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I am SO EXCITED to tell you about my new online training option! As a result of COVID-19, I moved my clients to online training. I started off with recording sessions for them but realised that live Zoom sessions were what was needed more – accountability to show up and a little more engagement. This has gone so well that a couple of them have decided to continue with it and the rest would like to do the live sessions on top of their original PT session with me. Woo! It is more convenient for some & many of us have realised that we don’t want to do more travel then we need to anymore. Lockdown has made us realise that we really needed to slow down and we are embracing that. I have spent the last few weeks working out what this online option will look like & working out how I can expand it to you, safely. I am now ready to tell you more about it. I will take on no more than 8 new clients per month. This is because I want to get to know you. I want a quick FaceTime with you to understand your lifestyle, your current level of fitness, any injuries, diastasis recti, prolapse and anything else that may impact your training. I want to keep you safe. On top of that, you will attend a group induction Zoom session. This is where I will teach you form and breathing techniques for the most common exercises. This way, once you start to join the live sessions, you are ready to go. You will also complete a physical activity readiness questionnaire which means that we are insured. I chose this pic to be the cover because this shows a safe version to a core exercise. Once I have got to know you, I will tell you if you need to do the safe versions & during the session will always demo the safe version first. I am looking to sign up this months’ recruits by this Friday, 5th June with a view to speaking with you & running the induction some time during the following week. You will then start your first session on Monday, 15th June. PLEASE READ the link in my bio before messaging me to sign up. It’s important that you understand the two options and the payment model. You may cancel at any time if the post lockdown days & time do not work for you!😊ONLY 8 SPACES💪🏼
🙋🏻♀️ I T M E 🙋🏻♀️ Wrinkly tummy, big ol’ quads, a massive spam, desperately in need of Botox & dressing inappropriately since 2003! Woo! 😂🐑 On the upside - feeling fitter than ever thanks to my LIVE Zoom sessions, hardly any grey hairs to speak of (despite 3 kids on lockdown), completely sorted out the playroom this morning (‘twas what one would call “a shit pit!” 😂), sun is shining, the weather is sweet, the girls are pretty mellow today and I am all set for the Wild One’s 4th birthday on Thursday! Clients smashing their Zoom workouts and I may also be able to reopen the studio in July! Woo hoo! (Though course if you rule breakers keeping flouting, this may change!) But I’m feeling optimistic today after a “meh” week last week. How about you?
⚠️ C A R E F U L ⚠️ When I plan my LIVE workout sessions and the sessions I film for my clients, I ensure that there is a “safe” version where necessary. By “safe,” I mean that if you have prolapse, Diastasis Recti, are incontinent or are pregnant, there are exercises that you absolutely must not do because they can exacerbate certain conditions and those that you should prioritise. My clients affected by any of these understand what those exercises are and why they must do the “safe” version or option.
It is fantastic that so many celebs are providing free workouts for people to follow - it is well intentioned & generous of them. Just keep in mind that 1) They are NOT all qualified in PT - Looking good and having muscle does not a professional make and 2) They have not asked you if you have an injury or any medical conditions they should be aware of or if it’s your first time. When I teach a class, if I didn’t ask those questions and someone were to injure themselves as a result of the class, my insurance would be void. All of my clients have to complete a PAR-Q (physical readiness activity questionnaire) prior to starting training with me or again, my insurance is invalid for any client without one. I am absolutely not saying don’t join in - far from it - what I am saying is make it your responsibility to ensure that you’re not doing anything you shouldn’t be. The beauty of home workouts is that no one can see you - so there is no need to feel pressure to keep up and you don’t need to feel self-conscious if you feel you need to stop.
The final thing I’ll add about home workouts is this: Make form your priority - not reps, keeping up with the trainer or how many calories you’ve burned. ✌🏼💪🏼 And on that note: 8am Toughen Up Thursday ZOOM sesh this morning with my clients! 🔥🔥🔥
📸 P H O T O 📸
I always encourage my clients and others to take photos to track progress. Your clothes and photos will tell you more than a number on the scales. As somebody who had a very bad relationship with the scales in her 20s, I can’t tell you how liberating it is to not be defined by a number that doesn’t tell the whole picture anyway. To not have your mood dictated by whether you lost “weight” or put it on. obviously, if you have a lot of fat to lose , then scales can be an indicator of progress. However, if you are already at a healthy weight, then they are pretty useless, in my opinion. My weight can go up by 5lbs when it’s that time of the month and go down a couple of pounds just because I had a small dinner. Fluctuations like that are completely normal but for those that don’t understand or just can’t come to terms with fluctuations, they can be distressing. So forget the scales and take photos. I can feel a difference in my body since lockdown – I am definitely eating more than usual and I’m okay with that. However, even the voices in my head can be mean at times and I wondered if I had undone all the hard work since January (1st photo). The second photo was taken at the start of March, eight weeks after the first photo. The third photo was taken on Friday. I may be feeling a little squishier but these photos show me that I haven’t undone all of that hard work. Deep down I knew I hadn’t but it was nice to see. The scales may tell a different story but I’m happy with the one the photo tells. Take the photo - you’ll be glad you did as you start to see the results of your hard work. 👌🏼💪🏼 p.s. we do have scales in the house because James is forever trying to put weight on... yep, he’s one of those... bastard! 😂😂 Welcome to lockdown week 6. WEEK 6! I hope you’re all doing ok and doing what it is you need to do, to get through this. Stay safe and healthy. ❤️
👙 M Y B O D Y 👙
Things no one ever heard me say during any of my pregnancies, “I can’t wait to start training again after having baby,” or “I can’t wait to get my body back.” My body was and is always my body - in all its forms. So is yours. During pregnancy, it’s doing one helluva miraculous thing and it continues to do so postpartum. Left pic: 7 weeks postpartum with Jasmine. Right pic, taken today: 14.5 months postpartum with Willow. In the left pic, we were on holiday in Lanzarote. I didn’t care that I was carrying a couple of extra stones. I didn’t care that I was stretching these bikini bottoms beyond belief. I hadn’t started dieting – in fact the restaurant at the hotel ran out of pink gin because of me. 🤣 Gain 2 stones or 4 stones during pregnancy. Diet, don’t diet postpartum. Lose the pregnancy weight in three months, six months, a year or five. Do what you need to for you and your baby. Just make sure you love yourself ALWAYS. Your baby certainly does. ❤️