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Larrie is a yoga enthusiast who found direction in her life after becoming a fitness professional. She talks to Sundried about life in the fitness industry.

Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up.

I entered a yoga competition at a Virgin Active live day and won a 10 pack of yoga sessions - I held a crow pose for the longest! Other than that I intend to start my yoga teacher training in Bali next year.

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

My journey into the fitness industry all started 3 years ago after going through a very difficult period. Health and wellness helped me to take the reigns of my own life; once I became qualified as a fitness professional the intention to help others do the same was clear. I like to look at the fitness industry from a holistic perspective; fine tuning the mind, body and spirit for long term health and happiness.

What are your training goals now?

I want to deadlift 10 reps of 100kg and do the side splits! Other than that I just want to maintain a healthy, wholesome lifestyle.

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

I am also a professional florist!

What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

To have as much faith and belief in myself as possible and trust that I have the initiative to build a rewarding and successful brand that changes lives. 

Talk us through your training regime.

My training regime usually consists of a dynamic stretch warm up, 3-4 supersets of legs, push or pull (hypertrophy), a quick HIIT session for power/cardio, finished with lots of cool down stretching. I also like to practise at least 10 minutes of meditation each day to clear my mind and de-stress. 

How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

I LOVE to read books on mindfulness and nutrition such as the power of now, Gut and the clear skin cook book. I also watch a lot of YouTube videos - Jeff Cavaliere is a favourite for his knowledge on personal training and human anatomy/physiology, Doctor Mike is great for his knowledge on nutrition and superfoods - there are many more really helpful sources online!

What are your top 3 trainer tips?

  1. Find what works best for you! Life is for having the freedom to enjoy yourself and you WILL NOT stick to doing things you hate so choose a training regime that suits you.
  2. Nature provides the ultimate nourishment! Eat as natural, local and colourful as possible for optimal nutrients.
  3. Down time is vital! Whether that's meditation, reading a book or having a relaxing bath, having a healthy mind creates the perfect foundation for a happy, healthy life. 'You need to rest if you want to progress' so be kind to yourself. 

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

You can't ask me things like that! I'd have to say Thai green curry and brown rice. 

Why work with Sundried?

Sundried is an ethical sportswear brand and that is what I'm all about, plus the gear is great quality and super professional. 

Favourite fitness quote:

'This time next year you'll wish you started today!'