Since completing my last transformation with Ultimate Performance, I’ve kept up most of the good habits with regards to training – however, I’ve allowed myself a less strict routine with food.
When working towards a timeframe of 12 weeks, it’s much easier to maintain as you know it’ll be coming to an end, but I found it quite difficult to keep up the good habits it up in everyday life.
During the original 12 week transformation with Ultimate Performance, my main carb sources were rice, oats and sweet potatoes but afterwards, I allowed myself a few treat teas – pizza, bagels and even a chippy tea (or two!).
I also kept up training on my own, but not to the extent to which my trainer, Steve, pushed me! It’s inevitable that being trained by a PT will push you further and harder.
During Strictly, I didn’t use the gym at all – I was dancing eight hours a day as well as doing my morning radio show from 6 am until 10 am. I was pretty exhausted which resulted in my dance partner, Aljaz, not wanting me to train in case I injured myself.
Occasionally, Gorka and I would do some cardio on a sunny morning, but only the odd 20 minutes here and there. This had a huge effect on my body – I put on body fat and definitely felt softer and curvier by the end of the show.
My musical mass stayed the same, fortunately. It was just a case of getting back to training hard with Ultimate Performance, and getting my diet back in order.
I started back at Ultimate Performance properly in January and it only took me around three weeks to physically notice a difference in my body.
I started getting lean quite quickly because of the training, guidance and support at U.P. My body has responded much quicker this time, due to the muscle memory from the last transformation.
I love that I now have a healthy balance of looking and feeling good without any pressure, or without putting too many restrictions on my diet.
It’s all been about common sense and knowing what will fuel my body, and equally, what won’t.
U.P. has taught me that weight loss and muscle gain simply come down to creating an overload on the muscle with weight training, and calories consumed vs. calories burnt. So many people get technical, but there’s really no need.
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