In this week’s trainer tips, Jess Demicoli – a trainer at Icon Health Club, Camden Street – talks about how to kickstart a fitness regime and stay strong and fit through the holiday season with tips from top trainer Martin S.

It’s called the most wonderful time of year for a reason.

From the office party to tucking in to turkey with family – not to mention the free flowing wine – Christmas is your chance to cut loose. And loosen your belt. But is also the perfect time to kickstart your new fitness regime.

“Don’t wait for your beach-body programme until the six-week period before you jet off” – says one of our top personal trainers and fitness instructors Martin Stoynov.

Martin is the winner of our six weeks ABS transformation competition between our trainers at Iconic Health Clubs and we asked him to write an article about the competition and getting abs like his.

He says the reality is that summer bodies are made in the winter! The competition period was six weeks but the foundation and the preparation was done in the months before that.

His advice is to incorporate regular training into your lifestyle. Then in the six weeks before your vacation be serious about your goal. Train almost daily, eat clean, sleep well and this will create that transformation.

Make it easy on yourself and start now. It might seem early to be talking about summer bodies but with Christmas and the new 2019 approaching, many people will set goals in January to join the gym, start a regular exercise programme and lose that bit of extra weight gained over the holiday period.

We all want to feel good in a swimsuit next summer, don’t we? So what can we do today to prevent gaining weight in December and have a head start on our journey to a summer body ready?

The truth is that we don’t need to change the calendar to start bettering our lives. You can make this decision on any date and by starting your exercise programme today you can get more value for your time and energy.

Here is why:
1. The biggest advantage of all is that by starting an exercise program now you have the time to speed up your metabolism before the holidays! This way when all the delicious food around Christmas begin to allure your senses with its smell, colour and flavour you will have a body ready to burn a ton of calories instead of storing them as body fat.

2. Joining the gym now gives you time to get used to it and get into the habit of training so when the holidays with all the festive dinners, lunches and parties are over, starting an exercise programme won’t seem like a huge change from the indulging lifestyle that we all seem to like and adopt around the end of each year.

3. You will avoid the crowds flowing into the gym every January and save time in getting a training programme and a lifestyle assessment.

Remember there is no magic programme, no best diet, and no new workout system that can guarantee results in six weeks! What we are all looking for is a programme that we can do consistently, not one that we can only stick to for six weeks.

We understand that this does not sound particularly appealing but it is the only thing that works long term.