Say hello to Luke, the man behind the camera and true FAT advocate

If you've been to FAT, there is a high chance you may have met his face! Time to meet the man behind a lot of FAT and other Auckland businesses beautiful photographic content, Luke Foley-Martin. Read more about him and his fitness journey below. We love you mate!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m Luke, a photographer from Auckland, Tamaki Makaurau. I also enjoy fitness, cars and fashion.

How did you hear about FAT, do you remember your first session?

I first heard of FAT when I got dragged down to do a session in Vic park. I was wearing the most ridiculous outfit and didn’t perform well. Eventually I ended up shooting a couple campaigns with FAT and Kevin, from there I decided to come along as a genuine participant and give it a go as it looked like such fun. My first session was amazing and not scary at all as it turned out, after the session I vomited in the car. I then vomited on my second session. This is no longer a recurring theme.

We have shared a few workouts together, what makes you keep coming back?

I love it. It’s not pretentious, everyone who attends tries their best and has a good time. I find comfort in working hard and having fun along the way. But regardless of the emotional side, I have noticed a significant difference in my physical appearance as well in my own confidence. I think after my sedentary lifestyle that covid brought about, working out a couple of times a week is a great motivator for myself. It’s also great for my mental health too. I have also made some wonderful friendships too.

What would you say to someone hesitating to come to FAT?

Just come along once and try it. If it’s not for you, that’s okay. If it is, then cool.

Do you have a most memorable moment with us?

Not sure, so far there’s been heaps of memorable moments. I genuinely enjoy the people that I workout with on a regular basis as well as the trainers. It’s kinda crackup watching everyone become wrecked by the end. I think the sunrises and sunsets are pretty special too.

Outside of our weekly session, what is your relationship with exercise/movement?

Outside of FAT, I live a kind of active life. The photography scene requires a lot of setting up, flexibility and overall well being. Being more fit and stronger has made all these things 10 times easier.

What are your health, life goals in 2022?

I think at the moment I’m working towards a goal body shape, which is probably not a great thing to share, however I’m being honest and for me it’s killer to feel good in your skin. I think it makes life so much better to feel good about yourself.

Could you tell us 3 pieces of advice you would give to someone on their mental and/or physical health?

I’m not sure if I’m best to give advice on how others should manoeuvre their own mental health but I go to therapy for my own issues and it’s great. Working on yourself by talking more to friends, family, therapists is great and is something I have been working on, especially this year. Fresh air is great. And don’t get too caught up in the hustle, there’s a lot more to life when you take a break every now and then.