Nutrition: Summer Shred.
Extrinsically motivated, Summer Shred was the perfect fit for me. Not only did the weekly weigh in’s keep me on track with my weight lose goals but the individual examination of my diet choices, with suggestions for improvement were personalised, realistic and easy to implement.
Ivy used her expertise to not only push me physically in my PT’s but also to offer a range of suggestions to jazz up my diet. Adding variation, more protein, apple cider vinegar (who would of thought!) to counter bloating were just a few ideas. Best of all, Ivy never passed judgement when poor decisions were made, but gave me encouragement at all times. A wealth of knowledge and energy, Ivy’s weekly session added to the accountability factor but mainly through her energy and honesty, did I achieve my goals.
Mel’s initial introduction included a range of simple strategies that I hadn’t considered before, such as having four hours between breakfast and lunch. Changing pasta to gluten free options. Small dose of protein post exercise. Planning out and cooking bulk meals to make life a little easier. All these little tricks have stayed with me. Nutrition tips were not the only factor that helped me on my journey. Psychological triggers and stress relaxation tips were also given. ‘Find ways to avoid stress’ sounds so simple yet Mel’s advice on ridding stress from my life, increasing sleep and using exercise to relieve work-life tension, has worked wonders for my mental well-being.
I may have lost weight and met my goal but personally the biggest gains are the additional benefits. The well-being, my positivity, easier and deeper sleep and the conscious decision not to be stressed. I am motivated, I am energised, I enjoy my exercise. These are the positives of Summer Shred for me.
Personal training sessions:
Over the summer holidays I took up the opportunity of unlimited classes and the three Personal Training sessions, each 30 minutes long. Paired with Ivy, these have changed my attitude towards exercise. The 3 free sessions are now a regular of my training.
Ivy’s knowledge and technical understanding of functional movement is outstanding. Too often she identifies my cheating error ways, corrects me and makes it harder! I am pushed but only ever within my levels of fitness, pushing me beyond my strength thresholds.
No two sessions are the same. Ivy is encouraging and creative - and a little wacky! The 30 minutes fly by with a range of exercises that push me weekly. Today I was on a balance dot thing doing upper body lat flys and tricep flys! As I have grown stronger, so too has Ivy’s understanding of my needs and willingness to be challenged. So every session is exactly that; a challenge.
If you want to change your physic and attitude, get a PT. The short 30 minute sessions are affordable, intense and get the results! Personalised and targeting your needs, you won't get a better short fix work out than these.
Peak for life:
They say location, location, location is the key to house hunting…..I equate this to Peak for Life. Literally around the corner, this ‘gym’ differs from most. Based around classes for a range of fitness levels and a membership based on how many classes you attend, I have found the perfect gym for me. I wish I had started my fitness regime with Peak when I first came to Auckland.
The small classes are the key to the success and fun of P4L. And if variety is the spice of life, then Peak has 5 chillis! Each class, regardless of their title, are so different. From boxing, to circuits, to pair work, group challenges, running to the water or that bloody hill (you know the one I mean), each class is demanding yet so rewarding. And as the classes are small, all the instructors give technical feedback for us to improve and avoid any possible injuries.
Additionally due to the small class sizes and the professionalism of the instructors, there is a family or community feel to P4L. Mel, Rachel, Jenny and Ivy know all of their clients and not just by name. They know our strengths or injuries and with that knowledge, they adapt their classes for our needs; be that extensions for the basic movements or changing movement patterns to allow for injuries.
The instructors are professionalism personified with clearly planned sessions that are fun, different yet bloody hard! They push you yet encourage you every step of the way. I am very fortunate that my mate gave me the courage to come as now I am addicted! I think I may be a life-y!!!