I’m Travis Sawyer, Perth Personal Trainer, BOOTCAMP owner, Strength & Conditioning Coach and all around nice guy. I have a passion for health, fitness and living the healthy lifestyle and I want to share what I know with you. Why? Because no-one was there to answer my questions when I was younger. I had to find out the hard way. In fact I’m still finding out the hard way, through injuries, illnesses and those of my clients.
I run Perth Fitness BOOTCAMPS which is a fitness program for those who want to tone up, lose weight, and get/stay fit while doing functional exercises that can be carried over into your daily life. I run my fitness programs this way because they will help you move better, not get you injured like I’ve done. If you play a sport, it will help you get better at your sport. If you have young kids it helps you to keep up with them (unlikely) or at least have a bunch more energy. It teaches you to eat better and make better food choices.
I’ve lived in Perth all my life and even with a ton of overseas travel, I still want to live here. There’s no place like it. I now live by the beach in Scarborough and spend as much time as possible in the water doing whatever water sports are going on the day. I have played basketball since I was 7 and have tried a ton of different sports including tae kwon do, football, soccer, hockey, acrobatics, dancing, surfing, kayaking, tennis, etc and I plan on trying new sports until the world runs out of them. I love strength training and am constantly fighting a battle against my body with postural injuries and bad training techniques causing me several years out of sports. Being a fairly skinny guy I also face the challenge of gaining muscle which is one I succeed with as long as I can stay healthy.
My most recent struggle is Chronic Fatigue which has been challenging me since April 2010, and I’m doing pretty good considering how much work behind the scenes and coaching I still do. I’ve found a bunch of ways that help improve the illness and I’m learning more every day.
I’ve been a trainer since 2003 but I can’t tell you that I have it all together because I don’t think that anyone really does. That’s part of being human. But I eat well, move well and make the most of nature’s playground and love the freedom that being fit and healthy gives me.
I also have a ton of great friends in the fitness industry and know who to ask if I don’t know the answers to my questions. And I’ve been asking fitness questions since I was 14!
I can tell you that there are things that work and things that don’t work. There are gimmicks. There are crash diets that will work in the short term and not in the long term. There are benefits to eating raw food, being vegetarian or vegan and not eating junk, but there are sacrifices that go with them as well.
There are exercises that are great for you because they promote strength and flexibility in the same movement, and there are exercises that are just downright dangerous. And you need to know about these things for you and your family. You pass on either good or bad genetics to your kids. You also pass on good or bad eating and exercise habits to them. Remember that you are on the planet for 70 odd years so you really want to make your body last that long, not just burn it out in your 20’s, 30’s or 40’s.
Hopefully I can pass on some of my knowledge to you so you can live a better, more enjoyable life. That is the aim of this blog. So I’ll keep studying in Australia and overseas and pass on the best information available to you.
So enjoy natures playground and most of all, have fun!