WHEN YOUR NEIGHBOUR IS COVID ONLINE WORKOUTS AND ALL-ROUND BODIES BY RYAN LEGEND LIZ BIGGS AND YOUR FRIENDS WITH ORIGINAL WEAPON SANDRA GALVIN, YOUR DESTINY AT BBR IS ALMOST SET (UNLESS YOU THINK BEING FIT AND AMAZING IS UNCOOL). JANE KEATS HAD THE ULTIMATE SPRINGBOARD TO SUCCESS BEING SURROUNDED BY TWO OF OUR FAVOURITE FITSPO BBR MEMBERS AND SHE ABSOLUTELY CRUSHED HER FIRST BBR 6-WEEK CHALLENGE, EVEN WITH THREE LITTLE ONES UNDER FIVE. JANE SHARES HOW SHE JUGGLES MUM LIFE WITH BBR GOALS AND HOPES ALL MUMS PRIORITISE THEIR HEALTH TOO… IT’S WORTH IT!
What was the state of your fitness and mindset before you started at BBR?
I joined BBR in July when my youngest daughter was 8 months old and was just starting to feel like I was getting a bit of my old self back. I had been doing some online fitness apps and getting a couple of runs in a week when I could but knew I probably wasn’t pushing myself as hard as I should be. As I was feeding my daughter I was also HUNGRY ALL THE TIME and did think I probably wasn’t fueling my body the right way as I was just grabbing whatever I could (usually just toast, Whittakers coconut chocolate and coffee!).
What was the trigger that made you sign up to BBR?
I knew that I needed to step it up – my home workouts just weren’t cutting it anymore. I would be easily distracted and wrap things up early, and go hang out in the pantry with the peanut butter. (Pics 1kg tub is a winner). I knew that Sandra “497 sessions” Galvin went to BBR and she was looking super fit and healthy. Plus, I had recently gotten to know Liz Biggs as well who raved about it. I saw Liz around most days and she had always completed an at home session no matter what. Her commitment and drive was infectious (and she looked so good!) so I pushed “go” on my BBR journey.
What was the biggest change or changes you made when you first started at BBR?
Changing my mindset from “I have to go to the gym in the morning” to “I get to go to the gym in the morning!” That one word change has helped me a lot this year. I know this sounds super cheesy but I really do think exercise is a privilege – I’m so lucky to be able to do it! It’s something I think about a lot when I’m up at night with my daughter, knowing that sometimes I will only get a tiny bit more sleep before my alarm goes off at 4.58am. It would be so easy to just turn my alarm off and not go but I know the flow on effect from that gym session throughout my whole day outweighs it all.
What challenged you the most when you began?
Sometimes I really wished there were lighter weights as I was so weak I sometimes couldn’t lift the lightest ones on offer. I remember thinking one morning “what showgrounds entrance will an ambulance come in to rescue me when I drop the bench press bar on my chest” ?? BUT one day that changed and all of a sudden I was picking up the heavier weights easily and not even thinking about it.
What were your first impressions of the gym?
One of the first things I noticed was how great the trainers were at correcting my form – they lurked and called you out – I like that. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging – even at 515am. It really is a great community to be a part of.
What were your goals for this challenge?
I wanted to get stronger. I have had 3 kids in 5 years and I never really let my body heal – I rushed back to exercise and my body didn’t really cope well with that. So to build up my strength was my main goal.
Did you achieve them? Please share any physical and mental transformations, from goals achieved to unexpected great outcomes!
Yes, I am definitely much stronger and my diastasis recti (ab separation) has dramatically improved too. I also am now so much more conscious of fueling my body well. I really feel it the next day if I don’t have a good dinner the night before.
What aspects of the challenge worked so well you would like to incorporate into your lifestyle going forward?
Meal prepping has been an absolute game changer for me. I love it. I spend 30 minutes on a Sunday morning preparing a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches (even getting some meals for the kids in there, too). I have found this has really helped me as in the mornings I am feeding three young kids, getting them ready and out the door and now I’m no longer just using coffee to get me through to lunch as I have my delish oats ready to go.
Book your place in our next challenges coming up in 2021 or email Ryan to discuss how you can achieve your own goals.
December 14, 2020