Interview made by Sharon Shek
1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, how your interest in fitness started and why you do what you?
Hi! I’m Sophie and i’m 32 years old. Fitness has been a massive part of my life ever since I was about 18 years old, from joining my mum in body pump/body attack classes to dabbling in a few Triathlons, to joining a CrossFit box and getting into lifting weights and all the fun stuff! I strongly believe that being active is something that is very important to maintain both physical and mental health long term. I trained to become a personal trainer so that I could help motivate others to feel healthier and happier in their day to day life.
2. What is your daily routine?
I don’t have a strict daily routine and each day is usually different in terms of where I am, at the moment in 2021 lockdown life is very much the same each week! Generally my daily routine is to wake up early around 6am/6:30am, coffee and a good hour to get myself ready for the day, then I’m off cycling from client to client until I finish for the day. I like to make sure that I get my own training in there somewhere too and also always cook a healthy homemade meal in the evenings plus at least 7 hours of sleep!
3. Do you follow a strict meal plan?
No, I used to be a lot more hard on myself with my diet but these days I am all about balance and everything in moderation. I love healthy food because it makes me feel good, but I also enjoy a pizza now and then and I love to bake so sweet treats are definitely part of my balanced diet.
4. In your opinion what should people do to achieve a healthy lifestyle?
“Healthy” looks different to each individual. But I would say that it is important to first figure out why you want to change, you need to assess your current lifestyle and pinpoint areas – be that diet/activity/work life balance/stress/mental health – that aren’t serving you in a positive way then try to implement new habits/small changes that with consistency will in time lead to a healthier lifestyle.
5. Are you for or against counting calories?
I am for and against counting calories depending on an individual’s circumstances/preferences. It’s a great tool for those that like to measure progress and can be helpful to show clients exactly where they might be going wrong with their food intake. But on the other hand I don’t think it’s necessary to count calories in order to make progress with weight gain/loss and sometimes it can be a negative move for people that have a tricky relationship with food.
6. What is your plan within the fitness industry?
To challenge myself constantly to get out of my comfort zone, to help as many people as I can, and to enjoy the journey.
7. What 3 exercises would you recommend being part of a daily routine?
Stretching – 10-15 minutes a day.
Walking – something that everyone can easily fit into their day
30 minutes of any exercise that raises your heart rate be it jogging, running, skipping, bodyweight training, swimming! Heart health is so important.
8. What is your goal in life?
To be happy, to be loved, and to always allow for growth and learning.
9. Are you a fan of vegan food?
I am not Vegan but I can appreciate vegan food. I don’t care much for vegan fast food but I like a vegan twist on sweet things.
10. Do you have any motivational quotes?
“Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want”
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