1. How did you first get into fitness?
I was never into fitness or sports at school and was always coming up with excuses to get out of doing any sports lessons as I had no confidence and was so shy. So this is why when I turned 18 years old, I wanted to set myself the ultimate challenge even though I was terrified of doing it. I thought I would jump out of my comfort zone and join the army, as I knew this would toughen me up and unleash my true inner strength which deep down I knew I had (just like all of us).
2. It is well known that you were in the army for quite a long time, what were your high and low points of being there?
The highs for me were being able to see my full potential and everyday being challenged and overcoming these challenges. It is the only way you ever grow as a person so for me these where the high points. The lowest was losing my Fiancé who was in the army at the same time and then experiencing bullying. These where very tough times. The hardest for me was after my fiancé had been killed, I was given 2 weeks compassionate leave and then on the first day back (which I was still in complete shock and broken-hearted) my sergeant ordered me to deal with some documents of a solider that had been shot. As I worked as a dental nurse in the army there are certain procedures that have to be done with all the medical files, this was the first time I had to do this and felt it was unnecessary considering what I had been through. He just smirked at me and handed me the document, he was my boss, my sergeant and I had to do as he said. When I looked at the name I saw it was my beautiful sweet Mike – and this to me was pure bullying. That was the day I then applied to leave the army, it took me a long time but that day I will never forget.
3. How do you keep yourself motivated to keep working out?
I have days like we all do when I want to curl up on the sofa but I just get strict with my mind-set and jump up and say “let’s do this”. The reward is I will feel amazing after, and it is important to understand sometimes we can have a few days off but I have a rule of never more than 4 days in a row.
4. You have been making videos and books for a few years now. Why is it important for you to create workout content for women?
For me I write all my own content and I love that I can design my books and videos exactly as if I was teaching a client or best friend. I put 100% into making these products the best on the market for the simple reason, I want everyone to get results. As a woman I can relate to how we feel and with 25 years’ experience I know what works. My workouts are different from many others, I have always been a square peg in a round hole in the fitness industry and 90% just do the same. I like to be creative and make workouts fun but also focus on how to use the body in multiple directions with multiple muscles groups to get quicker results. I also don’t use weights, because as I always explain our own body is a weight and to get a feminine sculpted shape, you don’t need to add weights.
5. How do you deal with online criticism?
So far I have been very lucky and not had any. I am sure it will come, but it will wash over me because as long as what I am doing is honest and I am making my family and #lucyssquad proud then that is all that matters.
6. Anyone that has followed you for a while has seen your channel grow rapidly within the last year, What has been your greatest achievement?
I think the greatest achievement for me is being able to offer workouts to everyone and not excluding anyone which is what my channel is all about. It was exciting to reach 200 Thousand subscribers but for me if I am honest what excites me more is not the numbers, it is when I get an email from someone saying how these workouts have changed their life, that for me is the best part.
7. What do you find is the biggest benefit to working out?
It makes me feel in control, I feel strong, energised and nothing beats that feeling.
8. You are such a good role model for women and for the fitness community in general. Most of the women I know dislike a part of their body, do you have a least favourite part of your body? If so, what is it and why?
I guess for me it is my muffin top, which is not actually from eating muffins it is for my love of a latte every morning. Life is about balance and this is my guilty pleasure, every morning I sit down at my computer and I have that latte.
9. What would you advise someone who is looking for body confidence?
Never compare yourself to anyone else, they are not important you are. What we see on social media is always the best angle, just focus on you. When you start working out it’s so liberating and you then ooze confidence and nothing is more attractive than a confident woman.
10. For people who work 9-5/6 how would you suggest they fit their workout into their busy day?
Just focus on doing shorter workouts that way you can easily squeeze it in either before or after work and then at the weekends do a slightly longer one.
11. For all the people out there that want the dream body, to be healthier or to simply just walk up the stairs without getting out of breath, what is your advice?
All you need to do is set that motivation and determination to 100% and get excited as you can get your best body ever when you’re focused.