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.

Challenges:
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.
 

Community:
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 www.mw5-fitness.com You can also follow my daily fitness adventures on Instagram @mw5_fitness


Meet Aimee Fuller

Aimee Fuller is a British slopestyle snowboarder who represented Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She is 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

aimeefuller.co.uk

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…

Playlist:

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.

Snacking:
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. 


Up in the air with Agne Šimanskyte

Agne is a blogger at Red Bull and a girl that absolutely nailed any sort of board sport! We can easily spend hours watching her extreeeeeme videos - the ones where she's kiting are our favourites. Not only a rising international board sports star, Agne is also a businesswoman, she co-founded Board Sports travel agency and a clothing shop chain. We wondered what's in her fridge and asked her how does she fit exercising, personal life and business in one day. 

Breakfast: My favourite breakfast is oats with some fruits and yogurt - that's what I usually eat for breakfast - especially when I am travelling with my best friend Paula Novotna -  her oats are the best! 

Energy: When you are doing loads of sports it's important to choose what to eat - unhealthy food steals energy! Therefore, I am trying to be very picky when choosing what's on my plate. 

Routine: My days are very different and I travel a lot! If I'm not abroad, then I go to different cable parks and kite spots or head to indoor snowboarding dome in Lithuania, which is very exciting. Sometimes I miss having a daily routine. That said, waking up in my own bed feels like being on holiday! If I do manage to stay at home for a bit, then I'm never in a hurry - I take time to have long breakfast, grab a coffee and then head to “BoardSports” HQ to meet up with my team and do some office work. In the evening, I enjoy dinner with my friends at my favourite hometown restaurant called “Briusly".

BoardSports: BoardSports is the biggest player in action sports as well as in action lifestyle industry in Lithuania. We are not only owning the biggest shop, but we are also taking care of building a friendly community for people who love wakeboarding, kiteboarding, snowboarding, skateboarding… We are organising lots of events, camps, schools, competitions and sponsoring young talent. 

Everybody can get involved - they simply need to give me a shout and I will show them the cool way of living ;)

Moment:I love many different action sports, but my favourite one is still kiteboarding. I really enjoy “golden hour” sessions at my home spot called “Svencele" in Lithuania. 

Guilty pleasures: Wine. Guilty. 

Playlist: Beyonce - Love On Top :)

Follow Agne on Instagram for high jumps, lots of splashing water, crazy parties and a cool way of living! 


Down the river with Swim Dem Crew

Swim Dem Crew meets every Saturday at different pools around London and invite others who shared a similar interest to come and join them. The Saturday sessions are often followed by food and socials.

It's a huge community of passionate swimmers - they swim when it's grim, cold, and rainy, and when most of the world would rather stay in bed (which obviously are Monday and Saturday mornings). But they are a crew and in the same sometimes lazy world there's noting better than holding hands with as crazy pals and jumping into a cold pond when the rest of us are still asleep.

We talked to the founder Peigh Asante about swimming, eating and other similarly good things. 

Breakfast: what's usually in your breakfast bowl? 

Usually I have Bran Flakes and warm almond milk, occasionally I throw in some raisins and cashews for extra crunch!  

Crew: How did it all start? 

Started back in 2013 when Myself, Nathaniel Cole and Emily Deyn were bored of swimming on our own. We wanted to swim and socialise with our friends so thats exactly what we did. Fast forward two years and we've now built a community around a love for swimming. 

 

Cold Water Swimming: The thoughts of a nice hot flask of Rooibos waiting for me usually get me swimming on cold days. That and hot food :) 

Training: I would love say I have a special diet but I really don't. I eat a lot of fish, in fact I think its safe to say 70% of my diet is fish. I'm totally a morning person and for that reason I like to train before breakfast.

Adventure: I'm not sure how big of an adventure this is, but it was a big deal to me... Last year I camped for the first time in 28 years of living on god's green earth. The camp was part of an open water swim, that starts at 4:30am and went upstream along the River Thames. At this point I didn't really have any open water experience and was pretty much still a novice swimmer, but was full of intrigue and determination. 

I finished the swim with a thirst for more, and here we are today. :) 

Guilty pleasures: (spill it!)  Harrisa Paste! I put it on absolutely everything!!!! 

Inspiration:  The people around me inspire me. Friends, family, work colleagues, strangers. I get inspiration from everything. Lately the group of young adults we taught to swim have really, really inspired me. 

On repeat:  This is constantly changing but as I type this it's:

 

Swim Dem Crew meets every Saturday at different pools around London and invite others who shared a similar interest to come and join them. The Saturday sessions are often followed by food and socials.

It's a huge community of passionate swimmers - they swim when it's grim, cold, and rainy, and when most of the world would rather stay in bed (which obviously are Monday and Saturday mornings). But they are a crew and in the same sometimes lazy world there's noting better than holding hands with as crazy pals and jumping into a cold pond when the rest of us are still asleep.

We talked to the founder Peigh Asante about swimming, eating and other similarly good things. 

Breakfast: what's usually in your breakfast bowl? 

Usually I have Bran Flakes and warm almond milk, occasionally I throw in some raisins and cashews for extra crunch!  

Crew: How did it all start? 

Started back in 2013 when Myself, Nathaniel Cole and Emily Deyn were bored of swimming on our own. We wanted to swim and socialise with our friends so thats exactly what we did. Fast forward two years and we've now built a community around a love for swimming. 

 

Cold Water Swimming: The thoughts of a nice hot flask of Rooibos waiting for me usually get me swimming on cold days. That and hot food :) 

Training: I would love say I have a special diet but I really don't. I eat a lot of fish, in fact I think its safe to say 70% of my diet is fish. I'm totally a morning person and for that reason I like to train before breakfast.

Adventure: I'm not sure how big of an adventure this is, but it was a big deal to me... Last year I camped for the first time in 28 years of living on god's green earth. The camp was part of an open water swim, that starts at 4:30am and went upstream along the River Thames. At this point I didn't really have any open water experience and was pretty much still a novice swimmer, but was full of intrigue and determination. 

I finished the swim with a thirst for more, and here we are today. :) 

Guilty pleasures: (spill it!)  Harrisa Paste! I put it on absolutely everything!!!! 

Inspiration:  The people around me inspire me. Friends, family, work colleagues, strangers. I get inspiration from everything. Lately the group of young adults we taught to swim have really, really inspired me. 

On repeat:  This is constantly changing but as I type this it's:

Letta Mbulu - Nomalizo 

Pretty sure its a sign of me getting old but really into disco and funk and the moment...  

Peigh's just made a wonderful video with Google about his journey! 

 

 

 

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