GEMMA’S BODY TRANSFORMATION TIPS
‘Small changes make a big difference. Cut out the caffeine and alcohol, drink lots of water to stay hydrated, eat nutritious food regularly to fuel your workouts, try to get eight hours’ sleep a night, and schedule yourself in some ‘me time’, even if it’s just having a bath and putting on moisturiser afterwards. If you look after your body, it will thank you. Move it, and you’ll get good results.’
‘You don’t need to go the gym to follow my plan, but I’d definitely BL encourage women to join one, if only for the social aspect. You have as much right to be there as the guys, to train and better yourself. I guarantee that after a month, you’ll want to be there chucking the dumbbells around, showing you mean business and revelling in your new confidence.’
‘Don’t put a picture on the fridge of someone else you want to look like. Put up a picture of you at a time when you were at your happiest (that doesn’t mean when you looked your best).
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The goal of this plan is to get you feeling that way again. A constant reminder of your happy place will keep you going.’
‘Enjoy the whole journey and appreciate the little gains you make along the way, like achieving a new PB in training, noticing your jeans are a little ‘I wanted to share with women the tools they need to be their happiest, healthiest self while still allowing for the odd slip-up’ looser, or realising you can play with your kids for an extra half an hour at the park because you’re not so out of breath. Once you start feeling the differences, you’ll want to keep going.’
Upon her trusty Personal Trainer Steve Chambers, aka ‘Evil Steve’ – the man who had put her through her first 12-week transformation only a year before – to help devise a new series of toning and HUT workouts that could be done at the gym, or at home with minimal equipment, and still get results. ‘He was like, “are you sure you want to put yourself through this all over again?”, but I was determined to do it. Everything had to be tried and tested by me to make sure it worked. And to be
Honest, I needed to do it again to lose the stone of weight I’d gained from relaxing my diet and training while doing Strictly…’
‘I’m terrible at doing my own make-up, but if I’m going out, I’ll add a sweep of mascara, a nude lip gloss, and apply Mac’s Cream Colour Base (£19; maccosmetics.co.uk) in Hush for a lovely, dewy glow – it looks great with a tan.’
Far from being a quick fix, Gemma describes her plan as ‘a marathon, not a sprint’ so you can have a fun experience while seeing sustainable, long-term results, rather than ‘killing yourself for a month to drop a dress size’ as there’s a risk you’ll put everything back on afterwards.