From the age of three, proudly wearing my doodles on the wrong feet, I’ve never liked being told what to do. This stubborn resistance to instruction is still with me twenty years later (although it’s no longer taken out on my footwear). For this reason, following a fitness programme has always been a big no go, preferring to decide what to do on my morning commute to the gym. This all changed the day I became an ultimate fan girl after stumbling across Kayla Itsines on Instagram.
If her selfies weren’t enough inspiration, the transformation photos swayed me into downloading her guides. Although I have no beach to be bikini ready for, I was intrigued to see what the fuss was about. Two weeks later, I’m a self confessed advocate of the Kayla fan club. 28 minutes of high intensity body weight training three times a week, with scheduled cardio days for my half marathon training and for the first time in my life, my gym schedule is scarily organised.
Reading interviews with the lady behind the revolution, she stresses hers is not the ‘bikini body’ her followers should strive for. Instead it’s a confidence in your own skin. Building a community, not just a workout, this seems something I can tap into. Although I’m not one for progress photos and #bbg selfies, for now I’m hooked.