What did you do before you started working at PF?
I studied Psychology at University and trained as a fitness instructor on my gap year. Training to work in fitness has been the best move I’ve ever made! I now work in Recruitment during the day, and as a Personal Trainer and Instructor mornings, evenings and weekends.
What made you want to work in the fitness industry?
Fitness is my ultimate passion and identity. I love watching others gain satisfaction and results from training and taking part in sport.
What do you do to stay active?
I love going to the gym, I compete in triathlons, I enjoy CrossFit and I walk and run most weekends…often to the pub (I’ve earned it after all)! I lose interest in things very quickly so it’s important for me to set myself a new challenge, and find out about new things. My next challenge will be an ultra marathon or an Iron Man.
You do a lot of training how do you motivate yourself to keep going?
Because it’s harder starting from scratch again! I know how I feel after a good workout and that’s always enough to get me there on dark, rainy mornings and grumpy days. Any day is better when I’ve trained. I really believe that nobody ever regretted a workout!
What are your views on weight training for females?
There are so many terrible misconceptions about female weight training. Whatever your end goal, strength training should be included in any fitness programme. The most common reason for female exercise is fat loss and body sculpting. Weight training will accelerate both of these, it’s a no brainer!
Why would you say it is beneficial to have a Personal Trainer?
New ideas and knowledge, motivation, support and RESULTS! The trainer will design a “personal” programme for you, created specifically to ensure you achieve your goals. We’ll talk about what motivates you. We’ll perfect technique. Whether it’s the first time you’ve ever trained, or you’re an experienced athlete, there is always somewhere a Personal Trainer can help or improve.
What is your favourite exercise?
This changes all the time! I always have an exercise of the week or month that I include in every session. I’ve recently mastered pull-ups and, much to the detriment of my poor palms, have been doing them at every opportunity!
Can you talk us through your exercise routine?
I generally don’t focus on arm/leg/cardio days. I enjoy functional exercise and like to be fit to work every muscle in every session. I will usually dedicate less than 40% of my session to cardio, most of which is interval training. I love to see how long I can hang on or how fast my body will go!
What advice would you give someone who has just started training for the very first time?
Stick with it and be patient! I would really encourage that person to make exercise part of their routine; it should be a lifestyle rather than a chore or job that has to be done. It’ll be worth it, wait until you start seeing results! I would also encourage that person to ask trainers for advice (we love talking about exercise!), or ask for a programme or arrange a PT session.
Why would you recommend PF Gym to any new members?
Really friendly team, fantastic equipment and facilities, and exciting classes!
Women who lift!
You see the posters of toned, flat stomached fitness models. They must do endless hours of cardio and live off lettuce leaves and celery sticks. WRONG! They can’t lift weights, women who lift get bulky?…….HUGE MISCONCEPTION!
The biggest misconception, and my most hated rumour, currently circulating around females in the changing rooms is that weight training for women will leave you “muscly and manly” – but trust me, this is physiologically impossible! As a Personal Trainer I include body weight and resistance training in any programme, and I will explain to all female clients that we simply don’t have enough of the testosterone hormone in our bodies to muscle bulk. We aren’t designed that way! If anything, you will look smaller, after all muscle takes up less space than fat does.
There are so many everyday fitness benefits that help the body to work more efficiently when carrying out day to day activities (this is functional fitness, and in my opinion, the best type of fitness!). Strength training can also be hugely effective for losing weight, and even more so for body sculpting. For somebody who is wanting to lose weight, strength training can be as effective at burning body fat as CV. In short, the more muscle mass a person has, the more calories they will burn. By strength training you will develop lean muscle (not bulk!), and cut down on body fat. Proven other benefits include injury prevention, improved bone density, prevention of chronic heart disease and increased self esteem.
My conclusion, women who lift look trim and hot…FACT!
Whether you’re training to lose weight, tone up, get fit for a marathon, my advice would be to add strength training into your routine. Do some research, ask for help and I promise you won’t regret it! Ditch the endless treadmill time and pick up some dumbbells!