• Ali Trauttmansdorff GB Age Group Triathlete

    Ali Trauttmansdorf Sundried Triathlete

    Ali Trauttmansdorff turned to triathlon after having two children and is now fitter than she was in her twenties! Sundried interview GB age group triathlete Ali Trauttmansdorff.

    Have you always been super fit?

    I would say that I have always been fit and done sport of some sort, be it track and field, golf, netball, paragliding etc, but certainly not as fit as I am today. It is quite a unique feeling to be fitter now than my 20s!

    How did you get into the world of triathlon?

    In November 2009 I had my second child Pia. I was sitting on my sofa with her and my friend Gill from next door, jumped over the fence (literally!) and came to tell me that I needed to get fit again and would I do a triathlon with her in 6 months. I looked in a rather bewildered way back at her and asked what on earth a triathlon was! However, being someone who is mostly willing to give something a try once, I agreed to do it and set about getting myself fit again. My bike wasn’t exactly what you would call the ideal bike but not knowing whether I would enjoy it or not, I put up with my rubbishy bike whose brakes didn’t quite work and attended my first race in Braintree. It was painful and hard but I weirdly enjoyed myself. I was way behind my two friends who did it with me however, but agreed to do another one in a few months’ time and tried to fix what went wrong in my first attempt. To my (and their!) astonishment, I beat both of them the second time and thought I might be onto something. I found a triathlon club – Tri Sport Epping – and the rest is history!!

    How do you balance working in the city, training and being a mother?

    My life is pretty full on and I have to be very creative about my training. I rarely can work out in the mornings during the week, as I have to get the kids to school. Lunch time classes and a regular schedule of training in the evening and weekends is the name of the game. I am also a member of a local running club Orion Harriers, which has brought on my running on and off road in leaps and bounds. It’s also very social! My kids have to be quite self-sufficient especially my eldest. We do a lot of sport in our house, so we all have to take turns and support each other. I am lucky to have a lot of energy and am someone who does not like sitting down for long. I never have time to sit down and watch the TV – life is too short. I download programmes that interest me and use the downtime on the tube. Free time for sport and to see those I love is too precious. As far as work in concerned, I think sport brings great benefits. You always have something very inspiring to speak about with clients and colleagues and I find people tend to respect those who have the discipline to participate in sport at a high level. I was recently interviewed in a Guardian article for Women in Leadership about how physical health supports your mental success. I believe that to be absolutely true.

    What is the hardest challenge you’ve faced so far?

    Over the past few years, I have experienced a few. One sticks out, where I just had to apply myself and work hard to recover over an extended period. In December 2014 I tore the shock absorber in my hip and was told the neck of my femur, which had an odd shape, had caused it. Oh the joys of running! A very clever surgeon Prof. Ernest Schilders, quickly identified the problem as being FAI (femoroacetabular impingement), had me in the operating theatre within days and after 9 weeks I was able to slowly start running again, after a period on crutches.

    In an attempt to try and boost myself with the big question mark over whether my hip operation would work properly hanging over my head, I sat down at the computer and signed myself up for a few triathlon qualifiers. Possibly wasted money but we live in hope and faith!

    The first one I tried was in St Neots in the following May - I was slow. It was early in the year and cold in the river and the scar tissue in the hip was still playing up. Mum was there for moral support and there were a lot of very serious looking athletes there. But determined not to be beaten, I tried again about a month or so afterwards at Eton Dorney.

    Much to my surprise I pulled it out of the bag and qualified for the World Sprint Triathlon Championships at the ITU Chicago Grand Final in September 2015. I had to keep pinching myself! This past year I have had to considerably work on pelvic strength and fix the aftermath of the operation.

    What are your triathlon goals for 2017?

    Fortunately, I have already achieved one goal and that is to qualify to compete in the European Sprint Championships in Duesseldorf. I would also like to qualify for the Worlds in Rotterdam. That would be my third worlds in a row. I need to work hard on my swimming over the winter and maybe with good progress I’ll have the chance to try and progress to the top 10. I’m currently in the top 20.

