Take the First Step – Tips from a Personal Trainer


I believe that if you are good to your body, your body will be good to you.  But how do we make time, and find motivation in our every day busy lives?

~Motivate your mind and your body will follow~

I have asked Amy Froneman, a personal trainer from Kettlebelle – Personal Training, to give us some tips, including how to incorporate little bits of exercise into our daily movements.

Getting to know Amy

Amy Froneman is a personal trainer, freelance journalist and full-time mom to a busy three-year-old and an even busier six-month-old. In 2012 she quit her job as a health journalist and took the plunge to follow her passion for health and fitness by becoming a personal trainer. It was a bold move, made even more challenging by the fact she found out she was pregnant with her second child shortly after resigning. But as with most things in life, it all worked out the way it was supposed to and she now has two beautiful children to keep her busy when she’s not training moms in her garage gym. Life is never short of surprises!


Advice from Amy

Take the first step

Whatever the reason is for you wanting to start exercising – to lose weight, to gain muscle, to look more toned, to feel stronger or just to be healthier – once you’ve decided to make exercise a regular part of your everyday life, it’s a commitment that you make to yourself and it’s up to you to honour it.

Here’s where to start:

* Join a gym: Do a little research before and find out what classes the gym offers, if they have a wide variety of classes and equipment, as well as basic things – such as if there is safe and adequate parking and if their hours fit in with your plans. If you’re a fan of group classes, find a gym which offers ones that you can attend regularly and which you’ll enjoy. Mainstream gyms offer a variety of classes from Pilates to spinning to Zumba. Smaller, specialised gyms offer group classes such as kettlebells and CrossFit. Try each one out if you’re not sure, you might be surprised at which one tickles your fancy.

Make sure it’s something that you will enjoy and which will help you reach your goals.

* Go private: If you’re more of a private person and the thought of a gym terrifies you, consider hiring a personal trainer to either train you in the privacy of your own home or at a private facility in a one-on-one basis. They often work out more expensive than joining a gym and doing your own thing, but the individual attention will help you reach your goals a lot sooner and a good trainer will train you according to a programme specifically designed for you, for your goals and according to your fitness level.

* Do-It-Yourself: Chances are if you’re a busy working mom, finding time to join a gym, let alone get to one, seems little more than a pipe dream, right? That said there’s still no excuse not to get some exercise in every day. There are a few options you could try – firstly you could visit a personal trainer and get them to write you a programme you can do at home with bodyweight exercises and minimal equipment. Secondly, you could get the family on board, depending on how old your kids are, make every evening an active one. Swim, play ball for an hour, go for a bike ride, take a hike, switch on some music and just dance till you drop. The only limit is your imagination.

Move more

Exercise isn’t just about grabbing an hour a day to get sweaty. It’s about moving more and moving more often. Our bodies were meant to move, not sit behind computers or in cars stuck in traffic. But that’s life for many of us. So when you can, try these simple tactics to get you moving more, every little bit counts:

  • Take the stairs, not the lift. Always.
  • Park at the furthest spot and walk.
  • Get up from your desk and walk briskly around the office every 30 minutes. Take a piece of paper with so you look busy.
  • Ditch the trolley and pick up those heavy shopping bags and walk them to your car. Shoulders back, stomach in, head held high.
  • Everytime you go to the loo do 20 air squats and some wall push-ups. You’re behind a closed door, no-one can see you.
  • Do housework, briskly. Put on some music and sweep to the beat. Squat to pick up toys. Do lunges on the way to the washing machine. Squat and stand as you put the dishes away.
  • Everytime there’s an advert on TV drop down and do some push-ups, or hold the plank, or do some sit-ups till the show comes back on.

It’s all about being creative. Your family might think you’re a little strange at first, but it will pass. Never think you’re not worth it or you don’t have time. You are and you do.

Amy Froneman (ACE-certified personal trainer, Crossfit Level 1 trainer, Kettlebelle Trainer and pre and post-natal group certified trainer. Visit her website here www.thekettlebelle.co.za and follow her on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/thekettlebelle



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