Elizabeth Making A Lifestyle Shift
The reason I originally joined, vs why I’m here today are 2 different things. When I joined, I was aspiring for leadership roles at work, I had weight to lose, so it was about being at peak performance at work. I was constantly travelling for work, and I was lethargic and I needed to be on top of things health wise to keep up.
When I first started, I thought this process had to be regimented, do as you’re told, stick to a programme etc but I’ve since learnt that this is my life now, it’s a lifestyle.
I think it’s been just over 12 months now?
What is your exercise history?
As a teenager I was really sporty, every afternoon if I wasn’t playing sport I was training. Then kids, work and mum life put me on the back burner.
I tried Metafit in 2016, but I still didn’t make it a priority. Whereas now I feel like it’s actually a better life (working out regularly). I think I did maybe have a little injury back then, and so stopped coming but now I know even if my arm fell off, I would still get something done and work around it. Looking back, those niggles were probably down to being out of condition.
I had a gym membership when the kids were younger, I did try to go and do stuff on my own, but I would go quite late at night as I didn’t feel confident enough to go during peak times. I had a little bit of success but I just didn’t find it motivating doing it on my own.
How has your training changed over time?
When I first came back, I avoided Metafit classes like the plague, but I always tried to take on board what Angie was telling me I needed to do at that time for my goals. I ended up doing probably 2 MetaPWR’s, a Toned AF and my weights.
I think the main change is it’s just part of life now.
I’ve really noticed my body changing with shifting my focus to weights training – I think one of the biggest things I’ve learnt is how to structure my training, and also the importance of family activities outside of training like walking together are an important part of my goals too – not just coming and smashing myself in a class and that’s it.
What is your favourite part of training at the shed?
Probably the weights now. But, for me now at the moment my focus is going to be on…… Metafit! Why? Because I’m going to CHALLENGE myself for movement and fitness….. and to do more than Cliff haha.
I know my legs are really strong but I’ll shift my lifting focus now to my weak point, upper body.
Holy shit and I can’t wait for Yoga to come back, I remember when we first started I couldn’t even sit with my legs crossed! I love it.
What’s the biggest struggles you’ve had staying on track?
Remembering that it’s the little daily things that add up to results, rather than doing everything 100% perfect all the time.
Coming to classes isn’t an issue for me now, so it’s focusing on the other things that support it all, things like my water intake and food choices, particularly protein foods.
I’m about to do a new progress pic from last year to this one to remind me to keep it up, and remembering that it’s not just about the scales, it’s a whole picture.
What do you feel is the most effective training for you or has given you the best results?
When I first started, I definitely needed the group classes the most, but the weights have really changed my shape. And even learning about different concepts around weights training like sets and reps schemes, progression methods etc it’s not just about lifting as much as possible all the time, and trusting the process, incorporating training breaks and trusting you and your direction and programming.
One of your biggest lessons?
I think there’s a perception that everyone that comes here is fit. I’m not an anxious person, but coming to group exercise I used to worry a bit about how long other people have been coming etc. I think when you’re on the outside there’s a perception that fitness is exclusive or something but once you come you realise how down to earth and friendly people here are.
Any advice for someone wanting to get started?
Start small…. commit to one class and one lifestyle change per week. It might not seem like much, but listen to Angie’s advice on the things that will have the biggest impact on your goals as it could be quite different to what you may have believed in the past. We’ve been tricked for so many years to buy a magic solution like a shake or pill or a fancy training plan when really it’s taking it back to basics and what you can fit into your lifestyle.