As a three-time Olympic speed skater and co-founder of transformation gym Roar Fitness, we caught up with Sarah Lindsay to find out how she stays healthy.
So, you’re an ex-Olympic speed skater – how do you train now?
I pretty much do weight training exclusively now. It’s really important to me to stay active and I enjoy being lean and strong – weight training is the best sport that allows me to do this. I might do a bit of cardio when it takes my fancy – for example if it’s a nice day – but I don’t do loads. It just makes you feel tired! Why would you want to feel tired when you could feel strong? I think it’s really important for women to do some sort of weight training because it makes you look and feel amazing!
Tell us a bit more about Roar Fitness?
Roar Fitness is a Private Personal Training company which focuses on transformations. We currently have one gym in London city which has been open for three years, but we’re working on opening a second gym on High Street Kensington soon. I started Roar Fitness with my husband who has a lot of experience in transformations.
What does ‘healthy’ mean to you?
Longevity is the most important thing to me. I turn 40 next year and I really want to be able to stay fit and active for as long as I can. We have people coming in to Roar Fitness at the age of 60 who really struggle with everyday tasks like climbing stairs. I hope to be able to do everything and more in the years to come.
I also think a lot about the quality of the food I eat. Lots of people who strength train tend to pay close attention to macros and all that sort of thing, but I think that quality of food is more important. The more you learn about food and nutrition, the better equipped you are with the knowledge to make better choices.
You must have to think a lot about your nutrition – do you have any rules when it comes to what you eat?
I eat quite a lot of (high-quality) protein and meat as well as loads of veg! I do tend to time my carbs around when I train because I think it’s vital to performance. For example, after a workout I’ll have lots of carbs in a post-workout shake to help with recovery. You can’t expect your muscles to grow without carbs!
What does a typical day of eating look like for you?
I tend to start the day with a meat and veg breakfast – which will usually include steak. I love it! I marinate it during the week with a little vinegar, soy sauce, red wine, salt and pepper and it tastes so good. After I train, I’ll drink a shake and then lunch might be lean meat or fish with vegetables. If I feel I need it, I might have rice or sweet potatoes too. I tend to eat fewer carbs in the evening though – all in all about 150g a day, excluding veg. I eat quite a lot in order to support my training and performance but I’m not a big drinker.
On a similar note, is there anything you’d recommend with regards to diet and weight training?
I’d focus on getting in something to eat after you work out. And make it delicious! I’ll make a really yummy higher-carb snack, so I’ve got something to look forward to after I train. You really feel like you’ve earned it then.
Have you ever had a serious injury?
As a speed skater you crash all the time but I’m pleased to say that I’ve managed to avoid too many stitches! So yes, crashing. Does that count as an injury?!
What’s your guilty-pleasure food?
Chocolate. I’m allergic to milk so it has to be dark – Ombar is one of my favourites.
And your favourite healthy meal?
Steak! Marinated, of course.