I have always been relatively fit:
My Dad had us in the local swimming club every sunday as a wee little tacker.
I was a ballet and tap dancer – 15 years of experience and training, and a few scholarships and performance solo’s to boot.
I rode BMX for 5 years at state, national and world level, and could have gone professional, if I had been more dedicated. We can credit my teenage boyfriend as he distraction here.
I was in the local Volley Ball team that won the highest local grade, three years running. Our motto was ‘Let’s get it back’ and most of the time, we did.
I played local and state level touch football. Shin splints!
I played with a team of indoor and outdoor soccer for a few seasons, and scored a few goals. Striker was moi.
I run, I cycle and I work out.
I am one of the lucky ones. My body reacts quickly to exercise, has a great metabolism and generally does well at picking up sports. I like being out doors, I like being competitive and I like being the best I can be.
What I do not like, is putting on weight.
You see, it is kind of essential to be somewhat slim, as a model. My problem is, doing what I have already done, is now not enough. I used to be able to eat all the foods and drink all the wine I wanted, but my body is changing, and I am not enjoying it. I am putting on weight. Instead of cutting out a bit of chocolate and some sweets out of the diet, still the weight doesn’t shift. It might only be a slight bit bigger on this or that body part, but measurements are fact, and without the same measurements, I am simply out of a job.
So a few weeks ago, I took matters in my own hands. I am quite self motivated and somewhat honest with myself to know what I needed to do and what needs changing. I put out some feelers on Facebook to see what people were loving, and why. A few people offered personal trainers as a one-on-one, but I can’t afford to spend a great deal in a huge hit, but did require someone to manage and encourage me in my work outs. So a cheap gym membership wasn’t the answer, nor spending my life savings on a trainer two days a week. I was after a holistic training facility that was motivating and enjoyable, that delivered what it promised. Whilst remembering the old saying of ‘you get what you pay for’ I signed up to Result Based Training.
I had seen the website and a few reviews, and figured the two week free trial wouldn’t be too bad. I didn’t have anything to lose (except a dress size) and signed up.
The first week was absolute hell – in the best way possible. The first session was legs and glutes, and I actually couldn’t walk for properly four days. The next three days were abs, cardio and upper body strength – the idea is to train the whole body for the week and not leave any out. It worked, and after every session I was in a new world of pain. The kind of pain that spoke to you in volumes, and would reiterate how lazy and unfit you are, and now you are being punished for all the times you hadn’t been to the gym.
The biggest difference I noticed was myself mentally – not just physically. I was happy and excited to go to the gym. Maybe not so much at 6am, but still, I was always happy when I walked out, feeling like I had done a great job. I had signed up for the 6 on 1 semi-private personal training, with you and five others at a maximum in the group. This is definitely ideal for me, as I am time poor and need to be in, train hard, and out as fast as possible. The trainers push and encourage too, and considering my last trainer was more of a negatively geared kind of guy, this was a big plus. High fives, ‘you’re doing well,’ ‘only a few minutes left’ and ‘keep pushing,’ are all high on my list of trainer must-do’s. Don’t tell me how poor my squat / lunge / push-up performance is, just tell me how great I have already done and to keep going!
I continued my commitment to on average four sessions a week, and I can honestly say I feel amazing! My body has changed, my metabolism is faster and my energy is high. What I have lost in body fat, I have gained in muscle. I still have a long way to go, and I am proud of what I have already achieved, but I just have to try harder and I will have my results.
The plan is to have some before and after shots in the next month or two. I shall keep you posted with my embarrassing before images…
RBT have gyms located in North Melbourne, South Melbourne, Hawthorne East in Victoria, and in the Gold Coast – Varsity Lakes in Queensland. In the next few months, Perth and Sydney will also be lucky enough to have an RBT Gym close by.
AND all my MAX MODELS get a 15% discount on memberships. Score!