Trainer spotlight: Rebecca
Ever wonder what makes our trainers tick? Each month we’ll be putting the spotlight on a Physicore instructor to find out a little more about what they get up to when they’re not encouraging you to embrace the shake.
This month: Rebecca (aka Bec)
Bec is a certified Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor with the loveliest Irish accent! She’s been a part of the Physicore family since the beginning of 2015.
What drew you to a career in fitness?
I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 10 years now! I always wanted health and fitness to be a huge part of my daily life so a career in the industry was a no-brainer, it was a very natural line of work for me to go into. I’ve never regretted it.
What does your own training typically look like and how do you keep yourself motivated?
I train five to six days a week, including three to four HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions and at least one Megaformer class. I absolute love Megaformer classes, I would get to more but my schedule doesn’t allow me to.
As a hobby I play golf two to three times a week.
Yoga was a massive part of my 2015 and it will be making a comeback this winter! I find it amazing for clearing my mind. A challenging Vinyasa class is my favourite.
Luckily I live at Freshwater so a coastal walk at the weekend is easy to fit in.
What it comes to nutrition, what’s your approach and what does your day on a plate look like?
Nutrition is of course a top priority in my life. I could talk about it for hours!
Two years ago I completed Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar’ program and it was a big eye opener to all the hidden sugars out there. I still try and keep my sugar consumption to an absolute minimum.
Coffee and a protein ball or avocado and poached eggs on wholegrain toast with spinach is how I start my day. Porridge or a quick smoothie are my other go-to’s.
I keep lunch simple: veggies or salad with some kind of protein.
Dinner is from the vegetarian Hello Fresh box three to four times a week, which provides super fresh ingredients to make fantastic vegetarian meals, on the other nights I’ll whip up a salad or curry.
Snacks for me are a must and include apple slices with organic peanut butter or veggie sticks and hummus. At night I’ll have a couple of squares of Lindt 90% dark chocolate to keep the cravings of more sugary treats at bay!
I avoid alcohol during the week; at the weekend my drink of choice is red wine or an espresso martini.
Can you share with us your top tips for getting the most out of a 50 minute Megaformer session?
Tip One: Go slow!! It helps the trainer check your form whilst ensuring you stimulate your slow twitch, fat burning, endurance muscle fibres.
Tip Two: Listen to your own body. If you can go harder, go for it! If you have an injury or have overtrained, ease off and try not to get too competitive with your neighbour.
Tip Three: Once you’ve completed a few classes, speeding up your transitions will keep your heart rate elevated and maximize your results. So it’s really worth trying to remember some of the names of the exercises and keep your ears open for the next move.
What’s your favourite Megaformer move and why?
I have a few favourite moves, I feel like my regulars will vouch for my love of the core exercises, in particular cobra and pike.
Both cobra and pike are challenging but brilliant strengthening exercises that work multiple muscle groups. These were not my strongest moves when I joined Physicore, but with a lot of practice they have become personal favourites!
Bec is on the Mosman Megaformer timetable on Mondays, Wednesdays, alternate Saturdays. In addition, she regularly covers at Paddington and Surry Hills. To train with Bec, book your Megaformer HERE and select Rebecca from the drop-down menu.