Monday, 14 September 2015

Inner Circle

I have just spent the last 6 weeks in London, waking up to a new skyline, new places, faces and a new way of living. In such a big city it can be a little overwhelming, especially when the majority of us that set our sights on London, we go with one drive in mind, our careers,  but the city then becomes more than just where we work,  it becomes embedded into our life. 

I recently came across The Inner Circle a little something I like to call your golden ticket to the city, and not just London, it's acts as a map to most major cites in the world. Think of it as your directory, allowing you to meet other professionals living the city life, passionate about working hard but also socialising with like minded people. The Inner Circle also hosts exclusive events at elite locations throughout the city, allowing members to meet and connect. To see it for yourself and sign up click here.

Saturday, 12 September 2015


Wait by Tourist. The song that has got me through my last week City side.
Join me on Spotify (Lovaine_) to catch my latest workout playlist.

Sunday, 6 September 2015


My friends at JD Sports have recently launched some exclusive Adidas women's pieces online and in store. I hit the concrete and put them to the test! I'm wearing the:

You can shop the JD Sports X Adidas collection here

Emilie Layla Lovaine

Coconut & Cacao Oats

Bank holiday balance with a portion of my #lovaineeats on the go, cacao, coconut and peanut butter creamed vegan oats, along with a little quote I heard this morning... 

"Nutrition is not low fat or low calorie. It's not being hungry or feeling deprived. It's nourishing your body with real, whole foods, so that you are consistently satisfied and energised to live your life to the fullest" 

This quote defiantly spoke to me this morning. We are all on a journey to find that end result of satisfaction but sometimes our eyes can get a little clouded, and it's hard to know what we are really striving for?..From today I would like to strive for self acceptance and to no longer feel the need to compare myself to others. I have spent far to many days unhappy in my own skin, always wishing I was thinner, and feeling out of control with my diet and exercise routine, but the main thing that was getting thinner was my love for life. It's exhausting to always feel like you are not good enough. The body I have was built to walk tall, laugh loud and love everything and everyone that falls into its pathway...including myself. we are all human, and I think sometimes living through the virtual world of filters and Instagram, we tend to filter out what's really going on in our lives, but if we filter things, we don't face them and this is something I've put off for far to long. My name is Emilie and the way I look or how much I weigh has no reflection on who I really am. I have a big heart and the weight of my love and laughter for my friends, family and the world is worth more than any scale could read.

Emilie Layla Lovaine


Week 3 of my Personal Training course with The Training Room was focused on getting us ready for our first two theory exams. With our Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology, followed by our principles test. Monday and Tuesday was spent with our heads down in pure revision mode, ensuring we were all up to speed ready for our exams on Wednesday. Our tutors had also put together revision packs for us, and I spent the evening before our exam in my favourite coffee shop, going over each section, just making sure it was all fresh in my head. Wednesday morning arrived and we were greeted with our first exam! Anatomy and Physiology level 2: A 40 question multiple choice paper, which we had to complete within 90 minutes. Followed by our Principles Level 2 exam paper, which also followed the same format. We were warned in advance to make sure to double read the questions, as sometimes the way they are worded can throw you off, so we all made sure to take our time. Being a more creative person, when it comes to theory, it isn't something that comes naturally to me, even though I revised heavily for the exam, I really had no idea how the exam had gone, I just had to hope for the best, and wait for the results to come in on Friday!

Week 3 continued with our Corporate Partners Business Day, where managers from leading gyms in London came in to talk to us about their experiences working within the gym and fitness industry, what to expect when applying, interviewing and working in a gym, and they also gave us there honest opinion and advice on the what laid ahead for us.

It was really interesting to hear first hand from people who were currently doing the job we were in training for. We met a manager from Fitness First and The Gym. They took us through clear expectations from working hours to pay rates, looking at everything from starting your brand and putting together your business plan and launching your personal training business. We also looked at marketing, and how to not just get clients but also retain them. It was defiantly one of one my favourite days so far, and it got all of us excited about what was waiting for us at the end of the course.

