As the founder of Better Being, Greg Stark is the go-to trainer for stressed-out corporate high flyers and time-poor execs. A true testament to practising what he preaches, Greg remains both chilled-out and humble, despite running one of Sydney’s most successful personal training businesses. The name of Greg’s business really sums up his whole philosophy on health and fitness. He’s all about inspiring his clients to be the best version of themselves they can possibly be. We’re also lucky enough to have Greg on the Sporteluxe team as one of our resident training experts.
How do you start your day?
With a weak long black to spark me up while I read my Twitter feed to get the latest info and inspiration on health and fitness.
What does being healthy mean to you?
For me, being healthy is about being able to do the things I love with the people I love. In order to be the best for everyone else, I must first be the best and healthiest version of myself. Health is not the absence of disease, but the presence of performance.
How do you nourish your body?
By asking myself “what would grandma do?”. My focus is on eating unprocessed wholefoods, as close to their source as possible. Grandma’s classic of meat and the veg is my philosophy with every meal, whether I am cooking or eating out.
Do you cook? If so, what are some of your go-to healthy meals?
I love cooking but hate cleaning! Luckily, my fiancé is the opposite. My favourite healthy meal would be a beautiful fresh piece of salmon with crispy skin, sweet potato mash and Asian green vegetables.
Any health secrets you swear by?
I’m a big believer in keeping things simple and listening to your body. Eggs are often referred to as nature’s multivitamin so that’s my staple breakfast choice.
What’s your approach to exercise?
My approach to my exercise routine is the same way we approach our clients: that is as though we are all elite athletes needing to perform at the highest level. The fundamental difference is we are expected to perform 90% of the time and train 10% of the time.
How do you train?
My week usually includes football twice a week, HIIT [high-intensity interval training] and functional strength training twice a week and two pool recovery sessions. Saturdays are my rest day and I’ll often play a game of golf.
What’s your fave healthy indulgence?
The exotic date smoothie from Thr1ve café it tastes great is packed full of nutrients.
How do you beat stress? Any tips for bringing more balance into your life?
I listen to the signs from my body and tweak my routine based on how I feel on a given day. I also do something active everyday.
How do you describe your personal style? What are your fave active wear labels?
My style is pretty basic but I enjoy quality functional wear. Friends joke that all I wear these days is lululemon ahletica. I am lucky to be a brand ambassador for them and the men’s range is awesome.
Biggest mistake most guys make when it comes to health and fitness?
Trying to outrun their diet. Most guys happily exercise but think they can eat or drink whatever they like.
What’s in your grooming kit?
I love my new cologne from Bottega Veneta, it’s very clean and masculine. One of my favourite experiences is getting my haircut at Patrick’s in Bondi. They really make you feel relaxed and give the best scalp massages around!
What’s your personal motto or mantra?
I got it tattooed on my arm so it’s stuck with me for life. My other favourite motto is
if it’s not fun then why do it?
Name three things you can’t live without.
My fiancé, she is my inspiration and partner-in-crime. Sport, it doesn’t matter whether I am watching it or playing it. And my business, Better Being. I consider myself very fortunate that I get to wake up every morning and do what I love. I go to bed at night knowing we are making a significant difference to people’s lives.
Connect with Greg via Instagram @betterbeingpt