Lately I’ve been getting a lot of messages on Instagram from girls asking me about my workouts, how I stay motivated and how I find confidence within myself. To be honest, in late 2016 I was going through a stage where I wasn’t excited to go to the gym, couldn’t complete a full hour of working out without feeling exhausted and was lacking some serious motivation.
Have you ever experienced a time in your life where you’re stuck in the same boring routine and continue to go through the motions every day, without realising what else is out there? That was me with the gym. I was working out most days, but wasn’t achieving the results I wanted and felt like I was super unfit.
I’d only heard good things about Goodlife Health Clubs, so when they approached me to be an ambassador I couldn’t wait to try them out. A trial at the Robina Club left me feeling accomplished and excited to start my new training for the first time in months.
I thought to myself, this is a good chance to start a fresh routine and overhaul my attitude towards working out. New goals and new workouts in a gym that’s super friendly with no judgement. I jumped at the chance to become an ambassador.
Since becoming an ambassador, I’ve identified some key things that help me stay motivated and happy. By sharing my tips, I hope I can help others feel great about themselves!
- Choose the right gym
One of the most important things to stay motivated is to choose a gym or fitness group that’s right for you. You need to feel comfortable in the place you work out. Goodlife Robina has a ladies-only room which is the perfect place to finish off my workouts, particularly if the rest of the gym is a little busier. I find the energy and vibes at Goodlife to be really positive. The music is pumping, the temperature is perfect and there are all different kinds of people working out.
- Set realistic and achievable goals
I like to set goals that are a little outside the box. Rather than typical goals such as “I want a bigger butt” or “I want to lose fat”, I like to set goals like “I want to go to the gym at least four times a week”, “I want energy every single day so I don’t get tired in the afternoons”, or “I want glowing skin so I feel comfortable leaving the house without makeup on”. These types of goals are all affected by diet and exercise and are a lot more controllable. I find if I’m too focused on what my body looks like all the time I lose my motivation.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
Rather than focusing on my looks, I like to focus on health and wellbeing, on my career and on doing the things that make me happy. The feeling after a great workout at the gym is definitely one of those!
- Don’t compare yourself to others
I used to compare myself to all the girls on Instagram and feel so disheartened, but then I realised that they don’t even look like that half the time. There is no point comparing your body to a photo on Instagram. Everyone including myself posts their best angles online!
- Change it up
Another key motivator for me is change – change up your routine, change your gym or buy some new gym clothes. I recently started a new booty routine and am loving the challenge. There’s nothing better than feeling sore the day after a workout.
Stair machine kicks backs: 5 mins. Make sure you squeeze your booty to feel the burn. I do this on level 3.
Squats: 12-15 reps x 3 sets. On the last set lower the weight and do three second holds at the bottom before coming up.
One legged RDL: 15 reps x 3 sets holding a kettle bell, followed by a super set with 15 squat jumps.
Donkey kickbacks: With bench, 15 reps x 3 sets. Pulse at the top each time and squeeze.
Leg Press: 10 reps x 3 sets – three second eccentric (downward movement)
Bulgarian split squat: – 10-12 reps holding weight
To finish I stretch out my glutes and drink my protein world whey protein isolate shake.