Strong Friend Victoria Fritz: TV Personality, Field Maiden, Mum and More
The Greenest Thumb and Biggest Smile
I met Victoria early 2016 when my other Strong Friend Richie Byrne gave me a call for some help. He had been working with Victoria's husband and they were on the lookout for someone to train Victoria during her pregnancy.
We instant hit it off and now Victoria has become one of my great friends.
Victoria a powerhouse. She does everything and excels at it all.
Incredibly intelligent, keeps the nation informed from the news desk and embarking on big changes in her life since becoming a mother - Victoria is an absolute inspiration.
If you find yourself in a field, don't be surprised if she pops up by the brambles.
I'm forever grateful to have met Victoria and for her support. I can't wait to see what she does next.
Tell me about yourself
I'm a broadcaster and journalist for the BBC. I'm also a wife and a mum to a little boy & two mad dogs.
I live in London but I'm a country girl at heart.
In my spare time I spend a lot of time outdoors, running, hiking, exploring and gardening.
What keeps you busy?
Working in the world's biggest newsroom is exhilarating, challenging, and at times, very stressful.
You have to find ways to decompress & recalibrate your life otherwise you'd sink under a tidal wave of mental exhaustion.
For me, that has always meant fresh air, exercise & having a handful of creative projects on the go.
When I had my son, my desire to carve out a "time-out" increased exponentially overnight. Time between his feeds and naps was so precious I had to become much more efficient at using that time to recharge my batteries.
So I started a blog.
It's called groundsofappeal.com. On the face of it, it is about gardening, wildlife and adventures. But really it's about opening up your eyes to the things around you and their ability to improve your mental and physical well-being.
What do you like most about working in media?
No work day is the same in a newsroom. It's unpredictable, stimulating and the shape of your day can change very quickly.
A lot of the time I'm having to think on my feet. I generally don't know what I'll be doing that day when I wake up in the morning. I have to get up to speed quickly on all sorts of things you could never predict.
I've been to some bizarre locations and done some strange things in my career. As a result I've met some extraordinary people from all walks of life.
I'm amazed at the sheer breadth of talent and life experience of the people I meet. It's a genuine privilege to not only hear their stories and discuss their views, but share these things with so many people around the world.
Tell me about your favourite story at work
I've covered every industry from fashion to farming.
There was one moment last year where my inside-voice was saying, "what the hell are you doing, woman?" whilst I did my best to maintain a cheerful and professional demeanour for the nation.
I was doing a story about the possible impact of BREXIT on consumer prices. I decided to have a go at milking a cow on live television for BBC Breakfast. I probably put most viewers right off their cereal.
No one made me do it, though. I love getting stuck in. I only have myself to blame!
Working in media can be tough, what kinds of challenges do you face?
One aspect of my job I really dislike is the public scrutiny.
I think it's worse as a woman.
Only once my outfit, hairstyle, makeup, weight and level of sleep deprivation is assessed & publicly commented on do some people start paying attention to what I'm saying.
I try not to let it get to me.
Who’s your inspiration in your industry?
I'm lucky to have a couple of senior female role models that I can chat freely and openly to. They are where I hope to be in 10 or 15 years.
I do my best to replicate the nature of that relationship with people who are just starting out, whether that be at school, or after university.
What does your usual training regimen look like?
Being physically able for the mental challenges I face is really important to me.
I try to do something every day:
I do a one-on-one strength & conditioning weight training twice a week.
I'll do a 5-10k run, often with the dogs.
I am hooked on reformer Pilates, but the classes are pricey so I don't go as often as I would like.
If I'm short on time I'll either do a 10 minute sprint session or a 15 minute high intensity interval training session at home on the other days.
Sundays normally involve a long walk with the dogs somewhere new.
We've nicknamed my son the Jolly Giant. He's in clothes for a child twice his age. He's not a bad free-weight, although of course I don't swing him about!
Tell me about your sports and fitness background?
I was quite sporty at school, in the netball, athletics and cross-country teams.
I got knocked out the first time I tried to play hockey so I didn't fancy that one. And swimming was such a faff with stingy eyes, verucca socks and getting your hair trapped in swimming caps I wasn't much of a fan of that either.
At uni I did a bit of rugby and football but team sports dropped away when I started working. I still ride and ski, both far too fast, given the opportunity.
Any advice to people wanting to start their fitness journey?
It doesn't matter how or when or with whom. You don't need equipment or a gym membership.
Jump about in your living room if you like. Do tricep dips off the sofa whilst you're waiting for something to heat in the microwave. Take the stairs and not the elevator. Bicep curl your shopping. Squat repeatedly for the time it takes to brush your teeth. Take a walk on your lunch break.
Just fit it in somewhere.
There are some great apps now, that can help you with planning a run, a cycle, a HIIT session. You can record all your data on your phone and see your progression.
I always think training with a friend makes you work harder & means you're more likely to stick with it. So, buddy up & watch your strength, stamina and confidence improve.
Who is your health and fitness inspiration?
I'm blown away by our Paralympians. Some have lived with disability all their lives. Others have had to readjust after illness or accident.
None let their disability get in the way of their goals.
When I think, ah, I'll just lie in, browse the internet, why bother? I'm put to shame.
Really the question we should be asking is not WHY do something but WHY NOT?
What is your favourite mantra?
In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you.
And finally, where’s your favourite place to eat in London?
At home! My husband's a mean cook & it's such a treat knowing I'm always welcomed back home with a feast!
Find Victoria's Nature Filled Antics Online:
I keep my personal profile private to keep weirdos at bay.
But any adventure or gardening nutters out there, and I'm including the ramblers, please feel free to follow my blog at www.groundsofappeal.com