1. How and when did you first start to work out?
I’ve always been a very sporty, outgoing person so I feel like it was a natural transition growing up into fitness. I didn’t sign up to my first gym until I was 20, which was when I started to invest more time into my workouts and would get inspiration from programmes on social media such as ‘The Insanity Workout’ and ‘Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide’. I’ve never actually had professional training, I just learnt so much over the years through friends and research, plus getting to know my body and what works best for me.
2. What is the most rewarding thing about working out?
I think for me it’s all about results. It doesn’t matter how slowly the progress is as long as I can notice a small difference, I know it’s enough to motivate me to keep going and push a little harder next time.
3. What advice would you give to people that find it hard to stay motivated?
First of all I think it’s important to remember that we ALL get days where we don’t want to do anything. From personal experience it’s usually those days that make all the difference. When I’m having an off day and don’t want to leave the house maybe i’ll just go for a walk, or do a little home workout. I just have to remind myself of how much better I know i’ll feel after.
4. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
If I could give my younger self a piece of advice I would say, try not to worry so much, everything is going to be fine. Trust your instincts and don’t take things too personally. Work hard but don’t forget to have fun along the way!
5. What effect do you think social media has people and the way that they see their bodies?
I think social media can be amazing for the fact that you can click onto YouTube and choose a workout that suits your needs. However I definitely think you have to be extremely careful for what you look up to as ‘body goals’. There are a lot of influencers with a lot of power that can give out the wrong message/image to their audience which can easily be a trigger or have a negative effect. It’s hard because it’s not always intentional, I think everyone just needs to be aware that social media is not real life. Something I’m forever telling myself is to stop comparing, because no two people are the same and we are all beautiful the way we are no matter the size or shape.
6. What is one of the biggest benefits you see from working out?
I think one of the best effects it has is not always so much physically but mentally. I know I will always finish a workout feeling better in myself, and that’s what drives me the most. The results then give me self confidence, which is a huge benefit for just everyday life.
7. What do you typically eat in a day?
To be honest I don’t stick to a specific diet or plan, but I do try my best to eat as healthy as possible. I always feel so much better within myself when I do eat good food. I used to be pretty hard on myself but then it become a bit too much. Now I just try to balance it out and eat healthy within moderation. I’m currently trying to bulk a little more and then tone up so at the moment I’m eating more carbs than usual; bread, pasta, snacks and bananas. (I usually always take a banana out with me, especially if I’m going to the gym!)
8. What area do you focus on most when working out?
I would say my abs, legs and booty.
9. When and why did you first start your YouTube channel?
I started uploading weekly videos to my YouTube just over 3 years ago now. I had thought about it for a really long time after watching so many online videos, but never really had the confidence to do my own. One day I just thought what have I got to lose?! So I uploaded my first couple as a tester, one of them did pretty well and that basically gave me the confidence to keep going!
10. How do you make sure that your videos keep people motivated to workout?
I like to imagine myself taking part and how I would like it to be. Sometimes it might be as simple as finding some good music to go in the background, if it motivates me, then I know it should help motivate others too.
11. Why is it important for you to make workout videos for people on YouTube?
I love watching them and getting inspiration for myself so if I can have that same impact on others, then I feel like I have achieved something pretty special!
12. What is one of your goals for 2018?
One of my personal goals for 2018 is to try and not be such a perfectionist when it comes to my content, and concentrate more on the connection with my viewers. I would love to hopefully reach 100k subscribers at some point, however I’m not in a rush. I’m pretty content with what I have already, everything else is a bonus.
13. Why is getting fit and healthy important to you?
It’s important because it changes the way you feel about yourself. If you feel good on the inside it will show on the outside, and if your feeling good about yourself, others will feel good to be around you too! 🙂
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