From insurance broker to personal trainer, Caroline Edis tells Sundried how she keeps herself and her clients motivated.
How did you find yourself in the world of fitness?
I went through a significant career change 3 years ago from insurance broking in the City of London to freelance personal training. I have always loved health and fitness for as long as I can remember. This stemmed from my love of athletics and growing up in Jersey where sport was encouraged from an early age. I considered language teaching as another option but gravity pulled me in this direction!
What do you do to keep your clients motivated?
I remain positive and encouraging. I always check that they are feeling okay. Mobility and stretching are also part of the session so I think that helps to break up the exercise.
Talk us through your training regime
I tend to have 3-4 hard sessions in the gym where I focus on strength and core conditioning. The other days I will run outside as active recovery/cardio sessions. I try to incorporate some yoga stretches into my cool down and rest days.
Do you follow a specific diet?
I follow the Paleo diet which is gluten-free and mainly based on real food, avoiding processed foods. I don't eat much dairy, salt or sugary foods or drinks.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
In this industry, you are constantly learning by doing courses and your own research.
How do you balance work and a social life?
This can be tricky as personal training hours aren't very social! The nice thing is that because it's a job that I enjoy, I enjoy being with my clients and I don't feel the need to be going out socialising as much as I might have done before. I tend to keep the weekends free from Saturday lunchtime onwards.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- Abs begin in the kitchen!
- Work on mobility and technique first and then build on strength and conditioning.
- Train your glutes and hamstrings!
If you could only give your clients one exercise, what would it be?
It would be either a deadlift or squat because these are staple compound exercises that enable you to develop good technique by engaging and using some principle muscles in the body.
What are your training aspirations?
I would like to get stronger so that I can lift heavier. At the same time, I would like to be more flexible and have more muscle definition.
Why work with Sundried?
I like the brand and its products. The range of fitness gear is fresh, of good quality, is ethical and stylish at the same time.