Anne Iarchy made the decision to leave the corporate world and enter the world of fitness. She tells Sundried about her adventures doing ultra marathons and other big races.
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 training 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 to 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 5 am person! I do Pilates, play golf, and go running to keep my fitness up.
Do you follow a specific diet?
For me, a diet is healthy eating. Some good lean protein, and lots of vegetables with some fruit and nuts as snacks. I cook all my meals from scratch unless I have a meal out because I know what's in the food and how much.
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 and new exercises to keep it interesting. Clients always have 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 to take Tuesday mornings off to play golf, Friday evenings are dedicated to my gorgeous nieces, and I take Saturday afternoon and Sundays off.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- Cook your food from scratch.
- Push yourself out of your comfort zone when it comes to exercise otherwise you won't change.
- Sleep well, and leave your mobile devices far away from your bedroom.
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. Also, I'd like to be a single figure handicapper in golf; I'm not far off but I don't play or practice enough.
Why work with Sundried?
I love companies that have a purpose and a social and environmental responsibility. Plus, the clothes are amazingly good quality!