Meet Rey Smart

Wembley Parade
5 days ago

If anyone is needing a push to keep up their fitness motivation past January, then we caught up with Wembley based fitness expert Rey Smart of Be Smart Get Fit to get just that.

Rey’s ethos is to ensure everyone feels involved, engaged and keeps focused on their goals and he’s a strong believer that physical and mental health go hand in hand.

If you’re still looking for ways to shake up your exercise routine then Rey runs some great classes and a group run in Wembley Park, right near Wembley Parade.

Can you tell us about Be Smart Get Fit and how it was established?

I didn’t like running or sport at school but I did start body building in my teens. Fitness wasn’t really my thing as I was focused on aesthetics. However, in 2011 I started running to and from work, from then, a couple of years later a friend suggested I run an event, the Bupa 10k, which I really enjoyed. Since that first running event, I have run over 60 races in the UK, Europe, USA and the Caribbean. I have always enjoyed supporting and encouraging people to reach their exercise and fitness goals, so I decided to qualify as a fitness professional.

I founded Be Smart Get Fit to provide fun and empowering fitness solutions for all. I personalise my training within a group setting to ensure that everyone feels motivated, supported, pushed and provided exercise modifications if they need them.

What sort of classes do you offer in Wembley?

Be Smart Get Fit offers a range of group training including running, group fitness classes and personal training. I’m all about positive vibes and motivation so this is what you can expect from any session you join.

Every Monday at 6.30pm, we host Party Fit which is a 90-minute blend of circuits and dance to music class. There’s also Fight Fit which is boxing and kickboxing to music on Saturdays at 10am. Both of these are hosted at The Yellow Pavilion and are suitable for beginner and advanced levels.

Alternatively, head across to Run Wembley Wednesday, a weekly group which meets 7pm at ASICS in the London Designer Outlet for an hour’s run around Wembley Stadium. Come along - we’d love to see you!

How can people get involved?

Simple.. please just turn up to a session. The classes are walk in, though I do ask people to book on to the Wednesday run. My Instagram is also a great way to check it all out how to get involved.

Any hints or tips for getting and staying fit in 2020?

My top tips for getting and staying fit in 2020 are;

1. Set a realistic goal and break it down in to milestones. Add dates to those milestones and celebrate when you achieve them.

2. Create a routine and try to stick to it as much as possible. It is better to start with working out 6 times a week and go down to four than to start with 4 and go down to 1 or none.

3. Join a running or fitness group doing something that you enjoy. This will keep you engaged and help you to remain focused.

4. Get a workout buddy to train with or ask friends or family to help you keep accountable and stay on track. Training alone can be tough and training with others can help keep it fresh and even make it fun.

5. Use tech or apps to monitor what you do, prompt and coach you. Wearables like fitness watches have great features that can monitor sleep, heart rate and activity. They can even remind us to keep active and increase goals to help us progress.

What do you like most about living/working in Wembley?

Wembley Park is in Brent which is the 2020 London Borough of Cultures – a fantastic accolade! Wembley Park is vibrant and diverse with so much to do. The chilling, socialising, shopping, dining and leisure options include the London Designer, Wembley Stadium, SSE Arena and Box Park. I love how I can teach a class and then get something to eat, watch a movie or go to a show.

Photo credit: Wembley Park and Chris Winter Photography.

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