An interview with… mama & personal trainer Sian Bates

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Todays interview is with mama of 2, Sian Bates, a 26 year old personal trainer from Northamptonshire in the Midlands, UK and owner of Smart Body Fitness.

Sian is 26 years old and mama to 2 girls aged 6 and 2. She is in preparation for WBFF DIVA FITNESS. Good luck Sian, you’ll do great!

Sian’s Interview…

On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is it that you workout and why? (10 being very important).
Honestly 10. I love working out as it gives me time for myself, I know the benefits of training work and it makes me ready to take on whatever else I need to do that day. It makes me feel like I have done my bit for myself and helps stress. My children always come first and I just work my training around them.

Did you work out during your pregnancies? If not why not?
Yes I did, I have always kept active and after my 1st child was when I actually started more gym training. With my 2nd pregnancy I was working full time in a gym, training clients every day and teaching 5-6 classes per week. I kept this up for 5 months, then I stopped work (due to moving away) so I just continued what I could at home.

How much time do you dedicate to exercising each week?
I do 45-60mins sessions and try my best to do 6 times a week.

What keeps you motivated when you’re tired or the little ones have worn you out?
I find myself very rarely getting exhausted. I keep myself fit and healthy, I eat well and this keep my energy going. If I happen to be a bit stressed out I try to do something nice with the girls, keep it relaxed. I tell myself, what might be hard now won’t last forever!

Do you follow a super clean diet or just eat sensibly?
It’s sensibly if you ask me. However, people would say I am really good with my food. I also cook fresh foods and my meals are good. If I happen to be around bad food, don’t get me wrong I will have some. But I know I have the motivation to burn it off or know when I need to stop.

What does a typical day look like for you?
I get up at 6.30am every morning, I give myself that half hour on my own to have a coffee and cook some eggs for breaky before the kids wake up.  I take my eldest to school and then 3 days a week I take my youngest to pre school. That is when I work mornings. I work 9.30am-12.30pm I then train myself, walk the dog, get lunch and shower quickly and off for school pick ups at 3pm. I then take the girls home or to after school clubs, sort dinner etc…. Then most evenings I have clients from 5.30pm till 9pm or I have classes to teach. Then back home for some food and sleep & repeat. Weekends are time for us all to spend it together.

What do you find is your biggest struggle? Food, exercise, time, motivation?
My biggest struggle is earning a decent living whilst trying to do the best for my family. I could maybe say ‘time’ aswell… but we all have the same hours in the day it’s just how we choose to use our time that makes the difference. I love my job, it makes me so happy to help others. But when you are rushing your children around everywhere it can get hard.

What is the best part of your day?
I love the mornings, sometimes not when I first wake up but once I am up and had my breakfast in peace. I then wake up the girls and we always have cuddles on the sofa for at least 30-40mins before rushing off to school.

Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to new mums or mums-to-be what would it be?
Enjoy every single moment of being pregnant or with your little ones but do not forget about yourself & your body. It goes through so much to give us are amazing little ones we should respect and always look after our bodies.

Follow Sian on Instagram. Her website is www.smartbodyfitness.co.uk.

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