Mum on the run fit to go
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