As you may know, I had the opportunity to attend a workout with Michelle Bridges over the weekend. Through my GirlsGoneSporty ambassadorship, I was able to get a few minutes with Michelle after the workout for a quick interview.
Who is Michelle Bridges?
Michelle Bridges is a pretty huge deal. She is a trainer on Biggest Loser Australia and has written six best selling books on health, fitness, and weight issues.
What is 12WBT?
Michelle Bridges – 12 Week Body Transformation
The 12 Week Body Transformation program officially launches in the United States this January. The program has already been a humongous success over in Australia.
The program consists of a few key components:
- Weekly exercise, nutrition, and mindset plans.
- Ability to connect with and support other people participating in the program.
- Access to a support crew of trainers and nutrition experts.
What was the workout like?
The workout was intense. My heartrate was up pretty quickly and stayed high throughout the hour. Michelle was extremely motivating throughout the workout, shouting encouragement and applauding everyone’s efforts. I genuinely enjoyed myself and really liked the way Michelle had us in groups around the room doing different things and also paired us up for some exercise duos at one point. I never stopped moving throughout the hour and knew that I was getting an amazing workout. What a great way to start the weekend!
Question 1: I’m big on running mantras and I have my own that helps me push through when things get tough out there (“It’s supposed to hurt”). During the workout, you said something that I’ll most likely add to my favorite running mantras, “don’t let it beat you.” Do you have your own mantra that helps when you’re completing a rough run or workout?
Michelle agreed with me that mantras are huge for self-motivation. She also said it was completely fine that I stole her “don’t let it beat you” quote from class as a new running mantra to add to my repertoire. As a runner herself, Michelle does have one mantra that she uses when she needs something to help push her through – “I am love. I am power. I got this.”
I really like this as a mantra, specifically the part about telling yourself that you’ve “got this.” I think the most important part of any hard workout or run is believing in yourself and knowing that not only can you do this, but you will.
Question 2: What’s your best advice for someone just embarking on a fitness journey, specifically for those who want to start a healthy lifestyle but are surrounded by people who don’t necessarily follow a healthy diet and exercise routine?
The number one thing Michelle thinks affects success on a fitness journey is this: SUPPORT.
She believes that fitness goals can be achieved without support but that the support of others definitely helps to make it easier. Her advice to someone starting out on a fitness journey is to sit down with your friends/family and talk to them about your new health and fitness goals. It’s important that they know how important this is for you and that their support is important to your success.
As someone who travels all over the country running races and dragging along my family, I know a great deal about how much support affects my performance and mental state before and during a race. Having people who believe in you, who want you to succeed, who are going to be proud of you at the finish line, is a huge help when training gets tough.
I once had someone ask me what I do when I’m struggling with a particular training workout. After thinking for a minute, I realized what I do – I envision myself running my goal race… I think of the sounds and the smells and the atmosphere… and I think about who is tracking me… and who is waiting for me to fly by them. What gets me through those tough workouts are the people who support me… the people who ask how my training is going, who follow my splits, who have already bombarded me with phone calls and texts and messages before I even get to my baggage after a race.
It’s the reason I love so hard when other people take up running. I want my support to push them when the going gets tough. I want them to know that every step they take makes me proud.
Question 3: A reader of mine who is pretty new to running contacted me that she has begun to feel negatively about herself if she doesn’t reach a personal best at each race. What advice would you give a new racer who feels like s/he needs to PR every time they race in order to be successful?
This is something that Michelle has experienced firsthand. She said that there was a time that every single time she went out to run, she put the pressure on herself that she had to run a personal best. And you know what happened? She started to hate running!
She explained that what helped her to combat this feeling was to start running sans-watch. It was time to put the watch down and get back to basics. She focused on the reason she started running (to have fun and be healthy!). You need to enjoy your workouts. The best workout is the one you’re going to enjoy and stick with… so she had to find that feeling again. She needed to fall back in love with running.
My younger cousin experienced this same feeling earlier this year before her second half-marathon. I’m hoping that during our half-marathon in Disney this January, she can re-learn how fun running can be and that you can still enjoy yourself even if the time on the finish clock is ridiculously higher than a time you’ve seen in the past. We are breaking no records out on the course that day… unless it’s in how much FUN two cousins can have and how many ridiculous pictures we can take during 13.1 miles through the happiest place on earth.
Thank you, Michelle Bridges, for an amazing workout and the fantastic advice!
Michelle Bridges Workout – NYC 11/23/13
Thank you to GirlsGoneSporty for the great opportunity!
Who wants to give 12WBT a try? Who has already completed 12WBT?