Get Fit & Fab This Spring
For many of us, Spring brings around a joyous essence of happiness at the impending weekends spent pool/beach side cocktail in tow; whilst also bringing an undertow of dread as we realise we cannot hide underneath our layers anymore.
Now for those of you with a few measly bottom dimples and an extra inch of fat around your middle, never fear as you can rid this in a week or so. Simply cut back on stodgy winter food, up the ante on the exercise AKA do some, and get a fake tan STAT! You will look and feel a bigillion times better when your pale dale pins are all gisele glowing and gorgeous.
But for those who have put on a good podgy 5 kilos, get a trainer. They work miracles because they make you work. I don’t care how much self-discipline you THINK you have, you would never make yourself do the sort of messed-up crazy hard shit trainers force us to do. (But it is AWESOME because it WORKS!) Think running with a person dead-weighted to a rope behind you, or working so hard you think your going to pass out then doing ANOTHER set of 50 walking lunges carrying a 15 kilo medicine ball in front of you. Its tough, but pushing your body and feeling the strength you didn’t know is possible is amazing. Not to mention the results.
It’s exactly what I did last spring and not only did my trainer change my body in that point of time, she changed my perception of myself, what I was capable of and what I need to be doing/eating for my body.
This is me on holidays last September – don’t mind the goofy head/pose just check out my toned arms!
And this is a full body shot (I couldn’t find the soft copy sorry) – You can’t really see but you can sorta tell that I was pretty toned and I was SUPER fit!
But enough about me and my experiences, lets look to the expert and the woman herself who transformed me, Nat Carter…
1. What is your no.1 piece of advice for people who want to get into shape for summer?
Just do it, start immediately. Stop waiting around for Monday. The sooner you get cracking the quicker you’ll see results. Be committed to change and be persistent also.
2. What is the biggest mistake you see being made by people exercising?
Just sticking to one type of exercise. A LOT of girls want hot bikini bodies and just focus on cardio. Cardio will NOT change the shape of your body, it’ll definitely make you fitter but you’ll need to pick up some weights and start using them.
3. What is the biggest mistake people make with their food choices?
Choosing low-fat products over full fat, eating too many grains and processed foods (e.g packaged cereals, diet soft drinks, low cal desserts etc). Eat clean, lean and green.
4. How can a personal trainer help you with this? What are the biggest benefits to having a personal trainer?
A Good PT will be able to assess you, guide you into the right exercises and motivate and encourage you along the way. Your PT should offer the support and guidance you need to succeed on your weight-loss journey
5. How much exercise does a person need to do per week to change their body/start seeing results?
If you start with 3 sessions of weights and HIIT cardio (high intensity interval training) you will see a big difference if you aren’t exercising. If you already are you may need to bump that up to 4 or 5 days. The key is overload. If your workouts get too easy you need to change it up and increase the intensity
6. What are your top 5 favourite exercises?
Deadlifts, overhead squats, planks, swissball prone rollouts, and lunges.
7. Why do you think some people struggle to lose weight and tone up?
Because most people are lazy and don’t push themselves hard enough. Also they don’t listen to fitness experts advice, they choose to believe what they read in glossy mags (celebrities/models etc). Weight loss is not easy but you need to stay committed over a length of time. So many of us are conditioned to believe that weight loss happens quickly, you can’t just take a magic pill.
8. Tell us a bit about one of your most successful clients and how you have helped her transform her body and her relationship with her body?
Amanda was stuck in a body she hated. My goal was to bring her out from her rut, make her feel amazing and change the way she moved, ate and felt about life. She was so successful because she listened to everything I said, and she was committed to the cause. Yes it cost her money and time but now she’s a completely different person.She loves her new body. Like Amanda, you need to leave your old, destructive ways behind and realise health is such an important way of life. She continues to inspire people with her blog.
9. Top tip to get the perfect bikini bod?
Lift weights, perform HIIT cardio, be persistent, and eat clean. (Treat yourself once per week with one cheat meal.) 🙂
10. What is one food item or beverage you think everyone should avoid?
Any food with artificial sweetener in it. It reeks havoc with your body, some studies have correlated many disorders, IBS, even some cancers (read my thoughts here).
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