Hannah discovered lifting weights as a way of not only getting fit but enjoying the gym too. She talks to Sundried about life as a bikini competitor.
Please tell us about any sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up.
I competed in a bikini fitness competition in 2017 against 4 other girls. It was an amazing experience but very challenging as I dieted for 22 weeks to achieve the condition I was in.
I am competing again this year and hoping to finish top 3. I have built so much more strength and muscle since my first competition and I'm ready to smash through this one!
Last year I ran my first 10k which was super fun and a great change for me. I'm hoping to run another one at the end of this year and one day run the London marathon.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
I wanted to join the gym for aesthetic reasons so joined with 2 of my older sisters. I absolutely loved it, tried all the classes and then started to find girls on social media lifting weights. I’d seen the guys do it in the gym but not any girls and I've always been a little bit of a tomboy, so wanted to show them what I was made of.
I started a workout routine from a group called Fit Affinity which changed my life. I got into lifting weights, became strong, then ditched the programme and created my own doing all the exercises I saw the guys do.
What are your training goals now?
I’m currently training for another bikini fitness competition, so I’m training hard but also knuckling down on my food and controlling my diet through tracking macros.
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you
I used to want to be a zoo keeper.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
I wish I had started lifting weights sooner and not wasted time trying to look like the girls on Instagram.
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
I do flexible dieting through tracking my macros.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
It's all about routine and consistency. Motivation isn’t always there but once something becomes routine you’ll do it even when you don’t feel like it.
Talk us through your training regime.
Push once a week (chest, triceps, shoulders and core)
Pull once a week (back, biceps, rear delts and core)
Legs 2-3 times a week (either glutes and quads or glutes and Hamstrings)
Upper once a week (mixture of upper body workouts)
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I research online a lot and also use a website called Stronger By Science which is really helpful and keeps me up to date on everything.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- Set goals and make them clear.
- Stay consistent; do your workout even when you have no motivation.
- Enjoy every success and failure because they shape and change you.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Why work with Sundried?
I love sustainability.
Favourite fitness quote:
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." – Neale Donald Walsch