I promised myself at the start of 2015 that I’d get myself fit again after having baby number two (no easy feat), and I’ve been training my little heart out since. Sadly, I’m still not where I want to be – but I’ve come a long way and what’s been great is that I’ve really enjoyed the journey.
Wanting to get fit and look good again has been a big motivation, but my main aim has been to get strong. After suffering with severe Pelvic Girdle Pain during pregnancy, and for a long while after, I’d resigned myself to thinking I could possibly suffer with back pain for the rest of my life. But with a whole lot of work and commitment, I’m starting to make some great progress through strengthening my core.
I’m a member of an amazing gym, the Chelsea Club, and one of the things that makes it great is that the staff do their best to create a community that encourages you to reach your own personal goals. Terry is that friendly PT that goes round the gym making sure you’re doing your exercises correctly – and who’s always ready to dish out new ideas or diet tips.
After chatting with Terry last week, I persuaded him to share a few tips to pass on to my amazing readers.
So here are Terry the trainer’s top tips towards a terrific training session (if I’m lucky, this may become a regular feature on Mummy Bisson)!
Terry’s Top’s Tips
1. Knowledge is Key! – don’t just do something for the sake of doing it. Ask yourself, why am I doing this? What is it good for? What muscles does this actually work? How do I progress? Is there something more effective (for you)? And, ultimately, how do I do it properly? If you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask your trainer.
2. Set yourself realistic goals – there’s no point in trying to drop large amounts of body fat, or trying to gain huge muscle mass, in only a couple of weeks. It never works that way. Always start small and with something you can achieve. As you progress, it should become easier to set yourself harder goals (not easier to achieve them mind you).
3. Think Smart – a common problem with gym-goers is that they believe the hype surrounding a particular fitness technique, taking as gospel what’s written in a magazine or said on TV, copy it and/or believe it, and yet nothing happens. There’s nothing wrong with absorbing lots of information from the media, but what works for Doutzen Kroes may very well not work for you. Every BODY works differently – so do what’s best for you and YOUR body.
4. Never say you’re tired! – Psychology is an enormously underestimated factor in training. If you’re tired, fine, but don’t keep telling yourself you are otherwise you won’t get anything done! Make yourself do it properly, or rest and blast it next time (the hackneyed phrase ‘go hard or go home’ is about right). There’s nothing worse than a lacklustre workout when your heart’s not really in it.
5. Watch the wine – Okay, we all like a glass of vino, right? And rightly so! But be prepared to work it off! It’s not just the calories that are in what you consume but what it’s actually made from. By reducing alcohol intake from weekdays to weekends only (not binging though), will make an unbelievable change to how you look, how you feel and your overall sense of well-being.
6. Be calorie clever. I’m not one for calorie counting. I’d bet 90% of people don’t even know what calories actually are! Almost everything we consume contains calories, but it’s what they are made from that’s the important factor. Don’t obsess about calories – just try to ensure a good clean diet and that should see you right.
7. Consume more water – this helps to reduce small amounts of body fat as well as provide MANY other benefits! Progressively aim for at least 2 litres a day (excluding workouts).
8. Stretch – lots of people don’t leave time to stretch. Stretching can increase the amount of work you do in terms of both volume and strength, increase working intensity levels, help recovery, reduce soreness and increase your general range of motion. This can be done in the gym or while on the play mat with the little ones.
9. Rest! – Another extremely underestimated factor. A good night’s sleep helps speed up recovery as well as allowing you to push yourself harder the next time.
10. Check your form – NEVER sacrifice workload for form. You’ll get better results from doing something properly compared to a lot done badly. You’ll also reduce the probability of getting injuries.
So there you have it. A set of tips from an expert, which I hope will help get you on the right track. I suspect many of my wonderful readers do all of the above already. But if you need a little reminder or a nudge, as I often do, then I hope it’s been helpful.
Thank you once again to Terry Angell @ the Chelsea Club for sharing these ideas. It’s really appreciated.
Happy training lovelies.
Love Mummy B