Q&A: Odysseus Publishing director Ian Brooks
Odysseus Publishing director Ian Brooks.
1. How do you keep fit?
I like to run but the knees are starting to give up for any long distances (I did a PW at the last C2S). I’ve recently started back at rowing which is probably the best all-round work out you can get – plus you get to spend a couple of hours on the water before work. I also try to do a couple of workouts from Men’s Fitness each month.
2. How does your office encourage fitness?
We have a couple of strong athletes in the office: a Masters Games competitor, a couple of marathoners, a personal trainer and a yoga teacher, so it doesn’t take much to encourage fitness. We generally run a team in most major running events throughout the year and expect our journos to actually do the workouts they write about (the MMA and UFC workouts are always fun). And we won’t mention the plank-offs during Friday drinks.
3. Which leg of the AdNews Challenge will you be doing?
I think I’ll be concentrating on the run.
4. What’s your best training tip?
Train hard and train often, whatever your regime. But as an unsolicited plug, just buy Men’s Fitness – it’s got every tip you’d ever need.
5. Are you a competitive person?
It sounds incredibly cliché but I’m more of a team-player than a competitive person (comes from not being a natural athlete).
6. Who’s the fittest person in the industry?
I think Men’s Fitness advertising director David Lee would be hard to beat. He needs to work on his running, but he has all the other disciplines covered.
7. Throw down the gauntlet: which team would you be sure to beat?
OMD – it might be the only way to get a brief.
Registrations are now open for The AdNews Challenge, the new corporate fitness and Charity event for the advertising, marketing and media industries. The event will take place on Sunday 18 November at Clifton Gardens Reserve, Sydney.