This article was first seen on the Huffington Post. For this installment, we are joined by Abby Pell.
Let’s start off with a general introduction. How would you describe yourself, what are you all about and how did you get involved in health and fitness?
Hi, my name is Abby Pell but I’m better known on Social media as SuperAbs. I’m a fitness model and brand Ambassador from the UK.
Where does your motivation come from?
I’ve always been quite competitive, so I enjoy pushing myself to make progress. When I train harder to be able to do something I once couldn’t, to get stronger, fitter or lean out a little more, this motivates me. Then to hear that my achievements motivate others to lead healthier lifestyles or to challenge themselves I love it.
As you decided to make a career out of your passion – what were your biggest stumbling blocks along the way?
Finding time to juggle work, parenthood and training. But once you get into a routine and you learn to love what you do it becomes easier.
What’s your perspective on the importance of self-care?
It’s very important, we take care of our homes, our cars, our other positions, surely our body is the most important thing of all, we cannot replace or upgrade it so look after your body, it’s the only one you will get.
What are some of the biggest misconceptions about women lifting weight?
Of course many people think lifting weights will make you bigger or bulkier, it’s not true at all, it’s actually very hard for women to gain bulky muscle tissue. Lifting weights makes your body leaner, firmer and stronger.
Many young women who want to lose weight believe that not eating is the way to do it, without realising the consequences of that kind of behavior.
Why do you think this is and what’s your perspective on educating society on healthy nutrition habits?
You cannot expect a car to run without fuel so why do the same to your body. Make sure that what you fuel your body with is of good quality and nutritious. Eating too little will not only leave you tired and grouchy, but it will also damage your metabolism by encouraging your body to burn fewer calories throughout the day… Eat plenty of good clean wholesome food.
What are the most unexpected lessons you’ve learned on your health and fitness journey this far?
It’s important to not stress yourself out. Life is not a punishment so whatever you choose to do or whatever your goal is, find a way to achieve it healthily and happily. There are no shortcuts or quick fixes but if you form healthy habits that you enjoy, the process becomes easier and your results are sustainable.
What do you do to maintain balance in your life?
I love to travel, I’ll book holidays so no matter how busy or hectic my life gets I make sure I take time out with my loved ones.
How do you stay productive?
I drink a lot of coffee haha.
If you could only choose one thing, what would you tell your younger self?
I was always quite sporty but when I first joined a gym I had no idea what I was doing. I wish I had discovered weightlifting sooner. But it’s never too late to start.
Can you give a breakdown of your current diet, training and supplementation regimen and the thinking behind it?
I’m lucky enough to be sponsored by Yolo Food Company who prepare and deliver my meals for me, everything they make is super healthy and great tasting. It makes dieting really easy.
I eat about 2000 calories a day sometimes a little more and I have a good balance of protein, fats and carbs. I never go very low on carbs as my body loses muscle tissue easily so I try to keep as many carbs and as much food as possible in my diet. Lots of fish, chicken or steak with rice or sweet potatoes and lots of green vegetables.
I snack on nuts and nut butter throughout the day and have a cheat meal at weekends. I train 5/6 times per week mainly weights but occasionally I’ll add a little cardio in to lean out for a show or a shoot.
Going into 2017, what are your biggest life goals?
I have a very exciting and busy year ahead working with my amazing sponsors MyProtein and Yolo Food Company. I will also be competing in the WBFF PRO World Championships.
Where can people go to learn more about you online?