We are avid followers of your Instagram page @theandrew.tracey and blog www.wayofthenomad.co.uk and your fitness routines have become a regular source of inspiration for us here at Native, but for people who don't know what you do can you give a bit of an overview?
Sure! My background from leaving school was in fitness, I worked as a trainer in the city and always dreamed of possible fitness modelling. After a while I got a bit disenfranchised and made the move into the events industry, anyone who's ever worked in the events sector will tell you it can be full on, working and travelling 90+ hours a week, going from one basic hotel to another, sometimes straight through the night, never really knowing where you'll be able to pick up your next meal from! Working out ceased being practical and over the next few years I pretty much gave it in. In 2013 however however I decided I wanted to use my education in fitness and get back into peak shape, using whatever I could find, wherever I was and create a regime that could work anywhere, that's how 'The Nomad Way' was born.
When and how did you come up with the concept to launch your blog and insta page?
I launched the ig page to try and keep myself accountable, I knew if people were watching I'd be more motivated to post up snippets of my workouts and diet. I got some really good feedback and it was great to see that people were interested, wanted to see more and find ways to make the nomad way work for them, the blog kind of evolved organically as a way to more comprehensively put my ideas down and open up the gates to people who don't necessarily use social media!
You have a great loyal following now but how was the initial response to what you were doing?
Initially, I think I was doing the usual thing of taking a few bathroom mirror selfies and writing my workouts, I was so lucky to be asked by some amazing photographers to collaborate and create some stunning imagery depicting my training style. I think this is where things really picked up as images were shared around the Internet and people started to take an interest. Now people tag me daily in their Nomad workouts, training with odd objects or just generally not letting their busy lifestyles get in the way of their fitness goals, which is amazing and extremely humbling!
Describe a typical 24 hours for yourself (through the week)?
My alarm usually goes off around 0415am, I'll round up the guys that work with me and head off to whatever part of the country we're working in that particular day. At around 10am I'll take a quick break, my job is extremely physical but I'll grab a coffee and try to get a quick cardio/ circuit workout in, lifting, jumping, sprinting; whatever works best where I am that day! We work out in the sticks a lot so there's always rocks to throw around or logs to press! From there I'll just crack on for the day, getting home around 9pm usually, I'll do my main workout then (I try to always document them on ig), wherever else I've got to get done and try to get my head down before midnight, ready to do it all again in 5 or so hours! It's pretty full on and I would love to have more time to relax (and sleep!) but right now I love it!
What advice would you give for people who are about to embark on a fitness regime or are struggling to get the results they desire?
Start with the basics, I've seen guys get in amazing shape doing just bodyweight movements like dips and pull-ups, I've also seen guys who weigh a soaking wet 9 stone trying to bench press 100kg, only moving the bar 3 inches a few times and calling it a set. Leave your ego at the door, don't over complicate things and concentrate on getting better at the fundamentals every day. Make hard work and consistency your best friends and results won't be far behind.
How do you keep your motivation?
I guess I've learned to fall in love with the process, I don't treat it like a chore, I'm excited by the thought of trying new protocols and exercises. I'm motivated by results and they only come through hard work, I think once you figure out the correlation it makes it easier to stay motivated. Find a method you *enjoy* too, it might not be the 'best' way to get to your goals, but at the end of the day the only plan that will work is the one you can stick to.
Whats your current favourite (outdoor) excercises?
I've just gone through a phase this summer of loving legless rope climbs. We use ropes for work so they're to hand, but I've enjoyed finding new places to hang them and get down to some major back and biceps punishment. We found an old castle in Wakefield, threw a rope over the bridge into the moat and I spent the next hour with a 20kg plate strapped to my waist climbing up and down!
How do you like to relax when you are not working & training?
I'll let you know if it ever happens... Haha no seriously I just like to spend time with my girlfriend, we go into the east end (of London) a lot, looking for nice places to eat dirty burgers! I think eating is probably my biggest hobby outside of training. I'm also a massive comic book fan so I can usually be found watching fan theory videos on YouTube or reading massive story arcs in one go. Part of me thinks I probably train so hard to look like the superheroes I was brought up with!
What's next for Andrew Tracey?
I'm trying to do a lot more writing and get The Nomad Way out there to a wider audience, I've been really spurned on by all of the people who have messaged me to say they honestly thought they had no way of keeping fit until they found the site, I'd love to bring that to more people and I've already been contacted by a few major publications looking to talk, which is great!
How would you describe your style?
'Mowgli the man cub' hahaha, I'm a big lover of independent brands and I guess I'm quite rocky with a bit of a skater style, but I love hip hop which I guess influences me somewhat. Think vans, skinny jeans a cut off band tee and a snap back.
You've always got a sharp haircut, what product do you use to achieve it?
I didn't use product for years and had a longer more natural style. My barber is a diamond and has been really helpful in keeping me looking sharp for photo shoots, I use a matt clay for a shorter style or a salt spray when it's longer on top as I'm naturally really curly.
Who are your idols & who do you look to for inspiration?
As cheesy at is, I really look up to people like Dwayne Johnson and Bear Grylls who seem to just be unwaveringly nice guys, in a society where a lot of emphasis is put on 'doing whatever it takes to succeed', it's refreshing to see people who still act humble and have a positive mental attitude.
I network with a lot of like minded trainers on social media, I think it can be a very inspiring and educational platform, seeing people push pass their limits everyday really encourages me to do the same. It's also an amazing think tank where you can concoct some truly torturous workouts haha.
We are launching our #iamnative campaign soon, asking people to send us pictures of where they feel they most belong, whether it be somewhere in their hometown that they are proud of, favourite bar, workshop, barbers, boxing club, surfing, rock climbing, off the grid in mountains we've had some great submissions so far...
Where or what do you feel you are most Native to?
No matter where I am, I always feel at home as long as I'm out in the fresh air, preferably surrounded by trees or fields. My girlfriend says I'm part dog and can't be cooped up for too long! A short run through a forest, lifting some logs and hitting some pull ups on a tree relaxes me and makes me feel like part of the earth instead of just a passenger!
All Photography by Chris Parkes.