Big Music Meets Celebrity Fitness Instructor PMAC

Peter Mac is one of the UK’s most successful personal trainers. We caught up with him to find out what it takes to follow your passion!

Peter Mac (or PMAC) is one of the UK’s most successful personal trainers. With a portfolio filled with some of the UK’s biggest names, he has established himself as the man every celeb wants an hour with in the mornings! His base for training? PMAC Hill obviously! (or Primrose Hill if you’re lame).

Now, Big Music doesn’t usually interview people outside the msuic scene, but we couldn’t give up an opportunity to speak with PMAC about how he followed his passion and made his career a success in an industry that is just as competitive as the music scene.

We caught up with the celebrity fitness trainer just as he finished a few hours in the gym with TV presenter, Reggie Yates.

PMAC! Thanks for joining us! So, you have stars like Reggie Yates, Marvin and Rochelle Humes, Katie Piper and many more on your portfolio, what made you interested in personal training to begin with?

Thanks for having me Big Music. I worked for a marketing company when I was 19 and straight after work, I was always going to the gym. I loved it! One day a friend said, “People always ask you about your fitness, why don’t you become a trainer?” So, I decided to give it a shot!

Wow, so that comment basically changed your life for the good. How old were you then?

It was 10 years ago this year so I was about 21 when I first started.

So, in 10 years you have been able to become more successful than most people in your industry!

The funny thing is, I don’t even see myself as successful. I don’t just say that to fish for a compliment, haha. I feel like there is still a lot more I could do.

Well, you work out every day! You probably don’t have time to think about it!

Haha! But there is still more that could be done.

That’s a good mind-frame to have. When did you realise that you could turn your passion into a job?

You know what, I saw my friends doing it so I thought why not. I decided to do a course in fitness and on the last day of the course, a guy called Rob Lander came in and said he is looking to mentor someone.

Everyone kept quiet which was strange because Rob was the personal trainer to Mike Walker (the tennis star) so I decided to put my hand up!

I was mentored by him for about a year, during that time he encouraged me to get my first blackberry phone. That helped kick-start my career.

Now you have a huge portfolio of celebrities you train everyday…

Haha- they’re ‘friends’.

‘Friends’ You casually say haha! How did you get them in your portfolio?

Haha! When you start in the industry, you try to beat other people. In my opinion that’s the wrong approach to take. I decided to just be myself and I think the use of social media allowed me to show who I was.

The problem is, everyone wants to be perfect, nobody is perfect so by showing that we are all a work-in-progress allows people to relate.

Do you remember your first ever celebrity client?

Oh yeah, straight away- it was DJ Spoon.

How did you get him?

We played football together, I told him that I was getting into the fitness industry and need his help to get exposure. He said cool and was there.

That’s cool. So, what’s the secret? How did you get basically every UK celebrity on your portfolio?

Haha- it’s like a domino effect. Everyone wants the same personal trainer! It’s all just word of mouth, Instagram, putting it out there.

I made sure I shared everything, even my insecurities. There is no need to be ashamed of your insecurities because the less you care, the less people care.

In 2009 you added yoga into your fitness regime?

Yeah, I started yoga because I was going through a breakup. When I first started, I was so stiff, but the yoga teacher told me “if you stick to it for three months, you will out-perform everyone.”

I didn’t. Haha, but I did get better.

Got better to the extent that you went off to LA for a yoga competition! Tell us more about what you did there?

Yeah that’s so funny, can you believe, stiff me? I competed in yoga there!

I must say, it was easier to compete in LA than in the UK because I didn’t know anyone and felt I had nothing to prove.

You have a lot of drive! From practicing yoga to get over a breakup, to competing in yoga competitions in LA. From starting fitness training at 21, to training some of the biggest stars in the UK. What gives you that drive?

I think it’s coming from a poor upbringing. For me, I recognise that I have been given an opportunity to earn money doing what I enjoy therefore there is no reason to be lazy. I’m lucky.

It’s all about your surroundings. Surrounding yourself with passionate, successful people who really motivate you and I think you’ll feel better.

Yeah definitely, we can see that you surround yourself with successful people through your prices!

Hahahaha! I tell you why I command that price, because what I do is unique. I have no day off, I am consistent and you can rely on me.

What we found cool was that most trainers focus on one thing, whether its strength, yoga, cardio, etc., but you have run 5k in less than 20 mins, you are an expert in yoga, you do everything!

Yeah everyone is a trainer, but no muscular guy does yoga, and no small guy does fitness, so I decided to do both and keep my clients close!

When anyone first gets started with fitness training, it can be quite embarrassing because you are not as good as the others, what do you recommend in that situation?

When I started yoga, I was the worst in the class. I sat right at the front so that I can push myself. Don’t worry because you are there to learn. It’s a lot to do with self-confidence. You can’t lose if you don’t try.

That’s good to remember! What are your plans for the future PMAC?

I want to take my class to another level!  I would love people to call Primrose Hill ‘PMAC’ Hill just because that is my base.

I want to be able to travel the world for my clients. Have clients in LA, Australia, all around the world.

So here at Big Music, many of us are trying to break into a very competitive industry and its quite difficult. Quite like how you have broken into yours. What would your advice be?

Make sure you love what you do! If you don’t then you are going to fail. People can see it straight away. Just find your passion, then you won’t care about the grind.

Nice. So before you go, we want to play a ‘quick-fire’ questions game with you. No matter how tricky the questions are, you must answer them okay?

Okay!

Who’s your favourite celebrity to workout with?

Reggie [Yates]

Why?

We are like brothers, there is a bromance going on there! Haha.

How long have you been training him?

5 months, there’s been a big difference.

Yep we have seen his difference on Instagram!

Recommended meal for someone trying to burn fat?

Don’t eat. I’m joking! Haha- vegetables, and a protein.

What do you have for breakfast?

I have a shake and green tea.

What’s in your shake?

Two eggs, water and two scoops of protein.

What’s the most effective exercise you could possibly do?

Clean and press- full body movement.

Best song to run to?

Donnell Jones, any.

Any Donnell Jones!?

Haha- any!

Best way to start and end the day?

Best way to start the day- motivational speaking. Best way to end the day- speak to someone you enjoy speaking to.

Worst celebrity to train?

Hahaha! For the record, they’re all great!!

Hahaha! Thanks PMAC!

Thank you!

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