The road to becoming a cyclist. Meet Juliet Elliott.

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How did you get into cycling?

I first started cycling as a way to get around London, I just really didn’t like getting public transport so a bike seemed the ideal solution. I didn’t actually love it for its own sake straight away, I had a heavy, clunky bike, I wasn’t used to riding in traffic and I just thought of it as a mode of transport. That changed when I built up a fixed gear bike from parts I’d found, borrowed or sourced second hand. I really enjoyed the process of figuring out how to build it and solving problems (such as getting a seized seatpost out) and when I finally got on it, it was love at first ride. It was quite unlike anything I’d ever ridden before, it demanded you see the roads and traffic in a different way and felt fast, free and fun.

What’s the most picturesque cycling location you’ve been to? What’s your favourite cycling location in the UK?

Cycling across Japan on my honeymoon will always be a highlight but I also really love cycling in Italy, particularly the Dolomites, the region around Lake Como and also Tuscany. There are also many other parts of Italy I’ve yet to visit. I’m sure I’ll love them too!

How do you prepare for a big cycling race diet wise?

It’s important that I eat well before a race but that’s more about getting enough good stuff in than restricting things.  I like to pack as many nutrients into my meals as I can, so that means tons of vegetables and salads, oily fish, beans, tofu and plenty of carbs. The important thing is that my meals are overwhelmingly beneficial, rather than that each individual meal is ‘perfect.’ So if I’ve eaten plenty of protein, carbs and macronutrients, having a pizza isn’t a problem.

What’s your choice of snack when you run low on energy on a cycling trip?

I like Tribe Bars and bananas.

Do you train your cycling fitness in other ways besides cycling?

I go to the gym twice a week in winter.

For someone who wants to start casually cycling during weekends, what kind of a road bike would you recommend and what budget?

I’d set your budget according to what you can afford. It depends on how long and how fast you’d like to go and what kind of terrain too.

People often think carbon is the be-all and end-all but these days, you can actually be better off spending the same amount of money on an aluminium bike with higher specs than on a really low - end carbon frame. Personally, I’d look for a bike that costs about £1000 new then try and buy one second hand (as long as you’re sure it’s not stolen!) or get it on the Cycle to Work scheme. A hybrid is great if you want to ride in the city as well as on canal towpaths and a bit of gravel. Or get a comfort oriented road bike, something with more relaxed geometry than a ‘racy’ road bike. 

Follow Juliet Elliott on instagram @julietelliott and on her website.

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Big wave surfing? British pro surfer Andrew Cotton tells us what got him hooked.

Big wave surfing is a sport not many of us have the courage for. When the waves reach the heights of buildings, 20 feet or higher, you can start calling them big. British pro surfer Andrew Cotton knows all about it. He is one of the worlds most respected big wave surfers and has traveled the worlds most extraordinary surf spots. After trading his career as a plumber to becoming a pro surfer in 2013, surfing waves up to 70 ft high has become the norm. After breaking his back riding a 60ft wave in Nazaré, Portugal, he is back in the water.

We interviewed Andrew on how he got hooked and what it feels like to ride waves the size of small mountains.

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Describe the moment when you got hooked into surfing?

Probably when I was about seven my dad took me surfing at Saunton Beach and he rented me a board and suit. I was hooked pretty much instantly.

You’ve surfed some of the biggest waves in the world. What thoughts run in your head when you are taking off on a huge wave?

Surfing big waves or being in the ocean when the waves are giant, you’re not really thinking about anything. You’re being in the moment. The only thing I’m thinking about is getting the biggest wave and surfing it the best I can possibly surf it. I think if you think about anything else it can lead to hesitation or lead to the concentration being lost. 

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How would you describe big wave surfing to those that have some experience surfing or snowboarding?

Big wave surfing for me can be almost like a form of meditation. When you’re going that fast on something so natural and pure it’s almost like time slows down and that’s a pretty magical feeling.

In 2017 Andrew was filming a documentary in Nazare, Portugal and got swallowed by a gigantic wave. On video he can be seen jumping for his life. He was rushed to the hospital and was told he had broken his back. - BBC article here. Thankfully all ended well and he made a full recovery.