    What has been your favourite race to date?

    Gosh, difficult question. I love so many of them! The Worlds in Cozumel this September was great fun especially because I raced in both sprint and standard which is crazy, but the environment was hard from a heat management point of view. Many didn’t make it to the finishing line. I have also got to know some wonderful people in Triathlon and this is always a great time to catch up with them. Sometimes though the smaller local races are great fun. I did Stewartby Lake Standard distance in August and loved the set up and course. We also had Lucy Charles the UK Ironwoman complete it with us. Boy, was she fast on the bike!!

    What are your top 3 tips for anyone looking to start triathlons?

    Races - Find a race for novices so you don’t feel intimidated. Many clubs now do these. We do one at Tri Sport Epping every June – they are great fun and you receive a lot of friendly support. Training sessions are also often offered in advance.

    Training - Get swimming lessons early if you need them. No point in struggling. Read about running technique or get help with it to avoid injury and get good running form quickly.  Enjoy the joy of longer bike rides at the weekend and get used to cycling for longer distances on the road safely. Learn to change a tyre!! And don’t forget cross training. It is important – weights, stretching, yoga etc. Don’t end up doing too much high intensity. It’s simply not healthy.

    Lifestyle - Tidy up your diet. Sugar, processed oils and wheat are energy and performance sappers.

    Why did you choose to work with Sundried?

    I care hugely about how we treat our planet and working with a firm who cares about this means a lot to me as I choose the products I train with. Also not constantly having to run around in various shades of neon is a huge plus! Sundried has gone for more of a subtle and functional, yet sleek look. Spot on! The materials have a great feel and work in tune with the body.
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  • Xavier Ramirez Personal Trainer

    Xavier Ramirez Personal Trainer

    How can you eat "everything" and stay in shape? Personal trainer Xavier Ramirez tells us how to eat and train to achieve your best so you feel good inside and out.

    How did I get here?

    I think it’s important to focus on how and why we do the things we do. These are two things that I have been fascinated by, for as long as I can remember.  At 5 years old I was obsessed with the Martial Arts and fitness. My older brother would do press ups and run, he’d buy books on Bruce Lee - which taught me a lesson I use as a personal trainer, there is a great power in  leading by example.

    Throughout my childhood, I was heavily involved in Kickboxing and gymnastics. The gymnastics eventually took hold of me as I got older and I ended up competing for Loughborough University while studying how to design and build sports equipment.

    In my early twenties I got injured and had to stop training whilst I finished university. I got married and was very happy in my life, but doing a job in a steel factory for 4 years and something was missing.  Increasingly I found myself magnetised back to the world of fitness and I decided to do my qualifications to be a PT and hopefully be a positive part of someone else’s journey.

    Here I am…. 7 years on from that decision , a qualified Lower Back Specialist - in the job I love, able to go into to work every day and feel grateful that my decisions in life have brought me into a place, where I mean something to the people around me. That's not to say my day doesn’t have it’s challenges - but I do love it!

    I have realised that I want to mean something positive to other people and my understanding of why I do what I do helps me help others.  How I do this is by slowly changing the ‘fitness philosophy' with which people live their lives so that fitness is not something that happens to them, but something they have had  within them from the beginning.

    Xavier Ramirez L Sit

    Do you follow a specific diet?

    Hold onto your seat.  I do not follow any food regime. I EAT EVERYTHING.  

    However …. 'everything' must be of the highest quality and attempt to show good ethics. This means if I have some chocolate, I make the best decision for the people who make the chocolate (Fair Trade), I want the soil its grown out of (I am an active Soil Association Member) to be treated as naturally as possible!  This is especially important with meat, high welfare & organic are a must wherever possible.

    Try not to compromise on the quality of your food…. because whatever you eat becomes part of you and you are special!

    Talk us through your training regime.

