• Katie Wright - Personal Trainer and Athlete Ambassador

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

    This years top races have been -

    • Henley Thames marathon
    • 3.8km Arun Swim
    • 5km Adur Swim
    • Bewl Water 5km Swim
    • National Aquathlon Championships
    • London Landmarks Half Marathon
    • Arundel Sprint Triathlon
    • Brighton marathon 10km
    • Goodwood 10km

    Next -

    • Great South Run
    • World Aquathlon Championships

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

    I was a runner and a swimmer as a junior representing the county at both in sprint distances on the track and in the pool. I transferred to longer distances after having children. I now compete in both multi events and single discipline events in open water swimming and road and trail. I’m a British Triathlon Age Grouper in Aquathlon and recently won the National Championships for my age group - 35-39. I'm a level 3 Personal Trainer, mother of two and married to a MAMIL (middle aged man in Lycra). 

    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 working towards the World Aquathlon Championships so my aim is to be as fast as possible over 1km in the water and 5km on the land. Speedy transitions are also very important.

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

    Even if you think it will be quicker in transition never ever be tempted to compete in an Aquathlon wearing just a pool swim suit.

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

    I'm plant based so don’t eat any animal products. But I probably eat most things you do. I don’t follow a specific diet or restrict myself but I also generally prefer things that are considered healthy options. 

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

    Always have a goal and something you are working towards. I always book my next event before completing the one I'm working towards so I don’t ever feel complacent and question why I’m doing a session. Keep it fun.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    I do 3/4 runs a week (long run, Tempo, off road with hills, and intervals). I also do 3/4 swim sessions a week (long steady, 2 intervals with drills, and something in open water).

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I read a lot of articles by other athletes and trainers and I'm never afraid to ask advice from peers, in fact I always feel very grateful to receive tips and advice.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    Have a goal, make sure you listen to your body and rest when you need to, your plan needs to suit your lifestyle.

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

    Too hard I love food - at the moment I'm obsessed with tofu pad Thai with loads of spring onions (I mean like a whole bunch just for me) I think it's fusion.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I like the brand ethos and the fact that the environment and sustainability are important.

    Favourite fitness quote?

    It's never too late.

    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
  • Brendon Birch - Personal Trainer and Athlete Ambassador

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

    I have come from a background of endurance sports mainly cycling, running and triathlon. Within these sports I have competed in 10km cross country county championships through to a 50km ultra marathon, multi distance cycling time trials and sportives, super sprint triathlons through to middle distance British championships and iron distance triathlons. I have also undertaken two fairly mammoth challenges, in 2012 completing a 365 day running streak covering 3000km and in 2014 cycling Lands End to John O'Groats in 2014 covering 956 miles in under 4 days.

    During 2020/2021 COVID and the subsequent lockdowns and cancellations of races I took the decision to compete in the British triathlon Zwift racing series, Red Bull timed laps and the Lazarus Lakes 30,000 miles circumpolar Race around the world with a team of 10 that we completed on April this year taking 242 days.

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

    As a child I was always part of the sporting teams, including Cricket, Football, Rugby and Cross Country. I particularly enjoyed Cross Country and so threw myself into this eventually competing in the county championships. A serious knee injury while at university pushed me towards the bike during rehab and I fell in love. With the rehab on my knee involving the bike and swimming once I had the strength back the logical step for me was to dip my toe into triathlon with a local Nottingham club, and I haven’t looked back since. Competing in my first Iron distance race (Nottingham Outlaw) in my second season and then completing my British Triathlon coaching badges. The next step from this was to gain my fitness training qualifications, first my gym instructor and then my Personal Trainer qualifications. This enabled me to start my own Personal Training business, Athletic Endurance Personal Training, thus allowing me to pass on the love and benefits of health and fitness to others. 

    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 my goals are to get back to full fitness following a month ill with COVID and restart Middle distance Triathlon racing in 2022.

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

    I lived in the South of France for 18 months teaching beginners surfing.

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

    Love the person looking back at you in the mirror.

