'Paula Radcliffe inspired me to get in shape': Kirsty Gallacher reveals secret to toned abs (…and how you can get the same)
She's met hundreds of athletes over the years.
But no one has inspired Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher more than Paula Radcliffe.
And in a bid to emulate her sports hero the 36-year-old, mother-of two has been working hard to get in shape.
In a bid to emulate her sports hero Paula Radcliffe, Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher has been working hard to perfect a toned body
Now boasting toned abs and muscular arms, Kirsty – married to retired rugby star Paul Sampson – has been recruited to front a campaign for sportswear brand USA Pro, modelling a new range of fitness gear from bra tops to capri pants.
She puts her slender eight stone 10lbs figure down to a combination of short exercise sessions and healthy eating.
She told Health & Fitness magazine: 'I don’t have time to train like an athlete. I’d love to set a
couple of months aside to just train and train.
'I love men and women to
have strong bodies, not skinny bodies.’
Recounting a memorable encounter with the record-breaking marathon runner, Radcliffe, Kirsty said: ‘When I interviewed her we were both about six months
Inspiration: Record-breaking marathon runner Paula Radcliffe in action
Now boasting toned abs and muscular arms Kirsty has been recruited to front a campaign for USA Pro
'She told me she intended to carry on
running until she was seven months pregnant and I sat there thinking,
‘Oh my God, you’re incredible!’ I felt so huge next to her; she didn’t
look six months pregnant!
'Her doctors had said it was fine
because her body was used to it. That’s the key, I guess your body
adapts to any level of activity.’
On an average day Kirsty has a breakfast of porridge made with water and a sprinkling of
upholding her Scottish roots, topped with semi-skimmed
For lunch at work she orders a vegetable soup with a wholemeal bagel and in the evening Kirsty joins her family for dinner, which is usually cooked by her
One of her favourite meals is spaghetti bolognese, made from scratch with quorn mince topped with
lots of vegetables.
She then visits the gym for three short exercise sessions every week, each one lasting around half an hour.
For about 20 minutes she likes to power hard and fast on the rower for
20 seconds then return to a normal pace for 20 seconds before doing it
again and again.
Then she hits a circuit of
press-ups, weighted lunges and stomach exercises, doing 20 reps of each
exercise before taking a rest for 20 seconds.
She adds: ‘I go to the gym to do interval training and circuit-based workouts. I’m in and out; I don’t slog it out for hours. I make every exercise I do count. It’s quality, not quantity.’
But despite her new physique helping her land a contract with USA Pro, Kirsty says she still isn't happy with her body and she hasn't written off the prospect of cosmetic surgery.
‘The ideal body for me is one where every muscle is
accounted for – but not in a bodybuilder way… That’s my
‘I’d never say never to going under the knife.'
KIRSTY'S FAVOURITE CIRCUIT-TRAINING MOVES
1. OFFSET PRESS-UP
Start in the plank position (you can be on your knees if you need). Keep your hands within the mat. Lower yourself down into a regular press-up and then back to the start. Before doing the next press-up, move one of your hands wider, so it’s off the mat (a). Now perform your press-up (b). You can alternate between moving your left and right hand to work both sides, or move your hand in front, rather than to the side, for a change.
2. ROTATING LUNGE
Reps: 20 each side
Stand with your feet together and your hands on your hips. Lunge forward on your right leg into your standard lunge (a), making sure your knee and your ankle form a right angle with the floor. Return to the start, then take a wide step to the right and sink into the side lunge so your weight is on your right foot (b). Again your knee should not go further than your toes. Return to the start. Take your right foot back and sink your knee down to perform a backwards lunge. Return to the start then repeat on your left side.
3. SIDE CRUNCHES
Reps: 20 each side
Lie on your back in the sit-up position. Rest your fingertips against your ears. Curl up so that your shoulders are off the floor. Swivel at your waist so that your left elbow moves towards your left hip. Then return to the start and repeat on your right side. You could also place your arms by your sides and crunch so that you reach down to touch your left heel with your left hand, then alternate sides.
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