Read our interview with Sundried ambassador and personal trainer Amie who started exercising and her mind just clicked, it was the beginning of her love of exercise.
Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up:
I have recently started taking part in regular running with friends and signing myself up for runs and races. I have started to enjoy it so much more than I used to and so I recently took part in the Yorkshire Marathon Series York 10 Mile Race and completed it which I was super proud of considering it was the first time I had ever run 10 solid miles! I have signed up for the Leeds Half Marathon in May next year and so will be incorporating running into my weekly training regime to get me prepared.
I would also love to do a Triathlon one day but I think I need to work myself up to that!
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
It all started the day I put my work trousers on and they felt tight! I have never had a big frame but mentally and physically (inside) I was very unhealthy. Those trousers getting tight was the start of something new. My mind just clicked and that was it...I had to do something about it...soon! I joined a local kettlebell class and that was the beginning of my love for exercise. The love for nutrition came a little bit after this. I realised that just doing exercise and still eating quite a lot of high fat and high sugar foods weren't doing the job. Those trousers still felt tight! This is when the journey really began. I hired the kettlebell class instructor as my personal trainer and that was it really! 5 years later I am fitter, healthier and much happier! Every day is still a lesson as I learn how important it is to have a positive body image, eat well but still enjoy yourself and most importantly of all...be happy!
What are your training goals now?
I am mainly concentrating on my running at the moment- fitting in a couple of runs a week. One long one and one short one.
I am also working on building a little more muscle too. It's 'bulking' season as they say!
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:
Not really unusual but I was born in Mallorca and lived there for 12 years. I am fluent in Spanish.
What would future you, tell yourself when you were starting out?
Be true to yourself! Don't aspire to be someone else, aspire to be the best version of you!
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
I don't follow anything specific at the moment. I eat good nutritious food and make sure my body is fuelled for exercise and life in general! I enjoy a good mix of protein, carbs, and healthy fats at each meal and I always make sure I re-fuel after any workout.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
My top tips would have to be-
New fitness clothes! What better way to make you want to work out?!
Training with friends/Join a class: Doing this makes me so much more motivated to workout.
Setting small achievable goals: There's nothing worse than setting a massive goal and then feeling disappointed because you didn't achieve it.
Talk us through your training regime.
At the moment I am concentrating on my running and muscle building so a typical week will consist of-
2 runs: 1 long and 1 short
Boxing class: Great cardio and so much fun! I also get a good leg workout from this too!
HIIT once in the week
1 leg session as I cover legs in boxing too
2 other weight sessions usually consisting of upper body and strength
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I am always researching and reading articles on health and fitness. I write my own blog too so I like to keep others up to date with training techniques, health foods, and just general life ramblings!
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
Be prepared! Exercise and nutrition- get that fridge stocked up so you have plenty to go at throughout the week. If you have a busy life and time isn't on your side then prepare- make some meals up at the weekend so you are never caught out. Plan your workouts for the week and stick to them.
Weight training- there is still that misconception that lifting weights makes women 'big' and 'bulky'. Weights are your friend! They make you stronger, fitter and healthier.
Be yourself- Don't try and follow the crowd or be like that girl you follow on IG. Your body is different, your life is different and you are you! Your goals are different hence the results will be different. Be the best version of you!
If you could only do one workout for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I love deadlifts!!! And training glutes in general. You can't beat a nice peachy bum right?!
What are your training goals?
Strength! I used to be able to deadlift 100kg with confidence! I need to get my backside into gear and step back onto the deadlift podium at the gym!
Why work with Sundried?
Sundried has the cool effect when it comes to fitness. The clothes are versatile, excellent quality and great prices! I love what Sundried stand for and that they give back to the world. So many other companies are all about the "fast fashion" so they skimp on quality, fit and most importantly how they are created. I am very excited to be a part of the team and look forward to what amazing things will be happening in the future!