Donna O’shea Fit­ness

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Health & Fitness -

Per­sonal train­ing with an em­pha­sis on safe pre­na­tal and post­na­tal work­outs. Best for: Any­one. Donna tai­lors her fit­ness pro­grammes to each in­di­vid­ual, al­though she spe­cialises in get­ting mums back in shape and help­ing them to lose their “mummy-tum­mies”. Time check: One hour. Re­cap: Donna sug­gested con­cen­trat­ing on my core and up­per body. As with many new mums, it was my tummy and lack of tone that were both­er­ing me. We started with some light car­dio to get my heart rate up: knee raises and curls, fol­lowed by bend­ing to touch the floor on al­ter­nate sides, with a fo­cus on en­gag­ing my core. This was fol­lowed by ro­tat­ing an ex­er­cise ball in my arms – it sounds sim­ple, but I was amazed at how tired I got do­ing this, and how much it worked my core. Af­ter each set we did tri­cep dips. The fi­nal round of ac­tiv­ity was boxing, which had the dual ef­fect of work­ing my up­per body and be­ing great for the core. Af­ter each set of punches, I did lunges and arm ro­ta­tions. The com­bi­na­tion of up­per body, core en­gage­ment and car­dio was amaz­ingly tir­ing and I felt fully done in af­ter the ses­sion – but happy, too, as I knew that we’d fo­cused on my “prob­lem” ar­eas. I also felt that the ex­er­cises she’d taught me were things I could re­peat at home, even with two kids! The af­ter­math: I was shat­tered af­ter the work­out, and con­vinced I would be stiff the next day. How­ever, to my sur­prise I felt achy but not too sore. I think it shows the ben­e­fits of work­ing out with a pro­fes­sional who knows how far to push you (and en­sures you stretch af­ter­wards!). I’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend this one-to-one train­ing, es­pe­cially for mums try­ing to get back into ex­er­cis­ing. Good to know: Donna can come to you (de­pend­ing on the lo­ca­tion) for in­door or out­door ses­sions. She also of­fers on­line train­ing pro­grammes if you can’t get out (ideal for new mums), and classes at the Botanic Gar­dens specif­i­cally de­signed for mums, plus a be­gin­ners’ run­ning class for women look­ing to im­prove their run­ning skills and build up stamina and en­durance. (Ba­bies, bug­gies and dogs are wel­come!)

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