Adam Ben and Becca have taken their passion of personal fitness and nutrition and turned it into their own online business, Camp Fitness, which they run whilst travelling the world. After years of working to get their selves fit and healthy through proper exercise and nutrition, they are now helping other people across the globe achieve the same dream. In this way, they have a larger impact on people and their health, by not only limiting themselves to clients who live in Malta. This enables them to make better use of their time and take on more clients than ever before possible. Travelling the world while working remotely can seem like a faraway dream for most of us. Philippa Zammit had the pleasure of catching up with Adam Ben, and now, can confirm that it’s completely possible for those who want it badly enough.

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ABOUT THEM

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BOTH BEEN TRAINING?
I have been lifting weights and doing bodyweight
exercises ever since I was 16. Before this, I was way
beyond out of shape. I was obese. That’s a total of
11 years of training, and completely obsessing over
learning details from multiple disciplines; powerlifting,
gymnastics, martial arts, boxing, yoga, Pilates and
physiotherapy. It also means I’m now 27. Becca’s
been training for a solid eight years, since she started
university.
WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DIET/ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?
I eat three to four meals a day. Typically, I get up in the
morning, grab a bowl of oatmeal, nuts and fruit. This
is followed by a slow sipping coffee for an hour whilst
doing some coaching, taking care of emails, and writing a
post, article or a video idea. Then, I head out of the house
(or accommodation, if I’m abroad) and get myself to a
gym, playground or at least find a good flat surface and
something to hang off of.

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I don’t stick to any particular rigid form of training
nowadays. I flow between ‘my’ set of exercises – 60%
of which are bodyweight only. However, I do lift weights
within the same workouts too. I only do three workout
sessions a week. A typical day would look like some splitsquats,
hip-thrusts, chin-ups, dumbbell bench press,
inverted rows and parallel dips (maybe a set or two of
curls if I feel like it too!) I always follow this up with some
mobility work, like static stretches. I only do the few I
personally require to maintain my body. On all other days,
I go to the beach, go for a quick hike or just meditate,
instead of working out. This helps me recover better. I’m a
weight-loss and lifestyle coach not an athlete.
Right after working out or when I’m ready from my first
part of the day, I’ll go back for lunch – which is typically
an omelette and some veggies, a handful of nuts and
ice-cream. Yes, I believe in daily moderation. If you
restrict yourself from something, you’ll set yourself up for
cravings. I eat ice-cream because I like it. I don’t eat too
much, however.
Right after lunch, I’ll chill or do some sightseeing if I’m
abroad. Then, I’ll go back to work for another three or
four hours before dinner. Dinner is chicken or fish, some
grilled veggies and a nice treat right after. This is normally
oatmeal, pancakes, French toast (the way we make it) or
Greek yogurt. I hate sleeping on an empty stomach. After
dinner, I’ll chat with some clients, Netflix, chill and hit the
sack.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE POPULARITY OF ONLINE
COACHING. WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN THIS TYPE OF
DIET AND WORKOUT BUSINESS?
Social media has changed the game of just about any
profession today. The use of Facebook and emails can
simply help you reach out to more people than working
in any personal training studio will. It was never our plan
to transition to working online full-time, but I think it’s
more the nature of the game which has changed. We had
to adapt. If I can only help one person get in shape and
there’s a way to help another ten, I’ll obviously opt for the
second option.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?
Well, the process is quite simple. You can join a
program that you think suits your goals on our website
campfitness.eu, and then message Becca or I on our
Facebook Page to tell us you joined a program. We’ll fill
you in on how you should proceed with your program
(training, diet and coaching aspects) from there on, using
Messenger. We’ll be available on Facebook to help you
make the best of your program 24/7. Even though the
program is comprehensive and covers all issues that one
can possibly encounter, we believe that human contact is
irreplaceable. We will help you evolve with your program
and make it your own.
With active involvement of the client, and our own regular
input, what starts out as a baseline diet and workout plan,
becomes a tailored and personalised life-long blueprint
to get in shape. This process typically takes around 12
weeks. We do offer some freebies and bonuses for clients
who need to stick around longer, just because we reward
loyalty.
WHAT CAN YOU OFFER INDIVIDUALS WANTING TO DO
THIS TYPE OF TRAINING?
We can offer a flexible and adjustable workout plan,
where they can choose to work out from the comfort of
their home, if they do not want to go to a gym. We do not
stick to any particular kind of dogmatic and restrictive
belief system. The program will include a good balance of
what is needed, and what the individual prefers. I believe
it is not the correct way to coach someone who likes to
bench press using dips and chin-ups only. Someone who’s
into gymnastics will love working with you if you offer the
exact opposite. We also cater workout systems for people
who are overweight. Many coaches treat them just as if
they were larger versions of skinny people. The impact of
their bodyweight can cause severe wear and tear to the
joints if we’re having them jump and hop around in a high pressure
class setting. We tend to avoid this nonsense,and have them focus                                    on movement and a healthy diet to get slim as fast as possible.