We asked Andrew about his near death experiences and this is what he answered:

Don’t think I’ve ever had a near death experience or a bad moment in the ocean, I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every moment in the sea. You have to enjoy and embrace the bad moments like the wipeouts to get a chance of experiencing the best waves. So I’ve have never had a bad moment. 

How do you train in order to be prepared to face the waves?

I’ve been working closely with a personal trainer called Andrew Blake the past 10 years to prepare myself for what I’m going to put my body through and we’ve also just started doing surf fitness retreats where we we’ve been training people the techniques to use to give anyone more ocean confidence what ever their surf ability or goals. 

What’s your typical breakfast, lunch and dinner? What do you eat before heading off for a surf?

I’ll eat anything but I try my best to keep it as healthy as possible.

What’s your favourite surf spot?

Every spot has its day, it’s just knowing when to be there. 

Check out Andrews Youtube for awesome surf footage:

Follow Andrew on instagram @andrew_cotty and on his website.

How does a pro bodybuilder and entrepreneur stay in shape? Meet Anthony Brooking.

Meet Anthony Brooking, he is a social media influencer, a sponsored fitness athlete and an entrepreneur. How does a busy man like Anthony keep himself in shape while running a business and training his clients? We found out.

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Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Anthony Brooking and I live in Surrey.

Where did it all begin? How did you first become interested in professional bodybuilding?

I got into training after watching films like Conan with my grandad as a kid and seeing Arnie on the TV. Then got a gym membership with my dad and started training with him when I was 16.

When was your first ever fitness competition?

The first competition I did was last year Miami pro universe, where I placed 5th.

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When did fitness become your profession?

My first job was in Towerhill in London when I was 21. I got my level two qualification and applied to many gyms and ended up moving from Sussex to London.

You are also an entrepreneur and provide online training programs for customers aspiring to get in shape. What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

I really enjoyed seeing others achieve their goals whether it be get in shape for a holiday, lose body fat or gain lean muscle and feel confident in themselves. It's a good feeling helping others and seeing them happy.

How do you balance life as an entrepreneur with your own training aspirations?

I always make time for my own training as I love weight training. I can just put my music on and get into the zone.

Do you follow the same programs you give to your customers?

I recommend a lot of what I do or have done. I find what I have learnt and what works, but with diet it's harder as our bodies all react differently so what may work for me wouldn’t for someone else.

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What kind of training program would you recommend to someone who has never worked out?

Depends on the goals, but I would always start with the basics. After that I would start introducing supersets and drop sets and always keep it varied and challenging.

What are your top tips on do’s and don’ts if you are aspiring to get in shape?

Stay consistent, results don’t happen overnight, nutrition and rest are key. Don’t be misled by food labelled as healthy low fat, low sugar etc. keep diet simple, clean cut meats, plenty of vegetables and clean carbs. Also be organized, prepping your food is key.

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Nutrition is a big player when it comes to being in shape. What are your top 5 foods for building mass?

Eggs, Steak, Chicken, Rice, Potatoes.

What about that one guilty pleasure?

My cheat meal has to be a good burger and chips. I find having that cheat meal or seeing it as a treat meal after achieving a goal and sticking to your nutrition plan all week helps to keep balance and cravings at bay.


Follow Anthony on social media:
Instagram: @albfitnessuk

Photo credits:  @albfitnessuk 

How to build the best group fitness gym in London? Meet Richard Tidmarsh.

Richard Tidmarsh is a professional Strength & Conditioning Coach and the owner of @ReachFitnessGym London. His gym has been rated as the best gym in London for group training by Sport Magazine. How did he build his business and what got him interested in working out?

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How did you start Reach?

I started Reach, the brand 12 years ago, so straight out of Loughborough Uni. I was involved in high level sport and started doing strength and conditioning coaching and group training. After moving to London in 2010 from the Midlands I set up an outdoor training business which was really popular and successful. Though it was successful in the summer the English weather does not lend itself well to an all year-round business. I was offloading kettlebells and ropes in the mud and rain, it was brutal.

I had to find premises to suit a year round business and after a year of looking I found the first unit and the rest is history. We’ve gone from 1000 to 5000 square feet, now have 10 staff now and we look after about 400 members.


How did you get into health and fitness and working out?

I’ve never not been into it. My family is a big rugby family. My dad was the club captain of a rugby club. I started playing mini Rugby when I was 6 & then throughout School played at divisional level and was involved in the England U16 & U18 set up before heading to Loughborough University. So that’s why what we do here at Reach is team based.

