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Three very fit women who should be on your radar

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Aimee Victoria Long

From nutrition and motivation to athleisure and training with the SAS, meet the women who are fit to follow…

1Kirsty Hendey

We are capable of so much more than we realise

What is your fit skill set?

I use fitness as a way to condition not just the body, but also the mind. We are capable of so much more than we realise and my aim is to inspire and help others to surpass their physical and mental limitations by doing things they wouldn’t normally do. That can be signing up for an endurance challenge, training in a different terrain, trying new exercises or doing things that are uncomfortable in order to encourage growth and a more resilient mindset. 

What puts you on our radar?

Being fit is defined by what type of activity you do, how long you do it and at what level of intensity you are working. I enjoy training outside, in the mud and in the rain, and adding a new level of intensity to my workouts. By changing our environment, workout style and extremity, it ensures we don’t become stagnant or comfortable. I love merging exercises together to create new ones so that our bodies are constantly being tested with new movements, and taking on challenges such as SAS Who Dares Wins and ultramarathons. 

I found my time on SAS Who Dares Wins very tough. More the mental aspects of going on the show and how I could be perceived rather than the physical experience itself. You walk away feeling like you could have done better and you want the opportunity to prove to be better. However, I soon realised that what I had done was incredible.

I thought I’d struggle with the mental challenges such as cold-water immersion, heights, no sleep and lack of food but actually I excelled in the cold water. At one point I was defeated by comments from the DS and being asked to hand in my number. But I’ve since realised that I have no limitations, I can do anything I put my mind to. I wasn’t willing to quit. If I fall or If I am pushed, I will get back up time and time again. I’ve conditioned my mind to be so strong and ultimately that is something that I am so proud of and that I want to help others to find rooted within themselves. 

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What does fitness mean to you? To me, fitness isn't about how many times we can get to the gym, how fast we can run, how much we can lift or how good we look. Fitness is about feeling less stressed, confident and capable. It personally gives me a routine, rewarding connections, greater life satisfaction and a sense of purpose. Of course, I do love the feeling of getting stronger both physically and mentally and pushing myself to do things that I didn’t think I was capable of. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing my clients, friends, class attendees or others achieve something new and if I’ve helped, there is an even greater sense of purpose. 'There is always 10% more fuel in the tank'. So when you feel like giving up, remember that there is always more that you can give. Remember that everyone was once a beginner and it can take time to get to where you would like to be. Stay disciplined, be consistent and patient. Results happen overtime, not overnight. Set yourself up for success by leaving your gym clothes out the night before, booking your gym slot and having a workout or programme ready to go. Keep a fitness journal or use an app to record your progress and celebrate EVERY win, NO MATTER how small. You won't always be motivated to train so you should adopt a disciplined mindset and refer back to why you started in the first place. This is just why and how I train. If I can help you adopt this mindset and reach your fitness goals, drop me a DM. 💌 @stuarthendryphoto #strongmindset #fitnessgoals #fitgirlsguide #fitgirl #strongwomen #pushyourself #exceedyourlimits #nolimits #exceedyourexpectations #positivemindset #weightlossjourney #weightloss #weightlosstips #fatlossmotivation #fatlosscoach #fatlosstips #fatloss #fitnesscoachonline #fitnesscoaches #londonfitnesscoach #onlinecoach #onlinecoachingfitnessplan

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Share a four-week-fitter plan

Burpees, push-ups, pull-ups and plank variations. You don’t need fancy equipment or a complex programme to get a good workout. Stick to the basic movements and perform them well with good technique, working through a full range of motion and thinking about the mind to muscle connection. Aim to work out four to five times a week at a level of intensity that is challenging for you. Fuel before and after every workout and adopt an 80:20 ratio of clean, unprocessed nutritious foods versus processed foods. 

Motivational motto?

Seek your discomfort zone, push limits, take risks, harness your power and exceed your expectations

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2Ellie Hoad

Women come to me as they want to be confident and happy

What is your fit skill set?

I specialise in helping women all over the world reach their fitness goals. That ranges from fat loss to muscle growth or just building a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Women come to me as they want to be confident and happy in themselves, so I help them do just that.

I love all types of exercise, anything that gets my heart rate up. I work out to feel good on the inside - the aesthetic is just a part that comes with it now.  I do bodybuilding-style workouts now the gyms are open, and in lockdown I stuck mainly to HIIT or circuit training. I did CrossFit for a year and loved the thrill of it, but I stopped when I moved to London as I just didn’t have the time for it. Also, I realised that it was super taxing on my body and so doing it three to five times a week wasn’t sustainable. 

What puts you on our radar?

