Emma is a personal trainer who knows the importance of balancing work life with home life. She talks to Sundried about staying motivated and her love of deadlifts.
How did you find yourself in the world of fitness?
I've always been a fan of the gym since school age. Since then, going to the gym has always been a part of my life and I've always had gym memberships. I always wanted to train to become a fitness instructor but never got round to studying. It then got to the point where it was now or never so I retrained and quit my office job. 5 years later I'm a personal trainer and fitness manager and get to work in an industry I love and help others find their love of exercise.
Do you follow a specific diet?
I don't eat meat but I make sure I eat a lot of fish and eggs for my protein. I love fresh vegetables and eat them with every meal. I eat healthily 6 out of 7 days a week but allow myself 1 day to cheat. I do use some supplements to ensure my body is getting all it needs.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated?
Every client of mine has a goal in mind when they start training. I remind them of their goal whenever they are struggling with motivation and remind them of how far they have come since they started.
Talk us through your training regime.
My training varies depending on my current goal. I teach 2 spinning and 2 HIIT classes a week which I use for my cardio sessions. My focus at the moment is strength training which I do 4 times a week. I try to keep my workouts short so they include a lot of super sets or 5x5 training.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I read a lot of fitness magazines and books in my spare time and subscribe to various social media channels to see what the current trends and topics are. I have a few friends who are also personal trainers and between us we are always discussing fitness or offering opinions.
How do you balance work and a social life?
When I first qualified, my main aim was to build a client base so I was using all available time to train clients. I found I was working around 50-55 hours a week which left me with little time to train or spend time with friends. I then used certain days as social days. My trick now is when booking clients in for their next sessions I don't let them see the pages in my diary so they cannot see what my free time is. So now I have set times that I train clients the rest of my time I can now enjoy away from work.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- 1. Remember everyone started the same way- no one is better than anyone else.
- 2. Eating right is just as important as training right.
- 3. Lead by example.
If you could only give your clients one exercise, what would it be?
Deadlifts. They are my favourite exercise and so effective for the whole body.
Why work with Sundried?
I love everything about Sundried. I've worn many brands over the years but Sundried is by far the best quality and fit for comfort. The Sundried team are brilliant, very encouraging and motivating.