• Polly The Fit Mum Formula

    Polly Hale The Fit Mum Formula

    Polly Hale Personal Trainer and creator of The Fit Mum Formula tells Sundried about her journey to fitness as a mother of two young children and how her online system provides support for mum’s who want to look and feel their best.

    Why did you create The Fit Mum Formula?

    As a Mum to two young girls and a house to run, to be honest I don’t get out a lot! That’s the whole reason I created an online system – for Mums like me to be able to access the support and resources they need to look and feel their best. That being said, I love fun activities that are physically challenging, and have a friend who runs pole-fitness classes so I’m going to one of her workshops soon!

    Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?

    I was at professional dance school years ago so was very fit, but changed direction after the pressure got too much. My story is an unusual one. I was very ill in my late teens with anorexia, so after going through that I now appreciate the value of having good physical and mental health. Exercise is my therapy, literally.

    Polly Hale Personal Trainer

    What are your training goals now?

    To continue to get fitter, stronger, and healthier without exercise taking over the rest of my life.

    Tell us an unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:

    I’ve done a bit of modelling and acting work. I was in the James Bond film Skyfall for a split second, and spent two days running through the freezing English Channel Sea one December for The Sun newspaper!

    What would future you, tell yourself when you were starting out?

    That perfection does not exist. Progress and learning are continual, and it’s as much about the journey as the end result.

    Polly The Fit Mum Formula

    Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?

    I prefer to eat a high protein, low carb, moderate fat meal, as I have a big appetite so it keeps me full without gaining a tonne of weight! I love meat, fish, eggs, fruit, Greek yoghurt, nuts, and more carbs like oats, bananas etc. around workouts. I use protein powders too, and I eat tonnes of vegetables!

    What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?

    I think the motivation comes later. Once you feel the endorphins, and the way you feel physically and mentally once you start exercising regularly and eating well, and are seeing results for it, that’s incredibly motivating and nobody wants to give that up. But you don’t feel that at first. I think integrating exercise as a manageable habit is more realistic at first, then they’ll feel motivated once they start feeling awesome! It’s addictive!

    Talk us through your training regime.

    I do my HIIT workouts three times a week, usually early morning before the kids are up – that’s ‘my time’! They’re pretty intense so definitely sufficient to keep me pretty fit and strong as well as in good shape. I do a tonne of walking, as we do the school and nursery drops on foot, so that’s an hour a day at least. Sometimes on the weekend we’ll go for a family walk, if there’s time between all the kids’ various activities and classes.

    Polly Hale

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    Luckily I love learning. I read books, articles, blogs, research studies, and listen to podcasts every day, as much for enjoyment as personal development. New information is always released so it’s important to stay up to date with what’s relevant to your clients.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    Understand what’s going through your clients’ minds. They’re not passionate about fitness like we are, and maybe never will be. Show them that all their effort is worth it.

    Be human. Anyone who is perfect 100% of the time isn’t normal! I tell my clients and followers when if I’ve had a bad day. Then they know I really do understand them.

    Don’t be dogmatic. There are more than one ways to skin a cat, and more than one way to approach exercise and diet selection. Everyone is unique so don’t be tied to the belief that your way is the best way for them.

    If you could only do one workout for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    My own rest-based HIIT workouts. They cover all of strength, endurance and cardio, and they’re adaptable as you progress so they never get too easy.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I will always choose quality over quantity and Sundried certainly is very good quality. Also ethical and environmental issues are very important to me. We eat organic food and buy recycled paper goods, so it stands that I’ll extend that to my workout clothing too.

    Favorite fitness quote:

    No matter how slow you go you are still lapping everyone on the couch.

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  • George Pearse Personal Trainer

    George Pearse Personal Trainer

    From lawsuits to yoga mats. George Pearse tells us how he made one of the biggest transformations we’ve ever heard to follow a career he loves. From solicitor to personal trainer.

    Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?

    I've always been pretty active, playing team sports at school and running cross country. It was when I started working as a solicitor that sport became really important though. I found being seated all day - sometimes all night! - didn't suit my personality so I looked into doing a personal training course. 2 years later and despite a few bumps in the road, I can genuinely say I've no regrets about leaving!

    What are your training goals now?

    They're constantly changing as I discover new ways of training and new points of interest. I was massively into running last year and did the London Marathon. I found it really took its toll on my body though, which led me to yoga. I can't get enough of that at the moment! I'm pretty focussed on learning to headstand.

    Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:

    I'm studying for a masters in psychotherapy.

    What would future you, tell yourself when you were starting out?

    It's all about the confidence, kid.

    Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?

    I've always found the nutrition side of exercise difficult. Chiefly because I'm so greedy! Where I see best results in my performance in the gym / running / yoga even is always when I've eaten 'well'. That means the right blend of good fats, proteins and non-starchy carbs. I always find that a big breakfast really keeps me full through until lunch. What works for one person doesn't always have the same impact elsewhere, so it's a case of trial and error.  

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    What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?

    I think trying to focus your training around a certain goal is a pretty bog standard industry piece of advice but it's commonplace for a reason - and that's because it works! Whether it's taking time off your 10k time, introducing regular exercise, losing a few pounds - start small, realistic and achievable!  

    Talk us through your training regime.

    I take 2 HIIT classes a week and then a circuit / stretch class on top of that. I also get in a 10k each weekend, which I find really keeps my stress down. I've also got a weekly yoga class I do, with the fantastic Bonny at YogaNest in Bethnal Green - thoroughly recommend!  

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I work with some awesome trainers at a private PT Studio called PT Boutique just off Broadway Market in East London. We share ideas and knowledge amongst each other - I've got so much still to learn but great to feel like I'm constantly picking up new things.  

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Consistency. It's pretty straight forward, if you want results, this is absolutely key.
    2. Keep your body guessing. Increase the weight, change the pace, slow the reps down...keep your routine full of variety.
    3. Set small goals that you're regularly reassessing to keep you engaged and on track.

    If you could only do one workout for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    HIIT half hours. These classes are just a whirl of activity with loads of variety...for some reason that really does it me!  

    What are your training goals?

    I want to run a sub 1.30 half marathon and I've got to get that headstand nailed.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I was made up when they got in touch about the ambassador role. It's a quality product that I am proud to put my name behind. It's carefully curated clobber that not only looks fantastic, but it performs brilliantly too.  

    Favorite fitness quote:

    It's on a meme and reminds me of my relationship with exercise and food...goes along the lines of 'Squats down...into the fridge. Fitness'
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  • Harry Jones GB Beach Volleyball

    Harry Jones GB Volleyball

    Harry Jones is not your average student, representing Great Britain in the Volleyball team, Harry travels the world to train and compete. This year he achieved the 2016 National Tour Winner, following his role as 2 x under 18 British Beach Volleyball Champion.

    It’s currently chucking it down outside, how do you get along with training in beautiful British weather?

    It can be a struggle sometimes! We're lucky to have an indoor beach facility in Bournemouth where I study, so we can train during the winter months. However, during the summer we usually carry on training in the rain if possible, Beach Volleyball only stops for thunder and lightning so it pays to be prepared for any kind of conditions we may face.

    What kind of training do you do on and off season?

    We tend to have a heavy workload. During the winter I tend to play indoor Volleyball whilst training light on the sand once or twice a week. During the main preseason, we tend to train 5-7 times a week on the sand, involving a lot of technical sessions with many repetitions. Consistency is so key in this sport and the only way to achieve that is through many hours of reps and drills. We also have more game orientated training, with more of a competitive element, to put the technical training into practice. We usually train twice a day; if we train once, then we will have gym sessions (usually 3 times a week) where we complete strength and conditioning. This involves a lot of squatting, dead lifting etc and power based weightlifting, as well as cardio and endurance sessions to prepare for the workload on the sand. During the main season, its more of the same, but with a lower workload; the preseason is so important because during the season, there are so many tournaments that you have to have time to rest and recover, so all that can be done in training is maintenance and game play work.

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    What’s the best place you’ve got to travel to for Volleyball?

    I’ve been to loads of cool places in the last few years, but I think the best place I’ve been was Lucerne in Switzerland for the U21 World Championship.The venue was right next to a massive lake, with snow topped mountains in the background and an awesome cultured city that was always buzzing. The people were amazing and to have such a stunning back drop when playing the sport you love was so special.

    What’s the biggest challenge you face as a player?

    There's probably 2; one is the fact that Beach Volleyball is a minority sport in the Uk, which makes it difficult to secure funding as well as consistently train and compete at the level found within Europe and the rest of the world. There also is balancing Beach Volleyball with my studies, it's difficult to invest all of your energy and focus into one but not the other.

