Hi I’m Coralie (: I live in Manchester & work in media. My road into health & fitness has been pretty winding and bumpy to be honest! I’ve learnt the long way round what healthy and fit really means, and what it doesn’t.

Before University I was quite unhealthy & slightly overweight. I drank a lot – usually cider or wine, had a great love for bread and all things baked and didn’t really like meat or vegetables. I was always brought up around food, served a homemade wholesome dinner, but bread on the side and dessert was pretty standard. I guess that’s where my love for food came from… And has stayed!

 Once at University away from home, I joined a gym and tried to lose weight. I jumped into the ‘thinspiration’ trends and was focused on quick fixes, diet pills & potions and endless cardio. I was always curious about the men’s space in the gym (that’s how I used to refer to the weights section), but I wouldn’t even look at it for more than a few seconds in case I looked silly. So I stuck to the treadmill, cross trainer and gym classes. I started reading about healthier, balanced lifestyles and loved the concept of just eating whole foods, where there were only a handful of ingredients and I could pronounce them… except quinoa but we’ll let him off 😉

 I have always loved cooking, baking and experimenting so I started making ‘clean’ versions of the food I ate and learnt so much about ingredients. I invested in a personal trainer whom I have learnt so much from, his knowledge is incredible. My two passions are health & fitness, and helping people – which brings me here! I’m not qualified, I do not know everything.. However I hope to keep learning and keep educating others towards a balanced healthy lifestyle.

HOW I GOT INTO FITNESS...

Through exercise classes, and body pump – I loved the weights aspect!

MY FAVOURITE EXERCISE...

Like Seton, squats! But for me it’s because the first time I walked up to a squat rack on my own, loaded it and started squatting was the best day ever! I realised how much confidence I had developed.

HOW I IMPLEMENT A FLEXIBLE DIET INTO MY LIFESTYLE...

Planning and not being too hard on myself. If I know I’ve got a busy social week, I’ll just be mindful to eat sensibly where I can, and to get back on track afterwards.

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT WORKING OUT...

I love reading motivational, self-development books. SO I do spend a lot of time reading them, or listening to them on audio on my walks.

IF I COULD PROVIDE ONE TIP...

Goal setting. If anything will get you up at 6am to the gym, and keep your hands away from the office doughnuts, it will be knowing you’re working towards something you want more than that.