Training is a huge part of my life. I have been lifting weights for over 15 years and it was a desire to share this passion that inspired me to start my own coaching business 6 years ago. Strength training in particular has been something that massively supported my recovery from disordered eating and body image issues as a teenager, which is something I have been very open about sharing on my social media platforms, in the hope of helping other women feel more confident in their own physical capabilities and their bodies.
In terms of my own training, I’d say I am queen of auto-regulation— I am well practiced at adapting my training to suit how I feel on any given day. I love strength training but I’m big on practicing the skill of lifting, so form over weight any day of the week—this has served to keep me consistent and injury-free thus far. I prioritise the big compound lifts, but also sometimes it’s still fun to do some isolation work; who doesn’t love some bicep curls?!
When it comes to coaching clients, I think it’s important to meet people where they’re at and take an approach that is appropriate for that individual-—one size definitely does not fit all. I believe that training and nutrition should enhance our lives, not take away from it. In terms of nutrition, I believe that good nutrition is just about looking after ourselves, and that fuelling ourselves properly for training and life is the ultimate form of self-care. #QueenShit
Ultimately, I think people pursue change because they want to feel better about themselves and more empowered in their lives and fitness is a great vehicle for change. For me, this whole ‘health and fitness’ thing is just about people learning to own their choices. It’s not about being perfect or making the best or ‘healthiest’ choice all the time, but owning the choice nonetheless, and knowing that you can always make a different choice; that we have multiple times a day to make choices that serve us. And that’s just really good to know. And yes, sometimes cake is a choice that serves us.
BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE'S GOING TO LIKE YOU, AND THAT'S OK.
A big part of my own journey has been about learning to show up as I want to, regardless of what other people think; and not just with regards to training and my body, all aspects of myself. There's so much power in just saying F*CK IT, I'M DOING WHAT I WANT.
Personally, for me, this life malarky, is just about doing the shit you want to do regardless of what people might think, and the important thing: that you like your reasons for it, because that’s all that matters.
I spent so much of my life trying to be less; physically smaller, lighter, in a constant state of apology, passive, pleasing, accommodating, not too opinionated, but lifting offered me the chance to show up in a different way, to be my own person, to choose a different path; one where I feel empowered, strong and confident in my body and in my life.