I always start the day with a glass of water, then depending on how early my first client is I’ll follow up with a bulletproof latte. PT work changes all the time – until recently I was working mainly Monday-Friday but currently the bulk of my work is Thursday – Sunday – not a job for those who like routine! I train where I can, usually in the afternoon, and always take my dogs out for 1.5-2 hours come rain or shine. If I don’t have evening clients or classes, I love to make dinner for Ben or see friends – again depending on how early I’ve had to get up that day!
I try and exercise 5-6 times a week, mainly strength training, boxing/kickboxing, running, swimming in summer and my metcon class Thursday mornings without fail. I’ve been trying and failing to get into yoga/pilates for a long time but thus far haven’t managed to squeeze it in, might make it my new years resolution for 2019! I’ll pretty much try anything active; rock-climbing, tennis, if its’ sweaty I’ll enjoy it. The only thing I really can’t do is run for too long – my body just isn’t designed for it.
I currently follow a strict pescatarian + dairy free diet, also omitting squid, octopus, crab + lobster. I’d love to quit either eggs or fish next (I was vegan for 3 years and would like to move back into it at some point, but it’s a touch diet to follow with my lifestyle) but for now this diet is definitely helping me feel the best I’ve ever felt. I’ve got a huge sweet tooth and would happily put away chocolate all day long if I could. Coffee + beer are my other two vices.
Becoming a PT is without doubt the best decision I ever made. Yes it’s tough physically, emotionally and financially, but seeing a client work hard, enjoy a session and slowly but surely seeing results makes every early start and late finish work it. There is honestly no other career I can see myself in – unless a piglet-petting-chocolate-taster role is going somewhere? LMK if you hear of anything.
Coming into my third year in the fitness industry has taught me so much about how I want my life to be. Time started moving so much quicker after I hit 30 and I realised I wanted to get as much out of life as I could. I think communication about diet + exercise is always extremely rigid and designed to make people feel guilty or weak regarding their lifestyle choices. When I have an initial consultation with a prospective client I tell them that it’s my job to make sure fitness slots comfortably into their lives and is something they enjoy. The same with their diets – food is a gift and losing weight doesn’t have to mean losing the things you like eating. I’m a HUGE believer in working hard and playing hard; a disciplined routine with no room for variety just isn’t for me.