With the current situation in the UK we decided to get some information from a local Personal Trainer and Competitive Bodybuilding Athlete Kyle Braide.


Tell us a bit about yourself Kyle and any advice you have for our community!


Hey everyone, firstly thanks for reaching out and i hope we can bring some value to your readers with this interview. I’m Kyle Braide, owner of Built By Braide personal training business. We are based in Leeds and have been running for 4 years in & around Gyms. We also have a coach working down in Bournemouth on the Southcoast. The COVID-19 has hit the fitness industry very hard due to the fact that many members were staying away from gyms long before they were forced to close by the Government.  This, of course, has included us and we have been forced to use our initiative to provide innovative and creative ways for our clients to stay active and not lose too much of the progress they have made since the start of 2020.


Make use of things around the house. We’ve had clients doing press-ups  on a decline off the sofa, calf raises on the stairs, squatting with backpacks filled with 5kg of household items, performing bicep curls with tins of baked beans! This is a really testing time for everyone, but it does go to show that with a little bit of imagination you can continue to perform certain movement types at least!  Other options include online classes streamed live to your living room, a park run (social distancing of course) or perhaps some bodyweight HIIT training in the garden (please contact us for a FREE guide on how to do this)


Don’t sweat the small stuff. Aim for 3-4 meals per day made from whole foods where possible, particularly for those who are still working out from home! Aim for a ratio of around 40% protein, 30% carbs and 30% fats within your daily diet and keep on top of your vitamins for the immune system, especially Vit. C. We have provided our clients with a high-protein recipe guide to help them through this. After all, they can make fresh meals from scratch that they otherwise wouldn’t have time for.  For your copy, please get in touch!


The best piece of advice re: health in these times is simply to stay fit, stay active, keep hydrated (2-3 litres of water per day) and keep on top of the food situation to ensure that you are making good choices. Whilst there are no specific “meals” per say, we have listed some individual items below that have been shown to have a positive affect on the immune system.

  • Citrus, red peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach yogurt, almonds, turmeric, green tea, papaya and kiwi.


We are offering an online platform for regular coaching, spending more time on the website and directing people to (builtbybraide.com), putting together a podcast to stream regularly and just provide more content that can be accessed remotely. We love our face to face offering and will continue to do this when we can, as this is a staple of our business, but, having contingency plans and being adaptable is more important now than ever.


Many people have not only lost the physical side of training, but also miss out on the improved mental health and social benefits that come as part of being a member of a gym and the fitness community so we offer a few things that help to keep us with you as much as possible

  • An app hosted through myPTHub with over 1000 exercises
  • Full diet and training protocols (within the app)
  • High protein meal plans customised to you
  • Fat loss e-book
  • Numerous workout plans on pdf files that can be accessed from your phone!


To work with us and trial our services (to include all of the above) please follow our social media accounts (Built By Braide) on all platforms or send us an email to builtbybraide@hotmail.com