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    Any top tips for someone looking to join a team?

    There's loads of indoor Volleyball teams around the country that people can look at joining; The Volleyball England website has all the information for people looking to start playing. I’d also say don’t be afraid to get out there and play, just turn up and have some fun, the Volleyball family is so big and everyone will make you feel welcome.

    What is the best thing you’ve learnt whilst competing?

    The one thing I’ve learnt is that no matter how good you think you are, there is ALWAYS someone out there who is better. There's a big world out there of people, both in and out of sport, who have lots of experience and expertise, who work very hard and are very passionate about what they do. Therefore, you have to be extremely disciplined, motivated and driven in whatever you do to achieve your desired goals. Nothing is given, there is no right to win or achieve, it must be earned!

    What are your training goals?

    My goals in training is to always be little better after every session and to always have something to work on specifically in every session. I also aim to leave everything out on the court and to give 100% in every session so that one day I can be competing at the highest level on the world stage.

    Harry Jones Push Up

    What attracts you to Sundried?

    I love the ethos behind Sundried, about seeking to be extraordinary and always starving for more. The apparel is first class and sustainable for future generations, something which I believe is very relevant to sport as well as life. Sundried believes in leaving a legacy for future generations and I hope that one day I can provide a legacy for generations of players to come.

    For more on Harry you can visit his blog

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  • Joe Tidy Sky News Interview With Sundried

    Joe Tidy Sundried

    Do you hate training? No worries, sometimes so do the experts! Joe Tidy Sky News reporter, seasoned triathlete and creator of The Tri Review website, tells us how he got into the wonderful world of triathlon.

    Tell us about what you do? Why is it people may recognise your face Joe?

    I’m a reporter on Sky News and I present triathlon coverage on Sky Sports and Channel 4 too. I also used to present and report on CBBC Newsround before doing “grown up news!”. I also blog and vlog on triathlon on my site trireview.co.uk.

    How did you get into triathlon training?

    I got into it by mistake really. I did marathons and got really bored of the monotonous training (running, running and more running!) so I started mixing it up with biking and swimming and thought I’d give a triathlon a go. I’ve never looked back!

    How often do you compete?

    I’ve been racing about 3 times a year since 2010.

    We’ve read you hate tri training, how do you motivate yourself to train?

    I do! Although I do love the feeling at the end of a long session and after a shower. What’s better than a great big slice of cake if you’ve earned it?! I motivate myself out of a fear of being rubbish in races and vanity – got to keep the dad bod at bay!

    What gave you the idea to create tri review?

    I had the idea for tri review whilst lying poolside in our hotel in Abu Dhabi a day after racing the Abu Dhabi triathlon. I had such a good time and really wanted to share the experience. I also think that races can be quite expensive and a big commitment so it’s good to have a community of endurance athletes who can give people the low-down before they book a race. There are about 30 people on the site who review races. Although I’m always looking for more!

    Joe Tidy Sundried Cycling

    Where has been your best and worst tri’s and did the tri review community agree with you?

    I think the big ones are often the best. The likes of Challenge Roth and Ironman Bolton don’t get their reputations for being world class easily. Then there are the smaller races like Isoman – only a couple of years old that are trying to change things up in a really interesting way – this one is an ‘equalised’ tri with more balanced distances in each discipline. There are so many races popping up all over the place. I just wish I could get around to racing them all! There are some races that could do with some work. Naming no names (check the site!) but some organisers are either out of their depth or cutting costs and it shows on the weekend.

    What are your top 3 tri tips:

    Train, train and train! Although I can’t really say that can I as a self-confessed hater of training! So I would say: be consistent in your training, hang back for clear water in the swim and make sure you fuel up on the bike.

    Why do you think tri has become so popular in the last year? Have you noticed an increase on your site?

    Yes definitely, the site interest has gone up but I actually think the sport could be reaching a plateau in the UK. I hear that race organisers are not seeing huge increases in numbers generally but that could also be because there are so many more options for triathletes now.  The Brownlee Brothers can take a lot of credit for the huge uptake in the last 5 years or so as they became so famous and did amazing things. I also think the popularity is down to the cycling revolution as more cyclists usually mean more triathletes as they come to their senses and take up multisport!

    Joe Tidy Running

    What has been your best fitness related report and why?

