• Joséphine Cousin - Yoga Instructor and Ambassador

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    How did you first discover your love for yoga?

    I discovered yoga thanks to my mother who had been practising it and meditation for years. At first I was only going to really sweaty power yoga class and was not really a fan of the more.

    What sets yoga apart from other fitness disciplines?

    Yoga is not a fitness discipline. It is so much more than that. The asanas (physical postures) are only one of the eight pillars of yoga. With asanas you will gain in flexibility, strength and mobility. But it is only the tip of the iceberg: you learn to slow down, to connect with your breath and your body, to listen to your body. Yoga is a lifestyle and a mindset, it is about living your authentic life. In yoga you must put your ego aside. Yoga does not have the competitive aspect that other fitness discipline have, your sole focus should be yourself and not others.

    How has yoga improved your life?

    Yoga has improved my life on so many different levels. Apart from the physical benefits (I am more flexible and strong), it has taught me to slow down, connect with myself. I am a bit hyperactive, always doing a thousand different projects. I did not listen to my body telling me I needed to rest. I also used to be really anxious and impulsive and through my yoga journey I have learned (and I am still learning) to put things in perspective.

    How often do you practice yoga?

    I try to practice yoga everyday. When I say practice yoga I do not mean a one hour class plus a meditation. Even 10 minutes of yoga every morning can really shift your whole day. 10 minutes before bed or when coming home from work can really help wind down. Which is why, on my instagram page, I offer quick energizing morning flows to start your day feeling relaxed and energised or to unwind after a long day of work.

    What advice would you give to someone thinking of trying yoga for the first time?

    I would say to go for it and be kind to yourself. Some students might feel a bit frustrated at the beginning because they are not able to do every postures and variations. Which is why it is vital to let the teacher know you are a beginner so she/he can help you adapt the postures to your body. Yoga should always be adapted to the practitioner and not the other way around.

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    Tell us something unusual we may not know about you:

    I am not just a yoga teacher but also a Law student, I just passed the bar exam. I LOVE yoga but I love having multiple activities. I think yoga can and must be made accessible to everyone, even those with very busy jobs.

    Do you follow a specific diet plan?

    I do not really believe in diets. I am plant-based so obviously I am a strong advocate for eating lots of fruits and veggies and eating less animals products, for environment and health reasons. However, I think the diet culture (calorie counting, restrictions) has had negative impacts on people's mental and physical health. I believe that a balanced diet should be delicious in order to last long-term.

    How do you keep your knowledge up to date?

    Learning more about Yoga is a never ending journey. I sign up to various workshops and follow modules on specific aspects of yoga. I can really nerd out when it comes to yoga.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Ahimsa is a principle in yoga which basically means do no harm. For me this principle can be implemented in our daily lives, in various ways, for instance not harming our planet. The fashion industry is the second largest pollutant after the oil industry. Sundried is sustainable and ethical brand whose products last long-term. I have been using (a lot) their yoga mat for 4 years now. It is still intact and has not frayed yet, as opposed to some of my other yoga mats.

    What is your favourite fitness quote?

    My favourite yoga quote is more of a saying really: the posture is not goal. Being able to do the splits and handstands is not the goal of yoga. When practising yoga, you learn to put your ego aside and to appreciate your body for its abilities, to make peace with yourself.The true goal of yoga is to attain a state of bliss and peace.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Sarah Goddard - Personal Trainer and Ambassador

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

    I swam competitively from the age of 7 to 17. I swam 7 times a week including circuit training twice a week within two of the sessions. It taught me a lot about discipline and commitment. I knew I would never make it as a professional swimmer but it didn’t stop me training with anything less than 100% effort.

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    What do you do for fitness?

    I train 4-5 times a week either in the gym or at home. I do a weight training program, split into the following sessions - chest and triceps, legs, back and shoulders, abs and a HIIT session. I also swim once a week when my son has his swimming lesson. 

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Definitely my two children! On the fitness side it has been the recovery post my second child to the fittest and strongest I have ever been at the age of 38. After my second child I had Diastasis recti (ab separation), severe lower back pain, core muscles I could not engage and muscles that felt like jelly. It was a long and painfully slow recovery process, but it had to be done correctly. I couldn't do any jumping exercises until over one year postpartum and I could barely lift any weights. 

    What are your goals?

    To continue to become fitter and stronger. To improve flexibility, to do pull ups and walking handstands. And most of all to keep enjoying my fitness journey.

    How to you overcome setbacks?

    The key to overcoming setbacks is to be kind to yourself and to be patient. Setbacks are tools for improvement. Take the negative and change it into at least two positives. Take the time to understand the reason behind the setback, is it mental or physical or something else. Take the time also to recover properly and trust the process, don’t try and take any shortcuts or the next setback will be even bigger.

