New Georgina

 

Phoenix Fitness have kicked off 2019 with an inspirational campaign to aid those who have an interest in fitness but have not yet had the urge to get themselves going. 

We have gathered some of the Phoenix FitnessFam together to capture their first hand experiences to help you start your journey!  It's a new year and there can be a new you!  So get inspired and see the change you can make! 

Check out @georgina.sophie transformation below, the image shows a transformation of 1 year and 4 months apart.


Phoenix Fitness :

How did you start off your fitness journey?

Georgina:

I had been taking some medication that affected my appetite, and I had no idea how to control the cravings. At my worst I was sneaking around in the middle of the night to heat up huge portions of ‘second dinner’, complete with sides of biscuits (the entire packet), chocolates and whatever else I could get my hands on.

My typical breakfast was a 500kcal ‘coffee’ with cream (aka a sugar bomb) and a greasy sausage roll. The more weight I gained the more sedentary I became, until even the idea of kicking a football around the garden with my cousin felt like too much effort. I realised that my unhealthy lifestyle was stopping me from actually living my life, and that’s when I knew it was time to make a change.

Phoenix Fitness :

At what stage in your life where you encouraged to get into fitness?

Georgina:

I had been sporty as a child, but my passion didn’t come from the sport itself so much as the thrill of winning. I was a little too competitive for my own good! As is so typical for many young adults, my participation in team sports dropped off as I grew up and left school.

When I started my fitness journey at 23 it was with a whole new motive: all of a sudden my only competition was myself, and most of my victories were private, but I learned to love the quiet satisfaction of hitting a new goal.

Phoenix Fitness :

Did you invest in fitness equipment?

Georgina:

Not at all. In fact, for the first few months all I did was lace up a pair of old trainers and run around a park. I decided that I would reward myself with nice workout clothes, but only after I had proven my commitment to the journey. I still haven’t invested in much equipment because I work out in the gym, but I am the proud owner of some hot pink weightlifting wrist straps!

Phoenix Fitness 

Have you ever tried working out at home and how did this work out for you?

Georgina:

I have done some home workouts with varying degrees of success. I felt a little bit self-conscious trying to exercise in my tiny apartment with paper-thin walls, but I have put together some killer circuits that work in my parents’ back garden.

The key is finding exercises that work in your space - if you live on the top floor, avoid leaping about and do exercises on a yoga mat instead. Try to get creative - you’ll be surprised by how many household items can double as workout equipment!

Phoenix Fitness :

Did you consider a personal trainer or workout plan?

Georgina:

I was always adamant that I could learn everything I needed to know about fitness online - and there’s no doubt that a little bit of research will get you very far. I have only recently started to explore personal training, since I am at the stage where I need that expert knowledge to get me to the next level.

If you struggle to motivate yourself however, a personal trainer or workout guide can be a great tool to help you stay committed from the very beginning.

Phoenix Fitness :

Did you create clear and trackable goals and was Transformation ever tracked during your fitness journey, if so why do you think this is important?

Georgina:

I tracked my weight loss regularly and I had a clear goal of losing 16kg, but I never allowed my weight to become my only indicator of success. I also paid attention to the way my clothes felt, my progress in the gym, my energy levels and my emotional health. I have since surpassed my original goal and lost a total of 25kg. Since then I’ve been focused more on building muscle, so I never weigh myself anymore.

Now, my goals are more to do with strength, physique and nutrition. I think that monitoring your progress is an amazing source of learning - it will enable you to figure out what helps you to progress and what sets you back.

What I’d never recommend, especially if you have an obsessive personality or a history of bad relationships with food and exercise, is only focusing on one measure of success. Your fitness journey is so much more than just a number on a scale.


Phoenix Fitness :

Did you ever leave focus to your fitness journey, if so what motivated you to get back on track?

Georgina:

One thing I have learnt is that motivation comes and goes - and that’s okay! The first time I let my focus slide, I mentally punished myself and entered a “all of your hard work was for nothing” mindset. The thing is, after a couple of weeks of gradually getting back on track, I reversed the effects of my few lazy weeks and even started hitting new goals.

It wasn't the disaster I had made it out to be in my head! Just because you’re into fitness it doesn’t mean you become a workout machine - you’re still a human with a busy schedule, fluctuating energy levels and varying degrees of motivation to workout. Pay attention to how you’re feeling and go with the flow - and don’t panic if fitness isn’t your Number 1 priority all the time.  

Phoenix Fitness :

Which exercises do you find work best for you to achieve your overall goals? 

Georgina:

I started off doing lots of HIIT circuits with squats, jumps, burpees etc. I assumed that this was the best way to get the figure I wanted because it’s what all the “Instagram girls” seem to do. After a few months of dreading every workout, I realised I much preferred lifting weights at the gym, and adding some treadmill sprints for my cardio.

Looking forward to your workouts is so much more important for your progress than copying someone else’s style - and if you haven’t figured out what you love yet, just experiment with it all until you discover what makes you genuinely look forward to working out.

Phoenix Fitness :

Are you happy with that you have achieved or are you wanting to do better? if so what are your next goals?

Georgina:

I’m absolutely thrilled with what I’ve achieved - this has been the biggest challenge of my life and I have far exceeded my own expectations. But that doesn’t mean I’m done yet! The best thing about fitness is that there is always a new way to push yourself.

As soon as I’ve hit one goal, I always have the next one in mind - right now it’s to gain lean muscle, learn more about nutrition and learn how to touch my toes in a back bend! 

Phoenix Fitness :

Do you have any top tips to give to beginners who are starting off their fitness journey based on your experience? 

Georgina:

If I could give one piece of advice for a beginner, it would be this: something is better than nothing. You don’t have to spend 2 hours in the gym every day. If you start running a 5k and get tired, it’s okay to stop in the middle for a rest.

If you can’t make it to your spin class, it’s okay to substitute it for a quick home workout. If you expect perfection from yourself, you will only end up disappointed and demotivated. Celebrate every little win, bounce back from your losses and most importantly, learn to fall in love with the process. You won’t regret it!  
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