• Up close with Emilie Layla Lovaine

Up close with Emilie Layla Lovaine

Lifestyle and Fitness Blogger and Photographer

Surfer. Yoga. Vegan. Passionate about healing with food.

Our London girl Emilie has recently become a qualified personal trainer for spin/cycling, circuits and gym based boxing and has a certificate in sports nutrition. Frequently in the water, she is always down to go surfing, SUPing or practice yoga on the beach. Here we get to know our mermaid’s secrets for a better, healthier life.

Where did you grow up and how has this shaped the person you are today?

I grew up in a little town in the south west of England, I grew up with 4 Brothers, who were all into different sports, and being a twin, we were quite competitive, so I was always doing a different club or sports activity every night of the week, trying to keep up with my brothers! Growing up quite active, and always focused around team sports, it was a big part of my childhood, and naturally something that was easy to continue doing,. Exercise was something that was embedded into my routine and was just apart of my lifestyle rather than something that felt like a chore.

How did you get into personal training?

I love being active and really enjoy a big variety of exercise; I get board quite easily, so always try to vary my workouts as much as possible! When I finished my desk job in January, I booked into a week’s fitness boot camp, which was 7 days of fitness classes back to back every day, from 7am until 8pm. It was the first time I had done training of that intensity and I fell in love! I also relocated from Wales, where the local beach was a few minutes away, to literally the furthest point away from the coast in the UK – Northampton. As we were now 4 hours away from the local surf beach, I knew keeping up my fitness levels was a priority, so that’s really when my training stepped up. I naturally started documenting my training across my social channels and started to get people asking me for advise, so I decided to look into a Personal Training course, so I could learn and develop my skills more. Luckily I was offered a full scholarship to do the Level 2 and 3 qualification this August/September with The Training Room, and now I’m a fully qualified Personal Trainer!

How long have you been surfing?

Growing up in Warminster, we weren’t close to the coast, so beach trips only came around during the summer holidays, it wasn’t until I started University, and moved to South Wales, with the local surf beaches in my back yard that I had my first introduction to the Water. My Flat mate (and now fiancé Jon) surfed, and he promised he’d take me for a lesson if I promised to start practicing my pop ups… so a few hours later, there I was in the hallway trying to get to grips! Later that month he took me for my first surf lesson at 22. ! I’d never say I was a “good” surfer, for me surfing is about challenging myself, and always trying to get that little bit stronger, better. It’s defiantly one of the best workouts you will ever do and every session you will finish with the biggest smile on your face!

What’s your favorite quote or mantra that you try and live your life by?

Work harder than you think you did yesterday. You can do anything you put your mind to

Who or what inspires you?

I love people that aren’t afraid to be themselves, that are driven by there passions and set themselves challenges. I always set myself goals every few months, and I make sure I do what ever I can to make them a reality, I love people that have that fire and drive in them, and it’s infectious. ‘you can do anything you put your mind to’ when you put your heart and soul into something, people notice and it inspires them, peoples passions and drive inspires me.

What about diet? Any specific guidelines you stick to?

I eat quite a clean diet, I suffer with hormone imbalances and I find what I eat – especially if I eat animal products, my symptoms really flair up, so I try and eat a clean vegan diet,

Consisting of a lot of fruit, veg, nuts, grains and of course clean vegan dessert treats! I also try to have a protein shake after training, I use Neat Nutrition vegan pea and hemp protein which tastes more like ice cream than a protein shake!

What foods are alwaysin your fridge? I am massively addicted to porridge! I think I could eat it for every meal… and you can do it in so many ways! Right now my fridge is full with some over night oats! I soak oats in coconut milk with cashew nuts, chia seeds, sultans, pineapple and raspberries, its one of my favorite thing to have in the morning! Especially when you leave it over night, by morning the flavors are incredible!

I also have a big supply of coconut water – its defiantly my favorite thing to have after a workout

Any beauty tips to share?

I am addicted to coconut oil! I literally use it for everything, my hair is like a lion main… so I always use coconut oil to help de frizz it and smooth it out, I also use coconut oil instead of moisturizer, it gives you a beautiful natural glow! I don’t wear makeup, I now just put coconut oil on my checks, below my eyebrows, lips and jar line, it gives you a perfect highlight and makes you look so fresh.

What makes you laugh, smile and be joyful?

I love training with my friends, any fitness activity that involves a big group of people I love! I get such a buzz training with other people, helping push each other through it! You can’t beat it.

What’s your favorite weekend get away?

My heart defiantly belongs back in Wales, and hopefully one day we will be able to move back there. Wales has everything you could need, beaches, waves to surf, dolphin or whale watching, beautiful mountains and hills to hike, run, walk or cycle, and also some of the nicest people you will ever meet! Jon has just bought a surf van to! So we are so excited to be able to set off on weekly surf trips, exploring more of Wales.

What would be your best advice for women who want to get in shape or achieve any fitness goal?

What’s your favorite exercise/discipline?

I love HIIT and circuit training, any class that feels like your at your limit I really enjoy. I got to class at 1Rebel called the Reshape class, which consisted of sprint interval training and circuit style free weight training, and you jump between each station! It’s the hardest workout class I’ve ever done, but it’s addictive! Every time you go you try to beat your top sprint speed.

Best exercise to keep up surf fit?

My upper body strength is something I’ve always struggled with, so this is defiantly an area I try to focus on during my training, especially keeping up my surfing fitness. I make sure to do upper body resistance weight training 1-2 times per week, and make sure to keep up with my push ups and pop ups a home! For any girls wanting to progress off there knees to full pushups, which I know a lot of girls struggle with, the 30 day push up challenge is a fun thing to take on, and it will defiantly improve your upper body strength and the power in your pop ups.

I also do a lot of core training using the TRX resistance straps, as well as incorporating the boso balance board.

What’s next for you?

Now I’m a qualified PT, I am working on my first series of boot camp retreats, which I will launch in January! I am also working on my first food and fitness book, which will consist of my own #lovaineeats recipes and workouts