23W Spotlight: Lucy Bell

By Ange
This week we wanted to share another amazing transformation following our 8 Summer Week Challenge.
At 23W, we have a few mantras that underpin our philosophy, and none sum up this babe more than ‘be the hardest worker in the room’. When Lucy is training, she has the capacity to lift the training intensity and ability of everyone else in the room. If you are looking for a training partner to push and inspire you, you can look no further than this power house!
Lucy returned back to exercise in late December, 2018 following the birth of her son and spent several weeks across Christmas and January returning to exercise safely. In the early stages, Lucy  has able to slowly restore her pelvic, core stability and foundational strength. The 8 Week Summer Challenge was the perfect opportunity to help Lucy to turn up the heat and dial in her healthy habits to help her reclaim her fitness postpartum.
Lucy’s results were incredible and a demonstration of the importance of pre-planning and a positive mindset. Let’s get to know Lucy!
1. What was your goal over the 8 week challenge?
My main goal was weight loss post baby, aiming for 6-8kg. I also wanted to commit to 4-5 weekly gym sessions, consistent meal prep and be able to do 10 push ups on my toes again!
2. How did you go achieving this?
I achieved all the goals I set.
  • 7.8kg weight loss
  • Average of 4.75 weekly gym sessions
  • Meal prepped every Sunday night
  • Push ups- I was able to do by week 6!
3. What are you most proud of?
I am proud of staying consistent and disciplined! Every week I just kept at it, pushing myself to get stronger and fitter. It feels great to have regained confidence in the gym post baby.
My core and pelvic floor has improved significantly and I’m now back doing things like box jumps, planking, sit ups and push ups, and lifting heavier weights which I’m loving.
4. What process did you use to get results?
Weekly online check ins, consistent meal prep and gym sessions. I also did face to face check ins with Ange.
5 What did your typical day of eating look like?
Breakfast – 2 eggs on toast
Snack 1 – apple and coffee
Lunch – chicken salad
Snack 2 – hummus with carrot and celery sticks
Snack 3 – protein bar and coffee
Dinner – steak and veg
Snack 4 – berries and nuts with natural yoghurt
Plus 2-3 litres of water
6. What do you enjoy the most about training with 23W?
Having coffee after training with all the other new Mums! Getting to train and socialise with a group of like minded women all going through the same thing is amazing. We keep each other accountable and have many laughs along the way 🙂
Plus the wonderful support, guidance and knowledge of Ange.
6. What advice would you give other women looking to transform their bodies?
Stop making excuses and just get started. Get the bod moving and fuel yourself with the right foods. You need to be committed and serious about making the changes you want to see. Be clear on what you need to do to meet your goals.
For me, a consistent, healthy diet is what always leads to the biggest changes. I love the saying you can’t out train a bad diet which is spot on!
7. What is your biggest health and fitness tip (what works for you)?
Meal prep on a Sunday night to set me up for a good week ahead.
Along with having a good mate to keep you accountable! I’ve been training with my some of my best friends for the past 6 years and we keep each other on track 🙂

If you are a new mum looking to for a supportive, baby inclusive community – be sure to get in touch with 23W today! We pride ourselves on having the skill, knowledge and qualification to help new mums return back to exercise safely!

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Ange Drake is an personal trainer, women’s empowerment coach and fitness blogger in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. She is the director of one of the few womens’ only strength training gyms in Melbourne, 23W. Ange helps women to learn how to use strength based training, nutritional strategies and a positive mindset to transform their bodies, relationship with food and mind.

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