Charline Jones

Posted on September 29 2018

You may have seen Charline on our Instagram on Friday, when she took over our Stories to show us 'a day in the life of'! We also sat down with her to learn more about how she transitioned from professional cycling to teaching and coaching, and her love for yoga. 
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1. When did you first get into cycling?
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I started cycling at the age of 19 in 2nd year of my University degree following a physio appointment. I had dodgy knees and shins from playing hockey and was told to jump on a bike for fitness. I also used a uni project to coach myself. I ended up giving the track a go at Meadowbank in Edinburgh and fell in love after my first attempt. 
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2. What would you say are the key reasons for someone to take up cycling as a sport?
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Cycling is a non impact sport and therefore is easy on the joints. I would say if you are struggling with running or similar impact sports then cycling is the way forward. You can cycle outside and see some beautiful scenery while breathing in fresh air which may be different to your daily work. Also is great for fitness and toning. You can smash out a 20min bike session and get massive benefits from it if you do high intensity intervals
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3.Your brother is ex-Scottish rugby international Craig Joiner and your father was a GB Triathlete — how has growing up in such an athletic family influenced you?
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My sister was also under 18 hockey player. I think it was just normal and natural for me to get into sport. My family are very active and we always went hill walking as something to do, my dad used to make us race up the hill and at that time, believe it or not I really enjoyed it. I guess this might be where my competitive nature comes from. My younger brother didn’t pursue his athletic ability on the competitive platform however helped me train in the gym and was a great training partner, we are now both part time personal trainers.
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4. What has the transition from competitor to coach been like?
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I was ready to stop cycling, the fact I don’t miss it means I made the right decision to stop when I did. I started Yoga practice 2-3 times a week which helped with my transition. I was a new challenge and I loved how you got in what you put out and there was an element of relaxation in there too. I also joined a hockey team, Glasgow Academicals and have been playing with them for 2 seasons now. I love the team aspect of hockey, something that is very different to cycling. It is a very social sport and I love the camaraderie of being back in team sport.
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5. What does a day of training look like for an athlete? 
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When I was training every day looked different however an example of a busy training day would be as follows;

Wake up and crawl my way to my rollers (indoor set up for bike), 30min-1hr pre breakfast session. Stretch/ mobility/ Yoga then breakfast. Cycle too the gym, 1.5hrs in the gym lifting weights then cycle home.

Lunch then nap if possible.

Start to mentally prepare for 4hr track (velodrome) session. Drive to the Velodrome, warm up and complete track session.

Have dinner, watch TV and do some washing, go to bed – REPEAT.

Some days I would get up and have a massive breakfast and then head out for a 5hr road ride then sleep and stretch the rest of the day. It just depends what coach has in store for you and where you are in your race season. 

6. Has your lifestyle changed since you stopped competing? 
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My lifestyle has changed a lot since stopping competitive cycling. I have a lot more freedom to spend time with my friends, family and husband. When I was competing, every opportunity I would rest and have my feet up for recovery to get the best out of myself in my training. I would have to miss close friends and family’s weddings or birthdays due to competing. The selfish life, as they call it, this is just what it’s like when you are trying to reach your goals and at the time it is totally worth it. It’s also quite nice to be able to go skiing now without the risk of injury. I still have a very healthy lifestyle and love eating healthy however I have a cake or chocolate when I want without worrying about my power to weight for cycling. The fact I still go to the gym, play hockey and practice yoga keeps me in good shape and allows me to have the occasional treat.
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7. When did you get serious with yoga? What would you say are the main benefits you experience from your practice? 
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My yoga journey began in 2015 through yin yoga as a means of stretching and strengthening the muscles. Soon I realised that yoga not only helped my Cycling but also gave her great confidence and self belief. Yoga became a major part of my daily training programme. When I retired from Cycling I found Kali Collective Yoga Studio at the perfect time. This is where my love for Vinyasa Yoga started. It was a combination of the yin postures I knew with some core, more strength and many new exciting poses. At the start of my time at Kali I loved the physical demand of Vinyasa Yoga but I soon found that working on the inside, my mind, my heart, my soul would help me flow more freely. With no pressure present from competing anymore I have found my new passion which feed my body mind and soul. I am now fully qualified 200hr Vinyasa teacher, course taught by Steph from the heart and where it all began for me at Kali. I am now working with professional rugby club teams, the Braehead Ice hockey Clan and the Scottish Rugby Team teaching them weekly yoga classes.  

8. How do keep yourself motivated to achieve new goals?
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I am a highly driven naturally self motivated person. Having weekly hockey games to keep fit for helps me stay on the straight and narrow, I don’t want to let my teammates down so I make sure I am in good condition. I also wouldn’t want my PT clients to come to an unfit personal trainer who doesn’t live a healthy lifestyle. It’s not good practice! I also have a lot of improving to do in Yoga and set myself monthly challenges.
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9. What are your gym bag essentials? 
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A sweat towel because I am just one of those people who sweats so much during a work out, I like it because I know I’ve worked hard. A water bottle to keep hydrated and protein shake to help me recovery after a tough session. I love the Pretty Athletic shower gel for after a work out, it is so refreshing and just the thing you need to perk you up after working hard. After my shower, some workout glow is great too and leaves my skin feeling fresh and pores unblocked.
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A big thank you to Charline, and for more you can follow Charline on Instagram here

 

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