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Chicago trainer Sam Cushing on the power of a backwards hat at the gym

This post is part of a series of Queerty conversations with models, trainers, dancers, and, well, people who inspire us to stay in shape–or just sit on the couch ogling them instead.

Name: Sam Cushing

City: Chicago, Illinois

Occupation: Digital marketer and fitness trainer

Favorite Gym: I’ve been really loving Barry’s [Bootcamp] recently, but I also rotate between other more traditional gyms to get some muscle-building exercises in. I really love a good outdoor workout when the time is right.

Do you have a favorite exercise playlist? Yes! I made one on Spotify you can check out: Sam Jams. It features Deadmau5, Kim Petras, Kesha, Britney Spears, and more.

What’s the best food to eat prior to a workout? I generally have a light/healthy snack as a source of energy. (A banana, some yogurt, a light smoothie.) The ideal time to eat is between 30 minutes to three hours before your workout.

What’s the best outfit for working out? I love me some Lululemon gear…. Something that makes me feel good, shows a bit of skin to I can see the muscles work, and motivates me. It’s a bit douchey, but I love me a backward hat mainly to keep my hair in place. I also love a cute grab n’ go fitness bag to carry my bare gym essentials.

How do you balance staying in shape and having fun? It’s easy to do. I end up having more fun when I feel good about myself. Working out also gives me energy, allowing me in turn to have more fun. A bit of symbiosis.

What’s a basic, if useful, work out tip you can offer? Form (proper technique) over quantity (amount of weight).

What do you keep on your nightstand? My water bottle, my cell phone, and my headphones.

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