Anne Iarchy, Personal Trainer, took a few moments off between clients and walking Ultramarathons to tell Sundried what she’s all about.
How did you find yourself in the world of fitness?
I used to work in the corporate world, working as a sales director in the IT security industry. A personal trainers course has always been something I wanted to do. I somehow got third time lucky after I tore the ligaments in my knee, and found a course that I could combine with my full time job.
After some changes in the company I worked for, I decided to give the fitness world a go, and see if what I thought I would enjoy was really for me. I haven't looked back since!!!
What do you do to keep your clients motivated?
I try and get my clients involved in challenges, be it just special one off workouts, runs, walks, or things like that. Obviously tracking their progress on a monthly basis is a big motivator as well.
Talk us through your training regime.
To keep myself motivated, I register for challenges, ranging from 5-10k runs, to ultramarathon distance walks.
As my routine changes from day to day and week to week to accommodate my clients, I don't have a fixed routine. And I am not a 5am person!
Mondays I go to my weekly pilates session as mobility and flexibility is mega important.
Tuesdays, when the weather is good, I play golf (I am a fair weather golfer), but I also do my short interval runs.
Wednesdays and Fridays are for strength training, while Thursdays are long interval runs, and Sunday I have my long runs.
Saturdays I chill after work.
Hopefully soon, I'll be able to go swimming again, after injury. And if all goes well, I might even get back on the bike next summer.
Do you follow a specific diet?
For me a diet is healthy eating. Some good lean protein, and lots of veg. Some fruit and nuts as snacks.
I cook all my meals unless I have a meal out. But cooking from scratch is the most important bit for me. At least I know what's in the food, and how much.
And once in awhile a really nice dessert on a special occasion. I'm not a big drinker anymore, once in awhile, I might have a glass of wine. I'm a big believer in the 90-10 method during normal times, and allowing yourself to let your hair down a bit when on holidays.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I read a lot, watch videos, go to workshops and talk to others in the industry. It's important to learn about new techniques, new exercises to keep it interesting.
Everyone somehow comes along with their own injury background, imbalances and limitations, so it's important to know how to train everyone individually and adapt and change the exercises accordingly.
How do you balance work and a social life?
It's sometimes tricky, as I work most evenings Monday to Thursday. And some days I have early starts as well.
I try and take Tuesday mornings off to play golf, Friday evenings are dedicated to my gorgeous nieces, and I take Saturday afternoon and Sundays off.
So although some days are long ones, I still have some me time to have some fun with friends and family.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- Cook your food from scratch.
- Push yourself out of your comfort zone when it comes to exercise as otherwise you won't change.
- Sleep well, and leave your mobile devices far away from your bedroom.
And a fourth tip (just because it's an important one): CONSISTENCY is KEY to success. Doing things well for 3-4 days is not enough. It's a lifestyle you're taking on if you want to see results.
If you could only give your clients one exercise, what would it be?
Walk every day! Anyone can walk, and you can make your walk as easy, or as hard as you want/can by increasing distance, speed and elevation.
What are your training aspirations?
I'd love to climb Kilimanjaro. But I have to work on my breathing technique first.
I'd like to be a single figure handicapper at golf. I'm not far off but don't play nor practice enough.
Why work with Sundried?
I love companies that have a purpose and a social and environmental responsibility. Plus, the clothes are amazing good quality!