Tally Rye is a qualified personal trainer, nutrition enthusiast, and co-creater of the #GirlGains. With over 51k followers on Instagram, Tally provides daily inspiration and advice on how to live a balanced life filled with fitness, fun and friends.

Can you tell us a bit about you and your personal fitness journey?

I suppose I was quite late to the party when it came to my fitness journey. I was never the athletic type at school, in fact, quite the opppsite. Until the age of 19, I was a curvy girl, who enjoyed seconds of dessert and rarely exercised… which was evident in my body shape as well as my fitness levels.

At 19, I started full-time training in Musical Theatre where I was singing, dancing and acting every day. I soon cottoned on that my fitness levels were going to have to change if I wanted to be able to do all 3 disciplines at once successfully. However, I like many others tried to do more cardio and more crunches in the great hope that I would finally have abs.

During my second year at Drama School, I developed digestive issues and was diagnosed with IBS. It was at this point I was forced to re-evaluate my nutrition, which really kick started my passion for a fit and healthy lifestyle. I, like many, soon became a little too obsessed. I was clean eating, counting macros and working out religiously. At the time, it was a hobby that was turning into a passion and I threw myself into the ‘fitspo’ lifestyle that my favourite fitness accounts were advocating.

“I, like many, soon became a little too obsessed.”

After a few months, and shrinking to a ripped size 6 (yes, I got the abs I finally longed for), I realised it had gone too far. Friends and teachers became concerned about my health – which shocked me at the time as it was at the centre of everything I did. I was eating A LOT but I was over training and the pounds kept dropping off.

One day, I had an epiphany and decided to delete MyFitnessPal. It was then that I made a conscious decision to listen to MY body, MY hunger cues, MY tastes and I have honestly never looked back.

Once I graduated drama school, I decided to qualify as a Personal Trainer which I planned to do on the side, whilst still auditioning for theatre jobs. However, it soon became apparent that my PT career was going to be a lot more successful, and over the past two years I have built a business that I am very proud of.

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You are one third of the #GirlGains; what is the main aim on the movement?

We hope to inspire, motivate and encourage girls to be healthy, fit and happy. We not only want this in the gym, but in every facet of their lives. #GirlGains is a community that we hope will empower women to be their best selves and meet others who will support them to do so.

What has been the highlight of your involvement with #GirlGains?

It’s a hugely exciting time for #GirlGains, the movement is ever evolving and expanding through our events! I think our biggest highlight to date has to be an event we held last Summer with Reebok Sports Club in Canary Wharf. We trained 100 girls, outside in Montgomery Square in the gorgeous sunshine with an awesome DJ. And since then we have heard many stories of new friendships being born as a consequence of meeting at an event- that is the most rewarding part of all.

As a qualified personal trainer, what is your favourite exercise?

I love compound movements that work a lot of muscles in one exercise. A prime example of this is a Deadlift or a Squat. After getting some new PB’s today, it’s got to be squats!

Do you ever have days where you lack motivation? 

Absolutely!! I am only human. But I know I’ll only regret it if I don’t train. This is where social media comes into play for me. I like a cheesy Pinterest quote as much as the next fitness girl! 

Your Instagram feed is full of delicious meals and inspirational fitness pics! What role has social media played in your fitness career?

Quite simply, I don’t think I would have a fitness career without it. Instagram and Social Media have played a pivotal role in my life. I met my two best friends and fellow GirlGainers; Zanna Van Djik and Vicky Spence and the impact those friendships have made has been huge. You never know, without it I might still be trying to make it in the Musical Theatre world?!

“Instagram and Social Media have played a pivotal role in my life.”

Can you tell us a bit about your Secret HIIT Club?

Once a month, we meet in quirky and unusual locations that remain a secret until 24 hours before the event. We workout, enjoy delicious healthy food and then sit down to learn from the pros. I like to invite health & wellness experts to share their knowledge with us so that we continue to develop, learn and discuss the hot topics in the fitness world. And of course, what event is complete without a goodie bag crammed full of my favourite health goodies.

What was your inspiration behind the pop-up classes?

The idea was born out of the fact I loved teaching HIIT, but didn’t want to tie myself down to one place. I wanted to head to various areas of London and bring HIIT club to as many people as possible. I want to take the average gym goer out of their normal environment so they realise that fitness can be taken anywhere. As well as use it as an opportunity for attendees to meet new people who share their passion.

Tally’s top tips for smashing a 30 minute HIIT workout:

In 30 minutes, you can work your whole body and then some by creating a killer HIIT Circuit.

  • Choose 5-6 exercises.
  • Choose exercises that work different parts of the body.
  • Try to incorporate weights as and when appropriate.
  • Use an app such as ‘Seconds’ to keep track of your times.
  • When you’re working, go HARD.

Check out this little circuit below:

Complete each exercise for 40 secs, rest for 20 secs in between.

A- Squat Jumps

B- Plank Jack & Press Up

C- Kettlebell Clean & Press

D- Plank Renegade Rows with Dumbbells

E- Kettlebell Swings