• 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
  • Sally Talbot - Yoga Instructor and Ambassador

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    How did you first discover your love for yoga?

    In 2000, I was diagnosed with M.E. a chronic and debilitating illness. It took many years for me to recover fully. It was an illness that left me house bound and often bed ridden.

    In addition to nutritional changes (ones I still adopt to this day) Yoga played a huge part in my recovery. I found a local class and attended when I felt well enough. This weekly class gave me an insight into the importance of mindfulness and movement and what a powerful combination that can be when practised appropriately. As my health improved I became more curious about this ancient practise. I embarked on a 3 year Teacher Training Course with The British Wheel of Yoga. My passion for Yoga was ignited the moment I sat on my mat all those years ago, despite my ill health.

    What sets yoga apart from other fitness disciplines?

    The word “Yoga” means to unite. During a yoga class and by having a regular practise of Yoga we aim to unite both mind and body. This is achieved through posture work (asana), breathing exercises/awareness (pranayama), meditation (dharana) and relaxation techniques (yoga nidra). Yoga in essence is the ability to quieten the mind by working on all of the above principles. Unlike many other fitness disciplines, when practising Yoga, being competitive with either yourself or others is strongly discouraged.

    How has yoga improved your life?

    Yoga not only improved my life, I will always credit the practise for giving me my life back. Yoga allowed me to have a life. I learnt the meaning of listening to my body. I discovered tools we can use to quieten the mind. I started to understand how important the act of breathing is for our mental and physical well being. I cannot underestimate how important this practise has been in my life and continues to be. The philosophy of mindfulness that I learnt through this practise underpins everything I do both on and off the mat daily.

    How often do you practise yoga?

    I have a daily morning practise which includes mobility work, breathing and meditation.

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

    You do not have to be flexible to practise Yoga. You just have to come on to your mat and breathe. Find a teacher you feel comfortable with and choose a practise that makes you feel good. If you don’t enjoy your first class, explore others. Find a teacher who offers you an experience you feel comfortable with. There are many different styles of Yoga. Some offer more breath work. Others will be more physical. Find a class, a style and a level that you enjoy.

    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 have an identical Twin Sister.

    Do you follow a specific diet plan?

    Yes. I don’t eat meat. I haven’t done so for over 20 years. I rarely eat fish. I am mainly plant based. I drink milk alternatives such as almond, oat and soya. I do enjoy a homemade cake post long cycle ride or run though, but tend to avoid sugar as much as possible. I also avoid processed food. Preferring to eat seasonally and healthily. I adopted this method of eating in order to support my recovery. For me personally, it works. I don’t advocate this specific dietry plan but I do encourage everyone to find foods that make them feel well. Foods that nourish them. And in that discovery, become more mindful of where the food comes from.

    How do you keep your knowledge up to date?

    I am a member of the British Wheel of Yoga. They are the UK governing body of Yoga in the UK and who I trained with. They offer fantastic training days, extra modular courses and In Service Training Days. Pre covid I have enjoyed Yoga Retreats in the UK and abroad with well known and respected Teachers in the industry. I hope that these will one day resume. Until then, it’s making the most of on line learning, reading resources and being part of the Yoga community via The British Wheel.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am firm believer that how we treat the planet is equally as important as how we treat one another. At Sundried I have found a brand who shares this belief. Not only are their products built to last, they are created ethically and sustainably including a range of active wear made from 100% recycled plastic. I am also supporting a company that wants to give back to the community. This is demonstrated in the support to Water For Kids and Surfers Against Sewage. They are a brand that offers so much more than high quality, great looking clothing. And I am thrilled to be part of the team.

    Favourite fitness quote?

    Progress not Perfection.

    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
  • Sally O'Sullivan - Personal Trainer and Ambassador

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    After experiencing some inspirational fitness classes, Sally qualified as a personal trainer so she could help others have the same magical experience she did. She talks to Sundried about her journey.

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

    I trained as a dancer from the age of three until I went to university. In fact, it was very nearly my career, but I didn't want to be forced to retire at 30! I rediscovered fitness in my late 20's after experiencing some truly inspirational - I'd even say magical - classes in London. One or two instructors have been pivotal in my motivation by showing me just what a journey a fitness class can be - physically and mentally. The highs, the lows, the excitement, the emotion - all condensed into one hour. It's both a talent and a finely-honed skill, and I knew I wanted to be able to deliver that… one day! 

    If you are interested in starting your fitness journey, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. Check out our Active Life Collection today.

    What are your training goals now? 

    Firstly, I've rediscovered my love for running and have joined a challenge with an online (at the moment, due to lockdown) running club called Force Velocity Running. Through live, guided runs, we're remotely but collectively running the distance from Big Ben in London to Ushuaia in Ibiza. There's a bit of friendly competition as we're split into teams and it's a lovely, supportive and very motivating community to be part of. 

