Hollie is one of our Pilates master instructors at Absolute. She has been working with us almost since the day we opened and she is one tough cookie. Her classes and healthy life style have inspired many of us, myself included so I was thrilled to interview her for these pages. We talked about how she developed her style, along with everything from the specialization of Pilates, equipment, and more.
1. What sparked your initial enthusiasm for Pilates?
I was doing a lot of Pilates in the run up to a charity event I was taking part in. I’d agreed to run 7 marathons in 7 days for charity and kept getting injured whilst training. Pilates helped me prepare and was the only training I could actually do post-run. I was badly injured and I realised I wanted to be able to support others in reducing injury and protecting their bodies while working out.
2. What are some tips you have for people to get into shape?
Move, move, move! Do one thing every day that gets you out of breath. No matter what it is; gardening, power walking etc. If you’re trying to get fit fast, try HIIT. It prompts you to keep burning fat for up to 48 hours afterwards and it shreds away fat. For women, lifting heavy weights will also help burn fat for long periods afterwards, as well as improve the metabolism.
3. What are some common mistakes people make when working out?
Technique! Be careful and conscious of what muscles you are actually using. Often you see men in the gym, constantly working their pecs and traps: what they are doing is simply giving themselves a kypothic/hunched back! Also, doing sit-ups will not give you a flat tummy! Pilates ensures that you use all muscle groups equally. Speaking to a fitness professional will help you understa nd what you should and shouldn’t be doing.
4. Are there any fun exercises people can do at home?
Use a flexi band! There are loads of great exercises online/on YouTube that you can use to recreate reformer pilates – with the flexi band.
5. What do you listen to when you work out?
Music that gets me pumped. Usually music with a lot of bass in it. If I don’t feel like going to the gym, I just listen to my playlist and that always gets me in the mood!
6. What is your favourite cheat food?
CHOCOLATE! I used to be a Chocolatier before Pilates and I can’t shake that addiction.
7. What motivates you to stay on track with your diet and training?
My career. I should be an advert for my services and nobody trusts a fat PT. You should lead by example in fitness.
8. What is one thing you could tell us about yourself that others would be shocked to know?
I used to be an award winning pastry chef and once I ran 7 marathons in 7 days and cycled 1000 miles from John O’ Groats to Lands’ End for charity!
9. If you could have a different job what would it be?
I always wanted to have my own farm or own an organic coffee shop/healthy food café. I also completed a psychology degree as I was going to be an educational psychologist.
10. If you could be one character from a book who would it be?
Katniss Everdeen – May the odds be ever in your favour J
11. If you won the lottery what would you do?
I would move to Cornwall and surf all day every day.