Alice Rickard is the founder of Burn Strength Yoga, a new concept combining cardio, strength and yoga into one session. Burn Strength Yoga is designed to raise your heart rate to get the ultimate calorie burn and feel good factor, whilst the yoga section will manage your cortisol levels to ensure you receive the most optimal after burn.
We spoke to Alice to find out her workout tips, favourite wellness spots and more about her new fitness concept.
What or who inspired you to leave your city job and follow your dream?
To be honest I didn’t really know it was going to be my dream, I just knew working in an office for me was a nightmare. My only happy place was the gym I was going to at the time. I spent every minute I could there and it just got to a point where I thought, why am I not doing this all the time? I could do this as a job.
What is your favourite type of exercise to stay fit?
I love to mix things up, I would get very bored sticking to one type of training. I used to love sprinting, but at the moment, I am really enjoying using the rower to get fit.
Tell us about the new burn strength yoga concept you have set up?
Burn Strength Yoga was born because myself and my partner Kirsty both love to mix up our training to get the benefits from difference concepts, but often struggled to find the time to do so, so one would always lack. Kirsty is a yoga teacher, and I have always taught HIIT, strength and conditioning. When we looked into merging them together we realised that it was a great way to work out – not just for time saving reasons.
What are the benefits of combining cardio, strength and yoga into one session?
As I mentioned earlier, it is obviously great for time management. If you are trying to maintain all 3 concepts and struggling, this is a great way to keep on track. In addition, by adding yoga to the end of your HIIT / Strength session this gives you a great stretch and lengthens you out, thus preventing injury. It also manages your cortisol levels, bringing them back down after HIIT and making sure you get the most effective after burn.
What’s your favourite post workout fuel?
I went through a phase of having protein shakes, but currently I am more focused on my hydration after a workout. I sweat a lot and I think people neglect this as they are so busy worrying about protein. If your body is dehydrated your metabolism slows down so it is equally as important.
Do you have any particular favourite wellness spots around London or further afield?
I love Protein Haus for grab and go lunches and they have the best ‘naughty’ treats.
I could also spend my whole salary in Good Life Eatery. If you are ever in Mykonos go to a café called Bowl in Ornos. It’s owned by Aussies and one of the best health food cafes I’ve been to.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Better to be an hour early than one minute late.
What do you do to de-stress?
I love restorative yoga, but equally also love a glass of red wine. To be honest, I thankfully don’t get too stressed out in life, but if I do I find the best thing to do is to write down either a list or why you are stressed, it helps figure it out.
What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
Challenging myself keeps me motivated. I love challenges, I love finding weaknesses and working on correcting them. Anyone who is faster than me, stronger than me, fitter than me, inspires me to want to be better, but equally so do people who are less fit, strong, fast than me. I see their fight and determination and even though it is harder for them – that in turn makes me want to try harder.
What three foods can always be found in your shopping basket?
Some form of nut milk (oat, brown rice, almond), peanut butter (always needing to replace it as it goes on my porridge daily and my dog loves it), stir fry vegetable packs – they are my go to lunch and dinners.
What are your top tips for a healthy body and healthy mind?
The number one rule, do not compare yourself to others. I wish I had learnt this ability at a younger age, it is the most liberating feeling. Eat healthy more than you eat unhealthy, move at least 3 times a week, drink lots of water and your mind & body will thank you for it.
Where can we find you teaching across London?
Mondays – Strength & Sweat at One Ldn (06:20 & 07:20)
Tuesdays & Thursdays – Strength & Core at Ministry Does Fitness (06:30 & 07:30 & 08:30)
Tuesday evenings – Burn Strength Yoga One Ldn Imperial Wharf 19:30