I’ve always done extra, even when I was say 12, and my friends would be playing computer games on a Tuesday night, I would go to the local park and run 400m sprints as quickly as I could. There was an element in my psyche that I wanted to be fitter or stronger than other people.


What type of training do you prefer?

I want to be a well rounded athlete. And for me that means a mixture of pure strength and power alongside mobility, flexibility and one hell of a gas tank. Bodybuilding is nice for the beach but does not make you a functional athlete and it tends to slow you down and even make you worse at your sport. What I do now is the big movements, those movements that give you value for your time and effort. Things like deadlift is key, those are the hardest moves to get right but they are valuable.

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How does your training program look like?

I’m 34 now where as most members are say 28. I try to be able to beat everyone at something. If I can average it out and be the last one standing in a workout at Reach in most things I’m pretty happy. So I try to do a couple of big strength sessions per week.

I focus on deadlifts and front squats, big compound movements that give a lot of value for your effort. Probably one or two conditioning sessions per week by myself. And one where I jump in with the team and take part.

Since 2013 I’ve also taken my yoga quite seriously. I’ve just hit 500 hours of practice in this area. When running a business it’s good for me to turn off my phone and disappear into a hot room where nobody talks to me for an hour. I have also seen the benefits in terms of injury prevention. I recovered from a couple of injuries through yoga from doing years of rugby.

I try to balance it out during the weekends, I have fun with friends but then on a Sunday morning I go out with a skipping rope and a kettlebell.


How do you make eating convenient, do you do meal preps?

I don’t do much batch cooking but I recommend it to my clients.

Personally, I tend to eat single ingredient foods and just have a good mixture. It is important to always have good things in your fridge and in your cupboard. You got your tubs of whey protein and oats, cans of red kidney beans, lentils, peanut butter and spices. Also things like chicken, tuna steak, as much broccoli as you can get your hands on, and things like quark and cottage cheese. Those are key. 

How do you balance your macros and protein?

I’m looking to have 5-6 feeds a day. I want the protein to be high in each meal. Weighing 100kgs, for me to hit my macros for protein per day, I’m looking for 180grams of protein. That’s hard work!


What’s your favourite food?

I don’t crave foods or enjoy junk food. I know junk food is not doing me any good. But I love a high-quality burger. If you can get an amazing thick burger from the butcher and flash barbeque that, and add tomato, loads of mustard and mayo and some sweet potato fries, you can’t go wrong with that.

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What would your tip be for someone who has never exercised?

If you’ve been out of exercise for a long time or never exercised, keep things simple. But simple doesn’t mean easy.

Unfortunately when people get themselves out of exercise they get scared of going to the gym.  Then often instead of going to the gym they’ll go ‘I’m just going for a run’. Actually when you are unconditioned and haven’t stretched in 10 years, running is not going to be enjoyable and you’re probably going to injure yourself. If someone has been out of exercise for a long period of time, they really should initially find a good coach who can give some good advice . It is money well spent, otherwise your journey in fitness is going to be difficult.


What would be a good workout regime for a total beginner?

If you are unfit you are going to feel it. But use your time effectively. Get to understand the simplest piece of kit like a rowing machine. Get yourself on there and row for 1 minute at your 7/10 perceived difficulty, rest for 2 minutes and repeat that 10 times. Soon you realize you’ve actually been there for half an hour. So how far did you cover in each interval, how did you feel, by the end of it are you still in 1 piece? It’s repeatable and a total beginner can go to the gym and repeat that 3 days later and get a little bit of feeling of familiarity with it and build up the intensity.

Top tips really, don’t think of doing anything with weights until you feel like you can control your own bodyweight. You can’t go from A to D, so you have to put the building blocks in place.


See the Reach Gym website here.

Photo credits: Richard Tidmarsh -  @richtidmarsh

Training with Martin Whitelock

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Meet Martin Whitelock. He is a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor from North West London. He is a true expert in his field and runs the highly popular Moe's Bootcamp. We met with Martin to talk about fitness, his career and his hobbies.  

