Alice LIveing

Alice Liveing: How I Overcome Gymtimidation

Alice Liveing is source of #inspo to thousands on social media, and as she launches her second collaboration with Primark we caught up with her to discover how she stays motivated and what’s always in her gym bag

We’re big fans of Alice Liveing here at WellFest, and are always delighted to have a chat with her. Here, she speaks about overcoming gymtimidation, what motivates her and what she does when she needs to shake it up.

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TODAY’S THE DAY • I am so incredibly proud to announce that today my #AliceLiveingXPrimark launches in ALL Primark stores UK wide, in Europe and the USA. Available in sizes 6-22, with both athleisure wear and performance wear, trainers, sliders and amazing accessories, there really is something for everyone, and I cannot wait for you all to get your hands on it. In honour of it being Christmas and the launch of the collection, I really want to gift one of you, and your training partner a whole outfit of your choice. To enter, simply tag your training partner below, follow both myself and @primark and we will pick a winner at random this Friday 28th at 6pm UK time. I am LOVING seeing all of you who’ve got your hands on it so far. Keep tagging away, and enjoy 💕

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Why did you decide to do the collab with Primark?

I have always been a fan of Primark, and have always loved how they produce affordable and functional gym wear that is accessible to all. As a trainer, my ethos has always been to create content, and coach in a way that is very similar. I want exercise to feel very achievable for everyone, no matter their shape, size, age or ability and for that reason I feel that Primark was the perfect company to collaborate with.  

Do you think wearing the right gear can help motivate?

I absolutely think that good fitting, functional gym wear can be a huge motivation to get you in to the gym or exercising. I always feel an added burst of motivation when I’ve treated myself to an outfit that I feel confident in. 

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As the influx of new training programmes floods your feeds this January, let me just remind you of a few things:⁣ ⁣ 1. There is no such thing as ‘the best’ kind of workout or ‘the best’ exercise. The best workout/exercises are those which you enjoy and can stick to consistently to see lasting change. ⁣ 2. 99% (educated guess) of personal trainers ARE NOT qualified to give nutrition advice beyond the very basics. Please please be wary of this when entering in to online programmes that also provide ‘diet plans’. ⁣ 3. Motivation isn’t linear. Please don’t beat yourself up if you have a few off days, or weeks. Just pick back up from where you left off when you’re ready to get back to it. ⁣ 4. Just because certain training methods may work for some, does not mean they are the only way to workout. We are all very different shapes and sizes and so simply following ‘x’ workout will not necessarily provide you with the same results as said person. ⁣ 5. Try to avoid exercising out of guilt or to ‘burn off’ foods. This is a dangerous mindset to fall in to. ⁣ 6. Don’t allow yourself to be fat shamed/punished or made to feel anything other than empowered by your personal trainer. It is our job to coach you to improve, not to feel worse, so if your trainer isn’t doing that, perhaps try looking around to see if someone can serve you better. ⁣ ⁣ I hope this helps some of you! Any questions, pop them below. ⁣ ⁣ Photo by @jordan.bareham 📸⁣

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 What three things do you always bring to the gym?

  • A water bottle
  • A supportive sports bra 
  • Headphones for motivating music!

When you really don’t want to workout what do you do to motivate yourself?

I often find music can be a great motivator. I’ve always got a stash of tunes that I save for those days when I really need an extra push to workout. 

I also think that working out with a friend or signing up to a class can be the perfect way to motivate yourself. It gives you some level of accountability so that you’re less likely to cancel or bail. If I’m really struggling then I will sign up to a class that I like so that I don’t even have to think about what I’m going to do. 

What’s your go to snack?

Nush cashew yogurt with frozen raspberries and almond butter! OR a Pink Lady apple (best served cold and crunchy) with almond butter.  

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👈🏻 On the left, two years ago – training too much. Caring too much about what people think. Seeing my success lying in my external physique. Less of a social life. Suffering from anxiety. Working too much and fatigued. ⁣ ⁣ 👉🏻 On the right. Older, wiser and a whole lot happier. A very reduced training schedule. Enjoying a social life. Managing my anxiety much better. Having a much better work/life balance. ⁣ ⁣ Sometimes without even realising we can get so wrapped up in what we’re doing that we lose touch of what really matters. For me, I felt my success to a certain extent was validated by my physique rather than for me simply being me. It’s very easy for ‘fitness’ to become your identity, to get sucked in to the mindset of having to ‘do’ something all the time and be working all the hours to be successful. I’ve had a crazy, exciting, stressful, incredible few years but I can honestly say I am currently 100% at my most happy. I’ve seen a therapist, I’ve had to do a lot of work on myself by myself to get myself to a place where I’m genuinely happy with who I am and what I am. ⁣ ⁣ I am usually anti the dreaded #Transformation Photo but I truly felt strongly about sharing this with you. This is so much more than just being about gaining weight. It’s about a personal journey of growth, and self love and I’m proud to share it every day with you all. ❤️⁣ ⁣ ⁣

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You’ve said before you used to overtrain exercises you were good at, what advice would you give somebody who’s a little afraid to go outside their comfort zone?

If you’re new to the gym, it’s always a good idea to have even one or two personal training sessions with a trainer you like and trust. Getting a trainer to talk you through the basics, check your form and inspire you in terms of movements that you can put together to form a session is a great way to help avoid injury and give you structure to your gym based training. 

If somebody is planning to start training in 2019 but are a little intimidated what advice would you give them? 

I’d say, why not team up with a friend, family member or boyfriend who can help to make those first gym visits a little less scary. My first experiences in a gym were always with someone else who knew the ropes better than I did, and this really helped me to feel more confident. 

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