Meet Phoebe Parsons. By day she works as a publicist, and by night (and early mornings and weekends) she is a Body Attack and Booty Barre Instructor for Goodlife Health Clubs.
What does a typical weekday look like for you and what time do you have to wake up to get it all done?
I wake up between 4 and 5 am every morning and head to the gym for an hour or so to do either do a Body Attack, Booty Barre or F45 class or a weights session with my Personal Trainer. After that, it’s shower, breakfast and coffee. I’m usually in the office by 8am.
How do you keep active despite having a big day in the office?
I train in the mornings so I can't make excuses throughout the day not to go. I’ve never been a morning person (my PT can 100% vouch for this), but getting out of bed sucks regardless of what time it is, so when you wake up an hour or two earlier to workout, you feel like you’ve already accomplished so much and you stroll into work feeling like a total boss.
Do you have any hacks that keep you on track with your health and fitness?
I absolutely swear by meal prepping. I cook/prepare all of my lunch, dinner and snacks for the week on Sunday to squash the risk of being caught off guard and coming back from a lunch run with double beef nachos (plus, I hate cooking).
What is your favourite way to stay active and why?
Without sounding biased, Body Attack. There’s a reason I went from participant to instructor!
What is Your Number #1 Tip for Keeping Active?
Do it because you want to, not because you feel like you have to. I think a lot of people see exercise as a punishment, when really it’s a privilege. I think the problem for a lot of people is they start to look at like a chore, and who in their right mind would ever voluntarily choose to do the washing?
What is your main health and fitness goal at the moment and how do you plan on achieving it?
My biggest goal at the moment is improving my strength. I started with my personal trainer just over a year ago at which I was a complete cardio queen yet could barely do a single push up. But with patience and persistence (and some extra protein), I’m getting there. My new goal is unassisted chin-ups. Watch this space.
If you could train with anyone in the world and/ or try any workout in the world what would it be?
Soul Cycle has ALWAYS been at the top of my bucket list. I've started doing the odd class at Inspire Cycle, which is a similar concept.
Have you had to sacrifice anything to stay (or get) healthy?
I wouldn’t call it a sacrifice; I’d call it discipline. Of course an extra hour or two of sleep would be nice in the morning, as would a venti peppermint frappacino, but those choices don’t align with the reasons I chose this lifestyle.
What was the hardest thing you have ever had to do for your health?
I’ve struggled with digestive health issues for about 6 years, which I guess was the catalyst that made me reassess my lifestyle and do a complete 180 (I was working at a magazine at the time and survived on a diet of champagne and canapés). When I first jumped on the clean eating bandwagon I felt such a difference but being the extremist that I am, I took it too far. Striking that elusive balance was probably the biggest challenge and realising that it’s okay to have burger as long as you have you have your green juice too.
What is Your favourite healthy meal?
Anything in a bowl... My favourite combo is garlic sautéed kale, cinnamon roasted sweet potato and cauliflower, oven baked salmon, sauerkraut and lemon tahini dressing. EVERYTHING tastes better when it’s in a bowl.
What is your cheat meal?
Who Do you Look Up to when it comes to health and fitness and why?
I’ve always been obsessed with Emily Skye. I love how honest and real she is with her followers and I give some serious snaps to her for addressing the perception of perfection. It takes some serious guts (pun intended) to post a picture of your insanely bloated belly to a following of over a million people, but it’s so refreshing to see authenticity in that industry.
What are 3 must haves for your gym bag?
Dry shampoo, deodorant, pre-workout.
What is your all time favourite active wear?
Lorna Jane. It’s hard not to feel motivated in a pair of bright run shorts.
Who is your favourite #fitspo to follow on social media?
Erin Maw. She’s an International Les Mills Master Trainer and the fitness videos she posts on instagram are next level. When I grow up I want to be just like her.
Follow her here: @phoebeacp