About you:
I'm a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor from North West London. I specialize in body weight exercises and functional fitness equipment such as kettlebells & medicine balls.  I freelance as a PT so I provide one to one sessions throughout London and I also run Moe's Bootcamp which is group HIIT classes incorporating equipment such as Tyres & Battle Ropes.

Where did you get the idea:
I'm local to the King's Cross area and  I noticed a shortage of fitness options available in the area. I approached the group training idea with King's Cross Estate services & the site developers Argent. They were very supported from the start.

I was very tough at first and I've learned a lot about building a business. My first session had 2 people, an employee of Argent and one of my best friends! The toughest challenge was the great British Weather. We trained outside for the first 18 months. It's a niche market but if your positive & consistent other people will believe in what you do.

The location:
The location is awesome. We train under a huge shelter (West Handyside Canopy) surrounded by all the incredible new developments on site.

The classes are designed to be as fun and interesting as possible using the functional fitness equipment. The system is also created to allow mixed abilities to train together.

Have you got a loyal set of partakers: 
There are so many repeat users it's insane. The fact people keep coming back for more is the most encouraging thing about the job.

I have statistics on who has made the most attendances that month and the top 10 get shared amongst the group via our email campaigns. A monthly prize will be introduced from April.

I think it's a fantastic way to meet new people. Not just for myself! People who train together get the chance to connect and it's a great way to make new friends.

Nutrition advice:
There's a always new ideas on the market. Especially with the Internet nowadays. The most sensible advice I can offer is to use common sense. Eat less sugar and more vegetables!! People generally know when they've been eating crap. Most of the time it's just about having self discipline and being sensible. 

Big do's and don’ts:
Do get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water. Don't drink alcohol every weekend and don't eat fast food or chocolate.

What does fitness and a healthy lifestyle mean to you:
It means everything. My main priority is my health and being able to to have relative strength makes me feel good. I run a business and I have two sons. Without exercise I think I would have far less energy, be less creative and less motivated.

Balancing your career and personal life:
I'm very lucky that my business is fitness. Everyone I deal with is generally in a great mood. Either excited pre training or pumped with endorphins post training.  The flexibility and control I have over my hours is one of the best benefits of running your own business. I can take time off whenever I want. But on the flip side, if I want the business to grow it means putting in shifts during unsociable hours.

Day's off:
On most days when I'm off my free time is spent out on adventures with my sons! My favourite parts of London are Hampstead Heath & Covent Garden. Other then that I love to go shopping and also catching up with friends for some down time.

Future plans:
I'm working on a YouTube channel to provide HIIT sessions and also create content to provide other insights to the fitness community.

I'm also considering online Personal Training which will allow me to train more people on a daily basis.

How can people reach you and join in?
My Personal Training is schedule is completely full at the moment. Moe's Bootcamp has a few spaces available on most sessions and is available to book online via my website You can also follow my daily fitness adventures on Instagram @mw5_fitness

Meet Aimee Fuller

Aimee Fuller is a British slopestyle snowboarder and an Olympian. She is our brand ambassador and a huge inspiration.

Breakfast: My favourite breakfast is my homemade banana pancakes or waffles, topped with hot blueberries, plain nutrii and Wyldsson Almond Butter. If I am in a rush, it’s either a yoghurt on the go, topped with fruits, nuts and seeds.

Morning ritual: When I am at home, I love to wake up and get my training done first thing, I’ll either run 3 or 4 miles along the coastal path back home, it’s beautiful and really kick starts my day. If not I am in the gym by 9 and kick starting my weights session, which usually takes an hour and a half! 

Day: A day on the mountain consists of an early start, a good breakfast, stretching and then head straight up the mountain, when I snowboard I don’t like stopping so I ride for around 4 hours with a good crew of people, the GB Team, or some of my Roxy Team mates, normally we have a late lunch, just something quick, baked sweet potato, tuna / chicken, veggies. Afternoon would either be spent chilling, walking around the town or in the gym, with a recovery session, spinning the legs out on the bike, stretching and core. When we are training in the US we head over to Woodward at Copper it’s an amazing facility with trampolines, and foam pits, it’s the perfect reduced risk training environment. After that a good feed with the rest of the team! 

