Taking on a U.P. transformation is not just what you do in the gym with your trainer for the hour that you’re with them three or four times a week.
It’s the constant support that you get from them through the whole process.
With other gym plans that I’ve done before, I found I would turn up at the sessions, but I wouldn’t be thinking about what I was doing outside of them – or what I was eating and drinking. That is why the program I’m doing now at U.P. Mayfair gets results.
My trainer helps me plan my eating, and makes sure I’m following it when I’m not at the gym.
Also, weighing myself every day is something that I’ve not done before. Normally, I would do it every week or so, but making it the first thing I do as soon as I get up every morning has been so important to keep myself on track.
Filling in the progress tracker is also a great constant reminder which you can read back and continually remind yourself how you are doing.
I have also made huge changes to the amount I walk. You may think ‘it’s only walking, so how does it count towards this fitness plan?’ I’ve been telling people about what I’m doing with U.P., and what I’ve been most surprised about is how many people don’t even take notice of their steps.
One colleague is averaging about 16,000 steps a day and she didn’t even know! She bought a Fitbit on my recommendation, after seeing the results I’m getting. She bought a Fitbit on my recommendation, after seeing the results I’m getting.
From my house to the tube is about 3,000 steps in itself, then another 800-1000 from the tube to Radio 1. So, while 15,000 a day (my current target) may seem a lot – it’s easier to get them done than you think.
I really thought the plan would involve more cardio when you were with your trainer, but it isn’t really the focus of our sessions together.
It’s getting leaner and stronger through weight training. The cardio is your responsibility!
I also plan my cardio sessions in the same way that the gym sessions are planned. You really do have to make it part of your day – WRITE it in your diary. Also, make it specific – don’t just put ‘cardio’.
For instance, I have some sprints in Parliament Hill to look forward to in the rain later! Being specific about the times you do cardio, and what you do, I have found to be more satisfying when you see it written down. You feel prouder of yourself. It just takes organisation and willpower.