• Antonio Gilmer Personal Trainer

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    Antonio is an American personal trainer who was inspired to pursue a career in fitness after his college track days. He talks to Sundried about life as a personal trainer.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Throughout my life, I’ve had the opportunity to play football, basketball, baseball, and track.

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

    The journey started back in college when I was competing in track and I knew that I wanted to compete at a high level so I had to learn how to get the most out of my body.

    What are your training goals now?

    I am currently training myself in order to run some 5k and 10k runs. I also want to be able to one day be in great shape where I can run some marathons.

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

    When I work out, I always listen to 1980s rock music.

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

    I would have told myself to enjoy the process and go at your own pace because it’s easy to compare yourself to others.

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

    I practice intermittent fasting whereby I fast for 16 hours a day and eat in an 8 hour window. I also try to be mindful of what I eat day to day.

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

    I tell all my clients that it is a process to get to your goals and every thing you do counts from when you wake up to when you go to sleep. I would tell others that even though you may not see the results right away, just know that you’re getting better every day you train.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    I go running 4 days a week and take off 3 days. Throughout the week, I try to run at least 10-15 miles to be sure my body is getting the right reps in.

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I’m always taking time throughout my day to read articles and books in order to be able to learn from each day. I feel that it is important to be able to grow, you have to keep learning.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Have a goal.

    2. Give your best effort in everything you do.

    3. Have fun and enjoy the process.

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

    I would eat veggie burgers. They never get boring and they're delicious!

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  • Natali Cohen Personal Trainer

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    Natali is a personal trainer who has been in the industry for many years. She talks to Sundried about life as a PT.

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

    I will be doing the Cardiff half marathon in October. This will be my first half marathon which is very exciting.

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

    I started in the fitness industry 13 years ago. It was a very a great time to have started. I was a total geek when it came to learning and did every qualification possible and got to Level 4. I loved the buzz of achieving my clients’ fitness goals. I still love the love and never see what I do as a job, it's more a passion.

    What are your training goals now?

    My training goals these days are to keep my level of fitness as I can become a little lazy when the winter months approach. I am also looking forward to starting training with my sister as she is a novice to the fitness world.

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

    Every morning I need to dance for 10 minutes before I have my coffee and go.

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

    To ask for help when you need it. Rather than see others in the industry as competitors, they can be collaborators. 

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

    I am an 'everything in moderation' kind of person and that life is short so sometimes you need to eat cake. I try to eat as fresh, local and organic as possible.

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

    To keep my clients motivated I keep their end goals in sight and break it down into simple steps. I always mix up the sessions and over the last 13 years no two sessions have ever been the same.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    Always a dance in the morning and if the weather is not freezing a long walk or run. I exercise 30 minutes every day; I do body weight exercises and once a week an hour-long session with a personal trainer to push me that little bit more.

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I read blogs, articles and as many magazines as I can. I also like to keep up with the medical news as well so I read Medical News Today.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. To always have the end goal in sight even if sometimes the goal might change slightly.
    2. Never compare yourself to others as it puts on a lot of pressure.
    3. Always listen to your clients; it is about what they want and not what you want for them.

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

    Sweet potato fries.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I absolutely love the Sundried values, mission and the charity element. To have transparency is truly an exceptional value and this is missing in many companies these days. 

    Favourite fitness quote:

    "It always takes that one step, the rest just follows."

     

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  • Marc Mullen Browne Personal Trainer

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    Marc is a passionate personal trainer who focuses on constantly improving both himself and his clients. He 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 have competed throughout the majority of my life. I was a keen and talented footballer and played at varying levels throughout school, college and into men’s teams at the age of 16. I then made the switch to athletics and competed for over a decade, racing all over the UK, a couple in Europe and even in Australia.

    At present I do Parkrun each week; it is highly competitive and so I have been running relatively well for very little training.

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

    From the moment I could take my first steps, I was active and running around driving my parents crazy! Football was my first love; I played a very high standard throughout all of my youth. At the age of 22, I made the switch to track and field and ran the 400m competitively for over 10 years. The training was brutal most of the time, it’s here I really started to learn about my own body and how to extract the most from it. My love for fitness, health and well-being grew and today I am sharing that passion with others. 

    What are your training goals now?

    My main goal right now is to run a sub 17-minute 5km. I have been doing Parkrun each week and with a little more structured training I know I can achieve it. I like to vary my training routine by adding in callisthenics, yoga, Olympic lifts, circuits and runs.

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

    I have spent the last 11 years travelling the world working as a fashion model. I have shot for many brands, walked in fashion weeks, and shot TV commercials. 

