New Sophie

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 @sophiieschoices transformation below, it only took Sophie 9 months to get her amazing figure below!

Phoenix Fitness :
How did you start off your fitness journey?

Sophie:
It's a difficult thing, knowing where to start and what to do first. I think ultimately I was unhappy with my body. I wasn't necessarily "fat" or extremely overweight, but I knew I needed to shake off some excess weight to feel healthier and ultimately, feel better about myself in general.
The first thing I did was look at my diet. I initially did some research into counting calories and macros. I knew that if I looked at where I was going wrong with my diet, that that would give me a good starting point. Only when I got that bit sorted, did I look at what I was doing in the gym.
 
Phoenix Fitness :
At what stage in your life where you encouraged to get into fitness?

Sophie:
At the age of 25. They say that once you hit 25 that it starts to get harder to shift any fat and/or weight, so better late than never right! For me, it hit home when myself and my partner started talking about starting a family.I want to be in the best health and fitness state that I can be to give my future children the healthiest start in life. 
 
Phoenix Fitness :
Did you invest in fitness equipment?

Sophie:
I did yes. I think it's important to invest in things when you start something like this. Whether it's equipment or clothing, I think it's important. When I started I invested in some good quality resistance bands and some light dumbbells so I could practise my form in the comfort of my own home.
 
Phoenix Fitness : 
Have you ever tried working out at home and how did this work out for you?

Sophie:
I have yes. I have to admit, I wouldn't optionally work out at home all the time, it's pretty hard to keep motivated when you're working out at home, and there is much more scope with equipment in the gym. However, I did start yoga at home, which was amazing! When you weight train it's important to stretch and practise your mobility, so I do plenty of this at home. 
 
Phoenix Fitness :
Did you consider a personal trainer or workout plan?

Sophie:
Not a personal trainer but definitely a workout plan. Personally, I find that having a plan helps to keep me motivated. There's nothing worse than walking into the gym and faffing around not knowing what to do first and having to plan on the spot. For me, buying a couple of workout plans has been one of the best things I've ever done!
 
Phoenix Fitness :
Did you create clear and trackable goals?

Sophie:
To be honest no. The main thing I did to track any form of progress was take photos of my body every week. 
 
Phoenix Fitness :
Was Transformation ever tracked during your fitness journey, if so why do you think this is important?

Sophie:
Yes definitely. I think nowadays we focus too much on how much we weight and not enough on our general health and the way we can change our body composition.
The problem when you weight train is that yes you lose weight and fat, but you also put on muscle mass, which weighs more than fat.
So even though you might be looking and feeling better, the scales may be going up.....so in my opinion, photos are better than the scales. 
 
Phoenix Fitness :
Did you ever leave focus to your fitness journey, if so what motivated you to get back on track?

Sophie:
I've never lost focus as such, but I have had breaks. Going on holidays and having a break are a must for me. I think that 1, your body needs it and 2, it's good for your mental health and soul too! 
 
Phoenix Fitness :
Which exercises do you find work best for you to achieve your overall goals? 

Sophie:
Personally weight training works a treat for me. If you're wanting to build lean muscle mass then lifting weights is a sure fire way to do this. Yes cardio does help with weight loss, but if you're like me and hate the thought of running for hours on a treadmill, then HIIT workouts are the one for you. It's a quick way to get your heart rate up, keep you healthy and help to shred the fat. 
 
Phoenix Fitness :
Are you happy with that you have achieved or are you wanting to do better? if so what are your next goals?

Sophie:
I'm over the moon with where I've got to now. It's somewhere I honestly never thought I'd get to. There will always be a bit more I'd like to do, we're all so critical of ourselves nowadays that we'll never be 100% happy, but for now, I'm going to keep going how I am, have a break at Christmas, and then get back on it in the New Year!
 
Phoenix Fitness :
Do you have any top tips to give to beginners who are starting off their fitness journey based on your experience? 

Sophie:
Do your research right at the start and remember, not everything will work for your body. Try different things and experiment with different workout types, workout splits, different foods and improve your relationship with food in general. Remember there is no quick fix, no fad diets, just eat well, in moderation, treat yourself occasionally to keep you sane and keep pushing.

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