I don’t plan to post a step by step or how to work out routine because there are hundreds of more qualified, fitter internet sensations than me who could do it better and have actually education expertise. What I’m going to share with you is why I work out, my work out style, and how I stay motivated (and what I wear while I do it).
1 . In 2008 I went to the doctor to figure out what was wrong with me, I was chronically tired, I had low iron and had no energy. Quite simply, I started taking iron tablets but easier than that she said I needed to exercise. So I joined the gym. I had no idea what to do at first so I got myself a personal trainer, best investment of my life. She showed me how to use everything, which builds up your confidence of being at the gym without being intimidated by the guys (or other girls) at the gym. It stops you from being a cardio bunny and actually gets your muscles moving weights! And my energy levels shot right up.
2. I’ve had 4 excellent PTs since and I’ve told them all my goals (to be lean and toned) prior to starting any program with them and believe it or not they’ve all literally given me the same work outs to do. None of them have told me that I need to run for hours (thank God) but they all get me doing a buttload of squats, lunges and deadlifts.
3. Luckily for me this is how I like to train. Alone and in my own time. I don’t like training outdoors, I don’t like classes (except pilates), I don’t do group sports well, not because I’m not a team player but because I don’t care enough to compete. I don’t like cardio (I occasionally do it to ‘freak out’ my body and switch things up). So gym it is.
4. I often wear crop tops, tight tops and shorts or leggings to the gym. I wear tight tops or crop tops because I’ve done alot of pilates which trains you to constantly be engaging your core, having form fitting clothes really reminds me that I need to focus on my abs and keep them in and tight. I always find that when I’m wearing a loose oversized tee, I am not thinking about engaging the core which can often end in some sort of lower back injury, it may not always be immediate but it can come on over time. A big NO-NO.
So this is just an intro into my fitness lifestyle – I’ll keep you posted on how I’ve stayed motivated for 7 years, how often I train and what I’ve learnt along the way.
All pics inside my gym Fitness Playground.
Photography by Jocelyn Nguyen