Danny Kennedy is a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, programmer for the ‘Keep It Cleaner’ program and the voice behind ‘The fitness and lifestyle podcast’. The informative podcast has nearly 100 episodes and covers topics related to health, fitness, nutrition, resistance training, business and lifestyle. After listening to back to back episodes I felt inclined to train with the man behind the podcast and, of course, do brekkie.
As I’m sure many of your audience are wondering. What makes you prioritise your health and fitness? Have you always been dedicated or did you have a ‘turning point’?
I’ve always lived an active and healthy lifestyle, it was also always very competitive (basketball and football). Because of this I was lucky enough to see the benefits of staying fit and healthy from an early age. Ever since I first started lifting in the gym at around 16 I was hooked and immediately saw both physical and mental benefits which has lead me on the path I’m on today.
Do you have any hacks when it comes to finding motivation? What motivates you?
In my opinion, too many people get caught up on comparing themselves to other people, for me the motivation has always come from wanting to improve myself, the only person I’m in competition with is me. There’s always going to be days where motivation is a little lower than others but it always comes back to looking at how far you’ve come and how much more there is to achieve. I’m lucky enough to be in a position where people can find motivation from the things that I do on a day to day basis through my social media or podcast, when I get messages from people I’ve never met in my life telling me how I’ve motivated them to change their life through health and fitness it’s hard not to feel motivated.
In your opinion, what’s the biggest misconception about health that you wish you could quash? What do you wish people knew?
The biggest misconception is that it has to be harder than it actually is or that it’s a quick fix. The reason why most people fail on their health and fitness goals is that the approach they’re taking isn’t sustainable. In my opinion, flexibility is the key to sustainability, that goes for both training and nutrition.
If everyone could see through all of the crap the industry is filled with (fad diets etc) then they would make their lives a lot easier, it’s really quite simple.
What advice would you give to someone who’s wanting to get into exercise, where should they start?
Just start, that might mean you start walking every morning, it might mean visiting the gym for the first time and seeing a trainer to learn how to lift and train properly, it may even mean simply making the decision to move more throughout the day. Procrastination is the
#1 killer of all health and fitness goals. Even if what you’re doing isn’t the most optimal approach, it’s a hell of a lot better than nothing.
Is there anything in particular you look for on a menu when dining out?
I always aim to find a meal that has a lean protein source such as chicken breast, lean beef or fish, either vegetables or salad and then some form of complex carbohydrates. In saying that I’m also an advocate for flexible dieting and simply fitting in the meals you enjoy into your daily caloric intake, meaning you don’t need to cut out the things you enjoy most.
What are your top three spots for breakfast in Melbourne?
The Sandbar Cafe– The beach view on a nice summers day is ridiculous and it’s always got a great vibe. Plus I’m a dog lover so it’s a great spot for puppy spotting haha.
St.Ali– A hidden gem in South Melbourne that has great coffee and really cool vibe for when I need to knuckle down and get some work done.