Good shape: In the off season I do 3 heavy leg days a week in the gym, that consists of squats, single leg squats, RDLS, Single leg RDLS, and various complex exercises, that session also incorporates core, and some upper body, but all body weight, chin ups, spiderman press ups. I run 2-3 times a week as well 3-4 miles, and then I do 1 gymnastics session at home as well as a stretchy / yoga style workout 2x a week. I take 1 complete day off, and the 6th day I spend with family or friends usually doing some form of sport, surfing, or road biking. Something to keep me active but just in a more fun and relaxed environment. 

Snowboard: I started snowboarding when I was 12, before then I always skied, I had always wanted to try snowboarding but at the time they never had any snowboards in my size. Growing up I did every sport you can imagine, from gymnastics, to rollerblading, and racing motocross from the age of 6, I think these sports gave me the perfect set up for snowboarding, the speed and air time from motocross, the aerial awareness from gymnastics, and then doing tricks on skates. I had no idea I had the opportunity to turn professional until I got noticed by my first sponsor Roxy when I was 16. I literally just started it for fun and I think that’s why I am so passionate about it now.

Outdoors: I honestly can’t imagine working in an office every day, I suppose it depends on what work I was doing, I love to be active. My dream job after snowboarding would be a surfer, if not a surfer working in the media and reporting at sports events! 

Pressure: I think it’s really important to try and find that balance, snowboarding is a fun sport, and you learn by having fun and experimenting with new things. However it’s not always fun when there is 70mph winds, it’s icy, 7 am in the morning and a contest day, it’s then you have to put your head down, find that zone, and battle through. Pressure itself should only come from within, I try to ignore all external sources and put it down to pressure I put on myself from wanting to perform my best.

Role model: I have lots of Role Models, Jenny Jones, is a good friend of mine and has proved anything is possible coming from the UK and succeeding on the world stage, Torah Bright, my Roxy team mate is the queen of style on a snowboard and makes it look effortless, that’s the key. In other sports, I really look up to the British cyclists. Lizzie Armitage, Victoria Pendleton, those ladies are so fit and it’s insane the hours of gruelling training they have to put in to be at the top! 

Guilty pleasures: (spill it!) It’s got to be a big plate of greasy nachos! I also love Granola…. used to think it was healthy haha, love the sugar kick from that so I go on the odd Granola binge, with tons of yoghurt and fruit! 

Travelling: it’s got to be on a trip to Australia with Jenny, we took a detour on the way home from the mountains and went to visit the Great Barrier reef, flying all the way to the other side of the world to snowboard, I had never been to Australia, so go there and see a shark on the reef was pretty epic. 

Love & Life: I think I lead a balanced lifestyle, sure my moto is work hard play hard, it’s definitely become more balanced as I’ve got older, I am very passionate about my nutrition and putting energy into my training, that just makes you appreciate those nights out on the dance floor even more! I love to have a good dance with the girls, a Vodka Tonic with the boyfriend, and a Sunday roast with the family! 

Inspiration: Snowboarding motivates me, there is so much I want to learn, and I love the challenge of pushing my body, there are some dreams of tricks I want to learn, if you can dream you can do it, it’s just about putting the right steps in place to make those dreams a possibility.

On repeat: Hideaway - Kiesza

Learn more about Aimee and her adventures here

pictures from Red Bull Content Pool, Euan Baxter, Zach Hooper & Roxy

Meeting Quirin Rohleder

Quirin Rohleder is a sports agent based in Munich, Germany and works in a talent management agency that represents some of the world’s best action sports athletes. Quirin spent a big chunk of his life working in the surf industry and still enjoys catching quality waves. 

Breakfast rituals:

Fresh fruit with my fiancée's cereal. She bakes it herself and it’s better than anything you can buy. Lots of nuts, oat, all sorts of seeds, a bit of Chia. Mixed with almond milk or even better, spelt milk. I try to stay as seasonal as possible, but the odd mango needs to be in there once in a while. And coffee… ;-) 

Perfect day:

Big stretch in the morning, healthy breakfast, surf before lunch, productive work while it’s onshore, late evening surf session when it's glassed off….

Keeping in shape:

I surf. Then I surf. And I cycle a lot. I do not own a car, so I cycle everywhere. It seems to be enough for now…


Lot’s of different stuff, from Ganstarr to Jacques Brel, to Ben Howard, to the Eels. 

How did surfing come to your life?

Cycled past this river in Munich where you can surf this standing wave when I was 13 years old. The rest is history. My life evolves around surfing ever since.

