SPOTLIGHT | 29/01/2015 | TAJINDER HAYER
MR ROGER FRAMPTON
That male models become personal trainers is no new thing. It actually makes very good sense. As models, they spend a great deal of time in the gym, keeping fit and ensuring that their most valuable commodity (the face/ the body) are kept in mint condition.
Having modelled in campaigns for brands including Aquascutum, Hunstman, Thomas Pink and Ralph Lauren and walked catwalks for Missoni, Gieves & Hawkes, Thom Browne and countless others, international male model Roger Frampton has amassed a great deal of knowledge on how to keep fit. His own unique approach, “The Frampton Method” involves no gym membership and not even any equipment. Instead, the fat burning formula aims to deliver a healthy whole body, leaving you supple, lean and energised. Suddenly that goal of having a male model body feels a lot closer.
If you sign up to The Frampton Method you can expect gruelling one hour outdoors sessions involving resistance bands on trees and a host of other dynamic movements that shift fat and build lean muscle. Diet is of course, important too. Roger advocates a clean approach, swapping protein shakes for vegetables and has been known to send clients online meal plans and watch their food diaries. To find out more, we thought we should chat to the man himself to talk all things fitness and fashion …
How did you get spotted?
I was first spotted whilst working in a bar in London.
How often do you exercise and what do you specifically do?
My aim is to keep myself in the clothes size that best suits my face and body. I usually exercise every other day and concentrate on movements that work the whole of my body.
What was the aim I developing your own training plan and how does it differ from a typical personal trainer at the gym?
I needed my own training plan because no other plan considered my uniqueness. My method of training relies on using the person’s body to perform particular patterns of movement. If they can’t learn, with practise, they will.
What is your normal workout wear?
When I exercise I wear jeans, T shirt and trainers, although bare feet where possible.
What brands do you favour?
Currently I’m wearing All Saints, Nike, Adidas, Replay, COS and Stussy.
How long does it take you to get ready each day?
No time at all! Coffee, shower, teeth, hair and done!
The Frampton Method expertly uses body weight training consisting of isolation and controlled slow movements. These train the whole body to work in unison, and mirrors the sort of workouts that Olympic gymnasts do. The most unique feature of the workout is that it is without protein shakes, weights or machines. The approach that Roger adopts with his clients is to focus on each exercise and make sure that you are doing it right. For example, when doing a press up, you need to ensure that your glutes and abs are engaged, that your neck and feet are in position and you are taking the time to do it properly. Using this method, a bar or a resistance band can do a great deal more for you than any free weights ever did.
And how does the no weights part come into it?
Weights are completely unnecessary for the most part. If you want to improve your body you need to work on your whole body as opposed to isolating certain muscle groups. That applies whether you are a model or not.
If we do need any equipment, what would it be?
A bar to hang from.
What can you offer a customer that is different to the rest?
The Clubhouse is where I tailor personal nutrition plans. You must be training with us to take part.
Do you think that the fashion industry portrays a healthy body image and have you ever come across eating disorders in your work as a model?
I think a visual image does not necessarily give a true reading of a persons health. Unless you know the person, it is hard to know how they live their life. I have seen models with eating disorders, but I’d say that there are many people that have them too.
How did working in the industry impact on your personal style?
It has had a huge effect on me. I have been able to see what outfits and styles work for me.
With testimonials from the likes of designer Patrick Cox, and illusionist Derren Brown, the results speak for themselves. Huge thanks to Roger Frampton and his team for taking the time to meet wih The Rakish Gent. You can find out more about Roger’s unique training methods at The Frampton Method.