Melanie Sykes reveals how her gym work outs have transformed more than just her figure

Melanie Sykes reveals how her gym work outs have transformed more than just her figure

“Being fit has improved my sex life 100 per cent!” Melanie Sykes reveals how her gym workouts have transformed more than just her figure

5:48 PM on 30th August 2011

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In shape: Melanie Sykes has gained her trim figure by working out for an hour every week

Unfit: The presenter says she is much happier with her figure now compared to when she wasn

Unfit: The presenter says she is much happier with her figure now compared to when she wasn”t as toned in her twenties, such as on this modelling shoot with Ronan Keating

Body idols: Mel admires the physiques of Jennifer Aniston, left, and Madonna Body idols: Mel admires the physiques of Jennifer Aniston, left, and Madonna

Body idols: Mel admires the physiques of Jennifer Aniston, left, and Madonna

BENT-OVER ROW

Use a barbell with weights either side depending on strength and fitness (Mel uses 8kg each side). Use an underhand grip with palms face out. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and bend the knees...

Use a barbell with weights either side depending on strength and fitness (Mel uses 8kg each side). Use an underhand grip with palms face out. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and bend the knees…

... then bend forward from the hips and lower and raise the barbell in to your stomach 15 times. Rest and repeat for a total of three sets of 15

… then bend forward from the hips and lower and raise the barbell into your stomach 15 times. Rest and repeat for a total of three sets of 15

GYM BALL PLANK WITH ALTERNATING LEG LIFT

With your toes touching the floor, lie forward with your forearms on the gym ball with your elbows under your shoulders...

With your toes touching the floor, lie forward with your forearms on the gym ball with your elbows under your shoulders…

... engage your core stomach muscles and glutes and slowly raise one leg up off the floor...

… engage your core stomach muscles and glutes and slowly raise one leg up until its parallel with the floor…

... continue raising leg until it

… hold for two seconds then lower slowly. Repeat 15 times, then do the same with the other leg

MEDICINE BALL SIT UP AND PRESS

Lie on your back with your knees bent, holding the medicine ball to your chest...

Lie on your back with your knees bent, holding the medicine ball to your chest…

...sit up, pushing the ball away from you as you do so. Return to start position and repeat

…sit up, pushing the ball away from you as you do so. Return to start position and repeat

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