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

    I follow a Plant based diet (Vegan) and try and just eat a balanced healthy diet.

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

    I keep my clients motivated by making every session as fun as possible (damn hard but fun), because if you are having fun doing something why would you not want to do it? I also make sure that they are not hyper critical about themselves if they have a bad day or if they even struggle to get a session done. The guys I coach and train are not professional athletes they have home lives and work that intrudes on their training, that’s life. We draw a line under it and move on.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    My current training regime is:

    Day 1 50km Tempo bike & evening 5km Tempo run (usually on zwift)

    Day 2 Brick session day 30km bike 5km run 30km

    Day 3 Structured run session 800m x 400m treadmill repeats

    Day 4 Morning 50km Bike and afternoon Upper body strength & Yoga

    Day 5 10km Tempo run & Afternoon structured swim session

    Day 6 Brick session day 30km bike 5km run 30km

    Day 7 Structured run session 800m x 400m treadmill repeats

    Day 8 Morning swim & Afternoon Lower body Strength & Yoga

    Day 9 recovery

    Day 10 recovery 

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I am a member of CIMPSA and so have regular updates and CPD training from them I also keep in contact with a network of local, national and international trainers both gym based and Triathlon based constantly bouncing ideas.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Consistency – Don’t look for quick fixes or a magic pill it’s not out there. Consistency is king
    2. Focus – Stay focused on what you are doing right now and how its going to get you to that end goal
    3. Knowledge – read around your chosen field of sport and /or fitness

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

    Bean chilli Burrito – everything you need Carbs, Protein, healthy fats and damn delicious too.

    Why work with Sundried?

    The ethical standpoint that Sundried take is massive for me and is the main reason why I would want to be associated with them plus the kit is pretty cool too.

    Favourite fitness quote:

    Park your ego at the door.

    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
  • Amy Pay - Athlete Ambassador and Personal Trainer

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

    I love a challenge and am always looking for the next adventure so over the years I have taken part in various events. My most competitive was in Duathlon for the GB Age group team, but I also compete regularly in triathlon (anything from sprints to Half Iron), OCR races and all sorts of running events. At the moment, my focus is cycling - I've always felt I've got more to give on the bike so I've just started working with a coach and am hoping to try my hand in the TT (Time Trial) world soon.

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

    I played sport as a child but it wasn't until after my children were born (now 6 and 8) that I started running and sport became a big part of my life. Always looking for a challenge, within a few years this evolved into triathlon. I got into this in a big way very quickly and within a couple of years had qualified for the GB team. In my work as an osteopath I had always had an interest in sports injuries but thanks to my new hobby, I started treating more and more sports people and soon found that if I could look after their injuries as well as train them, it was a winning combo. This was when I trained as a PT so I could offer my clients the whole package.

    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?

    I love to be competitive and continue improving my performance but I will very openly admit that I have taken myself far too seriously in the past and it took the fun out of my training. My goal now is still to push myself, find new challenges and adventures but at the same time to really enjoy the whole process, less focus on winning and taking part because I love it and I'm learning from it. Not because I need to beat someone. For me this is a much healthier and sustainable way to approach training.

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

    I broke my back in 3 places in a horse riding accident a number of years ago and spent a long time in a spinal brace and then recovering. Exercise was a massive part of my recovery, physically and mentally. I'm a real advocate now, especially in my day job as an osteopath, for not letting injury hold you back and putting the hard work in to get you back to where you want to be.

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

    Strength and rest! For me, two key things that are so often overlooked. I would have avoided half of my injuries over the years had I started off with some strength work to compliment my running and cycling - not only that, but it's so great on so many other levels (I LOVE my gym sessions!) it's now a non-negotiable part of training for myself and all my clients. I tend to find a lot of us also don't get enough rest, or don't want to rest - thinking it'll slow our progress. This is so wrong, we need to rest and it ultimately makes us stronger and healthier.

