February 17, 2016 | 7 Comments

FitMomI’ve never had a personal trainer before. I always thought they were the preserve of pampered Sandton kugels who had too much time on their hands and even more money. But a weird thing happened when I was leaving Joburg that I want to tell you about…

I went to see a kinesiotherapist to help me deal with the stress of the move and she said lots of interesting things to me (and she was amazing!), but the one thing that stuck out is that she wanted me to give myself a gift when I got to Cape Town: she wanted me to go and see a personal trainer.

Fast forward a few weeks and we’re having a braai in Cape Town with some friends out from London and they asked if they could bring their sister along – of course we said yes. It turns out that it was Ash who turned up at our braai and she was a personal trainer with her own company called FitMom, specialising in, wait for it, helping moms achieve their fitness goals. Weird hey? It was like my gift has been wrapped with a bow and delivered to my house and the universe was really rubbing my face in it. So when Ash suggested we do something together on the blog, I said “hells yes” and we kicked off with our first session yesterday.

There are many misconceptions that I had about having a personal trainer before today. Firstly I thought that it was only for people with serious weight loss goals or training goals (i.e running a marathon or losing 20kg) but that is bollocks. I want to gain strength, build my core, tighten up my arms and just improve my general fitness.

I’ve felt like my body was out of balance since the move and that’s why my back is constantly sore. I used to have an exercise regime in Joburg that included my barre sessions but since those have stopped I’ve really noticed the difference in my strength and I don’t like it. I needed someone, an expert, to give me some direction with my exercise and tell me what I should be doing.

I’m also realising that as you head rapidly into your mid 30s, your body is simply not going to remain all strong and toned if you’re purely doing cardio. I’ve never had to go near a dumbbell before but now that I’m getting older, my arms are starting to get a little bit…floppy. I mentioned this to Gareth the other day and instead of contradicting me and saying “No! Your arms are great!” he said “Yes I noticed that the other day when you waved”. Hmm. Followed up by him saying: “Why don’t you do something about it then?”. Men, they’re just so damn…practical.

So here I am, doing something about it. Yesterday I had an hour with Ash and I can honestly say that I’m using muscles my body had forgotten all about. From lunges to bicep curls to star jumps and other things I can’t remember the name of, I know this is doing me the world of good (there were actual sweat drops of mine falling onto the concrete and I haven’t felt that feeling for so long).

My goal isn’t to lose weight, it’s to get stronger and fitter and feel more in tune with my body. It’s my sister’s wedding in four weeks (I’m a bridesmaid and my dress features bare arms!), so I’m working towards that goal first and hoping to see some results by then in terms of my overall health. I’m also doing extra exercise on top of the two weekly sessions with Ash to make this month even more effective. And finally I’m being more mindful about what I eat and not simply eating seconds because it tastes nice (which is basically what I do ALL THE TIME).

Ash’s company FitMom is based in Cape Town and specialises in women’s health, with a particular interest in pre and post natal fitness (although she’s a qualified personal trainer and can train anyone, not just moms!). Check out her website or Like her Facebook group for healthy living tips and daily fitness inspiration.

Have you ever been to a personal trainer before? Would love to hear your stories.

P.S. I’m paying for my personal training sessions but received a discount because of exposure on this blog.



  • Reply Jo February 17, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Loved this post as I also started with a personal trainer for the first time this month after believing, like you, they were for yummy mummies with too much time on their hands! I’m two sessions in and, despite stiff muscles post each session, it’s great. Good luck with your fitness journey and may we both win the battle against our floppy arms!!

    • Reply Belinda Mountain February 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Haha Jo – go us! So glad you are also enjoying…

  • Reply Heather February 18, 2016 at 12:34 am

    I’ve never had a personal trainer but I’m so glad you’re doing this. I am so unfit.

  • Reply Nasima February 18, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I have been working out with a personal trainer for the last 6 months and would honestly never be able to training by myself again. I used to only do cardio but thanks to my peeps all trainer I have learned to love weight training and can feel my strength for the first time in 35 years. I did initially start with a trainer for weightloss but I am continuing simply because I love the way he challenges my mind and body and how I can feel the difference in myself with each passing week. Enjoy the sessions! Getting a personal trainer and a therapist are the best investments I have ever made in myself.


    • Reply Nasima February 18, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Excuse the typos

    • Reply Belinda Mountain February 18, 2016 at 8:12 am

      You’re so right Nasima – agree with everything you said! (I actually said to Ash that a personal trainer feels like a therapist for your body;)

  • Reply Caley February 22, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    This is awesome – I started going to a personal trainer before our wedding and she changed my life! Six years later and i still go to her – she keeps me focused and in the gym x

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