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

    As a personal trainer one of the most difficult elements is finding the time, inspiration and creativity to train yourself after a long day of classes with clients. It’s fundamental to be able to practice what I preach. My coffee consumption has increased and I had no idea I would need so much caffeine, however I am a coffee addict! 

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

    I eat a strict 100% plant-based diet (vegan), I don’t consume any processed foods or sugar. I eat a balanced diet that is high in calories and I always eat a large and nutritious breakfast to set me up for the day. Since becoming vegan, my protein consumption has increased; adopting such a diet forces you to become more aware of what you put in your body.

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

    Hopefully none of my clients read this! I keep in regular contact with clients in between sessions to check on what other exercises they are doing, I even check Instagram to see what they are eating!

    I try to engage with clients constantly and show them that they can make exercise and reaching goals a part of their everyday lifestyle. I want the changes they are looking to make to be sustainable and for the long term, I am not interested in short term quick fixes and neither should the client. I also give an element of control to the client so that they feel apart of everything we do. I only give praise when it’s due, and I will critique when it’s due.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    My workouts are of a very intense nature, extremely challenging both mentally and physically. I like to challenge myself with complex movements, with and without resistance. I train 5 days per week. I keep my training varied as the human body is incredibly smart and adapts to any new stimulus relatively quickly. I am always at home writing out new workouts and learning new techniques, I can sometimes drive my wife crazy.

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I am always looking at what other PTs are doing, watching and learning, and I am humble enough to go and ask for advice and training tips, as there is always someone who knows more than you. I am also friends with several current and former professional athletes and I am always grabbing ideas from them.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Stay Humble.
    2. Make sure your training is PERSONAL and give clients the time and attention they deserve.
    3. Drink plenty of coffee.

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

    Bananas!

    Why work with Sundried?

    As someone who is vegan and tries to reduce his carbon footprint as much as possible, my ethos fits in very nicely with the principles shared by Sundried. The garments are of an incredible standard and I feel great in them. 

    Favourite fitness quote:

    I often say this to my clients: “Things can always be worse, and whatever you are feeling in this moment, it’s only temporary.” 

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  • James Carslaw Personal Trainer

    James Carslaw Personal Trainer

    James is a personal trainer who believes in consistency and dedication. He talks to Sundried about motivation and training. 

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

    It started at school where I wanted to get fitter and be healthier. I got the fitness bug and couldn't stay away from doing exercise once I started to see results.

    What are your training goals now?

    I am currently working on improving strength and muscle hypertrophy.

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

    I play cricket at a high level for Loughborough University.

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

    Track whatever you do in the gym to ensure progressive overload. Also that stretching and mobility are as important as lifting weights and running.

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

    I currently use intermittent fasting to ensure I don't eat too much and save all my calories for the afternoon/evening.

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

    I find music is a big part of my motivation as well as setting long term goals. If my clients set long term goals that they really want, I find they stay motivated for long periods of time because they want to achieve them. Once they start seeing results, this motivates them even further. 

    Talk us through your training regime.

    I currently follow a push, pull, legs, rest, push, pull, legs, rest routine. It increases the frequency when training each muscle group which is needed for progressive overload.

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I watch lots of YouTube videos and read new online articles.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. ‘A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.'
    2. Do exercises you enjoy so you don't get bored.
    3. Never go shopping hungry.

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

    Prawn crackers.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I feel passionately about the ethical production of gym clothes that are also stylish. Ethical activewear that looks great encourages people to make the switch from non ethically-produced clothes.

    Favourite fitness quote:

    "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" - Mark Twain.

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  • Sheila Rose Personal Trainer

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    Sheila is a distance runner who has her sights set on a huge Grand Slam of four 100-mile races in a year. She talks to Sundried about life as a personal trainer and giving up smoking to pursue her passion for a healthy lifestyle.

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

    I ran my first Marathon in 2013 and was hooked on distance running from there. The number of marathons and ultra-marathons that I ran crept up each year and I joined the UK 100 Marathon Club in November 2017, being the first person to have completed 100 marathon-distance and over races in running sandals. My journey towards the 100 Marathon Club included multi-day events like the Great Barrow 10 marathons in 10 days challenge, along with ultra-distance races up to 100 miles.

    This year I am focusing on longer distances and aiming for the Centurion Grand Slam – a series of four 100-mile foot races. I have already completed the Thames Path 100 and the South Downs Way 100 so I'm halfway to the Grand Slam. My next target race in the series is the North Downs Way 100 in August and the final will be the Centurion Autumn 100 Trail Race in October. 

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

    I retrained as a fitness instructor in 2012 following many years working a desk job in Finance and being a 20-a-day smoker. Looking back, the catalyst for changing my life was making the decision to stop smoking; it was a complete game-changer.