    I once completed the Blenheim Palace Triathlon for a TV report for BBC Oxford and it went horribly and hilariously wrong. I was being followed by a cameraman and stopping every now and then for updates to camera. When I got into the second transition after the bike I was amazed to see I was the first biker back. “I’m amazing!” I thought and pretty much said to the camera before running off and smashing my wildest dreams for what was one of my first triathlons. It wasn’t until I got to the end that I realised I’d missed an entire lap of the bike course! What a muppet.  

    What’s you next fitness challenge?

    I’ve done 2 races this year and have concentrated on improving my kayaking skills for a coast-to-coast multi-sport challenge next year. Swimming, cycling, running with some paddling thrown into the mix too – what am I thinking?!

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  • Rosie Underwood OK! Fashion and Beauty Director

    Rosie Underwood wears Sundried

    Rosie Underwood’s job is busier than most, as the fashion and beauty director for OK! Magazine she runs a pretty busy schedule and yet amongst the chaotic world of print deadlines, Rosie finds her solace in sport.

    Rosie, what sort of things does your role as fashion and beauty director entail?

    I produce and style a six-page main fashion shoot every week, I try and test all the new beauty innovations and write three features on Fashion, beauty and wellness. I get all the information I need from launches that take place throughout the week. There’s always something new to learn about and with OK! being a weekly magazine I try and absorb it all like a sponge!

    What’s your favourite part of working for Ok!?

    I love shooting on location, it means every week is a new adventure and the opportunities to travel make the long hours more than worth it.

    Rosie Underwood Sundried Handstand

    When work is busy, how do you use sport to relax?

    Yoga has saved me there. Ignoring your body at stressful times is so counter productive. Practicing Yoga means that you can easily rationalise intense work situations as the practice does as much for your mind as it does your body. I’m also a lover of water sports whether that’s surfing, SUPing or sailing. It’s not just the hobbies themselves that relax me, it’s the lifestyle that comes as part of a package deal with them. There’s nothing that makes me happier than driving down to the sea after a busy week and chucking on a wetsuit!

    How did you discover yoga and fitness?

    I was always athletic and outdoorsy growing up, I even trained to be in the RAF as a teenager! I took a major career turn and when I started out as a celebrity stylist in London, I was only 22 and I became extremely burnt out quite quickly. I wanted to get ahead so I was at every event and up at 5am to either prep or style my next shoot. I didn’t say no to any work. I was eating on the go, running for cardio on concrete as my only form of exercise and getting a maximum of five hours sleep a night. One morning I was on a shoot in The Ritz with Lorraine Kelly and I blacked out! My body had literally had enough of the busy life I was leading and that was my wake up call. I started to really focus on nutrition, I made sure the exercise I did tied into what I love and that it was kind to my body. Yoga was something that kind of manifested out of wanting to give something back to my body. After each class I went too I just felt stronger and happier.

    Rosie Underwood Sundried Yoga

    We’ve read your big on ethical brands, why is it so important to be ethical?

    You don’t have to be a head in the clouds, tree-hugging hippy to make small changes to your daily choices. Fashion, beauty and sustainability can co-exist and with OK! Magazine selling over 300,000 copies every week, I’ll always do my best to push my readers in the right direction when it comes to making ethical choices. It’s important to me because our own existence relies entirely on our planet being healthy. As a species we’re very smart but very stupid at the same time, we can make everything we need, but how are we going to make our own air once we’ve chopped down every rainforest? I’d love us to be the generation to turn this mess around.

    What are your top tips for picking fashionable activewear?

    Keep it ethical. Never go for something cheap because it looks good, you have to rely on active wear being way more durable than you would a blouse you throw on for work each day. If a palette works for you in your day wear, the chances are it won’t translate the same way onto skin-tight active wear so always try things on and experiment. Longer leggings always work to elongate a figure and make sure it fits comfortably. That age-old saying is so true, the best thing a girl can wear is confidence, so make sure you feel good in what you’re wearing.  

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    What is your best advice for finding time to stay fit and healthy with a busy job?

    There’s a lot to be said for surrounding yourself with people with an equally healthy mentality. I have friends in the city with bags of energy, so we book classes together and enjoy healthy meals, they really spur me on. Getting up half an hour early, even to do 20 minutes of flow at home, getting a sweat on and get your heart rate going at least once a day is great. Even if ten minutes is all you have to spare, use that ten minutes wisely and you’ll notice the differences.

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