How do you train your abs? Tell us your circuit.
Eliza Rose Watson:
I have to keep it real here again and tell you that my abs are far more a result of diet than they are training. I could do 100 situps a day and it would make little difference in comparison to eating the right foods and consistently following an all-round fitness regime. Compound movements all involve core work, and I make sure to include a core exercise or two in every HIIT circuit. These keep my abs strong but in order for them to show, this is down to diet. I avoid processed foods where possible, and stick to wholefoods for about 80% of my daily intake of food.
My abs are also hormonal! Once a month, for about a week, they literally disappear. This is literally due to water retention before my time of the month. For this reason I also ensure I drink enough water! I have found staying hydrated in order to avoid retaining water is key if I want my abs to pop and I ensure to hit 2-3litres especially a couple of days before a shoot. If I don’t get enough water, which realistically is not always possible especially when travelling, I do notice a difference in the definition in my tummy!
Five key factors to follow while preparing for a photo shoot.
Eliza Rose Watson:
1. Sleep! If I haven’t slept adequately, it will show in my eyes, skin and energy levels. For the best results from a shoot, I need to give it 100% of my energy. Sure there is photoshop but nothing really beats naturally glowing skin and bright eyes. All the products in the world are no match for a good night’s sleep.
2. Eat! Sadly, I have known people who believe it is best not to eat before a shoot. Like lack of sleep, if my body hasn’t got the nutrients it needs, my skin and eyes will be dull, your energy levels will be low, and I will be cranky! Essentially I won’t produce the same quality of images – no amount of photoshop can hide that. I always bring food to shoots and snack every 2-3 hours on a shoot if not more!
3. I always come prepared with outfits and makeup bag even if both makeup artist and stylist are present on a shoot. Might be overkill, but is better to be overprepared than find yourself not quite fitting an item or not having the right makeup product. If I feel like the clothes I am wearing don’t fit, or that my makeup is wrong, I am less comfortable in myself and won’t work to the best of my ability.
4. Arrive early. I feel like it is important to have some time to chat and build a rapport with the people I’ll be working with before a shoot starts. The right vibe is as important as the right makeup and outfits!
5. If it’s a fitness based shoot, I will always bring my minibands, and allow myself time to warm up my muscles. This can really enhance the visibility of my abs as well as giving the rest of my muscles more of a pumped look through a shoot, and also gives me a burst of energy.
Share a few words about the website Womenfitness.net and message for our visitors?
Eliza Rose Watson:
Before giving this interview, I had a browse of WomenFitness.net and am really pleased that there are some realistic and evidence based magazines out there for women! There is a lot of hype and BS on the internet when it comes to fitness, but I feel WomenFitness.net covers all bases from nutriton to exercise in a real and scientific way, with interviews by real people and articles by qualified professionals. I love it!
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