How did you get started in health and fitness?
My journey into the health and fitness industry came from being in the opposite industry – PR and events in Central London. Having played tennis at an international level prior to helping coordinate some of the most glamorous events in my job, I knew what tip top health felt like and the late nights and events were not giving me the same satisfaction and self-confidence I once knew. I decided to take a career jump and ever since, I have trained everyone I used to party and clink champagne with into mixing green juices and hiking with them along Ibiza coastlines at my retreats.
If you weren't in this job, what would you be doing?
I would be still planning parties and events in Central London, which by no means would have been a bad thing - I love coordinating events and witnessing the power of marketing and PR! I am just a lot healthier and happier in my current career.
What have you wanted to quit but didn't?
My mini Diet Coke addiction
Being so busy, what do you do to relax and why is it important to take time for yourself?
To relax, I reflect on everything that I have managed to achieve during the week, I take great pleasure in checking off my to do list so I might admire that rather than panicking what I have to do. It really organises my mind. I love watching movies with my partner Bart or strolling through the Amsterdam canals – my new home!
How do you recover from illness or feeling rundown?
I am always giving myself the best shot by taking multivitamins, I like VITL vits as they make it so simple and easy to stay guarded.
Lastly, why is being a Neat Ambassador important to you?
I feel like Pop-Up Fitness and Neat Nutrition have been on the same path since the ‘get go’, a whirlwind since we launched at exactly the same time. We have worked closely ever since we introduced our brands to each other. I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Neat Nutrition take over the industry as much as I have enjoyed developing my own business. The boys behind the brand are honest and real – they have a product that works and isn’t designed to confuse or even over impress you. The product tells you how it is, it doesn’t promises but my god it delivers, so you can say I feel proud to represent an honest and true product that I can thoroughly trust will look after my clients on and off retreats.
Meals & Workouts
What’s your ‘Day on a Plate’? (e.g. what do you eat on a typical day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, Neat supplements)
Breakfast: Bran flakes/Steel cut oats/Neat Nutrition protein pancakes
Lunch: Quinoa salad with nuts, chicken, avocado and spring onion +1 egg
Dinner: Stir frys with chicken/prawns, salmon and veg, my favourite is steak tartar!
What’s your favourite workout?
My favourite week will consist of many different workouts. Its not the workout but the feeling afterwards that I am addicted too, and all the different methods give you a different emotion and post workout feeling. I must say, boxing is my favourite but I enjoy clearing my head with a run and toning up in lower intensity barre workouts. It’s all about mixing up to keep yourself interested.
What exercise do you dislike?
I am not a massive yogi by any stretch of the imagination – I really appreciate bikram yoga and on the occasion that I want a good stretch but I wouldn’t be the first to sign up for a downward dog. Give me a burpee and a kettle bell any day.
Favourite shake recipe and why?
I love the vegan berry flavour with coconut milk, ice and frozen berries. The boys loved this when I told them why…. It honestly took me right back to my early days when I first tried a strawberry milkshake from Macdonalds!!!
What's your favourite healthy snack?
My favourite snack definitely has to be nuts, as boring as that sounds.
What's your favourite guilty pleasure snack?
A little bit of chocolate goes a long way with me!!
Where is the best place to eat well in London?
I went to Farm Girl recently and I loved that!
Give us an easy 30 minutes or less meal and work out.
Curtze squat -> side lunge (Right & Left leg)
Perform all 5 exercises to your maximum effort for 45 seconds each with 15 second break in between.
After each set jump up and sprint forwards & jog back to the start line as many times as possible within 45 seconds.
Finishing the round holding a strong 45 second plank, actively recovering bringing your heart rate down.
Repeat x 3 sets
Let’s get to know you a little better:
Most played song on your playlist?
Right now – Blue Marlins – Pascal Junior Remix / Way down we go - Kaleo
Must see TV?
Game of Thrones/Hollywood Medium, Tyler Henry (guilty!)
Movie you’ll watch over and over?
Water for Elephants and all of the Bridget Jones’
Where do you do your weekly shop?
When I lived in London, I bought all my vegetables to juice and accompany my meals at North End Road Market! I like to buy fish and meat from Waitrose/Marks and Spencer’s but I am obsessed with the brown rice sushi, the guacamole and pretty much everything else from Whole Foods!
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you were older?
I wanted to be like Anna Kornikova – a tennis star who had a very strong brand herself, with her own modelling career, clothes line and tennis racquet range… I always have admired people who juggle a few cool things all under one umbrella.