FSF Interviews – Eveliina Pöllänen
Eveliina “Eve” Pöllänen is probably best known for her principal skater role in Disney On Ice, that is the largest touring live show on ice in the world. Touring around the world for years she came back to Finland to study becoming a fitness instructor. At the moment she has her own company FitSoul under which she teaches various fitness classes and does choreographies for Finnish figure skaters. Eve is also training for Finnish championships in fitness taking place later this year even her dream is to be in the top 3 in Crossfit in the world.
In the middle of her busy schedule I met Eve over a lunch in Helsinki. So what is this hyperactive businesswoman up to at the moment?
ENERGY FROM EXERCISING
“I’m a self-employed freelancer and the days are full of different sports classes like Zumba, acrobatics and fitness. I will be competing in fitness championships this year that is my top sports goal for 2012. I’m training 8-10 times a week for a total of 12-15 hours”, Eve explains.
Eve has a hectic life with her active job and hobbies but she keeps herself energized by moving:
“Usually I like to exercise during the mornings. That’s how I wake up and my body is ready for a day. I eat breakfast that is the most important meal of the day. I get a lot of energy from training and I can focus only on myself during the workout”, Eve feels.
Eve had every little girls dream come through in 2006 when at the age of 21 she was chosen to be the principal skater on Disney on Ice playing the role of Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians story. World tour was a great opportunity for Eve:
“With the show I got to see a lot of places and people around the world. I traveled to North and South America, Europe, China and even to the Caribbean when the ice show was in Puerto Rico. It is wonderful to perform in front of thousands of people, and having a lot of fun while doing it”, Eve thinks back.
Disney world is not only a fairytale though as the days are long and people are competitive:
“I learned a lot of independence because it was only me and a suitcase sometimes for 8-9 months. I learned to cope with different kinds of people that included a lot of compromising”
SERIOUS ABOUT SUGARS
Eve instructs hundreds of people weekly and if she could give only one tip to the readers regarding the diet it would be to concentrate on the quality:
“Think more about the quality of the food than how much you eat. Whether the food and ingredients are from good sources, pure and so on.”, Eve tips.
Eve is not using too many supplements at the moment but she has used instant medicinal mushroom drinks for a month now:
“I use your products,stevia that was finally approved by European Union too. I’m serious about sugars! I feel so much better now and I’d pay attention to that”, Eve guides.
BIG PLANS IN FUTURE
Even Disney role used to be her big thing, Eve considers her self-employment to be her largest achievement so far.
“I can survive and support myself to get my everyday proteins on the table by doing something I love.”
In five years Eve wants to be the owner of a large fitness company of over 100 happy employees and lots of even happier customers. Traveling frenzy has stayed with Eve and she did an American Tour during her last Christmas holiday why probably her favorite city to live in is San Francisco.
At the moment Crossfit is her hobby but in the long term there’s a goal to perform in front of the people again in competitions, and an audacious Finn is not afraid to tell that she wants to be in top 3 Crossfit athletes in the world.
“When there is a will, there is a way,” Eve ends the interview. “Dziekuje” (thank you on her other mother tongue Polish), and an energetic athlete is back into freezing air of wintery Finland for yet another training on her journey to be one of the best in the world.