    What advice would you give your younger self?

    • Find a sport or exercise you enjoy doing rather than what other people think you should do/is popular.
    • Consistency is key, motivation will come and go but if you stay consistent through these times you will always progress.
    • Results do not happen overnight, train hard and be patient.
    • Confidence is necessary, it is not conceited. You need to be confident in your own strength and abilities. This has been the biggest game changer for me 
    • Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, be the best that you can be, and remember that social media is a highlights reel.

    Who inspires you?

    My biggest inspirations have been my virtual trainers Kayla Itsines and Kelsey Wells. After I stopped swimming competitively I lost my way a little with fitness. For years I dipped inconsistently in and out of mainly cardio based training until I came across Kayla Itsines on Instagram. She changed the way I exercised and really helped me commit again to becoming fit and healthy. I used her training for years even before and after my children. I now mainly train with Kelsey Wells on the app Kayla created, as I fell in love with weight training and physically to start with I couldn't do the more HIIT style training after my second child. 

    Do you follow a specific nutrition plan?

    I have been gluten free since 2009, I don’t have the official celiac diagnosis due to the doctors not telling me to start eating gluten again before the test, but the likelihood is that I am celiac. Even after 11 years of gluten free eating, if I eat the smallest amount by mistake it makes me ill. I also avoid refined sugar as for me I found it really is highly addictive. I ended up with a very unhealthy relationship with it as I couldn't eat it in moderation. This doesn't mean I don't eat treats, I used to have a cake business and I love baking so my focus is baking healthier treats for the family. Other than that I eat mindfully, I actually love healthy food, but I don't deprive myself if I want something not so healthy. It's all about balance. 

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love what the brand stands for, they are passionate about the environment. Their Eco Charge collection is made of recycled coffee grounds and their Eco Core range is made from recycled plastic bottles. Not only is it committed to reducing waste and helping to save the environment the products are beautiful, comfortable, wear well, and are extremely affordable.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Jason Harvey - Personal Trainer and Athlete Ambassador

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    Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up. Sell yourself, this is your page :)

    The last few years I have been taking part in Duathlon - of which I am now lucky enough to represent my age group for Team GB. My first international event was the European Duathlon Championships last March 2020 in Spain - unfortunately immediately following this coronavirus hit and so I have only done one race since. I am currently training to improve my fitness for next year where I have already qualified for the European and World Championships - fingers crossed they go ahead!!

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

    I have always had an interest in fitness and have been a Personal Trainer for 12 years - through this time I have tried a few different sports but always enjoyed cycling and running the most. In 2018 I took part in my first Duathlon race to try it out and fell in love with the sport.

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    What are your training goals now?

    Currently I am working a lot on my cycling and running technique (as I have the time to do so before international competition) to reduce injury risk going forwards. My main goals being the World and European Championships next year where I hope to place in the top 3 of my age group.

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

    I am currently learning to fly - working towards my Pilots licence.

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

    Take part in sport/exercise activities because YOU enjoy them - not because other people do.

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

    I do follow a set nutrition plan - my daily target is 2500 - 2700 calories. This caters for my body fat target and activity level ensuring I have enough energy in the tank for the big sessions. I try to eat 5 times per day - 3 main meals and two snacks. Diet wise I keep a good balance of Carbs and Protein, Fats I try and keep relatively low. My favourite snack is a bagel with peanut butter and chopped up banana!

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

    Keeping clients motivated is all about goals - no different to myself. Setting goals and working towards them keeps motivation high.

    Make sure your goals are achievable and not too far away - you can always set a new goal once you have achieved your first!

    Talk us through your training regime.

    Currently I train 6 days per week - my regime consists of 2 strength sessions, 3 bike sessions and 3 run sessions. The sessions vary in goal and purpose depending on the weekly plan and how my body feels.

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    Reading! The most valuable tool to us all, and I don't mean insta feeds...I mean books! Learning how the body works and where everything is is the best place to start if you want to improve your knowledge - once you get to grips with this the exercises become easy to develop.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Set achievable goals.
    2. Do what you enjoy.
    3. Health and Fitness is a lifestyle not a diet.

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

    Flapjacks! Although I'm not sure I'd manage many before they came back up!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the Sundried gear! I already recommend it to my clients as I wear it myself - it's affordable, well made and well designed. 

    Favourite fitness quote:

    The body achieves what the mind believes.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Rebecca Christian - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into fitness?

    No, not at all. I’ve always been quite active but I was one of those people that would aimlessly roam around the gym, not really knowing what I was doing. I’d do a few classes a week but never really got the results I wanted. I’ve always enjoyed different forms of exercise and keeping healthy, but it’s only been the last year that I’ve really pushed with weight training and looking after my nutrition. It’s never to late to start. It’s truly changed my life for the better!

