Sunday, 16 August 2015

Tribe Sports Wear




Tribe Sports are the official kit sponsors for our PT course with The Training Room, I'm in love with their slogan 'earn your stripes' which seemed pretty fitting for all of us! You can shop the latest collection and all your gym essential now over on the new training room fitness store! http://shop.thetrainingroom.com/

TTR Week 1/2

Recently I started my journey to becoming a Personal Trainer with the Training Room, as I enrolled in their Level 3, 6 week fast track course in Camden. I have just finished my second week and cannot believe how much I have learnt in just 10 days! The first thing I will say, when embarking on the fast track course, I defiantly underestimated just how much there would be to learn. For someone like me that hasn't looked at an anatomy book since I was 16 (10 years ago) getting back into the rhythm of being in a class room environment has defiantly been a shock to the system, but by the end of week 2 I can safely say I've started to find my feet, and I am honestly excited and surprised by all the information I have managed to learn, and even find myself excitedly reciting it back to my boyfriend!

Our first week started us off slowly, as our course tutor Nick eased us into our new schedule and introduced us to our first training instructor manual - the anatomy and physiology for exercise. We covered the Bones and muscular systems, which tied in nicely into our first practical sessions in the gym, as we worked from head to toe, going through what each exercise worked throughout the body. As the first week drew to an end, we were all reciting bones and muscles like a second language, tapping fellow class members all over their bodies testing each other. We celebrated the end of our first friday by hitting one of our Tutors Spin and circuits classes, and as Nick reminded us, it would be us teaching these classes in just 5 weeks time! 

As we moved onto the second week, we went deeper into our workbooks, covering the circulatory system, respiratory system, energy system, and nervous system. This is defiantly were my brain started to struggle, but thanks to our tutor Nick and way the classes are structured, it gives you the opportunity to really break down what you are being taught, and go over it with your class mates.

From week 2 the practical side really increases to, we started work on our client programmes, where we got to design a 20 minute gym based workout, focusing on cardio and resistance exercises to meet a clients needs, implementing all the information and knowledge we had been taught in the last 2 weeks and putting it into practice, from health and safety, to ensuring we were assigning the right exercise to meet our clients goals.

We ended the week with 2 mock exams, giving us a chance to see what theory elements we needed to work on, and then taking part in our first practical exam, where we had to preform our client programmes on a fellow class mate, and be marked on our performance, knowledge, health and safety and teaching skills. Working face to face with a client was so much fun, and defiantly where we all excelled, with all of us in our class passing our first practical exam!

As we go onto week 3, we start the first of our theory exams, wish us luck! and don't forget to follow my journey with The Training Room on Instagram @lovaine_ 

Lululemon FIT session





Last week I was invited down to a FIT session at the Lululemon store in Covent Garden, by their store manager Chloe. I rocked up after another long day at PT school, a little tired, being weighed down by my backpack and heavy study books. Luckily as soon as I arrived, Chloe set me up in my own fitting room and started showing me around the store. It was my first time visiting Lululemon and seeing their full product range, and I must admit I had no idea how beautiful and not to mention diverse their collection really is! I literally couldn't believe my eyes. For someone like me, that no longer owns what would be considered as everyday 'casual clothes' as fitness and exercise wear has become my every day staples, I couldn't believe I had been missing out on the treasure trove that is Lululemon!

Chloe had done her homework and knew my style to a T, first showing me their amazing new surf and and swim range, and then leading onto a hand picked selection of products for me to try and offer my feed back on. It was one thing being educated on a brand by someone so passionate about it, but it was so refreshing to be shown product that they had hand picked for me, prior to my visit. If you know me, you may have noticed by now that I have a serious love affair with monochrome and polka dots, so when Chloe handed me this beautiful yoga one piece to try, I was stoked! It was like it had been made for me, and I don't think I could of chose better if I tried. The collection was a mix between yoga, running, surf and dance active wear, but I was imagining nearly every piece I tried fitting diversely across multiple areas of my fitness lifestyle, and not to mention into my everyday life.

I left with the Lululemon Covent Garden store now resembling my new fitness clothing haven, as it literally offers you everything you could ever need! and not forgetting to mention that they hold free yoga classes live in store every Sunday morning at 10.30am.. Pretty awesome right?!

Skylines


On Thursday I was invited to a secret roof top workout with my friends ThisisADAY. After a long day at PT school, I headed to Oxford street with my partner in crime Flo from @swift_eats as we escaped the crowded pavements below, and took to an evening overlooking the city skyline, roof top, sipping on coconuts, and breathing in some much needed fresh air! The perfect time out after my 9 hour studying session, engrossed in human antonymy books. ThisisADAY are holding pop up events throughout the city this August, be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

Friday, 31 July 2015

The Training Room




I'm so excited to announce that on monday I am moving to London to start my journey to become a Personal Trainer with The Training RoomOver the next month The Training Room will be turning my fitness passion into a career, as they put me through my paces to become a fully qualified PT. I will be taking part in their 
6 week fast track, level 3, Personal Trainer Diploma Course in the heart of Camden.  At the end of the 6 weeks I will graduate as a fully qualified PT, Spin/Studio Cycling, Circuits and a Gym Based Boxing Trainer, with a certificate in Sports Nutrition...I don't think it's sunk in yet! 