Any favourite surfing spots? 

Peckers and Browns. This is a spot near Hossegor. Lots of nude people there, hence the name.

The most memorable adventure:

G-Land, Indonesia. I never surfed a proper reef break before. For some reason it worked out well, but in hindsight, I think I cheated death a few times without realising at the time.

Famous pal:

You know what, I’m not really into famous people. But if I’d have the chance to have dinner with snowboarder Aimee Fuller, I’d take it, ha ha ha. No seriously, this is a really difficult question and I just don’t have an answer. Modern day politicians are puppets, I find no attraction in music or film celebrities, neither in sports stars. Actually, I got one. It would be Christopher Walken. He’s a bit of a legend.


all image rights belong to: Dieter Verstl and  Lars Jacobsen

you can follow Quirin's adventures on Instagram

Madoc Threipland on secret adventures in wild places

"We like water, we like fire and we like to explore."

Secret adventures is a wonderful travel agency, a gathering, a like minded adventurers club and an excellent way to escape everyday troubles. So far adventures included swimming over to a secret island to wild camp around a fire, kayaking at night under Tower Bridge and husky sledding in the arctic circle, Madoc Threipland, the organiser, shares with us his favorite moments captured in pictures and tell us why wild swimming at the end of cold and windy October is a good idea. 

Memory: I remember climbing a huge oak tree and seeing my father like a little dot at the bottom shouting "higher, higher!"

Inspiration: Your desk is covered with beautiful cabin photos, wild swimming guides, maps… Is this how you find new adventures? I love books. my sister chooses a book by how it smells! I like them for the photos and the reminder that there's a world beyond the desk. But generally i get my inspiration from talking to people, thinking about what i would like to do myself and taking a risk here and there.

Inner child: There's a certain kind of beauty in not growing up. you seem to be great at escaping everyday troubles. What's your best advice? Focus on the thing you love and you'll find others that love it too.

Will power: Wild swimming, cold October nights… were there times you had to talk yourself into going on an adventure you thought of at the first place? Sometimes, but the momentum of having 20 enthusiastic people following me into the water is the best way of not getting cold feet. Or getting fold feet. you know what i mean...

Food: What's your perfect breakfast? The best breakfast i ever had was millions of ripe baby mangoes shaken off a tree in Tanzania. We ate them for days and turned yellow.

 Playlist: What's on repeat? Night swimming R.E.M

Secret adventures happen every week. Give it a go and enjoy night time canoeing, gatherings around a fire and lots and lots of marshmallows. 

All images belong to secret adventures.

Who's behind kitchenJulie?

Julija is a busy urbanite, a model and the author of kitchenJulie, a place to discover wholesome recipes and get some inspiration for delicious homemade dishes (chilli con carne is one of our favourites!). We were curious to find out how she does it all between her travels.  We chatted about how to keep in shape, the cupboard essentials and cooking skills. 

Breakfast rituals: I usually have a light breakfast, for example some fruit, natural yoghurt or an egg with some greens and a rye toast. I am very excited to try nutrii and am sure it will become a part of my diet. I can already imagine myself simply topping it with some fresh berries, nuts and a drizzle of honey. Mmm.

Keeping in shape: Since about half a year ago I started training regularly and usually try to do it at least three times a week. Currently I do weights & cardio training at a local gym in North Greenwich, which also has become my favourite place to train in London so far. I have a group of gym buddies and there's nothing better than great company while working out. We also really motivate each other. 

On repeat: Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better 

Discovery: My most recent discovery was pilates - I really enjoyed training on pilates machines.  I would love to try yoga (yes, I am probably the only person on this planet that never took yoga courses) and kickboxing someday.

When travelling, is it hard to stick to a healthy diet?
It definitely is more difficult, but not impossible. Plan ahead: if you see that you don't have time to have proper lunch at a cafe, buy a wholesome prepared meal and take it on a plane. I would also advise to always have healthy snacks with you and don't forget to hydrate. I only drink water and unsweetened tea when I am traveling. Don't drink sugary juices as there's no nutritional goodness left in it and avoid alcohol - doing so will make you feel more energetic and fresh. 

