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Utah Lee’s Workout Guide

The Style Sheet heads to the home of Nike Master Trainer and fitness and living influencer Utah Lee.

On the cards? A peek into Utah’s pre-workout beauty routine, some help with simple-yet-effective at-home workout moves, and a glimpse into Utah’s wind-down rituals.


The Style Sheet: Tell us about your pre-workout skincare routine.

Utah: I mostly train outdoors, so I’m in the sun all the time. Along with using a sunscreen that’s at least SPF30, keeping my skin hydrated is important. I use a hydrating serum before a lightweight moisturiser. I really love La Mer’s The Regenerating Serum.

What does your typical make-up look consist of?

I don’t like to use foundation all over my face, so instead I use a concealer around the eye area. I like liquid concealers the most — something that has good coverage but is light — which I then set with loose powder. I also use a little bit of bronzer — I love the smell and the colour of The Bronzing Powder from La Mer. For blush, I use I Have A Blush On You by YSL Beauty.

How do you keep your make-up sweat-proof?

I wear eyeliner every day, so for me, the best sweat-proof make-up product is a waterproof, oil-proof liquid eyeliner that doesn’t budge. I don’t use a setting spray to set my make-up when I’m working out because I don’t like products that are greasy on my face and my hands — I just stick to using things that are really light on the skin.

How do you look after your hair?

I have platinum blonde hair which I almost always wear in a sleek ponytail — it’s become a bit of a signature for me. Coloured hair is prone to damage, so to keep it healthy, I use Aveda’s Damage Remedy collection.


1. The Burpee

Utah says: ‘When doing a burpee — or any jumping workout, for that matter — always keep in mind that the idea is to lift yourself up, not push yourself down. Always keep your core tight and knees soft, and reach high! I’d suggest doing 10 reps, three sets a day.’

2. The Squat

Utah says: ‘Sit back, knees and toes pointing to the front. Keep weight on your heels and reach your arms forward for balance. It’s important to lift your chest and keep your core tight. I’d suggest doing 40 reps, three sets a day.’

3. The Chest Stretch

Utah says: ‘It’s important to stretch. Stand tall, bring your arms up in front, lift your chest and circle your arms back. Take deep breaths in and out, then repeat until you feel re-energised. I suggest doing it 10 to 20 times, but do it more often throughout the day if you need to.’


How do you wind down after a workout?

When I teach a class, it’s all about lifting up my clients’ energy so I have to go pretty full on — there’s a lot of shouting! To help me decompress directly afterwards, I try and go for a walk by myself outdoors, even if it’s just for five to 10 minutes. I don’t look at my phone or listen to music — music reminds me of teaching a class, and I automatically switch back to work mode.

What’s your rehydration of choice?

After a workout, I usually have a big glass of cold green tea. I drink about three large bottles of green tea every day, which I prepare in the morning. I add a little low-calorie sweetener to it, so it tastes really good. I don’t drink alcohol or soft drinks, or it’s all about tea for me.

How do you relax at home?

I don’t have much time to relax with my husband, Jason, and my kids Jacob and Sophia, and our rescue dog Yogi. My parents live close by, so they come over with their dog Shrimpy and we just hang out at home with them. For my own mind and well-being, I’ve also started trying out Joyce Beauty’s collection of CBD products, from brands like Treaty, Saint Jane and natureofthings.