Posted 04 July 2012 by Interview:

Lydia Rees

How/when did you get started in training and
living a fit lifestyle?

I had always been interested in the gym, I studied Sport in University, but due to the social side of Uni life my training took a bit of a back seat.  It wasn’t until I had my little boy that I decided that I wanted to turn my lifestyle around and get into training, which was five years ago.  I had always wanted to compete but I thought being a mum, being 26 that I was a little “past it” to start thinking about getting on stage. I went to a local show and remember watching a lady on stage, Carmen Marie Knights who was guest posing. We got chatting and her words have stuck with me to this day “ It’s never too late” and from that day on, I changed my mentality and decided to go for it!

How do you stay motivated?

Keeping myself motivated is a big part of my training, as it is easy to get disheartened at times, if things are not happening as fast as you want them too!

My family and friends are a great motivator, I think it is important to surround yourself with positive people. The challenge to better myself on a daily basis and looking back at photos and seeing the changes that I have made is also a great motivator.

I also get very motivated from going to Fitness Expos, it’s great to be surrounded by like-minded people, when you are in that atmosphere you really do bounce off each other and come away with such positive vibes.

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

I find the best style of cardio for me is High Intensity Interval Training. If I am honest I am not a big fan of doing cardio, I love HIIT because it is fast, hard and I am done and dusted within 25 minutes. I usually do my HIIT on the Treadmill, if I fancy doing it outdoors I will, but stick to Hill Sprints.

I usually do 60 Seconds Sprinting, followed by 120 seconds doing a fast walk.

Do you have a favourite healthy recipe?

One of my favourite books is by a wonderful lady called Kelly Rennie (Kelly Rennie interview), she has an amazing on line book which is packed full of delicious ideas, which shows you that healthy eating does not have to be boring and mundane and can fit around anyone’s lifestyle, be you a workaholic or a busy mum. One of my favourite recipes by Kelly has to be

Grainfree Almond Goji-berry dark chocolate slice

  • 1 cup ground almond
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons golden flaxseed meal
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoon argave nectar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup goji berries, soaked in ¼ cup boiling water to plump
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • In a large bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, flax meal, salt and baking soda
  • Blend in eggs and argave nectar
  • Mix in gojis and chocolate chips with a large spoon
  • Spread mixture into a baking dish, it will be about an inch thick
  • Bake at 350° for 20 (or so) minutes
  • Cut into squares and

What does your diet consist of?

  • Breakfast Oats and one scoop of Myofusion with handful of raisins and
    Omlette 2 eggs, 3 egg whites.
  • Handful of Nuts, Organic Yogurt (fat Free)
  • Turkey Sweet Potato and Vegetables
  • Chicken with Wholemeal Rice and Vegetables
  • White fish with Asparagus
  • Myofusion with spoonful of Organic Peanut Butter

How do you deal with cravings for junk foods,
sweets and salty food?

I have a healthy diet all year round, even when I am not dieting to compete in a show.

Every Sunday (yes I like routine ;o) ) I have my cheat meal, which usually comprises of a cooked dinner followed by cheese cake, having something like that really does give me something to look forward too.

I am usually ok throughout the week in regards to cravings, but I do tell my clients, look for the healthy alternative. For example, if you fancy something sweet don’t reach for the cookie jar, look at Sugar Free Jelly, this day and age there is no excuse because of what is on the market ;)

What are your top 3 favourite exercises?

I LOVE training legs Glutes and shoulders, for this reason, my three favourite exercises would have to be:

  • Walking Lunges
  • Shoulder Press
  • Straight Leg Dead Lift

Do you listen to music whilst you train?

Oh my goodness, I love music and it is a must when I train, I love it as it gives me that extra get up and go.

I have a pretty eclectic taste, at the moment I have Swedish House Mafia on my Ipod, but then the next week I will be listening to Kid Rock… He usually comes out when it’s a leg day lol. It's pretty varied to say the least!

What is your training routine like?

I train minimal arms, as they are quite developed, so with the bikini look, I need to make sure they do not look too over trained.

I do 20 minutes HIIT on the treadmill after each session, on my non-weight training days I do a 45-minute walk outside or Plyometrics.

Click here to view Lydia Rees weekly routine.

Do you set short and long term goals?

I have just started my diet now for my next show, which will be IFBB Worlds in Poland in October, the aim there is to place and gain my pro card. I will be bringing my best possible package to the stage and hopefully do well, the standard there will be outstanding, so I will be kicking my butt for the next 16 weeks!

Long term goals, is to continue working with Gaspari Nutrition, Better Bodies and GASP Clothing who have been amazing and to compete in the US. Finally for my new business venture with my fellow Gaspari teammate Sarah Mclean to be a success

What are you most proud of?

Firstly it has to be being a mum, which has to be the most rewarding thing to date.

Inside the gym, it has to be my first competition last year, the UKBFF Bikini class where I placed first. It was in my hometown and I really did not know what to expect but when they called my name out to say that I had won, that was pretty special.

Have you had any obstacles or setbacks towards achieving your goal physique?

For 13 years I suffered from an eating disorder, which really did set me back from having the figure that I had always wanted. No matter how much exercise I did, my body did not seem to respond. It wasn’t until I changed my nutrition/exercise plan that I started to see a change and realised that what I had been doing to myself had been seriously detrimental.

How do you measure your progress?

I measure my progress by taking photographs, not so much when I am not dieting, but when I am doing a show, I take photos week by week to keep a track on how I am looking.

If I am honest I don’t really step on the scales, as I don’t really go by weight!

Who are your favourite, athletes or fitness models?

I love Jamie Eason, she is just an inspiration. I also admire Monica Brant, just because of what she has achieved and done.

What supplements would you use/recommend if any?

My supplements consists of Gaspari Anavites for my Multi Vitamins, BCAA before my cardio and after training. I also use Superpump MAX, (which I can not recommend enough) before my workout and the Gaspari Myofusion after my training session.

What 3 tips would you give to any woman wanting to get a feminine, CutandJacked physique like yours?

Consistency, is a big part of getting the body that you desire, eat clean and train – simple ;o)

Girls, don’t be under the illusion that if you pick up a weight you are automatically going to get bulky, because you won’t! Keep at it, be determined and have a goal. I am a firm believer that if you put the work in you will reap the results and the body you desire is there for the taking!

Lydia Rees

Weight on stage 8 stone 4, off stage 9 stone.

Twitter @lydiarees



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