The sandy beaches are the best place to get in an intense workout. Take your beach training international when you book a fitness retreat with LuxeFIT!
We fell in love with Elena during luxeFIT Barbados. (It was really hard not to.)
The airline somehow managed to lose her luggage, which left Elena with zero workout clothes for our 7 a.m. workout session on the first day. Holly and I (Loren) of course lent her shorts and a sports bra, and despite the fact that they fit her Amazon woman torso like a bikini, she didn't complain.
She breezed through two intense workouts per day with our trainers, surfed like a pro, got her cat-cows on during sunset yoga and kept all of our guests oh-so-highly entertained with her hilarious banter. We thought we'd let you get to know this gorgeous creature a little bit better with a Q&A and Elena happily obliged, so here we go!
Name: Elena Ollick
Hometown: Kazan, Russia
Favorite sport: Beach volleyball
Personal fitness regimen: My ideal routine is three hours of beach volleyball four times a week and weight lifting on off days. (Three days, one push, one pull and one legs). On gym days, I also rollerblade for 30 minutes. Realistically, with my travel schedule and my daughter's schedule, what happens is that I either go all week just going to the gym, or all week rollerblading, or all week playing volleyball. Sometimes I am in town long enough to get back to my ideal routine, but mostly it's gym five times a week and volleyball once a week.
The one exercise I dread: CARDIO! I f-ing hate cardio! I can spend eight hours playing volleyball in high heat non-stop (which is technically cardio), but make me run or do cardio for no reason (other than winning a game) and soon I will be hating you with all my heart. Rollerblading is the exception because it's actually fun and fast.
Fitness role model: Can I be honest? I am not a role model kind of person. There are a few ladies I follow on Instagram who have the body I'd like to have and serve as inspiration, but I can't even name them. Other than that, I usually try to focus on what I want and can do and my own drive rather than look to someone for role modeling. We all have different abilities, bodies, interests, desires, personalities. I don't see the point of raising someone else on a pedestal. It's better to focus on yourself.
Quote I live by: Believe only what you can verify.
Hobbies: Beach volleyball is my big passion, the one sport I am in love with; photography is something I have been doing and have been enjoying for 14 years now; traveling is my life, hobby and work.
Go-to healthy snack: Fruit. I love fruit. Whenever I have cravings, I have a pear. Cucumbers are an awesome snack. I love cutting up cucumbers with salt and snacking on those. I add eggs for more fullness if I am hungry.
Cheat meal/snack: I love any sort of white cakes. Rum cake, honey cake, mmmmm. (We can attest to this, as she ate the entire rum cake in our villa welcome basket.)
No. 1 vacation spot and why: Everyone asks me with how much I travel and it's the hardest question. I love going to new places all the time, and also almost everywhere I've been I'd go again in a heartbeat. But if I had to pick, I would say it's British Virgin Islands.
If I had a super power it would be: Teleportation — 17 flights a month get old.
Random fun fact about me: I do a lot of fitness activities, but in reality I am a total baby when it comes to exercises I do not like and will quit or whine if I don't want to do it anymore. Haha.
Number of photos I took on the Barbados retreat: Over 4000.
Number of bikinis I brought to Barbados: 15 (Don't judge, I pack with the idea that I want to dress according to mood.)
Private beachfront estate. Housekeeping staff at your beck and call. Two personal trainers (in matching board shorts, of course). Coconut yoga. Surfing. Snorkeling with sea turtles...
Sounds like the best adventure vacation ever, right? (Did we mention the house-made rum punch?)
Well, that's exactly how we spent an epic week at luxeFIT Barbados!
Meet our Barbados head trainers, Dave Weiner and Levi Root of Definition Fit in Sarasota, FL. After assessing the athletic abilities of our guests and seeking out any past or current injuries, these two managed to whip us into shape with squats, coconut relays, swimming, running on the beach, TRX exercises, agility ladders and resistance bands. But what workout is complete without push-ups? Yep, we did those, too.
Couples squats, anyone?
Guests Elena Ollick and Joe Psyk loved our partner workouts — especially the squats!
We had a blast hanging ten with Barry's Surf School. A big thank you to Matthew Kieffer and Danny Edgehill for being the most patient instructors on the planet!
Trust us, all this water kicking business does a number on your abs. ALL of your abs. You'll come springing out of that pool with a six-pack in no time!
We know what you're thinking. Where's the relaxation? As you can see from the photo above, we're sailing smoothly along the Caribbean Sea. Nothing but reggae music and smiles. Oh, and a rum punch or two. After all, it's always 5 o'clock somewhere!
Check back for more Barbados updates, including our Barbados slideshow and video!
*Photos by @befitandtravel
Orangetherory Fitness trainer Mia Duval will head up luxeFIT Barbados. We put together a fun Q&A to help you get to know her a little better. She is definitely "all of the things."
I fell in love with fitness training because: I saw the impact it has on the client. Helping people create a better quality of life, enjoy more activities with their children, feel better throughout their work day — and most of them accomplish a dream they have held onto for so long.
My personal diet/fitness regimen: I like to dip my toes in various activities such as dance, yoga, Orangetheory, athletic conditioning, Savage Race and fitness competing. Even in high school, I played soccer and volleyball, ran track and cross country and swam. I want to enjoy what I do, and life is too short to be bored with your routine. When it comes to nutrition, I have told most of my clients, "If it doesn't have a mother or come from the ground, you cannot eat it. Examples are chicken, apples, almonds, crackers."
The most rewarding part of my job: Seeing the smile and transformation of someone's life when they achieve their goals. Parents that can be more active with their children or athletes who didn't believe something was once achievable.
My favorite workout: I love Orangetheory power days. Sprinting has always been a favorite of mine and if you add a group of motivational members, you feel undefeated.
The one exercise I dread: Lunges! I know I should love them. They are great for the booty and legs, but they are the one thing I do not want to see in my workout!
My fitness role models: Jackie Joyner Kersee and Mia Hamm.
Quote I live by: Currently, "Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us."
Hobbies: Latin dancing, rollerblading with my dog, logic puzzle games and horseback riding.
Favorite snack: Peanut butter protein balls.
No. 1 vacation spot: I have SO many places to explore, such as Barbados. I think ANY vacation time, even at home, would be No. 1!
If I had a super power it would be: Wouldn't we all love to eat everything and always keep our dream body?
My top fitness advice to those just starting exercise or getting back into it: DO NOT STOP. Make sure you are setting goals that are realistic. It is all about BALANCE!
I'm thrilled to lead luxeFIT Barbados because: I will be able to provide a vacation that will keep you adhered to your fitness goals! One of the many issues with previous clients is that they will go on a cruise for a week and eat/drink the whole ship. Once they come back, they feel groggy and beat themselves up about it. Well, here's a chance to have an amazing, healthy and fun vacation where you can meet great new people and return home feeling relaxed, balanced and good about yourself!