INTRODUCING ASHLEY HART, OUR NEW GIRL CRUSH!

We have been following Ashley Hart for quite some time now, and when the poster girl for health and beauty agreed to be interviewed by Sporteluxe, we were just over the moon to share with you. So what does it take to be Ashley Hart? A healthy diet, a love of exercise, a love of life and a downright awesome personality. Here we chat to the stunning model about how she stays fit, healthy and happy.

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IS THIS YOU? THE INSTAGRAM HEALTHY SELFIE

Photographer: CHRIS LEW || Stylist: TATIANA SIMPLICIO || Model: BIANCA CHEAH || Swimwear: SEAFOLLY AUSTRALIA

Is this the new healthy selfie? You’ve probably seen lately that the Bridge Pose (above) has been trending on many instagram accounts around the world. The backdrops usually include some beautiful untouched beach, a luxury yacht, private island villa, grassy park or infinity pool to name a few. But for the most of us as we sit there in awe staring at these beautiful yoga pose images on instagram wishing how we could bend backwards and look like how she did in the image, feelings of inspiration and determination tend to get the better of us and before we know it, we’re drinking coconut water, exercising every day and then suddenly down at the beach trying the Bridge Pose ourselves. Yes it’s the new healthy selfie and a truly inspiring one. But just a word of advice before we all lay down to arch our backs, remember that the Bridge Pose comes with a lot of practice. So listen to the body and do what is comfortable for you to start with. Practice only makes perfect.

Benefits: The Bridge Pose is a fantastic pose for building lower body strength, lengthening and strengthening the spine. Always consult your yoga teacher.

Head to: A great studio to try for yoga is FLOW ATHLETIC in Paddington, Sydney.

MEET SHANNON: SPORTELUXE’S PERSONAL TRAINER OF THE WEEK

Here at the Sporteluxe office we love a personal trainer who is different from the rest. Someone who can can relate to us, how we move and what we want from training as a woman. So when we heard about Shannon and his love of practicing yoga and his unique training ways, we had to interview him for you. Ladies and gentleman meet Shannon, Sporteluxe’s personal trainer of the week.

Photographer: CHRIS LAING || Personal Trainer SHANNON || Studio FLOW ATHLETIC || Written by BIANCA CHEAH

Shannon profileGym of choice: Flow Athletic

Do you have a favourite workout: Kettlebell complexes

What is the number one area that your clients always ask you to train: Their legs and abs.

Do you have a daily quote you always live by?: Decide what you want – then make it happen

What are your tips for toning the stomach: Combine TRX and kettle bell exercises for a well-toned ab area.

Are you training any celebrities at the moment: Currently training Connie Mitchell and Bambi Northwood – Blyth

What are your favourite shoes to train in: Nike free 3.0

Sunrise or Sunset workout? Sunrise

We all love our pasta, so when is the best time to eat it?: Depends on your training goals, if your goal is fat loss then pasta should be a once or twice a week treat. Unprocessed carbs are so much better.

Any tips? Balance – don’t overtrain

Quick profile: Shannon is very experienced in strength and conditioning training. Shannon also practices a lot of yoga and uses his knowledge of all these components of training to help his clients reach their strengthening, toning and fat loss goals, while at the same time making sure they improve their mobility and flexibility as well.

Keen to try out a session with Shannon? Then send him a quick email at shannon@flowathletic.com for session dates and times.