Hello there! I might already know you from Instagram, where I’ve been hanging out for aaaaaages…
So! If we haven’t met already, I’m Briony, instagramming all things health, fitness and that kind of thing over at @legallygymliving. You can read the officially-sounding stuff about my certifications and journey into teaching fitness here, but in short I started my journey into fitness because I wasn’t happy.
I’d tried every diet under the sun and been disordered about my eating as a teen (I’m an ex-bulimic, and also recovered from body dysmorphia), so finally finding BALANCE, HEALTH and ENJOYING MYSELF has been amazing! While I’m super passionate about fitness and nutrition and have taught (see below) I am NOT a qualified nutritionist or PT, so while I can share my journey, tips and tricks, PLEASE consult registered health professionals and be SAFE. I’m just a girl on her laptop sharing stuff, the same as so many of you!
I got into teaching fitness classes and coaching because I love it (see my certifications). I did it on the side of my main job, where I worked in marketing, got bored, and started converting to law. I juggled fitness, fulltime work and part-time law-school, and now I’m a trainee lawyer in the City… so nope, I’m not a full time fitness girl. It has to fit around my lifestyle, just like it does for you. Legally Gym Living gave the me the philosophy of Nourish Sweat Sparkle and so fitness is very close to my heart, and something I do entirely because I love it and it enhances ALL areas of my life (I swear a leg day workout was the reason I felt confident for my training contract interview!)
I TOTALLY understand how hard it is to find time, and so workouts and things I recommend and enjoy are always designed to be easy to fit around an already full life. I used to look at full time fitness professionals with flat abs and think ‘yeah, but you don’t have to sit at a desk all day like me.’ But no more! Have a browse of this site to find out how to make your change.
I don’t really teach Zumba / combat / conditioning classes anymore as I prefer to focus on my own fitness, but I love blogging just because I’ve always loved to write, and I get to keep myself accountable while documenting my fitness journey… and I’ve met such lovely like-minded people in the fitness community on Instagram that it’s really nice to play and be part of the circle. I’m not a career fitness professional and my blog and IG are just for fun, so I only ever post about things I really love.
But yeah, all that jazz! Here’s me when I’m not working out…
I love London, but I was born and bred in the South West. We have lots of tractors there, and while it’s pretty, I can’t stay long – I get restless! I’m much more of a city girl. Paris is one of my all time favourites, but I fell in love with New York while I was there.
I love so much completely random stuff, in another life I’d like to be a renaissance woman. Ballet and theatre make me happy, as does watching and re-watching Tomb Raider, related documentaries and special features and playing those games on Xbox. Yes, I am a nerd. I also play Assassin’s Creed with my boyfriend (but we’re not gamers – those are the only games we play, and we play them together only!) Hamlet is my favourite work of literature, play and fictional character of all time. But I love books. Like, crazy amounts. Reading is one of my favourite things in the world, and I also write in my spare time.
Three things I’ve done that I’m happy about – volunteer serving meals to the homeless in Westminster, teaching in both Cambodia and Zambia, and running a half marathon.
I don’t believe in fate, or ghosts. Or astrology, for that matter, although I’m a textbook Scorpio.
I like classical music and jazz but I also love 90s cheese, gangster rap (lil bit of Snoop & Ice Cube always makes it onto my random gym playlist)… I’ll dabble. I’m a dabbler.
I love Lululemon, Gymshark, Zara, Jimmy Choos and getting a blow dry when I can. I am obsessed with boxing and have my own gloves and watch matches with the Boy on pay per view whenever I can. I am still sad about Klitschko’s era being over 😦
I also have a major guilty pleasure of Disney (Beauty and the Beast… all time fave!) and girly music. Random fact: I’ve been with my fiancé for coming up 12 years!
And as for the ‘Ultimate Dinner Party’ question, it’s too hard, but people I admire MASSIVELY, living and dead, include Shakespeare, Gloria Steinem, JK Rowling, Alicia Vikander, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Jack Kerouac, Emma Watson, Serena Williams, Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams, Virginia Woolf, Charlotte Tilbury, Helena Morrissey, Diane Kruger, Robert Downey Jr, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep… I love creatives and artists, sportspeople, business people, people who are talented with languages, people who make a difference…
So, that’s me! Now let’s be gym buddies.