I have a huge passion for sharing my knowledge with my followers, as I want to help people become the best versions of themselves. My stories are full of my meals to show my followers how to eat the foods you love and still reach your fitness goals. I post photos with informative captions, ranging from taboo topics such as periods, the Pill and obesity to how to calculate calories and how to stay on track while away from home.

I also post workout videos, ranging from sweaty 20-minute HIIT sessions to gym leg workouts, so there is something for everyone. I'd never post something which I didn’t do myself. I also have a huge passion for fashion and gym-wear, so my page is full of outfit ideas and I've just created a page which is just for my fashion and lifestyle inspo.

Share a four-week-fitter plan

Obviously results don’t happen overnight, but you can make great changes in just four weeks – the key is to be consistent. Consistency is key with any diet and that is where a lot of people go wrong. They diet for two weeks, see no changes and give up! But that is just where they should carry on.  Then I suggest:

A minimum of three resistance training sessions a week; ideally three to five. Add in an element of cardio, starting at around 500 calories a week. This could be done in the form of walking, running, cycling etc.

Count your calories! If you have a goal and a time-frame, this is the most efficient way to reach your goals. You need to be in a calorie deficit for fat loss and, ideally, a high-maintenance and calorie surplus for muscle growth – depending on your starting point. Stick to three meals a day and two to three snacks. Make sure you’re not cutting anything out as everything in moderation is always key. Protein is essential for muscle growth and recovery so I suggest 1g per 1lb of bodyweight as a guide. It is also the most satiating macronutrient so it will keep you full for longer. I suggest having protein with every meal to make sure you hit your target.

Motivational motto?

“You have to be uncomfortable to get comfortable.” Honestly, I live by this. I used to be so shy, to the extent that I couldn’t even pick up the phone to make a call to a stranger. It was only when I started to make myself do the things I hated, that I started to not mind them. It’s definitely something that’s helped me grow in life and I will always stand by it! 

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3Aimee Victoria Long

My followers like to see if celebrity clients struggle in the same way as the rest of us

What is your fit skill set?

I specialise in barre and Pilates, even though I originally started in the strength and conditioning and sprinting world. However, I found such a love of Pilates after suffering a few  injuries. I never realised how powerful (and hard) small muscle-group focus is and the benefits you can get from Pilates. Six years later, I am obsessed and it's the area I focus on through mat, reformer, cadillac and barre.

What puts you on our radar?

I think I just like being myself. I share my opinions, my life and what I get up to on a professional level and I think, because I am honest, it becomes relatable. It’s nice to see a personal trainer having a pizza and glass of wine – I am human, after all – and I do truly believe in balance. I believe in using fitness as something you enjoy and to strengthen your body, rather than a chore or punishment. 

I've been very lucky to work with some incredible clients and celebrities over the years, so people like to follow me on Instagram to see if celebrity clients struggle in the same way as the rest of us. I also offer nutritional tips and workouts to do at home, which is more of a reason to return back to my page.  

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How many times do you look behind when you should be looking forward. Chances are, if you look around you, at the people you know, there are plenty of them who are stuck—held back because of something that either someone did to them or because of something they did to themselves. It may be something that happened recently or even something that happened decades ago. Regardless, they’re stuck now and they can’t move forward. If you want to avoid being one of them, you’ll want to master and internalize this Johnson Letter principle, “Life is lived forward, not backward.” Practice the art of letting go. Use everything as a lesson to grow and understand yourself more. Remember You Can’t Change the Past, Only the Present. Remember That If Someone Isn’t Traveling With You Today, They’re Not Part of Your Future. This is one of the harder lessons of life to learn because there’s a natural desire in most of us to want to keep relationships intact (and that’s a good thing). However, every now and then there comes a time when we have to separate ourselves from someone who’s influence is holding us back. Frequently they’ll have already left you. For example, when a friend betrays your trust and no longer wants to be your friend. The damage has been done. They’re no longer in your life. Yet, the memory of what they did is still with you - and it’s still impacting you and your life. Extend Grace to Yourself Another way to put this is, “Be nice to yourself,” or “Cut yourself some slack.” I’ve watched so many people hold themselves back because they put way too much pressure on themselves, myself included. But you are amazing, you’ve got this, stop holding yourself back and go reach your full potential 💫 . . Wearing @lornajaneactive

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Share a four-week-fitter plan

I think the biggest thing in any diet or new routine is to actually stick to it. People become impatient and want to see results immediately, or eat well from Monday to Thursday and go a little wild over the weekend then lose track.  So I'd recommend an area of accountability and staying consistent, and ideally training three to four times per week. 

Motivational motto?

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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