Natalie Lee, founder of award winning fashion site Style Me Sunday, created her blog back in 2012 as a creative outlet during pregnancy. Today, thanks to the #WarriorWoman initiative set up last year, she leverages her influence to spread the word on diversity, body confidence and self acceptance. Nat’s carefully considered social media content is a vibrant mash up of high street style, serious discussion, beauty tips and travel posts – all delivered with a candour and inclusivity that make her utterly relatable. She’s appeared on the cover of Rock n Roll Bride, written about female hair loss for The Pool and features in Marie Claire’s “Verified Power 2018′ list. I managed to pin her down for a quick fire round of Q&As where she talks about the importance of listening to your body, coke floats and staying in your lane. Enjoy…
Rhiannon Lambert, leading Harley Street nutritionist, imparts evidence-based health advice to a whole range of clients – from postpartum mums to professional footballers. An avid foodie and popular face on social media, newspaper and TV circuits (she consulted behind the scenes on the Masterchef series), she also works alongside NHS cardiologists and GPs to demonstrate the influence nutrition can have on illness and recovery. On top of all that she has developed menus at some of London’s finest eateries and has a book, Re-nourish: The definitive Guide to Optimum Nutrition, coming out in December 2017.
Blogger, vlogger, sports model and co-founder of the #girlsgains movement, Zanna Van Dijk is one of the fitness industry’s biggest rising stars. When Women’s Fitness magazine cited her as “one to watch in 2016” they weren’t wrong; she currently has almost 100k Instagram followers and her first book The Balanced Body comes out at the end of the year. I caught up with her to talk smoothie recipes, guilty pleasures and favourite London restaurants.
Co-creator of luxury residential retreat, The Strength Sanctuary, avid marathon runner (she has no less than 11 under her belt), mother, football coach, qualified PE teacher and personal trainer, Amy Lamont is a force to be reckoned with. When she’s not teaching packed out Piloxing classes, Amy’s helping individuals stay on track with their fitness goals – from new mums to seasoned athletes. Channelling an athleisure wardrobe that’s as diverse as her fitness CV, you’ll be hard pushed to catch her in the same leggings twice.
She’s amassed quite a following during her 13 years as a yoga teacher and is one of the sets of brains behind Strength Sanctuary, a brand new wellness retreat for women set in rural Kent. From Thailand to Yorkshire, Tania Brown’s journey has taken her to some pretty special places but she still manages to stay remarkably grounded. When not leading inspirational hatha yoga classes, this yogi whirlwind can be found hosting acclaimed retreats at Trill Farm in Devon, fulfilling her duties as a Lululemon ambassador and running around with her two sons. How does she do it? With Headspace, Rioja and a good old dose of Dolly.
Following a successful career in advertising, Claire started her much lauded health and fitness consultancy in 2008. These days, when she’s not competing in triathlons or organising luxury barefoot retreats on private islands, she’s creating world-class workouts for discerning clients. As a result, her name has become synonymous with the cream of London’s health and wellness scene. Spurred on by the desire to build a studio that bridged the gap between boutique fitness, motivational group classes and personal training, she launched Transition Zone in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since.
What started off as a social media movement aimed at empowering women to become fitter, healthier and happier, has since developed into a fully fledged fitness community. Talitha Rye is one of three women behind the 27,000-strong Insta success that is Girl Gains. On the eve of International Women’s Day, I catch up with her to talk about girl boss inspiration, Ariana Grande and why you’ll never catch her drinking skinny tea.
Ruben Tabares needs little introduction. The former hurdles athlete and superstar trainer is respected the world over for his unique coaching approach. When he’s not putting the likes of Amir Khan, Tinie Tempah and P Diddy through their paces (to name just a few of his A lister fans), you’ll find him training his 10 year old’s football team and honing his knowledge of nutrition. I caught up with him in his sleek new fitness centre, nestled deep in the heart of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park.