Gold Coast community pharmacist Holly Louise also happens to be a personal trainer, online coach, bodybuilder, businesswoman and social media star
Holly Louise, also known as The Fit Pharmacist, has more than 16k Instagram followers and runs a thriving coaching business.
With a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science and a Master of Pharmacy under her belt, Holly became a registered pharmacist in 2013.
She completed her intern year in a large community pharmacy and is still working at the same community pharmacy to this day, currently practising one day per week.
Setting up her internet presence as The Fit Pharmacist was a way for her to connect with clients and merge her two passions, she explains.
“I wanted to combine my two professions in some way and this seemed like the best way to do it,” Holly tells AJP.
“I also wanted to appear more credible as there are so many personal trainers out there, but not many that have the extra qualifications that I do. In this industry you have to stand out.”
The big question: how does she juggle all her various roles, including as a pharmacist and in her online coaching and training business?
“I am not going to lie, it is hard work!” says Holly.
“I work one day a week in the pharmacy and train clients on the other six days while also taking care of my online coaching clients. I also produce informative videos on supplements write articles as part of my role as an expert for Body Science.”
Holly believes that her background in pharmacy helps support her role as a trainer, although there is room for improvement in pharmacist education surrounding nutrition and fitness.
“To be honest, I don’t believe we as pharmacists receive enough education at university on the power of nutrition and fitness in assisting with disease prevention, treatment and optimising overall health,” she tells AJP.
“It wasn’t until I became an avid gym-goer myself that I realised my knowledge on nutrition was quite limited and wanted to rectify this to take my results to the next level. I believe that having the background knowledge obtained through my studies on anatomy and the various systems of the body has been extremely useful not only in my further studies to become a certified personal trainer but to have a deeper understanding of the effect of nutrition and exercise on the body.
“I also believe it is helped significantly in my ability to review literature and determine whether or not something is backed by sufficient evidence.
“There is so much conflicting information out there when it comes to health and fitness and many people become overwhelmed. This is where my pharmacist background really gives me an advantage to help these people apply evidence-based methods to achieve their results efficiently and effectively,” she says.
Holly explains that she is driven by the way she can help her clients improve their quality of life.
“The fact that I personally have the ability to have a major impact on someone’s life gives me the drive and motivation to better myself. I absolutely love seeing my clients progress and become healthier, happier, fitter, and stronger!
“Also the fact that I can provide people with evidence-based information to make their health and fitness journeys safer and dispel some of the myths regarding nutrition and training is a massive drawcard for me. The satisfaction I get from helping people improve their health in any aspect is very rewarding,” she says.
Holly’s top tips for health and wellness:
1. Eat for your goals
This is definitely at the top of the list! Many people don’t realise that in order to lose fat you must consume less calories than you burn and to gain weight (or muscle) you must consume more calories than you burn.
2. Ensure variety in your diet
My dietary methods are based on the fact that no foods are “off limits”. With that being said a healthy body is always going to perform more effectively and efficiently than one which uses processed foods as its main fuel source – not to mention that you will be more satisfied by foods that are nutrient dense, such as fruits & vegetables. Therefore, you should aim to get at least 80% of your daily calories from whole foods which are micronutrient-dense and that you actually enjoy.
3. Use supplements
Unfortunately due to our modern busy lifestyles, few people eat a well-balanced diet comprised of nutrient dense foods and exercise regularly. This is where supplements can help to bridge nutritional gaps and take your results to the next level. Dietary supplements to consider are:
- Protein Supplements
- Greens Powder (fruit/vegetables)
- Fish Oil
- Vitamin D
4. Lift weights!
My training programs are based on resistance training because of the many benefits it provides. This includes:
- Improved body composition
- Increased metabolism
- Improved muscle strength and tone
- Improved mobility and balance
- Prevention or control of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, back pain, depression and obesity
- Pain management
- Improved posture
- Increased bone density and strength and reduced risk of osteoporosis
- Improved self-confidence and body image
- Better mood and sleep quality
- Enhanced performance of everyday tasks.
5. Stay hydrated
Proper hydration is key for anyone looking to improve their health and body composition. Drinking enough water allows you to build muscle and lose fat more efficiently due to optimal cellular functioning.
6. Rest and recover
A balanced combination of rest and recovery along with proper nutrition and training should be a part of any fitness program. Resting is a crucial part of the muscle building process, because it is the rest that allows the muscles that you have damaged during training to heal and rebuild and become stronger for your next session.
7. Be consistent and realistic!