Tell us a bit more about kitchenJulie?
KitchenJulie is a blog about cooking which I started a bit less than a year ago. So far it has been a beautiful way to spend my free time, develop new recipes and learn about blogging. I would like to take kitchenJulie to a next level one day, maybe even work on a book. There is still a lot to learn, but I am improving every day and who knows where it might take me. For now, all I can say is ,visit kitchenJulie if you want some inspiration on cooking and I am sure you will find something to suit your taste. 

How did you get into cooking?
It happened naturally. I think I had a good example in my family. For example, my father introduced me to interesting international products when I was quite young and I learned to appreciate them. Thanks to him I tried different kinds of cheese, olives, freshly made pasta, avocado, etc. It might not sound too exciting nowadays, but growing up in Lithuania and being able to say that you really like goat's cheese at the age of 10 is quite rare. Later on, when I got into modelling and started to travel a lot, I got a chance to visit different kinds of restaurants, try various cuisines and it inspired me.

5 foods you always have in your cupboard?
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, some fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese, rye bread or rye crackers.

Apple slices with peanut butter and fruit in general, popcorn, toasted nuts & seeds, crisps that are popped, not fried. 

Best breakfast place in town? 
My place! 

Best coffee place in town?
That's a brave statement! I like Nude Espresso, Allpress in Shoreditch. :)

Cold pressed juice or a smoothie?  
Cold pressed juice. I like when it has ginger in it and is a little spicy.

A good cold pressed juice recipe: Cucumber, kale, lime, pineapple and ginger. :)

Follow Julija on Instagram for travel inspiration, food snaps and active lifestyle.

For recipes explore kitchenJulie

Catching waves with Juhani Meurman

Juhani grew up in cold, but beautiful Finland far from high waves and all-year-round beaming sun. However, love comes in mysterious ways, and 7 year old Juhani fell in love with sun, sea and surfing. Sixteen years fast forward and two continents later, he's in London, making quark (that's right, Juhani is nutrii's co-founder and CEO!) and dreaming of all things beach. We talked about his training, daily routine and famous people he'd love to dine with!  

When you were a little boy: I caught the first wave when I was 7 on holiday in Hawaii and was instantly hooked. I've been on several surf trips since then and also spent a year in both Hawaii and Australia to be closer to quality waves. I've also had some surprisingly good waves in the UK just being out in the water in Cornwall is a nice change of pace from hectic city life. Catching a good wave is a unique feeling that's hard to get from anywhere else and it makes you hungry for more! If there is anyone out there in London who would love to try surfing, check out London Surfers Meetup group and join in for trip and chats about past and coming adventures.

Training in a big city: I go to the gym regularly but it's easy to get out of shape for the next surf session. I train 3 times a week and split my days between large muscle groups. I try to put emphasis on my upper and lower back as that's usually the weak spot after not paddling for a while. I also like going for a run just to clear the head. My favourite running spots are Hampstead Heath, Hyde Park and the Limehouse Cut.

Motivation: When running a business, you tend to learn something new everyday which makes things interesting. I'd be afraid to be in a job where there is little learning, life is a routine and you stuck in one silo. My biggest motivation is seeing people enjoying the product as well as gorwing and developing the business. In surfing, it's the ride itself that motivates you to push your own boundaries. Much of it is about overcoming fear and going for bigger and better waves.

Breakfast ritual: If I'm in a rush, I have nutrii with granola. Sometimes I have a bowl of porridge with a sliced banana and quark with granola to make it more substantial. During the weekends I may have an omelette as well or a stack of pancakes with some nuts and berries. I prefer starting the day with a good amount of protein to keep the hunger away for longer. I also love a good cup of coffee to kill the morning blues.

Famous pal: If I could choose anyone who to have dinner with, it would be Nick Woodman, the founder of GoPro. He is someone who has reached success through perseverance, hard work and not giving up after failing on his first venture. After his business crashed, he went on a surf trip to Australia and Indonesia to get inspiration for a new business idea, which is when he came up with GoPro. He started out selling GoPro’s from his van and grew it through out the years to the giant that it is today. I like his unconventional approach and staying true to the original vision of the company despite being a much larger organisation. Starting another company after failing must be difficult, but Woodman turned that into a learning experience that he applied on GoPro. Hard work and ability to handle risk and learning from mistakes are some of the traits of the founder that seem to have made the company what it is today.