• 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.

    If you are interested in getting into Yoga, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. Shop our Gym and Yoga Collection today. 

    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.

    If you're interested in starting your own fitness journey, Sundried's Activewear is suitable for people of all abilities. 

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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.

    If you're interested in starting your own fitness journey, Sundried's Activewear is suitable for people of all abilities. 

    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
  • Yvonne Davies - Yoga Instructor and Ambassador

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    When did you start your fitness journey?

    Fitness has always been a part of my life. My first memory of running was winning my medal at the village Gala Day when I was 4! 

    My favourite win was winning gold at the 4 x 100 m Scottish relay championships at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Our team was incredible and I loved kicking off the bend and getting my team in the lead and watching my team mates accelerate away from all the other teams. 

    What do you do for your fitness?

    I have a daily yoga and meditation practice that sets me up for the day. Having a regular yoga and meditation practice really helps me to be the best version of myself. It also helps me perform better when I am playing golf. I also love mountain biking and running.

    How long have you being doing yoga?

    I have been practicing yoga for over twenty years. I am a qualified teacher having spent 3 years training with Yoga Scotland in Hatha Yoga and Meditation. I also gained my Forrest Yoga teaching qualification in Bali, Indonesia and I am an Aerial Yoga teacher too. I teach at events all over the UK and run international retreats. 

    If you are interested in getting into Yoga, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. Shop our Gym and Yoga Collection today. 

    What’s your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement is my award winning online health platform, Yoga Warrior Online. This makes yoga, meditation and relaxation accessible to busy working people. It empowers people to look after their own mental and physical wellbeing and the feedback from my subscribers is truly incredible and it is why I do what I do.

    What are your goals?

    To continue to be the best that I can be in everything I do whether I am teaching yoga or tackling a challenging mountain bike trail. 

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I overcome setbacks by taking a step back and reflecting. I take time to breath, learn from the setback and push onwards. We always learn from experience whether that is good or bad. We can always use this to keep striving forward.

    Who inspires you?

    My dogs Bongo and Archie inspire me. They are lurchers so are very fast. They run to the best of their ability and then they have nothing left! They then spend hours being lazy and snoozing. They are a great reminder to me that we need a balance in life. As much as we all want to train hard, we also need to rest and my dogs are great at that!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am delighted to be a Sundried Ambassador because I have finally found a brand that works with athletes and the environment. We need to look after each other and our planet. I love that Sundried is an ethical company and stands by what they say. They are aware of their carbon footprint and also have an eco-range that is made from recycled fabrics. Representing a company that gives back to the community is super important to me too. Their work with Water for Kids and Surfers Against Sewage are two super important initiatives. 

    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
  • Chloe Wheeler - Personal Trainer and Athlete Ambassador

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

    My fitness journey started when I was about 16 and I went for a run with my older sister who was into triathlon. I could barely run 10 minutes without having to walk, so I set myself the challenge of running my block in one go, and from then on you couldn’t stop me. It been up and down struggling with an eating disorder as I believed skinnier meant faster, but skinnier just meant more injuries. I purely ran for about 4 years, however now I have started training in duathlon.

    If you are interested in getting into running, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available.

    What are your training goals now?

    My goals right now are to do some age group qualifiers in duathlon and start doing some races abroad which will be really cool! I just want to see how good I can get! Another goal I have is to break my 5k PB which hopefully with a good balance of bike, run, and strength training that will come in its own time too. 

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

    I used to be all things horses, I used to compete most weekends and I loved it! 

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

    Everyone gets injuries, give them the proper time they need to heal, and you will not re-injure yourself 

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

    I am a vegetarian, I eat a healthy balanced diet, and just eat when I’m hungry and make sure I re-fuel properly before, during & after hard training sessions.

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

    To keep people motivated I make sure its always fun, and that they feel they are in control, when motivation is lacking, I ask them what is their reason for starting, what is their why? My top tip would be to think of where you started to where you are now, be it mentally or physically. 

    Talk us through your training regime.

    It varies a bit but as a general…

    • Monday = rest day
    • Tuesday = Club training
    • Wednesday = Bike & gym 
    • Thursday = Run 
    • Friday= run & bike 
    • Saturday= Hard bike & gym 
    • Sunday= Long run

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    Constantly researching, discussions in my clubs group chat, studying for my Level 3 personal training course also helps!

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Listen to your body
    2. Run your easy runs *actually* easy
    3. Don’t skip the strength work or stretching 

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

    Carrots and Hummus <3 

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the how you try to be sustainable in clothing where you can, its GREAT quality at a reasonable price unlike many other sporting brands out there. 

    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
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