pepper your training with functional, HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts which allow for shorter time with more impactful results. Or try a session of Bodytec once a week on those days that are particularly challenging time-wise. You can get a full body workout in 20 minutes and it compliments other training wonderfully.
Do you have an opinion on whether men and women should workout differently, assuming they have the same goals (getting leaner and stronger)?
Find what works for you! Not your friends, colleagues or even your family. Certain workouts may work better than others depending on your own biochemistry. If you are stressed and fatigued, sometimes intense workouts may not be the best choice for weight-loss and the weight may fall off by choosing something more gentle like yoga. Variety is key: choose activities and workouts that require you to lift your own body weight and weighted objects, others that encourage mobility and flexibility, some that you do for the pure enjoyment of it.
What are your top five favourite healthy snacks?
● Seed snack packs with coconut, chia seeds, nuts, dates etc. ● Dark chocolate (85%). ● Fresh fruit such as pineapple and strawberries. ● Celery sticks with banting mayo. ● Roasted nuts or nut butter.
Can you give us a glimpse of your workout routine.
It usually depends on the functional goal like the 94.7, where I’ll do Cadence training or get onto a Wattbike. If I’m training for a triathlon (road or trail race) I train at Planet Fitness Platinum because I can work on muscle imbalances, train in the functional section, swim or jump on a Wattbike.
But I like to make sure I work out at least three days a week for an hour. I try to incorporate yoga two to three days a week for an hour as well, I do all forms including hot yoga at Zen Hot Yoga World in Bryanston and once a week I do a Bodytec EMS session.
What are your five favourite exercises?
● I love any yoga flow. ● I love swimming. ● I enjoy push-ups because I couldn’t do them for such long time. ● Anything with kettlebells. ● Squats!
What advice can you give women who are keen on living a healthy and active lifestyle?
Get a buddy, someone who will keep you accountable and make workouts fun. Make a vision board with images of what you want to achieve and if it’s aesthetic, cut off the head of the model. Get an expert. Consult a nutritional therapist just so that you know that what you’re doing is right for you!
How has your journey into the world of fitness changed your life?
You don’t have enough space for me to answer this. It’s given me a new perspective on being skinny versus healthy. It’s introduced me to new friends and a new career. It’s made me appreciate my body and my health and my own physical uniqueness.
Can you please give our readers a few handy tips for building and maintaining a fit summer body?
● Dehydration can hamper your weightloss efforts; 2 litres per day is a good average to aim for. ● Go green: try and have green veggies with your three main meals or incorporate them into your snacks. ● Dry brush and get some healthy sun early in the morning or afternoon. You can gradually build up a tan, get some Vitamin D and that will leave you looking at least a size smaller, yes that goes for you too guys! ● Lift heavy: ladies don’t be afraid to lift weights. You need muscle to burn fat!
Do you use any fitness or health apps to keep on track? If so, which apps do you use and how beneficial have they been for you?
I like Freeletics and FitBit for tracking my workouts, steps and training especially when travelling. The Nike running NTC app is great as well.
What music gets you going in the gym? And what is your favourite song to listen to in the gym?
House, You and Me by Wade Nathan. It’s a great summer house song perfect for all types of workouts from Barre to running to CrossFit!
DISCIPLINE: Stacey Hollands believes healthy living is all about mindset.