So many of us would love to turn our fitness passions into a career but don't really know how or where to start... It has always been a dream of mine and now thanks to The Training Room its becoming a reality! I'm so excited and nervous but can't wait to start! I will be doing open Q/A's throughout my course, so if you have any questions about the course or becoming a PT, now's your chance! Leave your questions below and you can also follow my journey over on Instagram (@Lovaine_) and stay tuned as I will be documenting my course from start to finish. Here's a little sneak peek of what my first week will include...wish me luck!


Thursday, 30 July 2015

#KEEPITCORE




Recently I was invited to celebrate the launch of Core Collective - A new fitness destination in the heart of Kensington, at their exclusive bloggers event. We were invited to test drive their 3 signature classes, followed by a post workout brunch, where we got to sample their in house juice bar and food menu.

From stepping into the gym the first thing you will notice is the beautiful, clean aesthetics, I'd compare it to that feeling you get when you have just stepped into a luxury spa - you get that instant wave of calmness wash over you and then when you meet Heloise - the face behind Core Collective, you feel like you've just stepped into a home away from home! Heloise makes you feel effortlessly welcome and you defiantly forget the main reason why you are there...to work out! 

Our morning was split into 3 workout tasters, giving us a sample of the different elements core offers... and let me just tell you now the idea of a taster doesn't quite cut it for the workouts the trainers put us through!

We started out with an Accelerate Class run by the head PT James. Described as "A straight-up spin cycling. Low impact, high energy spinning for 45 minutes. Soundtrack and instructors to match" I can honestly say that before doing the Accelerate session, spin classes have been something I have ALWAYS avoided, so I was defiantly nervous stepping onto the bike! It was a completely different workout to what I'm used to but I loved it! We left the class dripping with sweat, trying to keep our legs from buckling under our body weight (not even trying to sugar coat it, it was tough!)

We then went onto a Resistance Class "A 45 minute TRX session where stamina meets strength. work your whole body with hundreds of exercises" If you follow me on Instagram (@Lovaine_) you know TRX is one of my favourite workouts to do, and the class was by far the best TRX session I've been put through! Even if they did make us do 3 sets of deep TRX jump squats...the pain was defiantly worth it!

We then moved to the Velocity Class "A 45 minute high intensity, athletic interval training, with fitness, function and flexibility" If you are going to try any class at Core I would recommend this one! I absolutely love circuits and I always believe you can last through any workout station for 60 seconds no matter how hard it is, because its only 60 seconds right? I always make sure to hit my least favourite station first, that way you can always move onto the next one with a little confidence boost, as there is nothing worse than getting through the first 10 stations, going full speed and then getting to your least favourite one when your already tired, so my advice? get it out the way first! I also loved the group element of this class, working in pairs really helped having the person next to to you pushing you through! I teamed up with my workout partner in crime Flo from @swift_eats.

After the session we all headed upstairs to the dinning room/lounge area, where an amazing healthy brunch spread was laid out for us, consisting of super smoothies, protein pancakes and yummy fruit salads. The perfect after workout treat! I've been to so many gyms and tested such a variety of different classes, that sometimes it's hard to separate them apart but we defiantly all left Core Collective with a new favourite fitness temple! 

Want to try it out for yourself? head over to
https://core-collective.co.uk/register/ 
and sign up for your first FREE class!

Emilie Layla Lovaine

PureGym Playlist



When I go to the gym, and even more when I'm setting off for a run, one thing I can't leave my house without is my headphones and latest playlist ready to get me through my workout. My friends at Pure Gym recently got in touch to let me know about their: Pure Gym Playlist Competition, giving you the chance to WIN:
  • First prize: Maxi Nutrition bundle worth £500
  • Second prize: Fitbit Zip and a £100 voucher for Sweatshop
  • Third prize: Fitbit Zip and a £100 voucher for Sweatshop       
So I thought it would be fun to show you what I'm currently listening to, to help get me through my workouts! When it comes to my workout playlist it's defiantly very different to the music I enjoy in my spare time or compared to the music you need in a high intensity class. Being a musician I listen to a lot of heavier style rock bands, but when it comes hitting the gym in my own time my music taste couldn't be anymore different! My gym music tends to be quite calm, with a steady beat, especially if I know I'm going to be hitting one of the running machines or stair masters, I like my music to have a nice rhythm that I can pace along with and keep me relaxed, and this playlist defiantly does that! 

What do you guys like listening to? Head over to 
http://www.puregym.com/blog/whats-your-dream-gym-playlist and show them what gets you through your workouts!

Monday, 25 May 2015

ADAY












Last month I was invited to an exclusive preview of thisisADAY- Split between two cities, London and New York, even from first glance you realise that this is not just your ordinary fitness brand. Described as 'Slick clothes for the active women - where design meets preformance' the collection has taken the Sports Lux trend that we have seen across the runways and high street, and re-created it into their own functional fitness line.

For someone like me that lives in gym wear, thisisADAY is defiantly what my wardrobe has been waiting for! A collection that can transition with you in and outside of the gym, effortlessly easy, with a classic colour palette and fresh undertones of soft shades of dusty blues and complimenting fabrics.


Not only will this collection appeal to the fitness and health consumer but it will also fall into a girls everyday wardrobe essentials. Launching on our shores in just 3 days, head over to sign up for an exclusive look at the debut collection and shop it before anyone else! You can also enter to WIN a holiday to NYC and London, and not to mention FREE thisisADAY Kit. What are you waiting for?


Emilie Layla Lovaine

Emilie Layla Lovaine - LOVAINE