An Interview with Louise Hazel - Olympic Athlete + Trainer

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Despite leaving her Olympic career behind, Louise Hazel is still very much involved in the fitness industry and has maintained her enviably gorgeous, atheltic physique.

I caught up with her to get an insight into her daily life and how it differs from when she was competing...


I loved watching you compete in the London 2012 Olympics and there are few people who will be unfamiliar with your athletics career, but can you please briefly describe your career to date?

I am a London 2012 Olympian and Commonwealth Gold Medallist in the heptathlon. I've represented TeamGB in the heptathlon since the age of 17 at European, World, Olympic and Commonwealth Level.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Every day is completely different since I retired from athletics. This year has already been crazy, I came second to Joey Essex in Channel 4 show "The Jump" and I've just launched #FitForFree an initiative that is aimed at encouraging the development and funding for Free exercise across the UK.

I'm currently doing free fitness classes every Wednesday in July at Pineapple Dance Studios.

What is your own training regime like? Is it very different from when you were competing or have some aspects stuck with you?

I still train like an elite athlete just not as often, I run every week and I lift weights in the gym, and I still get frustrated when I think I can do more! :)

I wish I had have been able to get into athletics when I was younger, but there wasn’t much opportunity. Do you think it’s possible for adults to venture into any kind of track and field sports (even just for fun and fitness) and how would you suggest they do go about this?

There are plenty of local athletics clubs, and they are a great way of staying fit and healthy. Club training nights tends to be on Tuesdays and Thursdays if not every night of the week and memberships are often much cheaper than the gym. You'll find details of your local training facilities at www.britishathletics.org

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How did you educate yourself on fitness and nutrition?

I was fortunate to learn from the best. I've always trained with Elite level coaching, which heavily shapes the way I view fitness. Most personal trainers focus on "beasting" their clients, but it's important that sessions are challenging enough but not injury inducing.

I qualified as a personal trainer and nutritionist in 2012, having fallen ill from a stomach problem. Only then did I really educate myself on nutrition and the benefits of clean eating.

What do you eat in a day?

At the moment, I'm not taking any supplements as I'm not in heavy training. I eat three main meals per day and a couple of snacks. My appetite always decreases in the summer and I naturally eat a lot fewer carbohydrates a maximum of two very small portions per day!

Some recipes can be found on thepodiumeffect.com

How does your diet differ from when you were competing?

It's vastly different, I can't get away with eating as much as I did when I was training twice per day. Although you'd think my diet was better when I was training, it was actually much worse. It was full of sugar, energy drinks and crappy carbs! Terrible - makes me feel dirty just thinking about it! LOL.

One thing that hasn't changed is my love for chips, especially sweet potato fries!

How do you fit in eating a healthy, balanced diet? Do you find that you have to prepare meals in advance?

It's easy when you get into the rhythm of it. I juice every morning. I soak my oats overnight and I always make sure I have a box of eggs to hand. These are my healthy eating essentials.

Your current focus is on The Podium Effect. Can you briefly describe what this is, who it is designed for and what motivated you to create it?

I am the founder of online weight-loss plan The Podium Effect which I launched in 2013. I designed 60 day challenges for those who want to get fit whilst managing a busy lifestyle. There are six stages in total and they get progressively more challenging. I provide nutritional guidelines and video workouts meaning that with just 30 minutes a day you can ensure a long term physical transformation.

It's perfect for home use, but users also travel with it on holidays, work breaks, etc.

What is your ethos?

Love hard, run fast, smile often and drink plenty of water!


Tried The Podium Effect? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

An Interview with Madeleine Shaw - Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor + Author

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I recently had the pleasure of taking an amazingly revitalising morning yoga class with the beautiful Madeleine Shaw. We caught up afterwards to enjoy a smoothie and some chit chat. I discovered that her down-to-earth nature is enchanting and her calm and happy nature is easily contagious.

Here you can learn what you can expect from Madeleine’s glowing new book, how she feeds her thirst for nutrition knowledge, and what it’s like to build a healthy career.


There will be few people who aren’t familiar with you since the release of your beautiful new book, Get the Glow. But in case anyone has been hiding under a rock, could you please briefly describe who you are and what you do?

I’m a qualified nutritional health coach, yoga teacher and author. I love creating recipes and giving advice to people to help enliven the hottest, happiest and healthiest version of themselves. This includes gluten and sugar free recipes that help heal the body from within.


I’ve already touched on it, but you’ve recently released your first book, congratulations! Can you briefly describe what people can expect to find inside?

Of course! All of my recipes are gluten and sugar free so you can find one hundred yummy, natural recipes in my book. They are all easy to prepare, and the kinds of foods you would like to eat everyday. There’s a good mix of vegan, vegetarian and of course, meat dishes in there so there really is something for everyone.


Where did your health and nutrition journey begin?

It began when I moved to Australia and started working in an organic cafe on Bondi. I used to think low fat and calorie free foods were good for you and lived on a diet of low fat yoghurt and rice cakes. I had terrible digestive problems, bad skin and limp hair. My job in the cafe, and the healthy Australian way of life educated me about food and what I should be putting in my body. I knew in that moment that I wanted to follow a job path into health and nutrition.

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How do you educate yourself on nutrition?

I first studied at the Integrated Institute of Nutrition and trained to be a nutritional health coach. I am now studying a three year course in Neuropathic Nutrition at CNM in London.


What do you love most about your career?

I love that I get to help people and change people’s perspective on food. It makes me so happy to hear from people whose lives I’ve had an impact on no matter how big or small it may be.


And what is the most challenging aspect?

That just hard to switch off, owning your own business means it everyday 247 so its hard to have down time.


What exciting things can we expect to see from you in the future?

I’m working on an online wellness platform for mindfulness, exercise and nutrition called the Glow Guides. It’s not quite ready yet, but I’m so excited about it!

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What sort of things might you get up to on a typical day?

I’ll wake up early and go to an exercise class, and if not I’ll go to a yoga class later in the day.

I love to cook, so if I’m working from home I’ll be whipping up something in the kitchen. It’s really sad but I spend a lot of time on my laptop sending emails, and researching. If I’m not working from home I’ll be running around to different meetings in London.


What do you eat in a day?

I love eating eggs and avocado for breakfast. This is pretty much a staple meal for me.

For lunch I’ll then have something light like a salad with some form of protein.

Then for dinner, I’ll sit down with my boyfriend and have a big hearty meal at home. I love cooking dinner in my house for everyone it makes me feel happy to have people enjoy my food!


You’ve recently qualified as a yoga instructing (and I’ve had the pleasure of practising with you!), but are there any other fitness disciplines that you enjoy? Do you follow an exercise regime?

As I said, I love going to classes. I love Core Collective, Lomax and I also have ClassPass which is great - there’s so many amazing classes in London to choose from so in that respect I’m spoilt for choice!


What is your ethos?

I try to only eat foods that you can pick, hunt, or gather. It's very caveman but it's also a very natural way of eating!


I highly recommend picking up a copy of Madeleine's beautiful book, Get the Glow for some hot, happy and healthy inspiration. If you already have your hands on a copy, let me know what your favourite recipe is so that I can send it to the top of my list!