You’ve set world records, you’ve won Olympic gold medals, was moving into fitness events the natural next step?
Yes it was to be honest! I have a lot of fun working with Steve, who has developed the bootcamps with me; we should have done it years ago!
What’s different about Daley Fitness to other similar ventures?
They are two day events that are designed for corporate teams. They are a good introduction to a variety of fitness options including spinning, yoga, kettlebells, TRX, and it is team building as well with an obstacle course at the end. Most of all it’s fun though – we have a great team, and in the evening we all have a party, which is how it should be.
You were an ambassador for London 2012; do you have a favourite memory from it?
Just the fact that I can’t believe how proud I was of my country when we put it on! I have been to the Olympics every year since 1976, and London 2012 was the best I have ever seen it. Everything from the way the transport ran to the events themselves – it was brilliant and I was so proud.
Was it frustrating not taking part?
No, not at all! I am way past that! At least half an hour past that!
Are you naturally competitive?
I certainly used to be but not so much any more because I can’t do it like I used to! So you learn to calm down a bit.
Who do you admire?
In athletics there are a lot of people who come and train with the really good athletes. They train really hard and get nothing from it other than wanting to help the person who is going to be best, be the best. They just want to be part of the whole thing – it’s incredibly supportive and I think that’s just amazing.
What is the most important thing you need to be a successful athlete?
Tenacity. As an athlete you train for a long period of time, especially when you are young, and you go through ups and downs and you have to be able to cope with both without getting distracted. You see a lot of people fall by the wayside, people who you once thought – ‘I wish I could be as good as them’ – and for whatever reason one week they have gone.
How have you stayed in shape post-competitive sport?
I go to the gym five or six times a week and sit on the bike and chat to friends! I have a rule that once I start sweating or getting out of breath I move onto something else. For me, mixing it up is key, but it’s not right for everyone.
How important is diet for fitness?
I would rather train for an extra two hours and eat a hamburger, but that’s not the case for everyone! I think sometimes too much focus is put on sports science – balance is very important.
What is your top tip for staying fit when you have a hectic schedule?
High intensity workouts are wicked if you’re time poor, 20 minutes of working really hard is very good for you.
One thing you are going to do to #bekindtoyou this week?
Every six to eight weeks I go through my phone and text or call everyone I haven’t spoken to in that amount of time just to say ‘I don’t have anything to say, but I wanted to say hello’. We all have such busy lives and it’s so easy for months to disappear without speaking to people!
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