LEADER SERIES: MEET LUCAS SNOEK
Calisthenics coach and boxer-in-training, Lucas Snoek is big on managing his personal and work life- all while building the next big calisthenics community in Europe.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I usually start my day by waking up my kids and taking them to school. After that I go to Macdrive for a cappuccino- and that is a very important part of my day! My mornings are spent behind my laptop, busy with the webshop, online clients and tasks that have to be done. On some days, I start my calisthenics training around 12 pm, get some rest and eat my first meal of the day- which is loaded with proteins. Around 4 pm, I train with a private coach in a boxing class. Then I eat another protein-rich meal, and start my calisthenics group lessons until late evening. Of course, I eat a third meal before I sleep to hit my protein intake target for the day.
On my rest days, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones. I certainly sometimes drink a nice carbric rum, or two, or ten. It’s all about balance, right?
What is your weekly training routine? How do you break up your training?
- Monday: Legs and boxing
- Tuesday: Calisthenics upper body
- Wednesday: Daddy daycare
- Thursday: Calisthenics upper body, deadlifts and boxing
- Friday: Boxing bag-work
- Saturday: Calisthenics upper body
- Sunday: Usually a hangover
What advice do you give to your friends when they ask you how they should start making fitness a priority?
Many of my friends are transitioning from their twenties to their thirties and starting their families. I tell them that besides the physical and mental benefits, being fit is also important as a parent. I think being a healthy, strong dad is one of the building blocks of being a leader of a wolfpack. As a man, in my view, you are a protector and have the responsibility of preparing your children for the real world. You have to look and move as someone who makes them feel secure! Fitness and physical sports also teach us discipline, resilience and that working towards a goal takes time and patience. These elements apply to all facets of life.
What is your 10-year vision? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to be more at-peace with myself, with a good balance between my work and private life. Right now, I am working hard to succeed and will not let anything stand in my way- so that sometimes affects my family life or inner peace. My controversial calisthenics group classes are blossoming into a true cult, and we are well known across the Netherlands as THE calisthenics community to be a part of. My first fitness and calisthenics equipment store will open soon, and the webshop is already doing well across Europe. There is a lot of pressure at the moment but my ambitions are far reaching. In 10 years, I expect to be an established brand in the global market. Besides my career and mental peace, I also want to be one of the most all-round calisthenics athletes. Because the progression ladder in calisthenics is endless, I have a long way to go. When a certain skill or progression is achieved, a new goal comes up.
How do you prioritize your mental health? What do you do (mentally) that helps you stay so committed and regimented towards achieving your goals?
Dealing with the pressure of reaching all these goals requires a lot of energy and sometimes, also entails anxiety. One day, I feel I can take on the world and the next day, I question everything. Especially because the world is developing so quickly and the quality of competitors is extremely high. I listen to a lot of inspirational podcasts, and that makes me believe all this is a part of the process. It might sound clichéd but sometimes a simple YouTube video or podcast is enough to clear my doubts and insecurities.
I also have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) so my brain is working 24x7. This requires a lot of energy but also leads to creative impulses and ideas. I have struggled with ADD for years, but as I get older, I can deal with this better and better.
Things that work well for me:
- Take a cold shower in the morning.
- Every morning, reflect on what you have and be grateful for the beautiful things in life.
- Do annoying tasks at the beginning of the day.
- Always set new goals- physical or career oriented. Life without goals is a temperate life. It gives no satisfaction and has no meaning.
- Stop looking at the Explore page of Instagram.
- Try to read a book or listen to a podcast in the evening instead of watching Netflix.
Where can we find you? (Website/Social/etc.)
- Instagram: luxareza / socialtrainingclubcom / socialtrainingclubacademy
- Websites: www.socialtrainingclub.com / www.socialtrainingclubacademy.com
What is your favorite REYAL product?
The Total Skincare Kit! Your skin is a reflection of your health so I think it is very important to invest in skincare. If you do it, then do it all the way.
Name 3 of the accounts (individuals, brands etc.) you follow on social media right now and why?
- ReyalPerformance - Yes, seriously. Tanner and his brand have inspired me a lot in the field of branding and marketing, and I think they are killing the game.
- UVU - One of the top leaders in capturing a certain feeling you want to convey to your community. Everything they do or make is a hit and gives a special feeling that you want to be part of.
- Whoiselijah- Personal source of inspiration in the field of fashion, tattoos, career and goals. If you don't know him yet, it's definitely worth taking a look.
What is next for you?
In the short term, my first boxing batch, opening the first Social Training Club in the city and doing a 90-degree handstand push-up. There are many more goals but I’m trying to take small steps and be content with them.