We had a chat with Russell Bateman, trainer to supermodels and founder of The Skinny Bitch Collective (the SBC), who told us all about his bespoke approach to fitness and shared some of his top tips too.
OB: What is The SBC approach and how is it different?
Russell: Each woman who comes to train with us walks in with a huge '?' above her head. You have to realise that the individual could have structural / postural /hormonal issues that in the short and long term will affect their goals. Nutrition, sleep and stress levels must be assessed. We take all of this into consideration when we take on someone new.
We are about to launch something so special. An all round service called "Woman 2.0”. SBC will now offer specialist coaching services alongside its traditional skill set. This will include an "SBC nutcracker" class; An exciting Ballet/ fitness fusion with an amazing talent called Sonoya Mizuno; martial arts from Fran Riggio; self defence, combat and weaponry skills. A human movement service from James Crew will also figure along with psychologist support from Emma Cathcart. There will also be some amazing Supperclub events with Danielle Copperman who is taking SBC recipes to a new level of superfood heaven. These are all services designed to upgrade every aspect of the female life style. Empowerment through energy and education.
OB: How should we aim to eat and work out to look like the supermodels you train?
Russell: Have a structured workout that includes variables to challenge you in every aspect.
Get adequate rest.
Make healthy versions of your favourite treats! Add chia and coconut oil and add superfood powders to your meals!
Here is a powerful SBC Wake shake, created for us by the model Danielle Copperman:
The SBC Wake Shake
- Coconut water
Blend them together and enjoy!
Spirulina is a god send and the one by Organic Burst is a staple and recommendation in all of my shakes or juices.
OB: What are the common misconceptions in diet and fitness that you come across?
Russell: Too many girls make the mistake of thinking long haul cardio is great for fat loss. It's actually probably doing more harm than good. You need to be mixing up your program and avoiding the same mundane exercises that will not challenge you nor contribute to any composition changes. Overtraining on these kinds of machines will increase your cortisol levels which in turn will decrease crucial hormones needed for repair and recovery.
OB: What is your number 1 tip for enhancing endurance?
Russell: To enhance endurance, sleep and stress hormones need to be balanced. Maca is great for that.
Visit The SBC at http://thesbcollective.com/
Follow Russell Bateman on Twitter here http://twitter.com/thesbcollective
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