When it comes to Instagram, there are plenty of fitness stars out there who are tough to relate to, but Twice the Health’s Hannah and Emily (also known as H and E) are pretty normal. They eat pasta, enjoy chocolate and are happy to make fun of the fact they like to put black beans in their brownie recipe. They also love to move, whether it’s running, cycling, weightlifting or HIIT. In short, they eat well, move with intention and aren’t afraid to treat themselves every once in a while. The duo seems to have perfect balance, and we want to know their secrets, which is why we questioned them on everything from motivation to their go-to snacks.
Byrdie: Do you have an exercise move and why?
TTH: This is a tricky one, as it depends on the sweat scenario! If we’re talking compound movements, it would be split down the middle. Deadlifts for H, kept super simple with a barbell Romanian deadlift working those hamstrings. For E, it would be your classic back squat, building the booty and strengthening the quads. Both of these are full-body movements, and ones we’ve been working to improve on with the Foundry team over the last few months. Exercises such as these are crucial components in building a more active core, and stronger body, both of which will be crucial for our challenge.
Byrdie: What are your favorite pieces of fit kit?
TTH: Mini resistance bands are must-haves for us. You can pack them into the smallest of spaces, meaning they are excellent when traveling and can be easily shoved in your gym bag ahead of a session. We actually took ours to a festival we attended over the summer and managed to squeeze in a short, sweet and very sweaty workout using just these on our bodyweight in the campsite car park.
Byrdie: Do you take supplements—if so, which ones?
TTH: Supplements are something we have never taken huge amounts of, as we find often we can source key vitamins and minerals from food. If we’re on the go all day and unable to grab something quick post-workout, we’ll pack a scoop of vegan protein to shake up with either a splash of almond milk or, if limited, just water. We find it’s super soft on our stomach, and it is packed with only the good stuff! H has begun taking magnesium to help aid sleep, relax muscles and boost muscle recovery.
When the training is tough and continually increasing in volume, it’s important we support our recovery as much as possible. It can also maintain electrolyte balance and reduce fatigue. E sometimes takes a vitamin D supplement throughout the winter months whilst the sun is either hiding or too low to benefit. Everybody is different, and there is not a blanket suggestion as to what you should take. It’s all about what works for you!
Byrdie: Who do you follow on Instagram for fitness inspiration?
TTH: The list is never-ending, and we’re proud to call many of them our best buds. Zanna van Dijk, Hazel Wallace, Tally Rye, Chessie King, Em Furey, as well as Shona Vertue, Cat Meffan, Charlotte Holmes, and Model Fit Life.
Byrdie: We need to know, what does a typical week of exercise look like for you both?
TTH: This is such a tricky question, as our week varies almost as much as our dinner! Some days we’re on the road, running to our hearts’ content; other weeks we’re tearing things up on the floor of Un1t. Our schedule totally depends on our work and travel plans, meaning some weeks we stick to structure and other weeks we squeeze in sessions wherever possible. If we were to suggest a rough guideline, we’d say 2x HIIT classes, 3x strength sessions, and one run. Our training levels are particularly intense right now ahead of our Great Wall run, so we also incorporate at least one (normally two!) rest days in!
Byrdie: What’s your life mantra?
TTH: Burpees are always better buddied up! Simple but true, even the worst-case scenario can be made better with a buddy!