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Personal Best

2015-09-28 00:00:00

Issue 15 of Personal Best

Issue 15 of Personal Best

Style PB turns One!

Where has the year gone, we can't quite believe it's nearly the end of September and Style PB is now 1 year old! We are loving the autumnal days with a chill in the air, bright blue skies and golden leaves. This all makes for perfect outdoor runs and seasonal layering! We especially love the ALALA Boyfriend vest to keep us warm!.


Our StylePB woman this month is Parisian born and super stylish personal trainer 'Amelie Khellaf' . We interviewed Amelie whilst she put us through a tough session of strength and toning exercises on Clapham Common in the beautiful sunshine. She creates signature moves that left us aching the next day and with a new found love of our abs! Amelie is also an inspiration for making the change from a stressful corporate career to pursuing her dream by starting out on her own as a PT and nutritionist. Her mediterranean upbringing trickles into her philosophy on food and diet and luckily for us this means you're allowed dessert!


If you want to try a session with Amelie before all the celebs have booked her up, then enter our competition to win a personalised session with her! Details on Page 4.


Love Natalie, Style PB *


Interview with Amelie Khellaf

What inspired you to make the leap from the corporate world to starting your own business?

This is something I had been thinking about for several years but life kept getting in the way; a promotion at work, children, house moves etc. This year was finally a quieter time in my life and I felt prepared and ready to launch my Personal Training and Nutrition business.

Your favourite places to work out in London?

Regents Park! I used to live on Great Portland Street and got to know the place pretty well. It’s full of lovely discreet spots where I can train my clients. The beauty of Regents Park is also that it’s never heaving which is the ultimate luxury in London!

How does your French heritage influence the way you eat?

It’s a way a life, an upbringing. It’s pretty basic and could be summed up as follows; three meals a day with a 4 o’clock snack, reasonable portions and cooking meals from scratch which allows me to choose healthy ingredients. The structure of the meals is also very important, for example lunch and dinner should consist of a starter, a main and a dessert. It may sound like a lot of food but it in fact eradicates the need to graze.

What is the best bit of advice you have been given?

"Plan for what you know; deal with the situation you are in, not for the situation you think you will be in."

www.AmelieKhellaf.com

Run us through your typical day.

I wake up at 5:45 am and go to the gym for a 45mns workout. I usually have my first client at 7am and it’s pretty much non-stop until 3pm. At 3:30pm, I usually pick up my children from school and take them to their respective activities until 5pm. I then go home and cook dinner for my family. Most evenings, I will have 2 to 3 clients I train between 6 and 9pm or be at The South Kensington Club to teach my class, AMK HIIT. I have dinner with my husband and catch up on our day when I get home. I usually dedicate an hour to go through my clients’ programmes and progress, research new training techniques and devise signature movements. I try to be in bed and asleep by 11pm.

What is the most common mistake you see in people you train?

Bad posture. It’s the first thing I work on with my clients. A lot of people are under a lot of stress and live very sedentary lives which dramatically affects the way they hold themselves. I’m like a broken record: I keep repeating "soft on your knees, shoulders down and stomach in!"


What did you learn in New York in regards to fitness training?

Where do I start?! New Yorkers are so committed to their fitness regime that it’s contagious. They are also extremely competitive which pushes you to want to do better. The other thing I brought back from NYC is the ability to fit in a workout in my day no matter what. New Yorkers are tremendously short of time so fitness professionals there come up with the most cunning ways of making a 20 to 45 minute training work very hard!


Your favourite items from Style PB?

Where do I start…? I love HPE, Skinny Compression Leggings which fit like a glove and really hold everything in. Michi, Wildcat Bra is already a classic and ALALA’s Boyfriend Vest is to activewear what the LBD is to fashion: so stylish it can be worn from gym to dinner!



2

Every Second Counts

Speed Legging
Black,
£58


Shop now

1

Striders Edge

Dynamic Vest
Coral,
£35


Shop now

Style PB turns One!

Where has the year gone, we can't quite believe it's nearly the end of September and Style PB is now 1 year old! We are loving the autumnal days with a chill in the air, bright blue skies and golden leaves. This all makes for perfect outdoor runs and seasonal layering! We especially love the ALALA Boyfriend vest to keep us warm!.


Our StylePB woman this month is Parisian born and super stylish personal trainer 'Amelie Khellaf' . We interviewed Amelie whilst she put us through a tough session of strength and toning exercises on Clapham Common in the beautiful sunshine. She creates signature moves that left us aching the next day and with a new found love of our abs! Amelie is also an inspiration for making the change from a stressful corporate career to pursuing her dream by starting out on her own as a PT and nutritionist. Her mediterranean upbringing trickles into her philosophy on food and diet and luckily for us this means you're allowed dessert!


If you want to try a session with Amelie before all the celebs have booked her up, then enter our competition to win a personalised session with her! Details on Page 4.


Love Natalie, Style PB *


Interview with Amelie Khellaf

What inspired you to make the leap from the corporate world to starting your own business?

This is something I had been thinking about for several years but life kept getting in the way; a promotion at work, children, house moves etc. This year was finally a quieter time in my life and I felt prepared and ready to launch my Personal Training and Nutrition business.

Your favourite places to work out in London?

Regents Park! I used to live on Great Portland Street and got to know the place pretty well. It’s full of lovely discreet spots where I can train my clients. The beauty of Regents Park is also that it’s never heaving which is the ultimate luxury in London!

How does your French heritage influence the way you eat?

It’s a way a life, an upbringing. It’s pretty basic and could be summed up as follows; three meals a day with a 4 o’clock snack, reasonable portions and cooking meals from scratch which allows me to choose healthy ingredients. The structure of the meals is also very important, for example lunch and dinner should consist of a starter, a main and a dessert. It may sound like a lot of food but it in fact eradicates the need to graze.

What is the best bit of advice you have been given?

"Plan for what you know; deal with the situation you are in, not for the situation you think you will be in."

www.AmelieKhellaf.com

Run us through your typical day.

I wake up at 5:45 am and go to the gym for a 45mns workout. I usually have my first client at 7am and it’s pretty much non-stop until 3pm. At 3:30pm, I usually pick up my children from school and take them to their respective activities until 5pm. I then go home and cook dinner for my family. Most evenings, I will have 2 to 3 clients I train between 6 and 9pm or be at The South Kensington Club to teach my class, AMK HIIT. I have dinner with my husband and catch up on our day when I get home. I usually dedicate an hour to go through my clients’ programmes and progress, research new training techniques and devise signature movements. I try to be in bed and asleep by 11pm.

What is the most common mistake you see in people you train?

Bad posture. It’s the first thing I work on with my clients. A lot of people are under a lot of stress and live very sedentary lives which dramatically affects the way they hold themselves. I’m like a broken record: I keep repeating "soft on your knees, shoulders down and stomach in!"


What did you learn in New York in regards to fitness training?

Where do I start?! New Yorkers are so committed to their fitness regime that it’s contagious. They are also extremely competitive which pushes you to want to do better. The other thing I brought back from NYC is the ability to fit in a workout in my day no matter what. New Yorkers are tremendously short of time so fitness professionals there come up with the most cunning ways of making a 20 to 45 minute training work very hard!


Your favourite items from Style PB?

Where do I start…? I love HPE, Skinny Compression Leggings which fit like a glove and really hold everything in. Michi, Wildcat Bra is already a classic and ALALA’s Boyfriend Vest is to activewear what the LBD is to fashion: so stylish it can be worn from gym to dinner!



2

Every Second Counts

Speed Legging
Black,
£58


Shop now

1

Striders Edge

Dynamic Vest
Coral,
£35


Shop now