Mum on the run fit to go

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUNDAY FIT -

WITH two young kids, a de­mand­ing TV ca­reer and an in­creas­ingly hectic travel sched­ule, Lara Pitt seems about as busy as any one per­son can pos­si­bly get.

But the Fox League star has set her­self yet an­other goal for 2018 — run­ning a 14 kilo­me­tre fun run in Au­gust.

“Well, I think I’ve set that goal a cou­ple of times,” she says.

“And then every time I ac­tu­ally start run­ning my knees play up on me. But I’m work­ing on re­ally get­ting my legs strong and stable so I can start run­ning soon, and hope­fully by Au­gust I’ll be ready. But I cer­tainly won’t be out to set any records.”

Lara sim­ply ra­di­ates pos­i­tiv­ity, and gives the im­pres­sion that her stores of en­ergy are ab­so­lutely bot­tom­less. But that’s not the case, she says. En­ergy, like any­thing else, is some­thing you need to work on.

“En­ergy is a hard one,” she says. “I think en­ergy is cre­ated by work­ing out, but it’s find­ing the time to do it that can be so hard.

“I used to play team sports and I loved it to death, and I felt that was a great way to ex­er­cise.

“But I had a cou­ple of in­juries and that kind of ter­mi­nated that. But I re­ally loved it — most peo­ple who are sports jour­nal­ists prob­a­bly wish they be­came ath­letes in their day, and I’m no dif­fer­ent.

“But now I have a trainer I see twice a week, and I’ve been see­ing her for 10 years. She keeps me feel­ing great and be­ing able to ful­fil my du­ties at work and, even more im­por­tantly, at home as well. You just walk out feel­ing so much bet­ter. You might have wo­ken up that morn­ing think­ing it’s the last thing you feel like do­ing, but as soon as I get in my gear and I’m at the gym, I feel so much bet­ter for it.”

TAI­LOR YOUR TRAIN­ING

With a ca­reer that was only get­ting more de­mand­ing and her al­ways busy home life, Lara says she was de­ter­mined to keep her health and en­ergy lev­els high through­out both her preg­nan­cies. So she worked with her trainer to tai­lor a fit­ness pro­gram that could give her the strength she wanted with­out leav­ing her feel­ing to­tally drained.

“Af­ter hav­ing two children, my body was lit­tle bit weak­ened — even though I trained through both preg­nan­cies — so I started work­ing on core strength and mo­bil­ity, but with more of a fo­cus on flex­i­bil­ity as well,” she says.

“You need a lot of func­tional strength. I’m not out there pound­ing the pave­ment, I needed to work on con­serv­ing and cre­at­ing en­ergy.

“It’s about be­ing fit for life. With en­ergy-sap­ping things like run­ning a house­hold and work­ing, you need to do things with­out putting your­self on empty.”

Lara Pitt works out with Adam Mac­Dougall. Pic­ture: Justin San­son

FOOD AND FIT­NESS WITH RUGBY LEAGUE LE­GEND ADAM MAC­DOUGALL

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