    I do the same structure of a general routine 6 days a week (pushing / pulling / legs / core) but each day I do more of whatever I feel is working best. So if I am feeling really great pushing I will maximise this and reduce the other three parts of the workout and so on in the session the next day.

    The structure provides my longer term strategy, but day to day I have a lot of flexibility when it comes to choosing my exercises.

    Xavier Ramirez Turkish Get Up

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I am now a qualified specialist in lower injuries which has been a really interesting journey, the human body is a miracle!

    How do you balance work and a social life?

    Honestly, I am not great at this one…I love my job and so I throw myself into it usually with so much energy that my personal life can suffer.  However, I am zen with this and try to make the ‘healthy decision’ on a daily basis where possible!

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    So Difficult!

    1) If you want to make a change to something in your life…wait for the moment where the momentum is with you, a lot of people work against the natural flow of things - it doesn’t have to be difficult to work - start small and build when the wind is on your back.

    2) Be honest with yourself at all times. If you want to do something or get somewhere or just be happy, being direct with yourself is most of the journey.

    3) All movement counts - however small or short in duration…you are built to move. Remember this especially on days where you really don’t have time to do a traditional fitness session.  Even 30 seconds of squats or press ups will make you more likely to follow your goals after the busy time ends (and yes busy times should end - city people!!).

    Xavier Ramirez Personal Trainer

    If you could only give your clients one exercise, what would it be?

    Walking uphill! It's low risk, high energy and it gives you great legs!

    Why work with Sundried?

    Well this question at least -  is easy - Sundried care about the people & planet they are connected to, which means I can now wear kick ass clothes while I train and know that they have come from values I hold.

    Xavier wears:

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  • Dancer Lucie Palfreyman

    Lucie Palfreyman Sundried

    Lucie Palfreyman uses fitness to further her career, as a dancer it is essential she exercises regularly, focusing on flexibility and endurance. When choreography gets intense, Lucie tells Sundried how her training compliments her sport.

    How do you use dance to keep fit?

    I work as a professional dancer, whilst rehearsing and dancing in shows I keep fit just through the intense choreography and usually long rehearsal days. Between dance contracts I maintain my fitness through attending advanced dance classes and also doing my own workouts.

    Sundried Breithorn Bra

    Do you do any other training outside of dance?

    Outside of dance, I enjoy jogging outdoors and practising my own pilates at home. I also love to attend Bikram Hot Yoga when I can find the time.

    What are your fitness goals?

    My fitness goals are always to push my own strength and flexibility. I am constantly working on my weaker areas. Every dancer has a stronger/ more flexible leg and I am trying to even myself out. Cardio is very important for dancers too as some shows can be very physically demanding.

    Sundried activewear stretching

    Where do you find your training motivation/inspiration?

    I have always looked up to certain dancers/ choreographers since I started my training at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2005. Also whenever I work on dance contracts with new dancers, I take their strengths and can be very inspired to apply this to my own practice.

    How did you find the Sundried activewear?

    I was extremely pleased with my Sundried products, the quality of the garments is of a very high standard. I particularly love my leggings, they are the most comfortable leggings I have ever trained in, the material is very soft and easy to stretch in. I like the height of the waist. The sports bra is also very comfortable and I have been complimented on it every time I have worn it.

    What advice would you give our readers to stay in shape?

    My advice would be to maintain a healthy diet alongside exercise and to always drink lots and lots of water! The body is the most important thing we have and it is vital to look after it. Finding exercise that is enjoyable too is very important. Exercise should be fun and not a chore!

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    For more training, motivation and advice see our training and motivation articles.

    Photos taken by Andy Bowness.

    Lucie wears:

    Sundried Sport Bra Sundried Running Tights

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  • Craig Hoile Personal Trainer

    Craig Hoile Personal Trainer

    Craig Hoile is a Personal Trainer, keen runner and sportsman, he tells Sundried how he ditched the 9-5 and chose a career he loves.

    I am a keen runner and sportsman. Having played football until my mid 20’s, I took to the world of non impact and hitting the roads. I have run multiple races and run the Berlin marathon this month. I have also run the London marathon and other events around the country.


