Feeling the need to get fit? Let’s do this together, mums! Credited with producing such ogle-worthy bods as Hugh Jackman and Nicole Richie, F45 Training is THE new fitness craze taking the world by storm. We sat down with Jayne Street, part-time lawyer and mum to two gorgeous little people who opened a F45 studio of her very own in Singapore at South Buona Vista this week! She’s got the lowdown on how this high-intensity interval training will change the way you work out forever. And we’ve got good news – we’re inviting 27 lucky HoneyKids readers to join our team on Monday 29 August for a FREE F45 class! And rumour has it there’s a very special prize up for grabs too. Shhhh! Beg, borrow or steal a babysitter and join in the fun – and score a two-week membership for your troubles (and a seriously good work out)!
Jayne, we’ve heard F45 Training is an awesome new fitness regime designed with busy people in mind. Just perfect for mums on the go! What’s it all about?
F45 is its very own style of training – combining elements of CrossFit, weight training and cardio for a high-intensity interval workout. No two sessions are the same, which is why I love it! The fast-paced classes involve many different types of equipment and exercises – so the 45 minutes genuinely fly by. No clock-watching! F45 places a lot of emphasis on ‘team training’, so at every studio I’ve been to (in three different countries) there’s a real sense of camaraderie. And because you burn between 550-800 calories in a class, you see results super quick!
Why are you so passionate about fitness, and how do you squeeze in time to do it?
Fitness has always been a part of my life and who I am. Since having kids, it’s definitely harder to find the time! Early morning, nap time and after the kids are in bed are my windows to fit in a workout. My top three considerations when signing up to anything are timing of classes, can I park easily and close by, and will I be in and out within an hour? Planning in advance is essential. On a Sunday evening I map out the week ahead, write my workouts into the family schedule, and book the class so I’m 100% committed.
Why is it so important for mums to keep fit?
Kids are full on! Functional training provides mums with the all-over body strength and endurance they need to keep up with little ones. And don’t underestimate the feel-good factor of exercise. I’m a much better mum when I’m happy and take time out for myself – keeping fit enables me to satisfy both of these things. Training in a group also allows mums to socialise – it might be the only adult conversation they have that day.
I’m a firm believer in being a good role model for my kids. My three-year-old son loves his iPad as much as the next kid, but when he sees me in my workout clothes and he grabs his water bottle and towel and says, “Bye bye mummy I’m going to F45”, I let out a small sigh of relief.
What are the most effective exercises for mums? And what’s your favourite?
I’d recommend a short set of interval exercises – for instance, jump squats, kettle bell swings, mountain climbers and tricep dips (30 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, repeat four times). A quick all-over body work out raises both your heart rate and metabolic rate, so you’ll burn calories for the rest of the day! While I’m all about variety, battle ropes are definitely my fave at the moment. The rapid movement properly gets your lungs burning and works not only your arms and shoulders but your entire body – legs and butt for squatting and your core to stabilise.
Any advice for getting back into shape post-baby?
A wise older woman once told me that baby weight takes nine months to go on, and nine months to come off. It was actually longer than this for me, but keeping this in mind alleviated the pressure. We need to be kind to ourselves after giving birth, our bodies have been through incredible changes and need to be fully healed before even thinking about exercise. Take it slow and build up gradually. When my baby was little I took her along to a mum and bubs boot camp. I started F45 once I felt stronger and mentally ready to leave her home for 45-minute stints.
What’s your approach to wellbeing?
I work hard at achieving a balance in life allocating time to family, friends and MYSELF! If any one of those things isn’t receiving enough attention it immediately affects my mood. My husband and I sit down and look at how we can change things to get the balance back. I’m a talker – so feel best when I’ve had a chance to chat through anything that’s bothering me. You’ll find me on the phone to my bestie most days!
Feeling inspired and want to join the HoneyKids workout at F45? Fill in the form below to register your spot. Quick sticks ladies, only 27 spaces available…
Where: F45 South Buona Vista, 218 Pasir Panjang Road Unit 02-01 @Icon Pasir Panjang Singapore, 118579; www.f45training.sg/southbuonavista
When: Monday 29 August, 10.30am
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