We caught up with Micky Johnston, the creator of Suits To Sweats, a former senior school art teacher who made the decision to give it all up and work freelance across fitness, design and fashion. We talk all things health, style and New Year’s resolutions with some top tips to sticking to those goals.
• When did you start your Suits to Sweats journey?
My journey started in December 2015. This was the moment I remember thinking to myself that I didn’t want to continue my career as a Secondary School teacher and that I wanted to do something more creative instead. This was the time that I started to think about creative ideas and ways for me to blog and speak about my passions. It wasn’t until June 2016 that Suits II Sweats was born though…I was far too busy marking homework to think of a catchy name back then!
• What do you have in store for Suits to Sweats this year? / What are your resolutions for 2017?
I have many things in the pipe line for Suits || Sweats. I have so many creative ideas in my head and I can’t wait to start bringing them to life! My main focus is to educate my followers (you can take the teacher out of school…). I want to reach out to the everyday person and inspire and motivate them to reach their fitness goals without the use of an expensive gym membership and to feel amazing and happy in their own skin without having to change who they are. So I guess you could expect a lot of videos in 2017.
As for resolutions, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I believe that every day should be celebrated as a new beginning and we should make the most of each day, setting ourselves goals that will make us happy for life…not just temporary goals in January. I guess my life resolution is to always do the things I love and have a passion for, and not to settle for anything less.
• What would be your top three health and fitness tips?
1. A big one would be not to go on any fad diets. Anything that restricts you from eating things you like will just make you miserable and more likely to relapse. So I choose flexible dieting. Long story short, it is about knowing your macronutrient (carbs, fats and proteins) percentages, and what percent of each group you need to intake depending on your fitness goals. So you can basically eat what you like…as long as you make it fit into your percentages. You can easily do this on apps like ‘My Fitness Pal’.
2. Work out with friends! It’s great to have someone else to help you stay motivated and work with, especially if you are a competitive person.
3. Come to my GrooveCycle classes…it’s like a party on a bike on a Saturday morning! You will sweat, smile, laugh, sing, dance…all on a bike!
• Why did you want an eye test?
I wanted an eye test as a bit of self MOT. I like to regularly get check-ups with the dentist, opticians, doctors etc. just to check that everything is as it should be!
• How was your experience at David Clulow, did you find the pair you had your eye on?
I found my experience at David Clulow incredibly relaxing which surprised me. Usually a trip to the dentist or opticians is something that I dread. However the staff made me feel very relaxed and comfortable and the whole experience was pain free. I also got shown a wide selection of frames and was given personal advice on which shapes and styles suited my face shape and skin tone… I would have been clueless otherwise!
• What advice would you give someone who like you might need to pick their first pair of specs??
…go to David Clulow, they really do know what they are doing!
• When it comes to style, how would you describe yours?
I would say it’s hard to describe these days. I’ve went from dressing supper dapper Monday – Friday as a teacher to now wearing sweat pants every day! However on my off days I like to look relaxed and off duty cool. I love a good classic piece that you can mix and match with lots of outfits such as a leather biker or denim jacket.