I’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.