Between curating a playlist that will keep 30+ people with different musical tastes energized, to building workouts that are challenging to athletes and accessible to newbies, to finding time for their own sweat sesh, your favourite trainers hustle hard. In our new series, we catch up with some of your favourite fit pros to find out how they get it done. Next up: Torrie Borland.
Torrie Borland is a movement and strength coach, instructor at BOLO, and personal trainer. She has the kind of energy that motivates you and her diverse workouts leave you energized, stronger and sweatier than when you arrived. When developing workouts, Torrie says, “No workout is ever the same and I am constantly developing new exercises and timing protocols that my participants come to my classes for!”
On a layover in Paris en route to Ghana (#travelgoals), Torrie told us about how she gets it all done, the experience of training for a fitness competition, and how her self-care practices help her as an entrepreneur and with her own fitness goals.
You are a movement and strength coach, teach at BOLO and train your own clients. Are your workouts similar for all of your classes and clients? How do you differentiate and plan your workouts?
There is no such thing as “one-size-fits all” when it comes to training. What works for one individual may not work for the person next to them. That’s where I come in! Every single one of my clients receives a unique workout tailored to their unique needs.
I always come into a training session with a plan, but find that I often change things on the fly based on my clients’ quality and quantity of sleep the night before, tightness, soreness, or energy levels for that day.
As a trainer it is my goal for my clients to feel as good as they possibly can. So if that means changing a program on the fly, that’s what I do. I think they appreciate my attention to their needs and individualized training approach. When it comes to teaching classes, this is where I love to get creative! No workout is ever the same and I am constantly developing new exercises and timing protocols that participants come to my classes for (and leave a sweaty mess if I’ve done my job right!).
Two years ago you trained for a fitness competition. What was a big take away from that experience? Would you do it again?
It was a goal of mine at the time and I placed second overall at an international natural show in Las Vegas in 2016. I had so much fun doing this that I almost did it again. I say almost since I decided not to after a realization during a long cardio workout that I was just not having fun preparing for it this time.
The biggest thing I took away from my show prep was the importance of food timing. Eating carbs and protein pre and post workout will make you lift heavier with more intensity, and aid in your recovery. I also learned I could eat the same thing for 14 weeks straight.
We love your “what I’m cooking from my couch” series on your Instagram! What’s your fave healthy go-to recipe?
It’s been nice changing things up on instagram. I am trying to be different, and to reflect my personality and real life on Instagram. To be honest, I rarely use my oven but if I do it’s for something basic like roast salmon and sweet potatoes. My fave go to for any meal is a Greek salad. Stay tuned for “cutting veggies on my couch?”
With your busy schedule, what #selfcare practices help to create balance in your life?
Getting my own workouts in, reading fiction books, and having a few enjoyable hours of Netflix on a day or night off. I’m pretty low-maintenance when it comes to self-care. I recently went to the Ritz Carlton with a friend for a full spa day. That was a definite self-care splurge, but with the proper budgeting I could totally make it a regular occurrence,
We have tried your “Animal Flow” class at BOLO and really enjoyed it! How did you get into this type of workout?
Animal Flow came into my life when my mobility (mainly lower body) was almost embarrassing. For years I’ve gone hard and heavy at the gym with little to no mobility work. Adding animal Flow into my weekly workouts has been a game changer. Getting certified allowed me to learn better technique for my own practice and when I am teaching others. I would recommend the practice for everyone especially those wanting to go beyond typical stretching and mobility practices. It’s a killer workout too!
Anything else you’d like to share?
You can flow with me Wednesdays at 7:45pm at BOLO! If you want to come for a lift, check out Power Hour at 5:30pm Monday and 6:30pm Wednesday. Cardio lovers, I got you 7:30pm Mondays and 12:15pm Saturdays. I’m always happy to chat training and fitness.