Blix chat to Lindsay Holden – Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and the Co-Founder of PHIIT LONDON, Fulham-based studio providing busy and PHIIT-ness loving Londoner’s a complete workout all under one roof.
Offering 3 signature classes, PHIIT incorporates Pilates and High Intensity Interval Training to provide your body with the ultimate workout that will target every muscle and challenge every aspect of your fitness.
Hi Lindsay. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I have been working in the health and fitness industry for 6-7 years as a nutritionist and a personal trainer. It really is my dream job!
What was the inspiration behind launching PHIIT?
The idea was to try to provide everything people would need under one roof. People like to do different workouts and challenge their bodies in different ways, but they often have to trek between different studios to do so. At PHIIT we offer the cardio, strength, conditioning and focused core and balance work. The combination of pilates and HIIT tackles all aspects of fitness.
Tell us more about PHIIT
PHIIT stands for Pilates High Intensity Interval Training. We offer 3 types of workout: a dynamic pilates using the MOTR, a pure HIIT using kettlebells, TRX and circuits and a hybrid class which combines the two. We are a small studio and only have 8 people in a class so we can give each person our attention enabling us to correct their form and ensure our clients move well and don’t injure themselves.
When you are not busy working, what do you like to do to unwind and relax?
Weirdly enough I like to do what I teach people to do – WORK OUT! Relaxing and unwinding to me is going for a run or sweating it out in a HIIT class. You also can’t beat going out for a really good meal and a bottle of wine!
Any tips on what to eat before and after the workout?
What you eat before depends entirely on your goals, the type of training session you are doing and how well you tolerate food. It is a very individual thing that cannot be quickly answered with a one-size fits all approach I’m afraid. When it comes to post-workout, the same applies. But what i will say is that just because you have just exercised, it doesn’t give you a hall pass to gorge. After all, you cannot out train a bad diet.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I get up at 5.25 (very specific I know!) and head to the studio or to private clients, teaching until about midday. Then the afternoon is mixed with admin, fitting in some training and mainly eating! In the evening, I’m back to either the studio or private clients again. And straight to bed at 9.30!….rock and roll.