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

    Food is the one area where I have to be extra disciplined - I'm a very lazy chef and would often choose to eat nothing or grab a snack rather than make something for myself. Not good! The key to this for me is being organised, prepping meals in advance and having a very good hubby who cooks a lot of the time! I try to stick to 3 solid, balanced meals a day with snacks in between depending on what my training is that day. I really recommend apps like 'My Fitness Pal' to track your food intake.

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

    My USP as a trainer is that I'm an osteopath too, so I have a really deep, medical understanding of the body and how it works. A lot of my clients come to me with injuries or problems that they believe, or have been told by others, will stop them from reaching their goals. Using all of my skill sets and experience, we get them going and soon achieving things they never thought they could. Along this journey, it's really important to regularly stop and reflect on where you have come from. So many of us, me included, are guilty of not celebrating our wins but just always focusing on the next thing. Reflection, and recognizing how far you have come, is such a powerful way to stay motivated.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    At the moment my focus is on cycling so I'm currently working with a coach and cycling 5 to 6 days a week. The sessions range from long rides out on the roads to shorter turbo interval sessions. To compliment this, I add in 1 or 2 strength and conditioning sessions each week as well some yoga and stretching sessions. If I have time, I also try to still do the odd run or two - it feels strange to me not to run at all coming from a running background!

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I'm always reading, enrolling on courses, talking to other professionals and so on. I think when you are lucky enough that your hobby and profession merge into one, your passion for knowledge and to keep improving is natural and authentic.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Know your WHY - why are you doing this? Whether it's health reasons, a personal challenge or something more specific, it really helps with focus and motivation to have a clear image of 'why' in mind.
    2. Have fun with it - the majority of us are not professional athletes, even as serious amateurs, fitness is still our hobby. It should be an adventure, a learning curve and an enjoyable process.
    3. Take a well rounded approach - for example: if you're a runner, don't just run. I really believe you will do far better if you look at the whole picture including strength work, cross training, nutrition, recovery and rest and so on.

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

    Sausage, mash and baked beans!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I'm so excited to be working with Sundried. I have bought Sundried products in the past and have loved the quality, comfort and durability of everything. My favourite, randomly, so far are my arm warmers! I also think the ethos of the company is brilliant and it's great to be able to support this. I spend my life outside training in nature's playground, the outdoors is such a big part of my life and doing what we can to help look after it for generations to come is important to me.

    Favourite fitness quote:

    I have so many! Lots of them are about strong women in sport but I've chosen one here for everyone:

    'Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming'.

    This sums it all up for me.

    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
  • Scott Rodwell Personal Trainer & Athlete

    pista ciclabile di triathlon

    Scott è stato un personal trainer da quasi 20 anni e ha il suo mirino messo in competizione nell'Ironman 70,3 World Championships. Parla a Sundried della vita in fitness.

    Vi preghiamo di raccontarci di eventi sportivi che avete preso parte o che avete in arrivo.

    Come autofinanziato, triatleta dedicato e personal trainer, ho iniziato a competere in Ironman (nuoto 2.4m/bike 112m/run 26,2m) e Ironman 70,3 (nuoto 1.2m/bike 56m/run 13,3m) concorsi nel 2011 e hanno preso parte alle competizioni Ironman e metà Ironman nella mia fascia d'età, in tutta Europa, la maggior parte degli anni da allora, migliorando il mio PB con ogni competizione.

    Quest' anno è stato alquanto impegnativo dato che la maggior parte delle gare è stata rinviata al 2021. Con le palestre chiuse compreso il mio posto di lavoro, la mia formazione ha dovuto cambiare. Questo però non mi ha fermato, visto che attualmente mi sto allenando per due gare Ironman 70,3 in Europa l'anno prossimo e sono attualmente raccolta fondi per aiutare con i costi tramite la mia pagina di campagna.

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

    Nella mia giovinezza mi è piaciuto prendere parte all'atletica, al rugby e al calcio, giocando per due squadre di calcio del domenica. Nel mio tempo libero sono corso e ho gareggiato per Woodford Green AC e mountain biked around Epping Forest. Adoravo la libertà di ciclismo ed esploravo nuovi luoghi. Alla fine diventa membro dell'Eagle Road Cycling Club, in competizione tra regular, 25.10.2050 miglia temporali, campionati di salita in salita e la sfida Wild Wales, nella estremamente collinosa ma bella Bala, nel Galles del Nord.

