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The Tri Guide: Your Triathlon Questions Answered

posted on Monday, 12th May 2014by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

This is your go-to guide for conquering a triathlon. 

Sweaty Betty teamed up with double Olympian and former Triathlon champion Michelle Dillon to host a TAKE ON THE TRIATHLON event and tri Q&A in our Soho store, as well a follow-up Twitter Takeover where you Tweeted us your top triathlon questions to be answered by Michelle. 

Missed both events? No problem - we took note of the questions and answers, and have written them all down in a blog, just for you. From tri-suits to supplements to which bike tyres to choose, we've rounded up the must-know info to help you conquer the race - swim, bike, run.
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How To Conquer A Triathlon - as told by a double Olympian

posted on Friday, 9th May 2014by Sweaty Betty | 4 Comments

On Wednesday 7th May, two-time Olympian and former European Triathlon Champion Michelle Dillon hosted our most recent Guest Instructor Event, revealing her top pointers for training and race day with a group of women soon to be taking on a triathlon. 

Within the walls of our Soho boutique, Michelle covered everything from nutrition advice and transition tips to what to pack on race day and how to choose the best kit.

We thought it a little unfair for aspiring triathletes to miss out on such fantastic advice, so we thought we'd share it with you on a blog... You can thank us later.

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Another Reason To Enter A Triathlon In 2014

posted on Wednesday, 7th May 2014by Sweaty Betty | 24 Comments

Here at Sweaty Betty, we've taken it upon ourselves to help you conquer this year's triathlons, so we enlisted the help of double Olympian and former European Triathlon Champion Michelle Dillon. As the winner of the 220 Triathlon Coach of the Year Award 2010, Michelle is the absolute authority on all things triathlon.

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Sweaty Betty Meets Two-Time Olympian Michelle Dillon

posted on Tuesday, 29th April 2014by Sweaty Betty | 1 Comments

A two-time Olympian, former European Triathlon Champion and winner of the 220 Triathlon Coach of the Year Award 2010, Michelle Dillon is the ultimate authority on all things training. Also the host of our exclusive 'Take On The Triathlon' event, Sweaty Betty caught up with Michelle to find out all on her motivation, personal bests and top training tips.

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Q&A with Zara Dampney, Team GB Olympian and co-founder of Volleybody

posted on Tuesday, 7th May 2013by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

As part of Sweaty Betty's Guest Instructor programme, we asked Zara Dampney, Team GB Olympian and one of our SS13 models, about her high intensity training regime Volleybody and her life as a professional athlete. 
At what point did you decide that your career was going to be sports based?

I played volleyball from when I was 14. Once the Olympics were announced, I was 20 – I knew then I was going to commit and play professionally with the Olympics as my goal. 

You’ve  fulfilled your dream to become a Team GB Olympian in 2012.  What was the journey like?

I was always sporty growing up. I have two brothers and cousins who are all male, so I was a tomboy and would always compete with them. I did law at University and never thought about being a professional athlete until London was announced.

The journey was stressful. We had to fight for our position to be part of the team but it was worth every second once we had made it. The personal challenge of being a professional athlete every day is so empowering.
What is a typical daily routine for you?

Wake up, eat, train, eat, reflect/meeting, train, recover, eat, sleep! It’s repetitive but essential.

Volleybody is a new sport – how does it work?

Volleybody is a training regime inspired by what we do as beach volleyball athletes. Developed by myself and a team member plus our coach, it works through all of the exercises we do on a daily basis and adapts them so that you exercises can be done anywhere. This means you get all the basic whole body movements from volleyball, but in more realistic form so that it’s really easy for anybody to take part. As the name of the sport might suggest, you don’t actually need a beach to play on, that’s the beauty of it!

What are your most tested and trusted moves from the regime?

My favourite is the jump squat, as you feel it working all over your legs and glutes plus it ensures you move in the correct posture. The straight arm push-ups are amazing great for shoulder posture and toning which a lot of attendees of classes feel is really important in the run up to summer.

Some inspirational advice?

There was never a workout anyone regretted!
You can learn more about Volleybody by visiting the Volleybody website. Zara's exclusive Guest Instructor class takes place Wednesday, May 15 at our King's Road boutique
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