37 year old Robyn Taylor took up the challenge to get her body bikini ready for the summer.
“Committing to a personal body transformation challenge is one of the hardest but most rewarding journeys anyone looking to improve their shape can do,” says Robyn Taylor from Health Intelligence.
Above and beyond her personal training and diet she also received Radio Frequency treatments on her legs and face – sponsored by U’CHIQUE Body Sculpting.
Here is her full take on the 12 week challenge:
The countdown to summer has begun! It’s time to slim down, tone up and kiss those extra winter kilos goodbye. Simple, right? Wrong!
“Committing to a personal body transformation challenge is one of the hardest but most rewarding journeys anyone looking to improve their shape can do,” says Robyn Taylor from Health Intelligence. Racing the clock, Robyn’s nearing the end of her own 12-week transformation that’s seen her go head to head with Carole Van Biljon from Supashape, in a quest to get her body “bikini ready” by October 2014.
“I came across a Socrates quote that said, ‘It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.’ This really hit home for me as I’m now 37 and have never seen my body reach its full potential. So when this opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it,” explains the enthusiastic competitor. But Robyn admits it hasn’t all been plain sailing: “I really struggled with my preparation in the beginning, leading me to buckle under my own pressure to succeed. But I was fortunate to have Supashape ambassador and NABBA WFF Pro Cat Buys Rademeyer working out my diet and supplement plan. She and my personal trainer from HUBA Fitness, Johry Batt, have been fantastic at keeping me motivated. My training programme varies from session to session, focusing on different muscle groups, from high intensity cardio some days to heavy weight sessions other days. My diet and supplement plan works hand in hand with my training for maximum results.”
So is it as hard as it sounds? “Yes – I had a preconceived idea that this would be easy … it’s not! You quickly realise how hard those athletes have to train to get their bodies ‘bikini ready’. Another thing I realised is, while you may get your dream body in 12 weeks, you actually need to commit to a total lifestyle change – otherwise you’ll quickly end up where you started. Johry gave me some great advice: When taking on a transformation programme, the hardest step is often making the mind-shift of wanting to change your lifestyle and knowing that it will take tremendous commitment and hard work. Always be realistic with your expectation when taking on this kind of challenge – the body can only change naturally to a certain extent during the given time. It should rather be seen as a 12-week foundation to the rest of your life.”
Asked if she’ll compete again, there’s a twinkle in Robyn’s eye: “The highs have outweighed the lows; I’ll definitely do another challenge – it’s a great experience, especially if you’re looking to push personal boundaries. You feel such a sense of achievement at the end. But it’s important to remember that excellence is not a destination; it’s a continuous journey that never ends.”