    Mentre mi è piaciuto fare sport di squadra, mi sembra di prosperare sotto pressione quando competono come individuo. Ricordo la sensazione di esilarante quando si vince una gara di 1500m e 3000m track nello stesso giorno.  Questo è stato probabilmente uno dei momenti di definizione della mia vita, che mi ha portato giù per il percorso verso il triathlon (combinando un amore per il ciclismo e il running) e la mia carriera di personal trainer.

    Quali sono ora i tuoi obiettivi di formazione?

    Il mio obiettivo è quello di competere in 2 - 4 gare di Ironman all'anno nei prossimi tre anni, che mi daranno la migliore possibilità di qualificarsi per i Campionati Mondiali Ironman 70,3, che è il mio obiettivo finale.

    Raccontaci un fatto insolito che non avremmo saputo di te:

    Ho ancora la mia prima moto da strada, un Condor blu e arancione, che ho risparmiato e comprato 20 anni fa.

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

    Impostare mini obiettivi tra l'inizio della formazione e la data di gara, per gustare ciò di cui hai bisogno per lavorare per migliorare le tue prestazioni e non mollare mai!

    Segui un piano nutrizionale specifico? Se sì, what/quando mangi?

    Cerco di mangiare e dormire bene e di avere una dieta equilibrata. Uso dei frullati proteici / bar dopo l'allenamento, che aiutano con il recupero muscolare e uso i gel mentre fanno lunghe sessioni (cioè 90 mins +) di cycling/running. Inoltre, uso la polvere prebiotica prima del letto, per contribuire a migliorare la qualità del sonno, che è importante soprattutto quando si intraprenderanno sessioni di allenamento vigorose. Non bevo più alcol e cerco di ridurre la mia assunzione di caffeina.

    Parlaci attraverso il tuo regime di allenamento.

    Mi piace lavorare su tutti gli aspetti del triathlon. Mi allungo regolarmente sulla mia Wattbike, che è una grande attrezzatura, in quanto mi dà un feedback istantaneo e posso guardare tutti i dati dopo ogni sessione.

    Il nuoto è un po' più di sfida, ma sono fortunata in quanto non vivo lontano dal pool olimpico di Stratford, a East London. Anche se quest' anno l'uso è stato ristretto. Cerco di correre più volte a settimana e sono spogliata per scelta, con abbondanti parchi e Forte di Epping sulla mia porta per fornire varianza in incline e viste.

    Inoltre, intraprende una formazione di forza regolare e sessioni di Yoga a casa. Seguo anche un certo numero di atleti professionisti e cerco di incorporare parte della loro formazione nel mio.

    Cosa fare per mantenere i tuoi clienti motivati? Hai dei consigli top da tenere motivati?

    Cerco sempre di rendere le loro sessioni di allenamento divertenti, divertenti e progressista. Trovo che funzioni meglio se fissiamo alcuni mini obiettivi che possono raggiungere entro una certa data. Questo agisce come rinforzo positivo e li aiuta a raggiungere i loro obiettivi a lungo termine. La varietà è fondamentale per garantire non annoiarsi, o perdere motivazione. Quindi cerco di mescolarlo, facendo in modo che non tutte le sessioni siano uguali. Inoltre, è davvero fondamentale provare e instillare l'autoconvinzione e un atteggiamento mentale positivo.

    Come fare a mantenere la tua conoscenza fitness fino ad oggi?

    Essendo stato un personal trainer da quasi 20 anni, durante quel periodo ho intrapreso una serie di corsi, che mi hanno aiutato ad aggiungere ulteriori competenze. Ho una bella collezione di libri su fitness e nutrizione e naturalmente oggigiorno internet fornisce una fonte istantanea di nuove idee e tendenze, alcune delle quali integro nelle mie sessioni di allenamento, sia personalmente che per i miei clienti.

