LADY ABOUT TOWN Our columnist is getting back in shape after her holiday indulgences
The excesses of the holiday take their toll on all of us, but Caroline has a top plan to get back in shape – and quick!
Christmas is over, thank goodness. My house is empty, my visitors have gone and the kids are back at school so I can get back into my routine – and as a creature of habit I do need that.
Literally as soon as I shut the door on everybody I went back to see my personal trainer, Sam Williams. I do one-on-one training four times a week with a mixture of cardio and heavy weights. I hadn’t ever done weights before I moved here.
My trainer is a sportsman – his body is amazing. I can’t be trained by anyone who doesn’t look like they workout. And the gym I go to, SF Train, is a real bodybuilding gym.
I am lazy and know if Sam isn’t around I won’t do it. I have a great relationship with him and I personally think that if you can afford a PT then it’s a great investment in yourself. I have also found that when nobody is correcting me I do exercises wrong and end up damaging my body. So, I used to end up spending more on chiropractors than I did on the gym. Sam was the one who told me that heavy weights are great for my body and has transformed my shape. I felt really bloated and heavy after Christmas -- obviously I eat completely differently over the holidays and don’t deny myself anything. I didn’t hold back and put on about 3 kilos! So I rushed back to the gym in a panic and Sam said it would take me one to two weeks tops. I’m already back to my pre-Christmas weight.
When I started the weights my body responded so quickly. My legs have always been the skinniest part of me and people always say my legs are too thin, but I can’t change that – when I lose weight that is the first place is goes from.
But what weights do is work your entire body. I use barbells and kettle bells and loads of squats and leg pushes. I’m getting lines on my stomach that I’ve never had before. I can see definition on my arms – the back of my arms have been the hardest for me to transform.
I now do two sessions of cardio. I used to do a lot more, but that didn’t give me the results that I am getting now. I would lose too much weight and would get too thin when I did four days of it.
Now I do interval training – about 10 to 15 minutes – and the rest is all weights and machines. It’s not for everyone and a lot of my girlfriends prefer Pilates and things that are softer on your body, but this works for me.
I do all of this in conjunction with lymphatic drainage at CosmeSurge to help lose all the water retention, which is mostly what the Christmas binge is -- it’s not actually fat, your body has just gone into shock! I weigh myself regularly because I know generally where I want to be, but I noticed when I started weight training versus not training at all that I put on a couple of pounds; muscle weighs more. That said, don’t become obsessed by weighing yourself – you have a range, but if someone adamantly needs to be at the bottom of that range and are obsessive about it, then throw away the scales. Totally go by the way your body looks in the mirror as that’s what matters.
Christmas is over and Ms Stanbury is determined to get back to her pre-holiday weight with a little help from her PT, Sam Williams