    How did you first get into weight training?

    Back in April 2020, I wanted to take my training to the next level. I signed up to an online fitness coach and this was when the magic really started to happen for me. I fell in love with training, it became my passion and with the help from my coach she helped me totally change my body composition and mindset.

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    What has been your favourite exercise to date and why?

    This is a tough one as I have a few favourites! But I do love training upper body so I’d have to say the lateral pulldown. Although, I do have a love/hate relationship for barbell hip thrusts and RDL’s.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I guess taking the lockdown as an opportunity to become the best version of myself. I started to do things outside of my comfort zone, I fell in love with training and nutrition, and I’ll be a qualified Health Coach by the end of 2021. Having the ability to help people with their mind-set, nutrition and lifestyle is an amazing achievement for me, which I will continue to do throughout my own journey.

    Have you ever had any training disasters?

    Does dropping the bar count? I think pushing to failure is important but what I’ve learnt is to always make sure you have a spotter when lifting heavier than usual to avoid any embarrassment and of course injuries! Also, forgetting my trainers is next on the list!!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I now see setbacks as opportunities to grow. Life doesn’t always go perfectly or the way you’d like and if it did, then where would the excitement be? I use the time to reflect and surround myself with like minded people to share experiences and ways to overcome setbacks. It all starts with your mindset. 

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

    To truly trust the process! Training sessions don’t always have to be perfect. Having a ‘bad session’ is okay. It’s about consistency and showing up every day in order to reach your goals.

    What are your goals?

    Honestly? My goals keep changing the further into my fitness journey I go. Initially, I wanted to lose the weight. Then the goal post moved and it led to changing my body composition, lifting heavy and building muscle. My passion then led me to enrol onto a Health Coaching diploma, so my ultimate goal is to become a certified Health Coach to help others change their lifestyle and unleash their true potential. 

    Who inspires you?

    I have many! One of them being my coach Kirsty Colbert, WBFF Pro who is one of the most inspirational women I know. Kirsty’s dedication and commitment to the sport is second to none and she motivates me every single day!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I just love everything Sundried stand for! Their passion for all sports and fitness! Their clothing is of amazing quality and so comfortable to wear! I love how they support our environment by designing their eco friendly range. I’m so excited to work with Sundried and share their vision and values.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Reece Barr - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes from a young age I was always into sport, athletics being the earliest I can remember. I was always looking forward to the school races and then the county and nationals. And then when I was a bit older I got into mountain biking at a similar time to Motor Racing around 10 years old and have always had a passion for intense physical and high adrenaline sports ever since. In general, I was quite a competitive kid and definitely still have that trait today.

    How did you first get into Motorsport?

    My dad always loved the sport and was an avid spectator and he introduced me to Karting, which is the feeder sport into car racing, when I was 10 years old. I fell in love with the speed and adrenaline I got from driving and especially racing and progressed ever since to where I am today.

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    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My First race in the world of GT3 racing last year at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. As a debut weekend as a guest for the final round of the championship, there was less pressure than normal, which allowed me to enjoy it a bit more. To come away with Pole position in Qualifying and a podium in both races was an awesome achievement. And just a super enjoyable race weekend.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My first win in car racing, Round 2 of the championship back in 2016. I had a bad start and went back to 10th position and fought back through, chipping away with an overtake every lap and then fighting for the lead. Coming out on top with a 7 second gap to P2 in my second car race ever was definitely a proud moment.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Unfortunately, yes in 2018 in TCR Europe I had a big crash before even reaching the start link, which is less than ideal. I got clipped by another car just after the start which ripped the steering wheel out of my hands and sent me into the wall at 80mph.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I try not to get held back with setbacks, but I always take away from these situations what I could have done better myself to improve on, and to not get caught up on things that happen that are out of my control. I truly believe that the knowledge you gain from setbacks is much greater for the future than the knowledge gained from success.

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

    Trust must be earned and not taken for granted!

    What are your goals?

    My goal like most people, is to work hard and earn a living competing in pinnacle of the sport I love which then opens the door to all the things I strive to do alongside Motorsport. And most importantly to enjoy life.

    Who inspires you?

    Personally, I find inspiration from the people who are close to me like family and friends, because from people that are close to you, you get to see the incredible amount of work that truly goes on in the background for them to achieve their goals in life. For me this is where I find the biggest inspiration. 

    Why work with Sundried?

    It’s awesome to work with the Sundried team as they provide a great range of clothing for all the sports and training that I do like Mountain Biking, Road Biking and everyday gym training. It’s great to have such a high-quality selection of clothes for different sports that all come from Sundried.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
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