An Interview with Gary O’Connor, Fitness Expert for the Live It Exercise Program
July 2, 2015 by Dr. Gary Clayman
I’m thrilled to introduce you to the Live It Exercise Program’s fitness expert, Gary O’Connor. Gary O’Connor has been Rod Stewart’s personal trainer for over 13 years. Rather than me tell you about him, I thought that the best way for you to get to know him and his extraordinary work would be through an interview.
Dr. Clayman: How did you get started in your field?
Gary O’Connor: My interest in health and fitness started about 35 years ago. I attended a local gym with a friend. He drifted off after a few weeks, but my interest grew and developed. I was fascinated by how the body responds to different exercises, workout routines and protocols. I started to study the subject and learned invaluable information networking with sportsmen, elite national coaches and high level trainers and instructors. I began to formulate my own ideas and concepts of health and fitness.
As I gained experience in sports performance and exercise rehabilitation, working with special populations, disease management, and exercise referral within the medical profession and health related exercise, I also progressed through various formal qualifications and gained experience working in local fitness studios and gyms. Eventually, I gained the status of gym manager and director of health and fitness.
Dr. Clayman: How would you describe your exercise philosophy?
Gary O’Connor: I am convinced that the evolution of exercise and movement has its roots in primitive man—not at all unlike the Live It Diet component of the Live It Lifestyle, wherein we eat food our bodies were engineered to break down and use for fuel–and that a life filled with regular and varied forms of physical activity is the natural way for us to function at optimum levels of health and wellness. Indeed, exercise is essential for a long and healthy life. Regular and varied physical activity promotes wellness as well as spiritual and mental health, enabling us to function as eminently physically gifted human beings.
Dr. Clayman: I agree completely! But in today’s world, many of my patients are daunted by the challenge to make the time to exercise in their busy lives and then the fear that even if they do, they won’t be able to sustain it throughout their lives.
Gary O’Connor: Yes, I’ve found that fear to be real with my clients as well. It’s understandable. I want to encourage people to attain a level of fitness that they can realistically maintain. I believe in trying to bring people in touch with their natural inborn desire for physical activity, the natural need to commit to exercise that is actually part of our DNA as a physical being. You simply have to make a habit of it, so that doing what’s right for your body becomes a non-decision. For example, if exercise becomes part of your daily or weekly routine, then you don’t have to struggle each time with a “Should I, or shouldn’t I?” debate.
Dr. Clayman: So how do people who are new to exercise or need to exercise more integrate it into their lives as a habit?
Gary O’Connor: By finding something, anything, that involves physical activity that is realistic, attainable, entertaining and enjoyable, and then repeating it regularly and consistently on a weekly basis.
Dr. Clayman: One of the best things about the Live It Exercise Program is you can incorporate exercise into the things you already do on a daily basis, such as shopping, watching television, waiting in line at the supermarket, and more, and that incorporating these movements and adding them up day after day, week after week, will accumulate and help you to produce the results you seek.
Gary O’Connor: Yes, our book covers that. I am fascinated by the physical prowess of the human body, how it can, through training and regular exercise, perform feats of untold grace, dexterity, athleticism, which are a delight to behold. As a personal trainer, it has been very empowering for me to motivate and encourage people to reach their physical peak performance.
Live It, Your Life—Healthier, Happier, Longer™ by Dr. Gary Clayman is a comprehensive life program that promotes wellness, strength, vigor, and longevity and combats obesity, cancer, and other chronic debilitating diseases so you can Live It, Your Life—Healthier, Happier, Longer™, the way it was meant to be, joyously.