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Korin Nolan Personal Trainer

by Alexandra Parren
Female Personal Trainer PT wearing Sundried Activewear

Korin Nolan has two young children and proves it's possible to work fitness around a busy schedule. She tells Sundried her tips for success.

Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?

My love of fitness started in my front room when I was about 14, with my ever-growing fitness DVD collection. I had everything from Jayne Fonda to Marky Mark's workout! But on a teaching front, I first discovered Pilates during my dance degree and then went on to train with Body Control Pilates thereafter. I've done Pilates for many years now and it has always kept me strong and supple, however it was after having my second baby 18 months ago that my fitness regime changed somewhat, as I couldn't always get to class, so I devised a homework out plan for myself which helped me shed my baby weight and dramatically improved my strength and fitness. I'll be turning 40 next year and I now feel the fittest I've even been!  

What are your training goals now?

A lot of people have a part of their body they'd like to improve and I'm no different. But apart from that, I'd like to be able to do a 'proper push up' i.e. Be able to actually get my chest all the way down to the floor without collapsing. I don't know why, but my upper body strength has never been great. I do have really strong legs though!

Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:

I was born in South Korea and my mum gave me a ridiculous middle name that was named after a Korean War zone. 

Personal Trainer PT wearing Sundried Activewear Sports Bra and Leggings

What would future you, tell yourself when you were starting out?

Consistency is what gets results. 

Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?

I try not to use the word 'diet' anymore as I've come to realise over the years it just leads to failure. I eat pretty well 90% of the time (I avoid processed foods, saturated fats, sugar, refined carbohydrates) I eat wholesome, nourishing foods that I love. I think once you start eating better, you can never go back to eaing rubbish full-time. Saying that, I do enjoy my indulgences (which usually come after a heavy night out) namely chocolate! 

What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?

At Power Pilates UK, we try to make our classes enjoyable. We mix them up and we train hard, which leads to results and the results tend to keep most people motivated. 

Keeping motivated has to start by doing something you love. So find what's right for you and then commit to it; sign up to a monthly pass, membership or something that locks you in and makes you go. 

Talk us through your training regime.

I mix it up. I usually do something most days, reformer pilates, home workouts (30 minutes HIIT) or I pop to the gym and do a PT session. (Loving kettle bells at the moment) or a class.  

How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

I keep learning by reading, seeing new ideas via social media, going to new classes/workshops and self practice. 

What are your top 3 trainer tips?

  1. Look to challenge yourself during your workouts to see change. 
  2. Listen to your body 
  3. Be consistent 

If you could only do one workout for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Dynamic reformer pilates.

Why work with Sundried?

Ethical, supportive, and great designs. 

Favourite fitness quote:

You can't out train a bad diet.

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