Sarah Hoey wants you well

WHO SAID THAT WE NEED TO HAVE BAD LIFE­STYLE PAT­TERNS WHEN WE TRAVEL? WELLNESS TOURISM IS BOOM­ING, AND FIT­NESS AM­BAS­SADOR FOR THE PULL­MAN HO­TELS & RE­SORTS, IS SURF­ING ON THAT WAVE BEAU­TI­FULLY. HER MIS­SION IS TO HELP A WHOLE NEW GEN­ER­A­TION OF TRAV­ELLERS THR

The Pullman Magazine - - Styles - IN­TER­VIEW JULI­ETTE MICHAUD PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SARAH MAR­SHALL

What brought you to fit­ness? Sarah Hoey : My proper ed­u­ca­tion is in global busi­ness man­age­ment and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, but I al­ways loved work­ing with peo­ple in health and sports. Ten years ago, I was di­ag­nosed with can­cer and de­cided to beat it by en­ter­ing fit­ness and bikini com­pe­ti­tions, where strong and in­de­pen­dent women be­came my role mod­els. I worked with the best, but then it was time to ex­pand my hori­zons.

How did it hap­pen?

I be­lieve in vi­sion boards: if you vi­su­alise your dreams, they be­come re­al­ity. In the sum­mer of 2014, in search of an­other ad­ven­ture as a global no­mad, I was given the op­por­tu­nity to train clients at the Pull­man Mar­rakesh. The tim­ing was per­fect, so I packed my back­pack, and in ad­di­tion to be­ing a trainer at this mag­i­cal Mor­ro­can re­sort, I started to talk about how to pro­vide a bet­ter va­ri­ety of healthy op­tions for the guests. What is your role as a wellness Pull­man am­bas­sador?

I've been de­sign­ing and teach­ing fit­ness and yoga classes, but now this hon­orific role ex­tends even fur­ther. The trav­ellers' men­tal­ity has evolved. It's a bit like “40 is the new 20”: mil­len­ni­als want to live health­ier and feel health­ier. They've de­fined age not as ap­pear­ance but as the over­all feel­ing of well­be­ing. Check­ing-in at a Pull­man re­sort, you'll be of­fered a choice of four healthy juices: Age De­fence, En­ergy-Boost, De­tox, or Bal­ance, which can be com­bined with a cor­re­spond­ing work out. Those tai­lored pro­grams have three lev­els, be­gin­ner, in­ter­me­di­ate, ad­vanced, and are 7 min­utes long. We are shoot­ing videos of these 7-minute work­outs in heav­enly Thai­land, and they will be shown in the guest-rooms of Pull­man ho­tels across the globe. We be­lieve that the bet­ter our guests feel while trav­el­ling, the more suc­cess­ful their trips will be. And that's true whether they are trav­el­ling for busi­ness or plea­sure. When did you start adding yoga to your teach­ing?

I started Vinyasa yoga, co­or­di­na­tion of the poses with breath, to re­lax my own body from the pres­sures of weight lift­ing and car­dio vas­cu­lar fit­ness sched­ules. The ben­e­fits were so great that I wanted to share them with my clients.

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