    How did you find yourself in the world of fitness?

    Despite having a passion for health and fitness all my life, I pursued a career in the 9-5 world until I found myself in a job I didn’t enjoy. A few qualifications and a lot of studying later and I changed my career direction into something I love doing. Seeing the tangible success in my clients makes that big step away from the office world all the more rewarding.

    Do you follow a specific diet?

    Right now, I am loading as heavy as I can stomach before I run, so very much in taper mode. But usually, porridge, eggs and a good old fish cake are somewhere in the mix (figuratively, not literally).

    Craig Hoile PT

    What do you do to keep your clients motivated?

    Keeping clients focused doesn’t just come down to goals, focus, trainers motivation etc etc…. it is more about understanding what makes a person tick, what pushes them, what turns them off, or even just asking them what's going on in their day. Sure, goals are important on a tangible level, but the psyche of individual has to be understood.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    Right now, I am tapering for marathon training. Otherwise, I combine high intensity anaerobic work; Pilates, swimming and weight training. 3-4 times a week.

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    Blogs, researchers, events, social media. It's always good to read what the industry is up to but always remember the core principles of your training. Critique and analysis is essential.

    How do you balance work and a social life?

    Not a strong point for me. The nature of the beast means it’s hard to get down the local working man’s club for bingo on a Thursday night but a balance of work and pleasure is struck by burying your head in WWE’s weekly programming.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    Say your prayers, eat your vitamins….no wait that’s Hulk Hogan.

    1. Don’t get washed away with the marketing jargon that plagues the industry.
    2. Keep things simple and effective.
    3. Drink matcha.

    If you could only give your clients one exercise, what would it be?


    Craig Hoile PT Racing

    What are your training aspirations?

    After the marathon, I intend on taking up Brazilian Jujitsu. Having never tried a martial art, I would like to improve my flexibility and add something different to my CV.

    Why work with Sundried?

    The Sundried ethos is simple and effective and I like to surround myself with people and companies with good intentions. Thanks for having me!

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  • Joe Edmonds Personal Trainer

    Joe Edmonds Personal Trainer

    Joe Edmonds is a personal trainer and triathlete based in North London. He tells Sundried about his work and training ethic.

    Tell us about yourself:

    I'm Joe Edmonds and I am a Qualified Personal Trainer with a real passion for engaging people in long term and sustainable exercise for the benefit of their health and well-being.

    I compete in Olympic Distance Triathlons and Cycle Sportifs, racing for my local Triathlon Club here in North East London. I gave Triathlons a go back in 2009 and since then have never looked back. I love the multiple discipline of the sport and the dedication, balance of training and effort it requires.

    Do you follow a specific diet?

    Only leading into race day!

    I like to eat a lot and keep it healthy!

    Joe Edmonds Running

    What do you do to keep your clients motivated?

    Knowledge, Encouragement and Belief.

    Training, exercise and movement should be for the long term. I always ask my clients to look at the long term changes and goals they have and to try to see exercise as nothing but enjoyment (that hurts sometimes!) and certainly not a chore!

    Talk us through your training regime.

    I aim to train 10 hours per week and split this across the Triathlon disciplines and upper body strength work in the gym.

    Swims consist of technique drills, intervals and sprint work.

    I aim to get a few hill climbs in on the bike alongside the normal longer rides.

    I run regular 5 & 10ks.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1) When you think you've got nothing left, you've always got a little more

    2) Find what you love and do it lots!

    3) Don't give yourself a hard time when you fall off the regime...it happens...just jump back on!

    Joe Edmonds Cycling

    What are your training aspirations?

    Keep training for competition and with the current intensity well into my later years. Training is life long.

    To win a Triathlon - Current PB is 3rd.

    Why work with Sundried?

    The brand is slick and stylish...But mainly because of their work ethics!

    You can read more on our ethic on our values page here.


    Posted by Victoria Gardner