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In part one of our two-part interview, our very own Hyperluxe babe Leia caught up with personal trainer extraordinaire, Shelby, from The Movement, to get the scoop about what The Movement is all about and for her to share her hot tips for staying healthy and fit over summer!

The movement fitness and wellbeing

So tell us about The Movement South West, what was the inspiration behind it?

We had a strong vision to build a community that has a common interest on becoming healthier and happier.  We understood that for lots of people entering a “gym” for the first time was very daunting and often the reason people stayed away from them. So when we created The Movement we wanted to create a space that we could welcome people in like they were coming to our house for a cup of tea! We built our classes around incorporating a sense of team spirit. It is compulsory to high five/fist pump at the end of each class!

The movement gym welcoming team spirit

Why HITT?

We combine HIIT with Strength and Conditioning at The Movement. HIIT is a super fun style of working out that can burn maximum calories in minimum time. With Interval Training your body feels like it can push itself the extra mile because you have a short break to get your breathe back! When doing HIIT we suggest having a partner or coach to push you through - you want to make sure you are at maximum intensity for the whole workout!

In this day and age people more often than not have a very busy schedule, what are your tips for those who are time-poor for fitting exercise in?

Get it over and done early in the morning. You will make better food choices if you have already done your workout or even pack your activewear in the car in the morning and go straight from work!

The movement gym fitness class

Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated and stick to an exercise regime?

  1. Join with a buddy to keep each other motivated. Plan your training schedule at the start of the week and help each other stick to it.

  2. Join as a member. When you’re paying for a membership you’ll want to get your money’s worth. 


What do you think the biggest misconception is when it comes to functional exercising, particularly for women?

Functional Training or HIIT is going to make you bulky. Replace bulky with stronger and you have got the right idea. If you then go and eat way too many calories after your workout, then yes you may get bulky. The only way to address weight with exercise it to look at what you eat. 80% of your weight issues can be fixed in the kitchen!

women strength rope climbing

So, in that case, what does your day on a plate look like?

Breakfast: Smashed avo on dark rye toast with fresh tomatoes and rocket. Even better add a poach egg.
Snack 1: Hummus with carrot sticks
Lunch: Chicken breast with roast pumpkin and salad
Snack 2: A cold press juice or a protein ball.
Dinner: Lots of veggies with some protein (fish, chicken, or lean meat.)

At this time of year with Christmas and New Year events on the horizon, people can have the tendency to overindulge, what are your tips for sticking to a healthy routine and avoiding the bulge?

  1. Balance fitness with pleasure. If you have a big afternoon of festivities planned, get your workout done in the morning and have a healthy breakfast so you can enjoy the afternoon guilt free.

  2. Eat before you go to big events to avoid binging on bad foods.

  3. You don’t have to eat everything on the plate, if going out for a big meal listen to your body and stop when you’re full.


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