The FFP Coaches
I started my fitness journey for the same reason as many of you have, or will do. Quite simply, I just wasn’t happy with my current lifestyle. As fun as going out and having more pizzas and pints than anything even remotely nutritious was, I was becoming more and more aware of the negative effects it was having on my body and my mood.
I wanted to make a change but I just didn’t have a clue where or how to start. I thought the gym was the obvious answer but honestly, I was SO scared the first few times I went in. I did get quite into it though – two classes a week and an hour on the treadmill almost every night. I felt good and I started to lose a little bit of weight but I was bored already and I wasn’t toning up or getting the shape I wanted.
A few months in I met Joe (my now fiancé) in an abs class of all places and it was then that things started to change. He introduced me to weight training and although nervous at first, it was such fund and I was hooked. He also encouraged me to eat more nutritious food and so quickly, I felt more energised and my body had started to change in ways I could never have imagined! My bum was higher, my core tighter, my legs stronger… but the biggest thing that changed was my confidence.
I continued for a while, loving every minute but thought it would be a good challenge to set myself a new goal that pushed me out of my comfort zone – a bodybuilding competition. So many people thought I was crazy (even I did at times!) and although a VERY unrealistic lifestyle and diet for me to sustain, it was a great experience. It was also what made me realise my passion for fitness and for coaching.
Throughout my competition prep and for quite some time after, I become so aware how damaging and influential social media and the fitness industry in general can be. We’re constantly bombarded by photos of females with tight abs, pert bums and ridiculously slim figures. These images are very hard to achieve and are often photo-shopped or filtered yet they still manage to makes us think less of ourselves if we don’t compare. The whole idea of this upset and frustrated me so much but it also became my motivation to launch the Female Fitness Programme!
Fitness doesn’t have to be incredibly dull and time consuming and your diet does not have so restrictive that you live of salads and shakes!
I launched the #FFP because I want to provide YOU with an HONEST, real and achievable approach to fitness. I want to help you realise your own potential and to find something that works for you and your lifestyle. And I want more than anything to show you that you can enjoy the best of both worlds; getting fitter and healthier and still having a social life. If you are ready and committed to making a change then ANYTHING is possible.
If you want to find out more about me or how we can work together then please get in touch.
When I first started going to the gym, it was all about focusing on the areas of my body that I didn’t like, mainly my legs. And when I say worked, I mean spending 30-45 minutes on a cardio machine not coming off till I was drenched in sweat! I’d always chased those slim long model legs on the front cover of a magazine and hated my own because they were thicker and chafed when I walked.
It really is crazy what we think we need to do to look a certain way and even worse that we spend so much time striving for an unrealistic figure that’s miles apart from our own.
I’m so happy to say that a time did come where I discovered weight training through a friend and wow, how things changed. Really quickly I felt much more confident in myself and could see my body changing. I felt stronger and gained so much knowledge along the way that I knew I could use to help others.
The thing is I love to challenge myself and when I put my mind to something I’m all in.
This was particularly true when I entered my first bikini competition. I thought I was in a really good place and being honest, I actually loved the process the control I was able to have over myself. I just wasn’t aware of how I would feel once it was over.
Without that discipline, I lost control of my eating habits and realised I was using exercise and food to hide the fact that I was quite unhappy in my personal life. In truth, I went through a challenging year dealing with anxiety, low self-esteem and without even realising it, I’d started to become dependent on my training and an emotional eater.
Why am I telling you all of this?
Well, thankfully I was able to overcome these feelings. Instead of chasing ‘that body’, I worked on improving my health and well-being and started doing things that made me a happier more confident person. Things started to move in the right direction and I believe this was because I took back control and became more independent.
Fast forward a few years and I am now a proud Mum to my daughter Ella and I have a new respect for my body. I have a Pre & Post-natal qualification and have developed a greater understanding of what our bodies go through during these changes and all I can say is WOW!
Our bodies really are incredible ladies and we need to start appreciating what we have in order to start loving ourselves, instead of being so harsh on our not so favourite areas.
I want to be a role model to my daughter and other women, to help reassure others struggling through these insecurities that making small changes to your lifestyle can create the perfect balance that you can still feel good and maintain. No more unsustainable crash diets!
If you do it the right way then trust me, there is a way out. Leanne and I are here to help coach you through your journey to becoming a better version of you.