    Secondly, I've been doing CrossFit for a couple of years now and although we can't be physically in our amazing box - TIO CrossFit right now, it's always there as a backbone to both my training and my life in general. Again, it's a community thing; I've made some of my best friends there, but of course we do also set goals! Both of my CrossFit goals for this year are strength-related - getting after a 1.5 x bodyweight squat and 1.25 x bodyweight clean and jerk!

    What sporting events have you taken part in and what have you got coming up? 

    Aside from the running challenge I’m currently doing, I plan to do the CrossFit Open again this year. It’ll be a little different as most people haven’t had access to their gyms as usual, so it’ll be interesting to see how that works out. Even the thought of those workouts makes me nervous. Good nervous though! 

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

    I once briefly met Simon Cowell and he told me I was 'gobby'. Still makes me laugh to this day, as that's a proper insight to the 'real' Sally that he saw immediately. Anyone who knows me knows that day-to-day, I'm polite and courteous, a good listener, and generally very British - in the best sense. But he saw through to my cheekiness in the blink of an eye. Was that talent or a lucky guess?! 

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

    When you get knockbacks, take a big, deep breath, pick yourself up and just keep putting one foot in front of the other - literally and figuratively! It can be really hard when something you had your heart set on doesn't work out. But experience has taught me that every single time, the alternative door that opens is a much better route for you. Things do work out for the best, naturally, in the end. And you will be a more rounded, resilient, confident person for having gone through those pitfalls and come out the other side.

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

    My first PT educated me well about nutrition and how to eat for my shape and size. I'm tiny but I have a huge appetite so it's just as well that I'm very active. In the past, I've followed super-clean, super-regimented plans and got very lean, but these days I'm more focused on fuelling correctly and being able to live a full life which includes alcohol and cookies!

    Now that I'm trainer myself, I also want to lead by example for what I think is healthy. My current nutrition is very balanced with roughly equal amounts of carbs, proteins and fats and I eat three meals and two snacks a day - the 'little and often' approach definitely works best for me. I do eat meat and fish. And cookies! 

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

    When it comes to classes, I find variety is the best way to keep things fresh and engaging, and that goes for me as a trainer too. If I'm bored coaching something, then you can bet my clients would be! I also don't believe in lazy programming and think clients can see though that. I could be wrong, of course, but I've stopped going to instructors myself in the past because it was the same old stuff and guess what? I got bored.

    Of course, there need to be some constant threads running through programming to ensure progression and that you're not just zigzagging aimlessly through movements with no direction. None of us would reach our goals if that was the case! But my top tip would be to find a trainer who can balance your progression with fun and variety and who can keep things interesting. 

    Talk us through your training regime. 

    Right now, I'm strength training five times a week, although each day has a different focus/body part. I'm also running 3-4 times a week as part of this challenge and I'm going to count sleeping as part of my training at the moment, since I seem to be getting record hours in. Lockdown does have its perks!

    When the world starts reopening, I'll be chomping at the bit to get back to my CrossFit box: TIO CrossFit in Barnes, London.

    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
  • Amber Rose - Pilates Coach Ambassador

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    Amber è un'allenatrice online di Pilates e Benessere che diffonde benessere e consapevolezza nella sua vita quotidiana. Qui parla con Sundried della vita nel fitness.

    Raccontaci degli eventi sportivi a cui hai preso parte o che stanno per arrivare.

    Amo mantenermi attivo e sento che è sempre bello avere un evento in agenda su cui lavorare. In passato mi sono divertito a prendere parte a corse ad ostacoli (lo Yorkshire Terrior era il mio preferito) e ad eventi di nuoto in acque libere tra cui The Great North Swim e The Epic Swim series nel Lake District. Nel 2019 ho nuotato nella Manica come parte di una staffetta.

    Raccontaci del tuo viaggio verso il fitness? Dove è iniziato tutto?

    Sono sempre stato attivo: sono stato molto coinvolto con le arti dello spettacolo e la danza da bambino fino a frequentare le palestre locali e le lezioni di fitness una volta abbastanza grande. A 19 anni ho deciso di allenarmi come Istruttore di Fitness e Terapista Sportivo con Premier Training. Ho lavorato in palestre e club di fitness, gruppi di allenamento e 1: 1 e insegnando lezioni di fitness. Ho anche creato la mia attività di formazione personale nelle case delle persone. Quando si è presentata l'opportunità di allenarmi con Michael King per diventare un istruttore di Pilates ho colto al volo l'occasione! Nel frattempo, avere 2 figli e invecchiare significa che devo continuare a lavorare sodo ogni giorno anche sulla mia salute e sulla mia forma fisica. Amo stare fuori con i miei cani, camminare, correre o nuotare! Mi inserisco anche nel mio allenamento di Pilates 2 o 3 volte a settimana e faccio un allenamento di 10 minuti ogni mattina, alternando hiit e yoga.

