Meet Sunny Fitness Trainer Matt Davidson

Meet Sunny Fitness Trainer Matt Davidson

About Trainer

Sunny in-house trainer Matt is rowing

Matt was born and raised in Southern California. His interest in Health and Fitness started in High School when he learned that his family health history is very poor. All his grandparents, mother, and father have suffered or are suffering from serious health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and cancer. When his first cholesterol test measured at a high level in High School, he immediately wanted to become more aware of how his lifestyle affected his health. As an athlete in college, he became more interested in how he could exercise to increase his performance. While attending Cal Poly Pomona he studied Kinesiology and Health Promotion and completed a Personal Training Internship program at the college fitness center. He has worked as a Personal Trainer, Fitness Manager, Presenter, Educator, Health Coach, and Strength and Condition Coach over the past 10 years. His lifelong goal is to continue to gain knowledge, so he can be ready to help any individual that comes to him for help with their health or fitness goals.

Matt's Favorite Workout

While fitness and health are my passion, this doesn’t mean that I am immune to the hectic demands of life. For this reason, my favorite workout is something I can use to train my body in a variety of different ways in a compact amount of time. It can also be used to assess my current performance capabilities, so I know where my general fitness level stands at any point. My favorite workout combines the High Intensity cardiovascular training of the Tabata protocol with two of my favorite movements to train a variety of major muscle groups throughout the body. Those movements are the Kettlebell swing and pushup. These movement come together to give my a great full body hit workout that when performed with a moderate to heavy kettlebell, always give me a tough workout.

After decades of training different training methods and experiencing results using different methods, its hard to come to a clear conclusion on what my all-time favorite workout would be. If you asked me ten years ago, I might have told you the 5x5 powerlifting program I was on was my favorite workout program. Or last year, my favorite workout was a 6-mile trial run. Who knows, I may not even know what my favorite workout is until I try it in the future.

For this point in time of my life, I really enjoy the convenience of not needing to go to the gym to get a good workout in. For those of you who don’t have access to all the equipment I use in the video below, you can still complete this workout with only your body weight. If you would like to perform this workout as prescribed, check out some of the items listed below you can feel the full effect of my favorite workout.

Full Body HIIT Workout Details

Warmup

  • Warming up is a critical component to a safe and effective workout. I love the the Tornado air bike because it can get my blood pumping quickly while engaging most the muscle I plan on targeting during the workout. Aim for a solid 5 minutes where you progress in your intensity every minute. The last minute of the warmup should be an all-out effort that spikes your heart rate so you are ready to jump right into the rest of the workout.

Workout

  • Grab your kettlebell and complete the first set of 50 kettlebell swings. Immediately after completing the kettlebell swings move on to the first set of pushups. The goal is to complete each set without rest as fast and safely as possible. You may choose to take a break at any point during the workout. I would advise only taking up to a minute of rest at a time before completing or starting your next set of kettlebell swings or pushups.

Circuit

  • 50 Kettlebell Swings
    • 40 Pushups
  • 40 Kettlebell Swings
    • 30 Pushups
  • 30 Kettlebell Swings
    • 20 Pushups
  • 20 Kettlebell Swings
    • 10 Pushups
  • 10 Kettlebell Swings

(Rest 1-2 mins)

Tabata Interval Tornado Bike

  • 20 seconds MAX effort
    • 10 seconds recover

(Repeat 8 rounds)

END Workout

This workout is tough. Don’t be surprised if it takes you a few tries to complete it without needing a few breaks. The goals is to perform this work out a maximum effort while still maintaining good form. Even though this workout is challenging, I always feel like I got a great workout. As with any exercise, please make sure you speak with a medical professional before attempting this or any other workout. Have fun!

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