60 seconds with Ruben Tabares.


Ruben Tabares needs little introduction. The former hurdles athlete and superstar trainer is respected the world over for his unique coaching approach. When he’s not putting the likes of Amir Khan, Tinie Tempah and P Diddy through their paces (to name just a few of his A lister fans), you’ll find him training his 10 year old’s football team and honing his knowledge of nutrition. I caught up with him in his sleek new fitness centre, nestled deep in the heart of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park.

First thing you do when you wake up.
Shower, brush my teeth with coconut oil and have breakfast.

The one place you’d never wear gym clothes.
To a meeting.

The quickest way to a flat stomach.

  • Go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier

  • Drink more water

  • Introduce probiotics, fermented or cultured vegetables into your diet

  • 20 minutes of HIIT 2 – 3 times a week

  • 5 minutes of core work, Monday to Friday

  • Cut out sugar most of the week

  • Juice vegetables

One wellness trend you’d never try.
Anything that involves using heavy weights too soon. When people become tired their technique drops off, which leaves them open to injury.

Number one superfood.
Bee pollen.

If you weren’t a health expert, you’d be a…
Health expert.

You never make a smoothie without adding…
Coconut water.

Your breakfast of champions.
500ml of water with lemon followed by a cold pressed, organic, green juice. I’d follow that with wilted spinach, ginger and fresh horseradish, scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil, plantain and lentils.

The motto you live by.
Love and laughter makes us who we are.

Your go-to workout tune.
Gabriel by Roy Davis Jnr.

Failsafe hangover cure.
Coconut water, activated charcoal capsules and psyllium husks in a green smoothie.

Your biggest inspiration.
My family.

Top 3 London eats.

  • My kitchen

  • Bar Boulud

  • Prince Charles organic farm shop in old Windsor

Your most memorable sweaty moment.
A 400m run in a blistering 40 degree celsius heatwave in Orange County, California.