31.10.16

The Fitness Rockstars Journey: Q & A #JuliaBFit

The last few weeks have been a little bit crazy for me but in amidst all of that I was lucky enough to have been chosen to be a "Fitness Rockstar" on behalf of Julia Buckley, an amazing Personal Trainer / Instructor who has created an online gym to help others benefit from being active as we have been lucky enough to experience. Here is what Julia says about the Fitness Rockstars...

'The Fitness Rockstars are a collective of people with a mission to make the world a healthier, happier place. 

We’re not professional athletes, or even what many would consider typical “fitness people”, but we all appreciate the privilege of having the ability to move our bodies and we’ve all experienced having our worlds rocked by the astounding difference fitness and health has made to our lives. 

Neither are we celebrities, or in a position to spread our message to millions of people, but if something we post can help light the fuse that helps anyone to discover myriad of amazing benefits of doing what takes to be fit and strong which ripple out into all areas of life, then we’ll feel like stars for sure. 

Together, we think we can shine enough light to make a difference."


Here are my Q&A responses: 

1. For me, fitness is all about: 

...being healthy both in body and in mind. Fitness is a way to maintain or even restore balance. It's also a way for me to challenge myself, learn about what my body can do and achieve.

Photo Credit: Lolography

2. I get most excited to do my workout when: 

Usually I get most excited when it's something new or when it's an opportunity to hang out with friends and catch up while sweating.

3. When a workout really pushes me to my limit, I think to myself: 

It's usually a battle in my mind thinking I can't do it then using self talk to tell myself I can. It's an amazing feeling when you complete something you thought you couldn't do! It's surprising how much of it comes down to mind over matter. It might be a cliche but it's true!

4. I’m most likely to skip my workout if: 

...I don't have any accountability, if I'm feeling tired and especially when I'm feeling lazy. Also if I'm hungry! ...basically, I'm good at finding reasons to skip a workout.

5. In a group fitness session I’ll be the one who: 

Feeds off everyone else's energy. I kinda see a group session as a team sport so we're all in it together; so if you start to give up, I'll give up but if you give everything I'll be pushed to give everything too.


6. The item of exercise equipment I’d most hate to go without is: 

It would simply have to be a mat. I personally specialise in body weight training so equipment is just a bonus to me. I have a couple kettlebells and medicine balls at home though which come in handy. And maybe a foam roller counts?! As that's great for days where I'm feeling tight or sore in areas.

Photo Credit: Lolography

7. The last thing I usually do before starting my workout is:

If it's at home, the last thing I'll probably do is fill up a big glass of water to keep within arms reach and then get my Spotify playlist fired up. Oh and then start recording on my Polar A360 so I can track how hard I'm working through heart rate data.

8. My top 5 workout music tracks are: 

I never know the names of songs but my entire playlist (which I also use to teach) is on Spotify (and in the sidebar of my blog as a widget). I usually add a couple new tracks each week a lot of the time based on what Spotify thinks I will like or tracks I've randomly heard somewhere and just had to add!

9. If I start feeling meh about fitness I give myself a boost by: 

I don't remember the last time I felt meh about fitness to be honest. I sometimes feel meh about life or a situation and generally fitness is what helps me regain perspective and positivity. I always feel great after a workout and sometimes I need to remember that and visualise the feeling to get me in the mood for my workout!

10. The most important thing I’ve learned about fitness in the last year is: 

It's more about the journey than the destination. What's the point of it if you don't enjoy it?! I don't have any specific aesthetic goals such as weight loss or competition prep. I just enjoy being active, how it makes me feel and how I look is a byproduct of what I choose to do and an added bonus. My goals are usually based around events that challenge my fitness; the next one being the London Winter Run 10km in February 2017; once I get back to running regularly I'll choose a goal such as time (maybe a sub 60 minute will be a good challenge for me!).

You can now sign up to Julia's Online Gym FREE of charge and try out the workouts for yourself! Click {HERE} to be taken to her website and find out a little more about what she has to offer!

I'll be trying out one of Julia's workouts each week and will also be sharing more on my experience as time goes on! You can also read my review of one of Julia's first books The Fat Burn Revolution too!

Let me know if you check it out, or already use Julia's programmes!


Elle :)

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