60 Seconds with Claire Finlay


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.

First thing I do when I wake up is... check my emails and drink a hot water and lemon to clear everything out.

My guilty pleasure is... a leg massage.

The fitness app I can’t live without is... Activity. I use this on my iWatch, it keeps me on track with steps and heart rate, runs etc

One wellness trend you’ll never see me try is... Zumba

If I didn’t work in the fitness industry, I’d be... back in advertising

I never make a smoothie without adding... a nut butter of some description.

The last time I cried was... seeing my daughter in her school concert.

The motto I live by is... If you’re going to do something, do it well or not at all.

The tune that gets me pumped is... anything disco and funky.

Last book I read was... GUT by Giulia Enders.

Can’t live without...my daughter, my husband and my coffee.

Top 3 London eats:NamaEight over eightThe private members club at Olympic cinema – simple food with a really nice atmosphere.

The advice I’d give my 20-something self is... don’t waste your life in a nightclub.

The woman who inspires me most is... Adele - what you see is what you get. There are no frills with her, just massive talent.

The achievement I’m most proud of is... my daughter.