    Quali sono i tuoi top 3 consigli trainer?

    1. Trattare ogni cliente come individuo, quindi conoscere come motivarli.
    2. Impostateli obiettivi realistici e raggiungibili fin dall'inizio.
    3. Incoraggiare, incoraggiare, incoraggiare!

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

    Spigola di mare.

    Perché lavorare con Sundried?

    Volevo sostenere un'azienda sostenibile che come me, a cura dell'ambiente.  Sono felicissima di essere stata scelta come uno degli Ambasciatori di Sundried. È fantastico trovare un'azienda che sia riuscita a produrre abbigliamento fitness eco-friendly, eppure abbordabile, di alta qualità e non vedo l'ora di lavorare con loro per promuovere il loro brand ad un pubblico più vasto.

    Citazione fitness preferita:

    "Senza ambizione, non c'è guida".

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Monica Esenwein Atleta e allenatrice

    Ambasciatore atleta appassionato di ciclismo

    Monica è personal trainer e triatleta. Parla con Sundried di formazione e motivazione.

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

    Non sono ancora riuscito a correre a causa di un infortunio. Ho fatto un sacco di allenamento tra infortunio alla spalla e al ginocchio, sono pronto per un intervento chirurgico (finalmente!) Al ginocchio 2 luglio 2020.Spero che il giorno successivo sarò in piedi e camminerò poiché l'intervento non è quello invasivo!

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

    Sono stato un atleta per tutta la vita; Ho giocato a softball, basket e calcio durante il liceo e ho anche giocato a softball al college. Ho ricevuto la mia certificazione di formazione personale nel 2017 e la mia laurea in forza e condizionamento nel 2019.

    Quali sono i tuoi obiettivi di allenamento adesso?

    I miei obiettivi sono competere in una gara quest'anno (ho esaminato quelle virtuali e potrei farlo), e poi piazzarmi nella Top 10.

    Raccontaci un fatto insolito che non sapremmo su di te:

    Ho messo il ketchup sul mio mac e formaggio in scatola.

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

    Tutto richiede tempo; studia, impara e prenditi il ​​tuo tempo.

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

    Non lo faccio, cerco di mangiare nel modo più sano possibile. Mangio una varietà di cibi e tengo traccia dei miei macro e delle calorie.

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

    Quando si tratta dei miei clienti, li incoraggio e mostro loro che stanno facendo progressi con vincite fuori scala.

    Le vincite senza scala sarebbero il mio consiglio più importante. La scala può muoversi in entrambe le direzioni per una moltitudine di motivi, quindi concentrarsi su immagini di progresso, misurazioni e altre vittorie non in scala aiuta a mantenere le persone motivate perché possono vedere i progressi.

    Parlaci del tuo regime di allenamento.

    L'ho impostato a seconda della "stagione" in cui mi trovo e lo scalo di conseguenza. La maggior parte dei giorni faccio il bagno o la bici prima del resto della giornata al mattino. Tendo a correre di notte, lo preferisco. Mi alleno 2-3 volte a settimana a seconda della stagione in cui mi trovo. Faccio 1 mattone a settimana, di solito il sabato quando ho più tempo.

    Come mantieni aggiornate le tue conoscenze sul fitness?

    Ho letto tonnellate di libri, parlo con altri allenatori e sto conseguendo un master in scienze dello sport e riabilitazione.

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

    1. Ascolta il tuo corpo
    2. Mangia secondo un piano, avrai più successo
    3. Assumi un allenatore se non sai cosa stai facendo

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

    Pizza, ci sono tanti abbinamenti e cose che puoi fare con la pizza.

    Cosa ti piace di Sundried e qual è il tuo pezzo preferito del nostro kit?

    Adoro il modo in cui si adatta e come anche quando è bagnato, non mi sento come se fossi irritato. L'imbottitura per la guida è sufficiente per sentirsi a proprio agio durante la guida ma non troppo ingombrante per inibire il nuoto e la corsa.

    Citazione fitness preferita:

    Rendi i tuoi fallimenti passati il ​​tuo carburante.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
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