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IS ONLINE FITNESS FOR EVERYONE? WHY OR WHY NOT?
I think that this is a learning experience for everyone. Spending some time learning how your body works is priceless. Your exercises, your favourite meals and your own tricks and tips to stay in shape will only emerge once
you’ve followed someone else’s steps for some time. This is the easiest way to find out more about yourself, without completely restructuring your daily routine.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
WHO WANT TO TRAVEL AND WORK REMOTELY?
Be prepared to feel unlike yourself sometimes. Whatever
you have identified with will soon be a thing of the past.
Also, if you want to stay in shape, you’ll need breaks from
travelling, as peak fitness can only be reached in the
context of routine. If you don’t care about that, and just
want to see the world, you’ll be able to pull off years of
travel if you’re smart enough.
HOW HAS YOUR JOB CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
I can work from anywhere I want to. Not just whilst
travelling. But literally, I can work from my parents’
house, my favourite coffee shop or my gym. I love
flexibility. I also decide when to start and when to stop
working. This means that I can work when I’m inspired
and at my best. This really helps with the quality of work
I do.
FITNESS AND NUTRITION
HOW MANY TIMES PER WEEK SHOULD ONE TRAIN? AND
FOR HOW LONG?
I would recommend about two to four times a week.
Why? Because rest is the basis of all productivity. The
more rest you have without compromising the stimulus
from training, the better quality your workouts become.
Doing three to four sets of around four exercises will
be about 50 minutes of strength training. This can be
done using bodyweight exercises, too. Just add a half
hour walk in the countryside or using a cross-trainer
and you’re good to go. I tend to make life my cardio
and recommend walking as the best way to move for
overweight people.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE AT
THE GYM?
Beginners try to overcomplicate things by using too much                                        variety in their training. I sure did that. It takes you
nowhere. As you advance, you’ll automatically include
more variety.
IS IT BETTER TO DO FULL BODY WORK OUTS OR TARGET
DIFFERENT BODY PARTS IN EACH SESSION?
I believe that for beginners and advanced athletes alike,
full body workouts will tend to have a greater impact
on the whole system. More frequent practice is better
than overkill. For more advanced athletes who are not
professionally competing, full body workouts may become
time consuming, and thus, splitting things up will be a
reasonable trade-off.

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS WITH
REGARDS TO FAT LOSS?
Exercise does help with fat loss. But diet is king. It is much
more efficient to find ways to avoid consuming excess
calories over finding ways to burn them off.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IF SOMEONE WORKS OUT AND EATS
HEALTHILY BUT THEIR WEIGHT JUST PLATEAUS?
Well, with regards to the diet part, the first thing that can
be happening is that the person is already at a low bodyfat
percentage and the body will pull out its best tricks to
keep you at the same weight. Secondly, if there’s still an
excess amount of fat on the body, more often than not,
the individual is being inconsistent with his diet. Also, let’s
redefine a weight plateau at a two-week block of weighing
the same. Training is more complex than that. A de-load in
intensity, volume or a change of exercises may be required.
External factors to training may also have an impact on
that.
WHAT SHOULD I EAT BEFORE AND AFTER A WORKOUT?
If you’ve had a huge meal a couple of hours before, you
can skip this meal entirely, but a piece of fruit – say a
medium sized banana – goes a long way in keeping you
from crashing during a workout. Carbs and minerals are
the best way to keep pushing. This will all depend on your
diet in general, and the workout you have planned. I’ve
seen people work out after eating burgers and others go in
fasted. It is all personal.
DO YOU RECOMMEND SUPPLEMENTS?
Supplements are not bad. They are also not magical.
They should only be used when there is a deficiency in
someone’s diet. When someone is trying to lose body-fat,
I see no point in recommending liquid foods, even if it is
protein. However, cooking with protein powders and using
essential fats, perhaps (individually prescribed) vitamin
and mineral supplements, aren’t a bad idea if you need
them.
SHOULD WOMEN LIFT WEIGHTS IF THEY DON’T WANT
TO GET BULKY LOOKING? IF YES, HOW CAN THEY LIFT
WEIGHTS AND NOT GET THAT BULKY/MASCULINE LOOK?
The only way for women to get bulky doing any form of
exercise – not just lifting weights – is if they overeat while
doing so. The rapid gain in body-fat and muscle mass from
the calorie surplus will make you look chunky. Eat your way
slim and work out however you want.
CAN YOU GIVE SOME TIPS ON WHAT WE CAN EAT TO
ENSURE WE MAINTAIN MUSCLE WHILE LOSING FAT?
Keep doing resistance training to at least ‘maintain’
the strength you already have. Ideally, you’d be getting
stronger if you’re a beginner. Resistance is not only lifting
weights. Just make sure you’re pushing, pulling and using
your legs against resistance which is hard to overcome for
some reps. Even reps as high as 25 reps a set, can help you
maintain decent muscle mass while dieting.

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