Chloe Madeley The PT, fitness model and author, 31, tells us how she stays in shape.
1. HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN PASSIONATE ABOUT EXERCISE?
‘No! Growing up with three older brothers, I was always very active – playing cricket and football and climbing trees in the garden – but I wasn’t into exercising and never had a gym membership. I got into fitness by chance, when I was 24 and dating a bodybuilder and PT. He offered to train me and the very first time he placed an Olympic bar on my back and taught me how to squat, I realised weightlifting was something I wanted to do every day. Watching him train other clients made me really jealous, so I quit my job as a TV presenter and got my PT and nutrition qualifications.’
2. YOU CLEARLY PRACTISE WHAT YOU _ PREACH. HOW DO YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
‘Releasing my first book, The 4-Week Body Blitz (Bantam ‘I usually train six days a week for 45 to 90 minutes, mixing weightlifting and cardio.
I love doing weights as it makes me feel great mentally and physically, and I do cardio to stay lean as I’m naturally a curvy girl. I also find cardio helps me to manage my anxiety, by equalling out my levels of adrenaline and cortisol. Depending on how much time I’ve got, I’ll either do 20 minutes of HUT, such as sprinting or box jumps, or up to 45 minutes of steadier cardio on a stair machine or cross-trainer.
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I also love long walks outdoors.’
Press, £10.49) at the end of 2017. The market for fitness and diet books is saturated so I wasn’t sure whether people would find the book or, if they did, whether they’d like it.
But the book was a huge success, with 40,000 copies sold and readers seeing amazing results. I was so proud as it felt like a culmination of all my hard work and experience.’
3. HOW DO YOU FUEL YOURSELF THROUGH YOUR WEEK?
‘My diet centres on protein and fibre but I don’t spend a lot of money on my food and really believe you can eat healthily on a budget. I love steak, chicken and tuna and eat all veg. I find salmon and peanut butter are good fat sources, and I eat wholegrains pre- and post-training. I’m a really big fan of cereal, as it’s lower in fat and higher in carbs. Ahead of a shoot, when I’m trying to get leaner, I eat less of the same things to ensure a calorie deficit.’
5. WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT PROJECTS?
‘I’ve got two more books in the pipeline – both due out this year. The first is a weight-lifting book aimed at all levels of lifters and the second is a diet book explaining how to ensure weight-loss results from different diets, including Atkins, Paleo and intermittent fasting. One day, James and I would really like to do a couples’ training book, covering how to train together in the gym and outdoors and how to make meals that will suit the calorie needs of both partners.’
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