Shawn Power from PT Power assesses Capricorn Coast Mirror editor Sophie Jackson's fitness levels. Photo Sophie Jackson / Capricorn Coast Mirror
Shawn Power from PT Power assesses Capricorn Coast Mirror editor Sophie Jackson's fitness levels. Photo Sophie Jackson / Capricorn Coast Mirror Sophie Jackson RCC110112power1

Fun start to my 12-week workout

I STARTED the first of a series of 12 personal training sessions with Shawn Power of PT Power by discussing my goals, habits, likes and dislikes and what I hoped to achieve over the 12 weeks.

I told Shawn my goal was to tone my muscles and increase my general fitness, that I ate chocolate every day and loved cycling and strength challenges but despised running.

Throughout the 12-week program I am required to keep a food diary and I must remember the unconscious snacking like standing at the fridge door eating olives from the jar while I scan the contents for a meal.

Shawn assessed my fitness level with stair climbs up the Bell Park tower and push-ups. In my opinion correct form is an important factor when exercising, if movements are done correctly the chance of injury is reduced and the benefit of the exercise increased.

Moving on to our workout, Shawn handed me a soft 6kg medicine ball and asked me to squat low to pick it up from the ground and throw it as high as I could in the air. This was fun and didn't feel like exercise at all but was a great whole body workout.  Next I shook it like a cocktail for one minute intervals.  These types of exercise distract the mind from the idea of exercise.



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