Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m head of yoga at Another Space in London and also teach at workshops, festivals and retreats around the world. Before making my way into yoga I worked as a personal trainer and professional actor.
How did you get into fitness?
I was always fit and healthy growing up, competing in rugby and martial arts, and I turned to yoga during my acting training as a means of rehabilitating several bad injuries I was carrying. I was doing PT while I was resting from acting, keeping my personal yoga practice on the side, before taking the lead towards my first yoga teacher training, and the rest is history!
What is a typical day for you?
I rise early, around 6-6.15am, and spend about 30 minutes gently waking up at home before heading out to teach the morning classes at Another Space. After class, I chill with a nice smoothie and a coffee, and take care of emails, before preparing for lunchtime sessions – it will either be a class, private clients or an opportunity to train myself. Following lunch sessions, I normally have a few meetings and then evening classes, before finishing up the day around 9pm.
What is your favourite workout wear?
I am normally only ever found in Lululemon. I genuinely find its products so comfortable and of such good quality, it’s hard to wear anything else.
Which trainers do you think are the most comfortable to train in?
In terms of shoes I’m a big Nike fan, with a real weakness for cool classic Jordan’s. If I’m training and need something that offers a bit more of a barefoot experience, I will be in a pair of Feiyues or Vivobarefoots.
Can you recommend a wearable sports watch?
I don’t normally wear a device day-to-day but previously I have worked with a Fitbit Alta HR, which is a sleek and fun device. I enjoyed tracking steps and workout minutes as it made it a fun game throughout normal day-to-day activities like commuting.
What is your pre and post-workout fuel?
I don’t like to eat before I move, but if I feel like I really need something it will either be a coffee or a banana about 30 minutes before, so I have time to digest before moving. Post workout I like to have a smoothie, something green and delicious with a good vegan protein – I’m no good with whey – and some nut butter.
For day to day supplements I always carry Puori Health Essentials daily packets (which contains omega-3, magnesium, zinc and vitamins B6 and D3), synbiotics (gut health bacteria) and vitamin C tablets. I normally take all these in the morning after I teach, with my first meal of the day.
What are your grooming kit essentials?
Neal’s Yard Age-Defying Moisturiser, to keep my face hydrated; Molton Brown Anti-Perspirant Stick (no aerosols); American Crew Boost Cream, to tame my hair; and Tom Ford Noir, to keep me smelling nice.
What are your favourite headphones for working out?
I normally just use a pair of Apple earbuds, which work fine for me most of the time. If I need to go wireless I use a Beats pair – either the Studio model for complete noise-cancelling or BeatsX for something more low profile.
Which tracks are on your top workout playlist?
I am constantly updating my own playlists on Spotify (@Mageesy) to fit what I need. I have a nice one I’ve made called Some.Rap.Songs, which is great for training – can you guess what type of music is in it?
How often do you train?
I normally make a little bit of time for some form of moving or training every day, even if it’s just 10-15mins – it always makes my body feel better. In terms of bigger sessions, I like to have at least two long yoga practices – lasting between 90 minutes to two hours – a week, coupled with one other strength or conditioning session made up of kettlebells, rowing, hanging and pull work, for 45-60 minutes
What are your favourite and least favourite forms of exercise?
I love practicing yoga and it will always be my favourite. My least favourite is an assault bike as it’s nearly vomit-inducing, but a necessary evil if you are short on time.
You can find Chris Magee teaching yoga at Another Space’s Covent Garden and Bank studios.