SO LADYLIKE AND DELIGHTFUL, SOPH RAVEN HAS BEEN A BODIES BY RYAN FAVE FOR A LONG TIME AND IT’S ABOUT TIME WE FEATURED HER AND EXPOSE HOW SHE LOOKS SO DANG FINE! SHE’S A FULL-TIME WORKING MUM (LAWYER, TOO – SO NO ARGUING WITH SOPH UNLESS YOU’RE PREPARED TO LOSE) TO THREE GIRLS AND IS THE REASON WHY BBR CONTRACTS ARE WATER TIGHT #FRIENDSINHIGHPLACES. NOT ONLY IS SHE A SUPERMUM KICKING CAREER GOALS, SHE IS ALSO A CHALLENGE BEAST HERE AT BBR AND HAS MADE BIG CHANGES TO HER PHYSIQUE SINCE HER TIME WITH US BEGAN IN 2018. WE KNOW YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW SHE IS SO AWESOME, SO WE INTERVIEWED SOPH AND MADE HER TELL US EVERYTHING…
When did you first join Bodies by Ryan and what was the state of your health and fitness prior? Share with us a little about your sporting/fitness history before BBR…
I joined BBR in April 2018 and went straight into a 30-Day Challenge. All my training sessions were at 5am, and I still remember the shock of both the morning apple cider vinegar shots and waking up in the dark at 4:30am, something I haven’t done since my girls were little babies. I was a bit uncoordinated at the gym at first – no form, and I struggled to figure out which station to move to next. But the challenge was a complete success, I dropped 6kg, and the structure of training and meal plans was introduced into my life for the first time.
I was always relatively sporty at school and played touch rugby and ran regularly throughout my 20s and 30s living overseas. I intermittently joined a couple of gyms over the years, would go a few times, but then lose interest as I found them quite unengaging and lonely places. Having three children (while always working fulltime) in my mid-30s changed everything (for the worse) in terms of time availability, energy levels, discipline around nutrition, my body shape, and gaining (and then losing) weight for each child.
What was the motivation to join BBR?
I came across BBR through the Facebook feed of Bec Boyce Cam, and thought that the group training to music looked like fun. The motivation to join was the need to really prioritise my health and fitness, to tone up and to maintain an ideal weight.
What was your first impression of the gym?
My first impression of BBR was how friendly and welcoming the trainers and everyone else were. It’s the personal touch and community that ultimately drives the success of BBR and what makes me come back week after week.
What challenged you the most in your early days?
The early mornings were, and still are, the biggest challenge for me, which is why I have secretly loved the Zoom training sessions that I can do whenever I can fit them in during the day.
Please share your physical and mental transformation over your time at BBR including any important stats you feel comfortable sharing…
I have completed two challenges in my two years at BBR, the first one I lost 6kg and the second, starting in Feb 2020, I lost 10kg. It is the combination of muscle mass increase, fat loss and the feeling of control over my physical and mental wellbeing that has made BBR such a success for me.
Recently, you’ve had a big transformation, shedding 10kg from an already pretty svelte frame! What have you done differently this year?
This challenge worked so well for me I think because it was so long! I started in February 2020 for the 8-week challenge, then COVID-19 hit and I just kept going with it. For the 8 weeks I was 100% strict with my meal plan, training 5-6 times a week, and most importantly for me (as I love a glass of rose or a G&T!) no alcohol.
You’ve now been a BBR for a long time, how do you stay motivated and continue to improve?
What primarily motivates me is to be a good role model for my three girls – I want them to see that being fit and healthy is important, that eating less sugar is good, and that exercise needs to be part of every day life. There is always room for improvement for me, but having the basic structure of a meal plan plus the training sessions pretty much keeps me on track and where I want to be. If I slide off the plan for a few days or a week, I know now that it’s not the same as going back to square one and having to start all over again.
What’s the biggest health or fitness challenge you have ever overcome or achieved?
I’ve been very healthy most of my life and – touch wood – have not had any big health challenges so far, but I’m very mindful that life is unpredictable and anything can happen out of the blue. In the meantime, the biggest health challenge that I’ve overcome would have to be getting over the impact on my body of having three children.
Tell us about any of your daily health routines that help you achieve your goals outside of the gym?
I try to walk the dog once a day, walk up stairs instead of taking the lift, and occasionally do a pilates class.
What are some of the goals you are currently working towards?
My health goals at the moment are to go back onto my meal plan strictly for this week and re-start training sessions, as I’ve had a week off. On the work and family front, I’m trying to be as efficient as possible during the day so that I can spend time with my kids at night rather than work.
Tell us something special/surprising about yourself that we wouldn’t know?!
I was born in London. I’ve lived in 23 different houses over my lifetime (just counted them now). I speak fluent Spanish, having lived in South America for six years in my mid-20s, and came first in the state when I was at primary school in … a recorder competition.
Fast five favourites
1. Fave HIIT/Strength station? Bulgarians.
2. Least fave? Ass bike. The best thing to come out of COVID was the demise of this instrument of torture.
3. Fave café and your order there? Vans. Anything on the breakfast menu.
4. Fave cheat meal? Homemade pizzas, which we make every Friday night on the pizza stone.
5. Fave holiday destination? Rottnest and London.