We are excited to introduce Fitness Trainer and LoveSurf Guest Blogger Quinn McNicholas to LOVE SURF LIFE! Quinn will be sharing fitness and nutrition tips every month, so make sure to stay connected to try out some of her favorite workouts and recipes. Not only does Quinn help people get into shape and live a healthy lifestyle, she provides training specifically geared toward surfers (and non-surfers). Perfect for all of our surfer girls out there who are looking for fit tips to improve their surf skills!
“Surf specific training isn’t just solely for surfers anymore, pro athletes of different sports are even getting into it and more people are understanding how this kind of training is totally functional for any age, making it easier for even the elderly to simply walk up stairs and to make it more easy for the movements in your daily life,” Quinn says. “My training method will provide surfers & non-surfers with a repetitive training solution that improves balance, strengthens the core while increasing leg and upper body strength to take on anything the ocean or life will bring you.”
All photos courtesy of Quinn McNicholas
Hometown: Manahawkin, NJ
Interests: Writing, Traveling & Having Fun!
What is your story? When did your fitness journey begin? My journey began when I graduated high school. I was always involved in some sort of sport all throughout my school years until I got really injured and couldn’t return to any teams. When I did get hurt, my health went down the drain. I lost 20lbs of muscle in literally one month of just not doing anything! I then started gaining all the weight back…and not the healthy way. I ate whatever the hell I wanted to without much activity…..I felt like horrible, and I had to change it. I started out running outside and making healthier choices in the kitchen. Trial and error. It takes a long time to figure out what you like and what makes you feel good! From there I got into weight lifting and doing high intensity workouts. When I started feeling good from the inside out, my life completely changed. There hasn’t been a negative thought in my mind about my body since. I’ve never been happier in my life and the journey still continues!
What is a typical week for you…Do you have a strict training schedule or diet? I just eat as clean as possible but I do love pizza and pancakes! The less ingredients the better. At the moment, my training is a bit hectic as I will be competing for 3 kettle bell competitions before the year ends!
Monday’s, Wednesday’s & Friday’s I train strictly with kettle bells (which is mainly upper body, cardio, endurance) along with short workouts that mimic the motion in the kettle bell movement.
Tuesday’s & Saturday’s I do HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for cardio using light weights or bodyweight.
Thursday’s I use heavier weights at a lower intensity.
And Sunday’s I like my rest! I enjoy hanging out with friends, going out to lunches and living life!
Other ways you stay active? Does shopping count? Haha. I like riding beach cruisers around or fooling around on the Indo Board, you think you’re only just having fun until the next day hits and you’re sore!
What keeps you motivated? I find motivation from within. I push myself hard every day because I want to be better than I was yesterday and I think that’s what everyone should be striving for.
What do you like to do when you’re not working out? R E L A X I N G – I love cuddling up and watching a good movie or going to the beach to read. But in all honesty, when I’m not working out I’m either thinking about working out, I’m thinking about one of my clients workouts, or coming up with new ways to work out! Haha so sad! But that’s my life and I love it!
Pre/post workout nutrition? Lately as my pre workout I’ve been drinking 2-3 shots of espresso iced (no sugar no nothing! I’m nuts, I know) and a rice Krispy treat. YES. Sugar is good before working out! It’s a fast digesting carb so it will quickly be available to your working muscles. (Don’t go crazy though, moderation!)
Post workout, I usually just have a protein shake. My go to one is:
Chocolate whey protein (I use ClutchBodyShop, doesn’t have crazy chemicals-all natural!)