Michelle Bridges shares her favorite ‘iso’ workouts and tips for losing COVID pounds

Michelle Bridges can be a celebrity personal trainer with a decades-long career in fitness.

But even she is not immune to the struggle to find time for healthy diet and exercise, especially during Covid-19 pandemic.

The previous Biggest loser trainer and single mom talked to 9Honey about pushing fitness into your daily regimen and the best way to kickstart your health journey for 2022.

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Michelle Bridges knows how difficult it can be to juggle parenting with exercise. (Instagram)

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Household fitness

While Michelle says she has so far been lucky enough to avoid the virus, lockdowns meant she and her clients had to improvise her workout routines with household items.

It’s possible to find ways to exercise in your living room or bedroom, Michelle reveals – you just have to be creative.

“In my MB-active wear range, I have a weight vest of 10 kg. I often put it on and just did the housework,” explains Michelle.

“It’s like double bang for the buck, it’s not even a formal exercise, but I end up with a sweaty mess. You get your training done and your housework done.”

For those without equipment at home, Michelle remembers seeing customers use weighted backpacks or detergent bottles for their indoor workouts.

“I’ve worked with a lot of people online who filled clothes and wash bottles with water and used them as dumbbells or walked around with a backpack full of heavy books,” she laughs.

“Sometimes all it takes is 20 minutes out of your day, make a plan and figure out how you want to move your body that day. I’ve discovered that people who walk into the gym or their living room or backyard with a plan, they are the ones who tick the boxes and get it done. “

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Take control of your day

Michelle is a single mother to her six-year-old son Axel and knows how difficult it can be to juggle parenting with health and fitness.

The author and 12 weeks of body transformation coach says that since she had a baby, even she has noticed that her training regimen is slipping a bit.

“I want to stick my hand up here and be really honest, since I had a baby, my training regimen has not been as routine and rigid as it used to be for me. It just happens,” she explains.

“There are many reasons why, one is that you have to spend time with your son, or suddenly something has gone wrong and you are being pulled away from the gym because they need you.

“Going from a woman with a career and without a child, to a woman with a career and child, it’s a big shift and I have to figure it out. “

For herself, Michelle finds time between school drop-off and pick-up for training such as morning boxing or gymnastics sessions at lunchtime.

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The fitness queen kickstarts her 12-week body transformation in February. (Instagram)

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She says that organization is the key to keeping your routine in check, and it can mean that you plan your day with your partner or family member, who can help take care of the kids.

“Time is not just going to fall in your lap, you should plan a diary, set a schedule and be realistic,” advises Michelle.

“Get really smart about what’s going to work in your environment, it could be getting up half an hour earlier for a quick workout, or maybe your partner can take care of dinner while you go to a pilates class or go a long trip.”

With kids restarting school in February, Michelle says it’s time to find routine and structure again in your health journey.

“It’s time again for bedtime routines, morning routines and packed lunch preparation, the perfect time to start over.”

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Moving COVID kilos

Since the pandemic started, the term “COVID-kilo” has become popular.

It’s easy to put on weight while sitting at home eating junk food, and Michelle says there are simple ways to combat these bad habits.

“We need to be gentle with ourselves, but we also need to be honest and realistic,” Michelle explains.

Keep it simple – it could start with a walk every morning or removing bad food and soda in your pantry and fridge.

“We all became gourmet chefs during the lockdown, so instead of an expensive takeaway, think of a healthy meal you can make.”

Michelle, who starts her 12-week body transformation for clients in early February, says taking control of your fitness and health is “a marathon, not a sprint”.

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It can be a tough battle to change your ingrained habits, but it’s always worth it.

“It will not be perfect, there will always be lessons that come from it and opportunities to do better next week or time,” she says.

“The whole reason I built that program 11 years ago and have had the huge success we’ve had is because I’ve been there with so many customers and I know where their headspace is. I know where the moments are when you start.to get a little shaky.

Michelle adds: “It builds up gradually and feels stress-free no matter what fitness level you are at. All you have to do is follow it and it clears your mind.”

The next round of 12WBT begins on February 7, 2022. Go to www.12wbt.com to participate.

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