Instructor Insights: Craig

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CONFIDENT CRAIG

This Welsh native has been a fitness fanatic all his life, and as a certified Stages Cycling instructor and power yoga teacher, he knows how to push your body to its limits during his RIDE class. Craig loves underground, electronic music, so prepare to be transported to a Berlin club as soon as you walk through the door!

Fit-focused Qs:

What is your go-to breakfast on a busy morning? I try to intermittently fast at least one day per week. The easiest method I find is to miss out on breakfast and just eat between 12-8pm. Busy mornings are a great opportunity for me to distract myself from the hunger. My go to for quick breakfast when I’m not fasting would be wholemeal toast with organic nut butter, banana and honey.

What's your best strategy to stay motivated? To stay motivated whilst training I like to constantly switch things up trying new classes, methods of training. In life in general I like to always set myself goals and be working towards something. If I’m excited about working towards something I’m motivated to achieve it.

The best thing we can do for ourselves after a workout is... The most important things for me after a workout are yoga and sleep! I like to make sure I counteract any contractions or tension from training with good stretching and make sure I get plenty of rest to let the body recover and repair. 

Is there a special dietary regime you follow? What changes have you seen or felt since you have started it? I follow a mainly plant based diet, eating clean as often as possible. Also intermittent fasting at least one day per week. Besides the known health benefits of fasting I feel since introducing this I have increased energy, a more focused mind and less body fat. But I also have days where I indulge in coffee and cake or a pizza! I try not to deprive myself of anything if I really want it. I believe balance is the key! 

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What are your top three exercises to do at home? My top exercises at home are push-ups, tricep dips and pull ups. They are a quick way to get the blood pumping and feel like you’ve worked the whole upper body.

What are your tips to have energy all day? Eating well-balanced nutritional meals. Regular small portions rather than big meals. Breathing correctly. Taking time to clear your mind and focus on breathing, even for a few minutes at a time, breaking up the day with these pauses. Taking nice big belly breaths - allowing the body to function much more efficiently and increasing my energy levels.

What's your favourite motivational quote? If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you. 


Quick-fire Qs

Favourite smoothie at My Goodness: Be Smooth
Best Restaurant in Berlin: Mareona 
Best Bar in Berlin: Cafe Luzia
Best Place to dance in Berlin: Has to be Berghain!
Favourite exercise: Push-ups
Least favourite exercise: Squats


Silly Q's:

Dog, cats, neither? Dogs! I feel like we can learn a lot from the unconditional love they give.

What's your personal theme song? Beautiful day - U2

You're stranded on an island. What's the one thing you'd wish you had? Solar powered MP3 player.