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Fitness Angels with Sonya Lennon

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-Sonya Lennon I’m no olympian but I love maintaining and pushing my fitness, www.bikram.ie is my exercise of choice. It’s hot, sticky, hard and sweaty, but I come out energised and detoxified with crystal clear skin. I bloody love it. I go once a week but squeeze in a sneaky second one when I can. In my dream life I’d go four times a week, but with each class lasting ninety minutes, that’s just not going to happen. Sometimes I run, but I’m definitely not hooked, or even any good. I wish I was motivated enough to work out on my own but I’m simply not that women. I like pushing myself and delivering a bit of high achievement, but it’s so much sweeter when someone else recognises your efforts. I love the idea of a personal trainer, but surely that’s expensive and the realm of the rich and famous, right? The other day, scrolling through twitter I found a UK based company called Fitness Angels www.f-angels.co.uk. They were offering a free trial with a personal trainer over webcam. Spurred on by the fact that I had just taken receipt of fabulous new workout wear from www.trendyandbendy.com and wanted to show it off, Hello, I thought, this could be the one! An initial phone call led to me being paired with Gawain Davies, a UK based trainer whose Dad had been the illustrator of HeMan, his own personal inspiration to pursue fitness as a career. From his profile photo, I could see that, thankfully, Gawain’s neck was not thicker than his head and I figured we should give it a try. The preparation involved me downloading streaming software, getting up early, setting out a mat and a towel and clicking the link to begin. We worked out together for 45 minutes addressing core, performing ‘stomach vacuums’, push ups, squats and hyperextensions. It was subtle but strong, there was leg shaking and a palpable fizzing in my muscles. I liked it. Gawain was engaged and encouraging, but not over-excited. With Fitness Angels, you can select to train from two to eight times a month, with the same option on coaching check ups, although I’m not sure what they are. The price plan for four workouts a month and two check ups is €63.00 per month with an option to cancel at any time. With personal trainers costing anything from €40 to €250 per session, according to some angry banter on boards.ie this represents a very accessible alternative. At the end of the session, I had bonded sufficiently with Gawain to ask whether I could ever expect to have strong (flat) lower abdomen muscles after my caesarian over eleven years ago. I felt myself slightly falling for him when he didn’t rule it out. Perform the ‘stomach vacuum’ every morning, he advised, and you will end up losing inches off your waist without losing a pound, as you build the strength and elasticity of your core, it’ll be like wrapping yourself in a large rubber band. Maybe I can self motivate after all………… Get Sonya’s outfit from Trendy and Bendy by clicking on the below fotocon:   Sonya Lennon Trendy and Bendy

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