Get Up Close & Personal

Get Up Close & Personal

In the hot seat this month is Angela Rey, one of our new editions to the Personal Training team here at the YMCA Club. We caught up with her to find out what makes her love her job, how she stays motivated during the winter months and how to stay fit and healthy whilst still enjoying the festive period.

Angela has a special offer to get you ready for Christmas! Book 5 sessions and get 1 free or book 10 and get 2 free! Also if you are a YMCA member and want to try any of her classes during the week, you will benefit for further discounts.Contact her to take advantage of the offer: Move better, feel better!

1. Christmas is coming! What are your 3 tips to help us all to keep our health and fitness on top of our list over the festive season?

Don’t stress yourself out!!

Christmas is a time to enjoy yourself and a few simple steps can help you stay on track.

It is important to plan your workouts, because with all the shopping, parties and social obligations, it is very easy to think “I don´t have time for this”!

So, make sure you book at least 20 minutes every day to exercise, ideally first thing in the morning! And yes, 20 minutes is enough, which brings me to the next point: HIT IT! High Intensity Interval Training involves short bursts of high intensity activity followed by short recovery intervals. It is the best way to boost your metabolism, promote fat burning and increase stamina.

When it comes to food intake, follow these points to stay in control

Be mindful of what is on your plate during the festive period. Christmas food is a big part of the celebration and we all enjoy treating ourselves to a few mince pies.

Consume in moderation when it comes to diet. I don’t like to be too strict with my diet because being too strict can have a negative effect. So enjoy your Christmas meals but keep an eye on what is on your plate.

Stop eating when you feel full, listen to your body and don’t overeat.

• Ensure you eat balanced meals with lots of veggies, a moderate amount of lean protein and a good helping of carbohydrates

2. What do you tell yourself to push yourself to exercise when you would rather stay in front of a warm fire or snuggle up in bed?

I usually don’t have that problem! Moving makes me feel better! Exercising acts as a natural remedy to fight the stress of each day and helps me stay focused. In the rare occasions it might happen, I tell myself something simple, but effective. “Get up and just DO IT!”

3. What are your top tips for aiming to feel good about yourself on a daily basis?

Every morning I like to remind myself of all the good things I have achieved so far. It makes me feel strong, powerful and ready to face the day.

4. What has your job taught you about yourself?

It has taught me that, in most cases, feeling like I can’t do something is often a mental roadblock and not a physical one. Getting yourself into the right mind-set can make a huge difference and it is important to remember that fitness is not all about physical strength, it is also about willpower and self-belief.

5. What health and fitness app do you use to help you or your clients to keep on track?

I’m pretty old school when it comes to fitness apps. I like to use an A4 notebook as my training diary because I like to disconnect when I’m exercising and not be checking my phone or tablet every few minutes. Having said that, outside of the gym I find MyFitnessPal to be a very useful app to help control overall calorie intake and macronutrient (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) breakdown.

Also here at the Central YMCA Club we have an exercise monitoring system called MyZone which track heatrate and physical exertion, which can be very insightful. It also has a Club leaderboard which adds a bit of competition into your workout and can help push you to work harder. For more information on MyZone click here.

6. What do you like best about your workspace and why?

The best thing about my workplace is definitely the people!

The sense of community amongst the staff and members really make this gym a special place. The staff are always happy, smiling and ready to help, the members are seen as people with names, needs and lives. Any gym can have a good equipment, plenty of space and lots of classes but not every gym creates such a friendly and encouraging space to work and workout.

7. What do you love about your job?

The number one thing I love about my job is helping people make effective and meaningful change. It doesn´t matter if the change is their lifestyle, body image, body composition or fitness levels. My goal is to not only prepare and deliver the sessions, but also to make sure that whatever positive changes are achieved are here to stay!

8. If you had a doppelganger living another life, in another world, what would her dream job be?

I think my doppelgänger would be an explorer!! I love trying new things and accepting new challenges and I believed this is reflected in my sessions and the way I design my own training. Thinking about it; I might not be far off my dream job in an alternative universe!


Angela Rey, Studio Coordinator and Personal Trainer, YMCA Club


ymca | 1 December 2015