Sam is a Professional Footballer for Dumbarton FC and a Lifestyle Coach. Sam began his career with Celtic FC before moving onto Dundee Utd. He is studying Law at the Open University and has started a coaching business geared towards educating people on how to improve their lifestyles.
Footballer and fitness trainer
Law student at the Open University
Professional Footballer at Celtic FC aged 15 earning £100 per week
Audi A3 Saloon
The Chimp Paradox by Professor Stevens, ‘an epic book about mind management. Brendan Rogers, the former Celtic FC manager, once told me it was his ‘bible!’
I’m a huge Leonardo Di Caprio fan and Robert Downey Jr. Any of their films!
0600 rise, 0800 rise on training days. I love the morning. It is when I’m most productive. I spend the majority of my days working with clients, training, studying, or plotting my next business. I’m usually in bed by 10pm.
I love the outdoors, nature. A long walk or cycle. A trip to a café, some breakfast, coffee and a cake of course!
What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced and how did you overcome it?
A cruciate ligament injury in my left knee paired with a football manager who asked me to leave the club. I turned my focus onto my knee and how I could do everything possible to make it better – this gave me a purpose. I also relied on family and friends for support.
Mindset habit or tip
I make sure I’m selfish. I do things daily that I know I need to keep my mindset in a good place. Here are a couple: actively take a walk, read and eat good nutritious foods.
Nutrition habit or tip
I love food and cake in particular. I always make sure if I do eat ‘bad’ I cut right down the next day and make smart choices.
Training habit or tip
I get up and get it done first thing in the morning, I am a morning person so this comes easy to me. I have spent the last 8 years of my life football training in the morning so if I don’t train I feel like my day isn’t complete.
Who inspires you and why?
I take inspiration from people who are relentlessly consistent at what they do. To name an example Kieran Tierney. Every single day I saw relentless, energised and enthused attitude. It amazes me how someone can be so consistent.
What one thing would you tell a reader who was looking for an actionable step they could take to improve their lifestyle?
Be selfish! Do what you need to do and listen to your body. This will allow you to be a better version of yourself.