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This month we were lucky enough to chat with the inspiring Elise Carver, also known as Little Bantam Surf Trainer about her unique training philosophy.
We love your refreshing approach to exercise. Have you always had an interest in health and fitness or was it inspired by your coastal move?
I have always been exposed to active living from a young age thanks to my Dad. Saying that I didn’t always embrace it and went from rock climbing and roller skating to nightclubs and drinking! When I hit 20 years old I forced myself to move back down the coast to pursue a healthier way of life and as time went on I became obsessed with being fit and healthy instead of boozed and flirty!
Your Surf Training program looks great. How it differs from other forms of training?
Surf Style Training is the very opposite from Cross Fit and Boot Camp style training. Its about working with your foundations of Core Strength, Joint Stability and Postural Strength to help you build a sustainably fit and healthy body. It’s about Strength, Balance and Harmony - looking good is just a bonus!
You seem to have a very holistic and spiritual approach to exercise. Do you believe it’s important to nurture the mind as much as the body?
Yeah for sure! If you’re not in check mentally, dealing with stress and fatigue from lack of sleep, the last thing you can do is motivate yourself! If I’m tired and just CAN’T BE BOTHERED training or surfing there’s a reason why, so I take the time to figure out that reason and deal with the cause for my lack of motivation instead of trying to do the old “push through it” method.
We see you as a great role model for teenage girls who face so much pressure these days with social media to look and be a certain way. What do you think has helped you to become the strong, confident and intelligent woman you are today?
Thank you! I wasn’t born this way, in fact for a long time I had a FALSE sense of self confidence which I realised as I got older only gets you so far. I believe I became the person I am today through countless false starts, broken hearts and rejection. After all of those, I made the choice (often encouraged by my beautiful friends and family) to get back up and try again, learning a lesson from every experience! What's that cliché saying…It’s not about avoiding the fall, it’s about what you do when you get back up. At least that’s how I remember it!
And finally, could you tell us why you love Knotty Towels?
I love how light they are and how with every use and every wash they become softer and even more absorbent! It’s epic!
You can find out more about Elise's programs at and by following her Instagram @littlebantamsurftrainer

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Welcome to our new monthly feature “Knotty gets to know” where we chat to someone we’d like to know more about. This month we spoke with Melanie Lechte, General Manager of exciting new cold pressed juice brand, Organic Avenue and Knotty towel fan!
It seems every one is so much more health conscious these days. Why do you think it’s so important to make cold pressed juices a part of your diet?
I think over the past years, we have lost sight of what’s important in terms of health and wellbeing. We seem to be busier and sacrifice our health for wealth. By incorporating a cold pressed juice into your daily régime, you can ensure you get the vital nutrients your body needs. It’s a prevention rather than a cure approach !
With so many choices out there in the market now, what is it that makes Organic Avenue’s juices and cleanses different?
Well for a start, we are organic. We source from farmers all over Australia to ensure we use only the best ingredients free from chemicals, pesticides and toxins. The cold pressing process itself extracts the most nutrients without compromising the actual cells in the vegetable or fruit. This means you get the highest possible benefit when you have an Organic Avenue cold pressed juice.
You recently opened your first store in Paddington’s Five Ways in Sydney. It not only looks great but feels like the kind of space you would want to spend a bit of time in and hang out rather than just pop in quickly to grab a juice. Was this what you were aiming for?
Absolutely ! We wanted to create a unique experience when visiting the store. We wanted to be warm and welcoming. This ethos starts with the fit out and of course extends to our amazing Organic Crew.
You’ve recently launched your online store. What’s next for Organic Avenue?
We have launched our cleanse program online delivering nationally. We have quite a few cleanse options including the “Inside Out Cleanse” which guides you through not only a juice cleanse but a detoxifying program for your skin and your mind ! We believe in being truly mindful when cleansing. It’s an exciting and unique program. We are also launching Melbourne and Adelaide stores very soon which we are super excited about !
And lastly, could you tell us why you love Knotty?
I am a massive beach lover…. It’s where I find my peace. No matter where the beach… my Knotty is always close. I have around 8 Knottys, they are a compact traveller and they look super cool !

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