    Quali sono i tuoi obiettivi di allenamento adesso?

    Per me si tratta di mantenere un equilibrio ma anche di fissare nuovi obiettivi. Miro a continuare con il mio allenamento di Pilates, aumentando la conoscenza sull'apparato Pilates e usandolo per aiutare con forza e flessibilità. Spero di nuotare ancora di più quest'anno in acque libere, cosa che adoro, e di continuare durante i mesi invernali. La sensazione che ti dà è semplicemente incredibile: ti senti così libero e in armonia con la natura. Voglio correre di più e pormi delle sfide. Mi piace il canicross con il mio cane Dexter e magari parteciperò anche ad alcuni eventi con questo!

    Raccontaci un fatto insolito che non sapremmo su di te:

    Parlo nel sonno. Un sacco. Il mio (ex) marito ne teneva un registro e diceva che sapeva scrivere un libro! Il migliore è stato "Non posso mangiare il curry con te, Robert" ... chiunque sia Robert ...!

    Che consiglio vorresti che ti fosse stato dato quando hai iniziato?

    Quanto la salute mentale sia di vitale importanza per la forma fisica e le due cose vanno assolutamente insieme. È così importante aiutare le persone a rimanere in salute nella mente e nel corpo.

    Segui un piano nutrizionale specifico? Se è così, cosa / quando mangi?

    Amo mangiare sano e godermi i succhi. La maggior parte dei giorni iniziamo con un succo o un frullato: è fantastico mandare i bambini a scuola sapendo che hanno già iniziato la giornata con un carico di verdure e frutta. Non mangio carne per motivi di salute ed etici e cerco di limitare il più possibile i latticini. Mi assicuro anche di bere molta acqua.

    Cosa fai per mantenere motivati ​​i tuoi clienti? Hai qualche consiglio per mantenere la motivazione?

    Mantengo le mie sessioni serie ma divertenti. Continuiamo a muoverci e pensare, lavorando il cervello e il corpo. In Pilates, ogni movimento è un processo di pensiero. Joseph Pilates lo ha persino descritto come "Il modo in cui pensare di muoversi". Attualmente tengo lezioni attraverso un gruppo Facebook privato - Studio LIVE e su Zoom, incoraggiando i partecipanti e offrendo correzioni e aggiustamenti. Le sessioni di gruppo sono un ottimo modo per rimanere motivati. Prenotalo e mettilo nel tuo diario. Continua a ricordare a te stesso quanto ti sentirai bene dopo l'allenamento. Ricorda che sei sempre a un solo allenamento dal buon umore!

    Parlaci del tuo regime di allenamento.

    Quindi di solito inizio la mia giornata alle 6 del mattino. Adoro alzarmi prima del resto della casa e prepararmi per un allenamento di 10 minuti (stranamente lo adoro in inverno mentre fuori è ancora buio!) Farò una sessione HIIT di 10 minuti o una routine di yoga o pilates . Cerco anche di fare 5-10 minuti di consapevolezza prima che tutti gli altri siano svegli, poiché questo mi aiuta a prepararmi per la giornata. Durante il giorno insegnerò lezioni di Pilates e 1: 1, lavorerò nella mia attività di vendita diretta come azienda biologica di Neal's Yard Remedies e camminerò o correrò con i miei cani prima di incontrare i bambini a scuola. Una volta alla settimana nuoterò in acque libere, di solito il fiume!

    Come mantieni aggiornate le tue conoscenze sul fitness?

    Frequento sempre giornate di formazione e seminari. È così importante tenersi al passo con il settore e aiuta anche con nuove idee a mantenere le mie lezioni varie e divertenti. Più di recente ho aggiornato la mia formazione come Adore Your Pelvic Floor Coach e mi sto divertendo a specializzarmi nella salute delle donne.

    Quali sono i tuoi 3 migliori consigli per l'allenatore?

    1. Rimanere concentrati
    2. Sii consapevole
    3. Respirare

    Se potessi mangiare solo una cosa per il resto della tua vita, quale sceglieresti?

    Dovrei dire anguria. È rinfrescante, dolce e ricco di antiossidanti. Potrei sicuramente mangiarli solo per il resto della mia vita!

    Perché lavorare con Sundried?

    Lavoro solo con aziende che detengono valori ed etica forti. Sundried sta contribuendo ad avere un impatto positivo sul mondo, e questo è qualcosa che mi sento fortemente.

    Citazione fitness preferita:

    "Prenditi cura del tuo corpo. È l'unico posto in cui devi vivere. " Jim Rohn

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
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