A few weeks ago a personal trainer called Amy got in touch with me on Twitter to talk about not only a change in my diet and exercise habits but about a total lifestyle change too. Amy is a personal trainer and nutrition coach whose aim is to change the lives of those who lead a less than healthy lifestyle and to inspire them to do better.
I wanted to adopt a healthier lifestyle, though how lasting the effects would be is totally down to me. It’s easy to say that this plan worked for me; it did, it does and I know I can do it. But for anyone who wants to do this a trainer/coach can only take you so far. You have to be the one to implement their advice and absolutely run with it.
My goals, after have two kids quite close together, was to just lose some of the baby belly and then to eventually tone up. I emailed Amy telling her what I’d like to achieve, what exercise I already did, what kinds of food I ate and she came back with a plan. I was also asked to return some forms to Amy so that she could check some of my medical history.
The Amy Victoria Plan
The plan is very, very simple and easy to follow. I won’t go into the exercises here because they were tailored to my specific needs but the very basics of it were that they were HIIT (high intensity interval training). I was familiar with HIIT and despite me having a gym membership, these were all exercises I could do at home if I wanted to.
I actually really struggle to get into the gym just because of lack of time so it was really about finding times that worked for me. I loved that these HIIT sessions weren’t too lengthy and I could fit them in around naps, after the kids had gone to bed or, if I really wanted to, first thing in the morning before the kids woke up.
It’s super flexible, totally parent friendly (it’s so fun when the kids want to get involved and copy you) and actually great fun. The plan works different muscle areas each time you work out so you’re never focussed solely on one area. However, I did kind of make the error of printing the whole thing out and it was quite lengthy once you added the meals on so in future I’d love to see the meals separated from the plan, or a link to them on the website, or within the app, so that they’re readily available as there was quite a lot of scrolling.
The Amy Victoria Meals
I loved some of the recipes that Amy has come up with. They’re not too different from the things we would normally eat and they’re really tasty too. They’re super easy to make and Amy includes a list of ingredients as well as the method – I tried to batch cook these so I could freeze some and pull them out if I knew I wouldn’t have time to cook later in the week. The soups were incredible, especially the butternut squash one.
I also adapted a couple of them to suit us as a family so that I wasn’t making too many meals My favourite had to be the snacks though. I really enjoyed making them and, of course, eating them! Knowing they were ‘good’ snacks made me feel really good about myself and I was happy about what I was putting in my body. Meal planning also came in really handy to make sure I had everything I needed to cook the meals and Amy has created a meal planning chart for you to use too!
The My PT Hub App
I received an email from Amy with a link to the My PT Hub app where I could set up an account and fill in my profile. This gave me access to my own workouts and a place where I could add in my own workouts if I had deviated from the plan which was handy when I had played netball. It was also the place where I logged my measurements every 4 weeks and these were accompanied by progress pictures.
I loved having the progress pictures because even when the measurements didn’t change, I could see the physical change in my body. My bum looked a little perter, my waist looked more defined, my tummy had sunken a little – all good things that wouldn’t show if I had been relying solely on measurements.
Amy did well to email me each time I had made progress to ensure I was keeping on plan and felt motivated to keep going. I could message Amy through the app directly at any time too. This is one of the things that I really loved – having that complete access to Amy at any time to ask her anything or express any concerns.
I went skiing for a week during the time I was on the plan and I emailed Amy prior to this to see if I needed to do anything differently and she advised accordingly. It was really easy because we were in a self catering apartment so it meant I could still keep track of what I was eating.
The app was really good for on the go and all the features were streamlined too which made for a really nice experience.
The Ongoing Advice
As I said above Amy was pretty much on hand 24/7. I had total and direct contact with her which was amazing. If you’re having a rubbish day, need some extra motivation, or have any questions about the plan whatsoever Amy is there to answer your questions. She’s so prompt at replying and has the answers to all your questions. I believe you do pay extra for this, but if you fall off the bandwagon easily (like me!) it’s so, so worth it.
If you’re looking to get into shape I would highly recommend Amy and her plans. You can find her website here and even catch her on Twitter here. Oh, and the boys loved the bike rides when we were fitting some cardio in!
*I received Amy’s plan and advice in return for this review. All views and opinions are my own.