleased, of course it’s so easy. All I do is move my car from one car park to another. That makes a big difference, I think.

What achievement are you most proud of here?

I am proud of the fact that I actually look forward to coming. My body has sort of got to a stage where it wants the exercise, which is the complete opposite from being a couch potato a few years ago. And actually the things I’m really grateful for is that I’m much more flexible than I was, and my BMI has started to drop. And in fact it has dropped quite a lot.

What is your favorite workout?

I actually quite like the include dumbbell shoulder presses, you can feel all the muscles in your body.

How has UBC Recreation programming enhanced your UBC experience?

Well, it is no longer just my place of work. It is a place for recreational activities as well. It’s nice to be able to gym, you know, I’m the oldest person here by a margin – 20 or 30 years most days, so that’s interesting. And it’s very convenient. It is the only recreational thing I do at UBC.

Why do you choose our programs and what keeps you coming back?

The reason why I chose initially was because of convenience. It meant that I didn’t have to leave the campus and go somewhere else. And it was easy to fit the exercise into my day. And the reason why I keep on coming back is that I’m making continuing progress and I haven’t plateaued and I my personal trainer knows me well now, and he is increasing the energy expended to achieve greater fitness.

What is one of your favorite memories/stories/programs you ever participated in?

I haven’t been to a boot camp or a drop in or anything like that, so I have nothing to compare it with.

What is one thing you think other participants should know about UBC REC or the program you participated in?

So before I did this, I used to be slightly cynical about personal training. Perhaps they were just too into their bodies that it was a bit of self-indulgence, if you like. And I think having done it now, I’ve realized that it is probably the most efficient way to exercise. If I was just coming here by myself, I wouldn’t have made as much progress as I would have had if I didn’t have someone assessing me and seeing what I could and couldn’t do, working on the weakest things first, and then having a knowledgeable plan. I mean, I could have bought a book, but it wouldn’t have been the same as going to a psychiatrist. You wouldn’t get the same if you were just asking your neighbour. I think the advantages of having someone sort of be the expert is great.