Fitness Bytes with Chloe Hodgkinson

Welcome to another ‘Fitness Bytes’ your fortnightly dose of reality with the shining stars of the health and fitness blogging community. We may make it look easy on our blogs and Instagram feeds, but we’re only human and here’s why…

Who are you & how would you describe your current lifestyle?

I’m Chloe, a fitness & Fashion blogger as well as a BA Fashion, Media & Marketing student at Plymouth College of Art. I’m a constantly active, some what say, addicted to stress, busy bee. I love keeping busy & I go to the gym every day. While following a clean diet Monday – Friday, I tend to slack off at weekends to stop myself from going insane.

What type of exercise are you currently doing?

I’m in the gym 6 days a week, doing a mixture of HIIT & weights, attending a circuits class once a week.

How many times a week?

I train 6 days a week.

How long have you been doing it?

I started exercising when I first started 6th form, so about 3 years. Firstly, I started off as a keen runner, convinced that would give me the body that i’d dreamed of. I didn’t, so I joined the gym, started going to the classes that were available and I continued to do this over a year.

Then going into my second year at uni, I decided to leave home and live in Plymouth, here I took on an 8 week challenge with a PT & learning to lift weights, gave me close enough to the body I had always wanted just before Christmas. However, the Christmas period came & I was left feeling plump. I started back training with everything I’ve learnt and I’m at a great point in my training, but now wanting more, I’ve just started a new programme which I’m really excited about.

Being honest, have you been consistent?

Consistent in constantly staying active? Yes. Consistent in diet? no. Therefore, consistent in results? Up & Down. For me, training in the gym is like a second home, i feel comfortable and happy in the gym and going is not a chore. However, I’m a binger and I have a huge sweet tooth, so staying on track with diet can be a real struggle for me & no matter how much I tell myself ‘abs are made in the kitchen’, I’m just a sucker to a creme egg or two.

Are you getting the results you want – Yes or No?

Recently, I’ve seen more results than I ever have, finally I look in the mirror and can see my body going in the direction I’ve wanted it too, which really excites me.

How do you feel about your current level of fitness?

The fittest I’ve been but with fitness I’m a strong believer that there is always room for improvement.

What are you looking to achieve? Why?

My fitness goals change constantly, I want to be lean, but then I want to be curvy, so right now, I’m not entirely sure I can tell you what I want to achieve when it comes to my fitness. 

One thing that is always a goal is I want to be able to walk around in a bikini or in any clothes in the summer & feel comfortable, strong and most importantly, happy – however, I’m not sure that comes with just fitness, but also training of the mind.

When are you looking to reach your goal by?

This summer.

How important is it to you to achieve your goal(s)?

Happiness is something that should always be important to achieve & to me, happiness comes before anything, so yeah, extremely important.

Finally … What would you say to inspire others?

‘My two most important days in your life – the day you were born & the day you find out why’ – Mark Twain.

Chloe is a big believer in balance and so am I! A healthy lifestyle is all about finding that perfect balance in life and by living for the weekend I’d say that Chloe has found hers! It’s also great that she understands that confidence is a state of mind and not a particular look, I’m pretty sure she will rock those bikinis this Summer.

You can catch up with Chloe over on her blog ‘Chlo Hodgkinson’ as well as over on Twitter.

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