We ended the week with our first CPD qualification and practical, as we took on a day of Gym based boxing! This was such a fun day, especially having some semi professional boxers in our class, the boys were excited to get stuck in, and it was a nice break from the theory side of the course. We spent the morning learning the technical elements, looking at specific boxing targeted warm ups, moves and sequences, then moving onto teaching our first class, and putting together our own session by the afternoon. Working with your classmates is great, as it allowed us to be able to offer each other help and feedback as we were putting our classes together, and teaching our own session. Everyone was excited to pass their first CPD! We also got the results for our Level 2 theory exams...which I was excited to find our I'd also passed.

Week 4 brought us onto our second CPD practical, starting monday off with a full day of our Spin Instructor qualification, and this was the day I had most been looking forward to. When I'm at home I do 4-5 spin classes a week and knowing we were doing our assessment on the monday, I had the weekend ready to prepare the tracks I would be teaching my class too! We spent the morning going through the different elements in a spin class, looking at working in time with your music and working your clients through a range of different movements and resistance levels. We then had the afternoon to put together our own class, and get ready to test drive it out on the class for our practical exam. For my session I chose Reincarnation by Camo & Krooked, working with the music I chose to put my class through sprint intervals. I had a lot of fun teaching the session and was so stoked to get my qualification at the end of the day!

At week 4 we were also greeted with a whole new selection of study manuals, as we were introduced to Anatomy and Physiology Level 3! This week was spent mainly in the class room as we got to grips with the next level of theory, and getting us ready for our next exam the following week. We left the classroom behind by friday for a day of fitness tests, as we were put through our paces, taking on the bleep test, and a variety of other fitness challenges. We ended the week with a new revision pack and our Level 3 mock exams, for a weekend of study.  

Week 5 (just gone)has been a bit of a blur! We started the week with a revision day, going over our mock exam from the weekend, highlighting on any area's we needed brushing up on before our test the next morning. Tuesday arrived and we were challenged with our Level 3 exam, following the same format as pervious with a 40 question, multiple choice paper to be completed in 90 minutes.
After the exam we were introduced into Sports Nutrition, an area everyone in the group was really looking forward to! Then introducing us into our final practical exam, pairing us up with a client, who we would be writing a nutrition and training programme for, bringing together all the elements we had be taught throughout the course so far. Come wednesday it was safe to say our minds were defiantly feeling a slight brain overload, so Rich (another PT in training) and I decided to blow off some steam, so we headed to Airhop - trampoline park just outside of London! For a study free evening of was defiantly the little break we needed. We spent the remainder of the week going through our nutrition study books, getting us ready for our nutrition exam in Week 6, finishing the week with our 3rd CPD practical assessment, with our Circuits qualification. We got to put together own on circuits class and teach it to the rest of the group, as we were assessed. It was great to finish another week with another qualification and CPD down! As I head onto week 6, I know this is going to be the busiest and hardest week left...with my final practical, nutrition, outdoor circuits and Level 3 retake exam left. Wish me luck! and head on over to @lovaine_ on instagram to follow my journey with The Training Room.

Emilie Layla Lovaine


Last week my friend Rich from @myrichtones cooked us up a batch of sweet potato and butter bean, vegan burgers to celebrate #NationalBurgerDay! To fuel us before an evening of revision, for our Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology, Personal Trainer exam.  
They were pretty tasty, and took literally no time to put together.


1 red onion chopped.
1 can of butter beans
4 cooked sweet potatoes
1 handful of chopped chives
pinch of salt, pepper and garlic.

Combine all the ingredients together, then split mixture into handfuls, shaping into burgers, adding wholemeal flour to help your burgers hold together. Rich then part fried the burgers in coconut oil before putting them in the oven for 15-20 minutes. We topped ours with lemon and courgette spaghetti (courtesy of a spiralizer)

How did you guys celebrate National Burger Day?

Emilie Layla Lovaine

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!

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_