Exercise makes you feel like superwoman

TELL US HOW YOU WOULD TYPICALLY START YOUR DAY

A typical day starts with coaching my Zoom Room workouts from 7:30am. It’s a 40-minute class mixing cardio, strength, HIIT and mobility. I have around 25 people training with me in each Zoom session, it’s a brilliant way to start the day – I soak up so much energy from every single person. I fi nd a good balance of coaching and watching technique, while keeping energy high and training alongside my members to push them through to the fi nal buzzer. It’s a workout in itself when I’m coaching others, and that’s how I like it!

WHAT DO YOU EAT IN A TYPICAL DAY?

I always prep overnight oats to eat a small amount before my class – almond milk, oats, chia seeds, frozen fruit, honey – and a coffee. I then have a second breakfast once I’ve finished coaching to switch into PR mode and to keep my energy levels up for a day at the desk and on the phone to media and clients – normally more oats or Shakeology, a shake full of fruit and goodness. During the day, I’ll make sure I have a good balance of carbs and protein. Eggs, toast, avocado for lunch and a chicken or red meat dinner mixed with light carbs. Snacks through the day generally include protein pancakes, yoghurt, fruit, nuts and seeds.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKOUT

A late afternoon workout is generally a strength session, I have Kettlebells, dumbbells and a TRX at home, or a cardio/HIIT class. I’ve managed to keep my home workouts varied through lockdown using apps like Openfi t and Beachbody On Demand. I can switch off my mind and have some amazing trainers coach me  through the screen. They’re also brilliant inspiration for my own online coaching. If I’m at the gym, it’ll be a mix of strength training, cardio and then mobility. For a change of scenery, sometimes I’ll run 5-10km by the river – it really depends whether I’ve managed to get out in the fresh air that day!

HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT AT A HIGH INTENSITY?

I love to move fast and lift heavy, so the key to a good training plan, for me, is balance, variation and fun. I like a blend of resistance training, high intensity interval bodyweight workouts, along with fast and short and slow and steady runs. Variation is so important, so focusing on different body parts each day (I love my Barry’s workouts for that very reason!), weights versus bodyweight, also changing up the trainers for style, tone and energy levels through on-demand and Live workouts.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU CHANGE YOUR WORKOUT?

I’m a ‘train how you feel’ type of girl, so I don’t tend to plan my week or month’s training too strictly – unless there’s a goal in mind, like a half marathon. I listen to my body.

WHY IS STRENGTH TRAINING SUCH A GREAT IDEA?

The physical benefits of building a stronger body and the confidence that comes with it are just amazing. Whatever your goal, be it aesthetics or physical strength, if you commit to strength training, you’ll see gains very quickly. You’ll build more lean muscle, tone up and your metabolism is likely to rocket. You’ll increase your bone density and strengthen your joints, setting your body on a healthier path to reduce the risk of arthritis or osteoporosis.

DO YOU PREFER LONGER OR SHORTER WORKOUTS?

Some days 20-25 minutes is all I need – fast-paced, hot and sweaty, pushing through the reps, losing myself in the music. A HIIT class, for example, finishing on a massive endorphin high. Other days it’s a longer, slower strength session at the gym, on the rack working technique for squats, deadlifts – being mindful of longer rest periods – and then finishing up with a treadmill fix. Equally, I enjoy a long run outdoors of around 60-90 minutes.

HOW DID YOU DEAL WITH THE VARIOUS RESTRICTIONS OF 2020? DID YOU HAVE ANY DIFFICULT MOMENTS?

2020 was a total rollercoaster. I went through my highest and lowest points as a self-employed PR. Personally, emotionally, physically, it’s been a huge test. Very soon into Lockdown 1.0, I made a promise to myself to acknowledge the emotions, let them be and then work out how to come through the other side, to think positively and only worry about the things I can control. In Lockdown 2.0, I made a real effort to slow things down and take time to do things for myself to change my mindset and overcome that ‘out of control’ feeling with life. Training and coaching has been a life-saver for me. The last few months have opened my eyes to new forms of wellness. I’ve slowed things down and taken some ‘me time’ – stretch classes on Openfit, for example, twice a week and most nights I will do sound meditation.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE TO STAY MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE THIS YEAR? Remember your ‘why’. When the workouts feel tough or you might not be 100 per cent in the mood to exercise, remember your why. One of my favourite quotes is: ‘The stronger the why, the easier the how becomes’.

MUCH HAS BEEN MADE OF THE LINK BETWEEN MENTAL HEALTH AND EXERCISE – HOW IMPORTANT IS EXERCISE TO YOU FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH? It’s right up there! The post-workout high of endorphins can totally change my day – I can walk out of a studio feeling like superwoman.

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