Nathalie is a handball champion in her home country of the Netherlands and also runs a very popular fitness blog on Instagram with 22k followers. She tells Sundried a little more about the sport of handball and talks about her love for our activewear.
Have you always been sporty?
I have always been sporty! I started to play handball when I was just four years old and I have been playing sport 4-8 times a week for more than 10 years now!
How did you first get into handball?
I got into handball because my mother played. I used to go along to support at games, but it's thanks to her that I started playing it myself.
For those who don't know, can you tell us a little more about handball?
Handball is a bit like indoor football because you use the same goals and lines. The point is to score goals but you cannot enter the circle around the goal. You may take three steps, dribble with the ball and take three steps again. Unlike in football, you don't have any defenders or strikers - you do both! Except for the goalkeeper. A match is split into two lots of thirty minutes. It's a very tough sport because a lot of physical contact is allowed!
What's your favourite thing about being an athlete?
My favourite thing about being an athlete is that I can put my energy (and I have lots of it) into something I love. I also like to inspire people to do the same and show people the quite unknown sport handball!
Talk us through your training regime.
I do 3 strength training sessions a week and four two-hour handball training sessions. I also run and see a physio to stay injury-free.
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
Nope, I eat what I want. I'm lucky in that I love healthy food but I don't track anything and I also eat unhealthy stuff like chocolate. I know how to have a good balance.
Tell us something about you we may not know.
I studied Criminology and graduated in December!
What are your goals for the next year?
My goals are to get physically stronger and use that in my gameplay for handball. Your physique is very important, especially because it is a very physical sport and you can become easily injured.
If you could eat just one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
CHOCOLATE, no doubt.
Why work with Sundried? And what's your favourite bit of our kit?
A lot of sportswear looks nice but doesn't fit well. Sundried has a perfect fit; the leggings are high waisted and you don't have to keep pulling them up because they don't slip down. The fabric is very stretchy and would be flattering on any body type. It's an ethical brand and I love their view and way of working.
Why leggings and crop tops work for your workout
Gone are the days of wearing vests, yoga tops and sweaters in the gym.
Well, for me at least.
My training uniform has evolved to a combo of leggings and crop top or sports bra, for many reasons.
Since I started getting into training I’ve experimented with various styles of gym gear.
From joggers to cycling shorts, I’ve made every fitness fashion faux-pas, be it on the treadmill or in the weights area.
Nothing seems to compare to smashing out a sweaty session in a tiny (but supportive) top and clingy high-waisted bottoms.
Crop tops or sports bras reveal at least a few centimetres of midriff and so inadvertently remind you to engage your core and hold perfect posture during your workout.
Should you be having a low-energy moment and relax your abs, the mirror will tell you.
I love them in black (go with everything) or red, which fires me up like a visual pre-workout.
Wearing a tummy-flashing top means the moment I tone up even slightly I notice it and it makes me feel fantastic, and work out better.
Shorts work well if you’ve been working on your legs and are feeling good about them bare (i.e. – not on me right now…) but all year round my staple is leggings.
They streamline your bottom half and - to an extent - protect your shins and skin from grazes and bumps in the weights area.
You don’t want any long, baggy material near your feet for risk of tripping, so a tight legging is better than a straight leg gym trouser.
I love ones with drawstring waistbands, like Sundried’s, as there’s something that says ‘Ready, Set, Go!’ about pulling and tying them.