    I did not start out with the intention of becoming a running specialist, in fact I found running really hard initially and sustained a serious hip injury while training for my first half marathon. With hindsight, that injury was the start of my journey to becoming a run coach and ultra runner as it made me research running in more detail and consider my technique and how to strengthen my body to cope with this high impact sport.

    I completed my PT qualification two years later in addition to qualifying as a Sports Massage Therapist along with various advanced courses in Kettlebells, Suspension and Plyometrics. I am now working toward my Chi Running Certification.

    My client base is 95% runners of all abilities. I love being part of their journeys, especially the first-time marathoners!

    What are your training goals now?

    For me, 2018 is all about completing the Centurion Grand Slam. Running 100 miles is no easy feat and a lot can go wrong, so I'm training both mentally and physically, but like with everything else I will give it my best shot.

    Looking further ahead into 2019, I have signed up for a return to the GB Challenge of 10 marathons in 10 days (June/July), I have also qualified to enter the Western States 100 miler which is the oldest and most iconic in the 100-mile world -  that would be a dream come true should I be successful in the ballot.

    My focus now is really on distance running. I am not sure if I would go over 110 miles in one go, but never say never – I still pinch myself that I am qualifying to be on the start line of 100 milers!

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

    I hold a few records as a UK Luna Sandal runner. I'm the first person in the UK to run 100 marathon distance races in running sandals, the first person in the UK to run 10 marathons in 10 days in running sandals, and the first female in the UK to run 100 miles in running sandals.

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

    As a runner, to relax and enjoy myself. To focus on my own training and not what other people are doing, work on my mindset just as much as my running, and to do more strength training.

    As a coach, to only work with the clients I know I can build a relationship with as I need to be honest with them. As a coach, I need to inspire and motivate; I am their best friend and worst enemy and there's a lot of pride in seeing them grow and reach their goals.

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

    I am a vegan. I made the transition from pescatarian to vegetarian to vegan over a number of years so it wasn’t that difficult. I find the vegan diet makes me feel a lot lighter; I eat a lot but little and often. I have no issues with protein levels, but need to ensure I get enough good fats in, I also need to be more self-sufficient during races so I carry extra food.

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

    We set goals together short term and long term. Clients need to see progression, so it’s important to change and adapt their training, and of course it needs to be fun. I encourage my clients to work in small groups; I find the group setting helps enormously with commitment and motivation. I have my own workout buddy and personally I know I work harder when he is about as we push one another.

    I think you also have to be very clear what it is you want from your training and why, if your “why” is big enough and important enough to you, you will commit and put the work in.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    My training pattern this year is a bit different because of the commitment to the distance races. The first 100 mile race was in May, so from January 2018 I was in effect doing my base level training for the entire year over 4 very different races. The time in between these 100 milers is focused on recovery, shorter run distances, speed walking, hiking, and strength work

    I tend to either run or speed walk 5 miles every day Monday to Friday, with Parkrun 5k on a Saturday and a longer run on Sunday (nothing over marathon distance.)

    My dedicated strength training is about 2 hours per week, which includes HIIT,  bodyweight exercises, kettlebells, battle ropes, plyometric box jumps, and lots of work with a Bosu ball.

    I also do Sweat Yoga twice a week, which is a mixture of flexibility and classic hot mix strength poses.

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I read a lot in addition to researching on the internet. I also tend to learn a lot from my own experiences as a distance runner and the issues and occasional niggles I get and researching how to strengthen and fix myself.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Have a goal and have a really good reason for wanting to achieve that goal, as when it gets tough you will need to fall back on that reason.
    2. Focus on what you need to do as an individual to become better – not what anyone else is doing.
    3. Never believe that you are too old, too slow, “too” anything to succeed. Success is yours for the taking if you can find the courage to commit.

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

    That's a tough question! I love my food, but if I had to choose just one thing it'd be blueberries. If it was just one meal, it would be black bean burgers and sweet potato fries.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the ethics. As a runner, I see so much waste of plastic bottles at events – I was just blown away to think they could be reused for something to run in!

    Of course the quality has to be superior too. In the distances I run, having good quality fit and sweat-wicking properties in your kit could mean the difference between a finish and DNF. I am happy to say my Sundried kit has not let me down! 

    Favourite fitness quote:

    "I'd rather aim for the stars and not hit them, then to not aim at all.
    I'd rather go after it and not get it, than not go after it at all.
    I'd rather try and fail, than not try at all.
    I don't want to live with the idea - wonder what would've happen had I done more with my life.
    I am going to go for it.
    Come hell or high water...
    I am going after my destiny."

    Eric Thomas - motivational speaker

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