Welcome to Weights 4 Women Eve! Introduce yourself and give us a bit of background information on how you were introduced to weight training?
Thank you Chris. I’m a US citizen but originally from England. I’ve always been active; I started dance classes at age 3 along with tennis and horse riding lessons early on. Pilates was a part of my Ballet training from the age of 14 (I also had additional private sessions to help me learn to live with my scoliosis). At 16 I went into full time training as a ballerina at Central School of Ballet and London Studio Centre. I was frail looking so my teachers suggested light weight training; so the Gym habit started originally to work on my strength and keep me lean and my endurance up during the holidays.
After graduating I danced professionally; touring internationally as a ballerina and extensively in musical theatre, as well as on TV, in music videos, theatres, casinos, cruise lines and movies. After dancing, going into fitness and helping others seemed like a natural progression. I did my REPS Personal training certification in London and then upon moving to the US redid my certification with NASM.
Health & fitness is my lifestyle but it’s opened up so many other doors for me such as becoming a SAG-AFTRA Actress, sponsored Labrada athlete and writer. I have a holistic approach to health and fitness. Everyone’s goals, lifestyles, aspirations and ideas of beauty are different; with that in mind, I’m trying to lead by example to empower and inspire others to lead balanced, healthy, fit and happy lifestyles while feeling confident in their own skin.
What is your favourite food / recipe?
I love spaghetti bolognaise as it reminds me of home. I make mine with grass fed organic beef or bison. I normally substitute the pasta for zucchini or quinoa pasta and cheese. I love carbs but prefer to eat them earlier in the day than at night. I make the sauce from scratch.
Because I eat so much animal and fish protein when prepping for a competition I eat a lot of vegan recipes the rest of the time. I have a sweet tooth and this is a chocoholics heaven. Raw vegan chocolate pudding:
Who inspires you?
It’s totally unfitness related as I don’t need inspiring to do that but Angelina Jolie. She’s not just a career and family woman but humanitarian and made the largest donation to the UN by an individual ever. She is so active and leads by example; flying into war zones, building schools and compounds, setting up her own charity the Jolie Pitt Foundation. She inspires me to be a better, more giving, charitable person.
What`s your favourite exercise?
Honestly, gym exercises are something I do more for the result than because I enjoy it. Ballet is definitely my favorite as it’s escapism, you get to feel beautiful and elegant whilst toning every muscle in your body and performing (interpreting whatever the music may be).
If you could give the females reading this one bit of training advice, what would it be?
Find your ‘Why?’ Motivational quotes are great for a day but you need a reason why you’re going to do something, you need a goal and your own reason for doing it day after day. If your why isn’t strong enough you aren’t going to stick to it; the reason for sticking to it has to be stronger than the why not. Different things work for different people so personalize your plan of action: e.g. do you need a support group? If so try to start working out with a friend. What activities do you enjoy? There’s no reason to go to the gym to get fit if you hate going to the gym when there a tons of different options, many of which don’t cost anything e.g. hiking, jogging, biking (if you have a bike), skipping, plyometrics, community yoga classes, etc. Do you get bored easily or need goals? Take all of these things into consideration and find a plan that works for YOU. Through struggle and small steps repeated each day comes success!
What does the future hold for you, any future goals you would like to share?
I’m trying to write as much as possible, I would love to have my own health & fitness column or TV segment to make help and advice accessible to all, not just those that can afford a gym membership or trainer.
Thank you for your time, is there anything you would like to add?
Thank you to the WBFF for providing such a beautiful and glamorous platform for us to be able to promote ourselves and network. Thank you to my sponsors Labrada Nutrition and Lee Labrada who are incredibly supportive and keep up with my supplement needs.
Thanks to my trainer Manuel Torres for preparing me body and mind. Photography Noel Daganta and Georgina Vaughan.
If any of the readers would like to find out more about you, where’s the best place for them to go?
If you enjoyed Eve`s interview, be sure to check out WBFF Figure Pro Su Farrell`s interview with Weights 4 Women – http://www.weights4women.com/wbff-figure-pro-su-farrell/