Meet The Blonde Thos; the Alice in Wonderland of the fitness world.
Natalie Goodchild is her name and curiosity is in her nature. With her thirst for knowledge and scientific approach to fitness, Natalie’s blog is a haven of technical articles from diets and fitness trackers to supplementation and weight training.
Balance, moderation and sustainability is at the core of The Blonde Ethos, three values which mirror our own. We sat down with Natalie and hit her with our 5 burning questions.
"I FELL IN LOVE FOR THE STRENGTH IT GAVE ME."
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE STYLE OF TRAINING AND WHY?
I love to get variety into my training regime but it’s mainly based around weight training. I fell in love with weight training for the confidence and strength it gave me, for how it encouraged me to learn about the anatomy of my body, for how it enables me to sculpt my body however I like, and for how varied it can be in itself.
WHAT’S YOUR YANG?
I always have a protein shake and a handful of supplements with breakfast – it’s my insurance policy. Whatever happens in the hours following brekkie, I know that my nutrition has somewhat been taken care of.
WHAT’S YOUR YIN?
Sweeties. I’m not one for desserts, pastries or booze but give me a big bag of pick ‘n’ mix and I’m yours.
Knowing that I can get a little carried away on a trip to the sweet shop, I try to be really conscious of what I eat during the week – focusing on nutritious whole foods to make me feel good and stay productive – and save treats until the weekend. If I fancy something in particular during the week, I’ll make a mental note of it and treat myself when Friday comes around. After the wait, it tastes so much better!
"GIVE ME A BIG BAG OF PICK 'N' MIX AND I'M YOURS."
WHAT ACTIVEWEAR BRAND ARE YOU LOVING AT THE MOMENT?
I’m not sure I’ve ever had a single favourite activewear brand. I love to pick and choose high quality pieces that perform and last, so sites like Hip and Healthy tend to be my go-to when jutting out my workout wardrobe!
IF YOU HAD TO GIVE ONE FITNESS TIP TO OUR LADIES THAT LIFT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Listen to your body. If something hurts, stop. If you’re feeling tired, rest. If you’re hungry, eat.
I’m not saying that it’s okay to make excuses or go easy on yourself – that won’t get you the results that make you feel good – but you should know the dangers of overtraining, under-eating or under-sleeping . I’ve had some of my strongest training sessions after a week off!