A fitness fanatic mum of five uses her kids as squat weights – proving there really is no excuse not to exercise
A fitness fanatic mum of five who uses her kids as squat weights is proving their really is no excuses not to have the dream body after pregnancy.
Simone Gately, 34, from Halifax, North Yorkshire, has five children all under the age of nine years old but still manages to fit in two work outs every day.
The full time mum starts her daily routine at 5am with a gym session, followed by a dog walk or hike – and even uses her children as weights for squats and press ups.
Simone’s claims her impressive physique and fitness regime does not rule her life and wants to show other mum’s that there’s no excuse not to ditch the baby fat.
Her husband, Professor Paul Gately, 45, and their kids, Minnie, two, India, five, Blossom, six, Chester, seven, and Summer, nine, all exercise together, with both parents influencing the children to walk long distances from an early age.
Simone said: “During my first pregnancy with Summer I ate way too much and piled on the pounds, I was at least three stone heavier by the time I gave birth.
“But shortly after she was born I slimmed right back down to a size six as I was due to marry Paul 10 months later.
“I’ve since had another four children who are now all under the age of nine and although my stomach has stretched and deflated so many times, I still have an eight pack and the body of my dreams.
“I want to show other women that you don’t have to live in the gym and let fitness dominate your life in order to have a flat stomach and good muscle tone.
“My gym membership costs me £5 per week so it’s not an expensive habit and it definitely helps me keep up with the kids.
“I even use the kids as weights when I’m working out, something they find really fun.
“I will pop them on my back when doing press ups and squads, now I’m really into my fitness and healthy eating, I’m full of energy and even with five kids, I still manage to have Me time, it’s amazing.”
Since her first baby nine years ago, Simone has transformed her diet and with help from her husband, Paul, who is a Professor in obesity, she is hoping to set up her own healthy living retreat later this year.
She added: “I now have fresh food and try to avoid anything processed such as pasta and bread, as not only does it make me look better but I feel better for it too.
“I have so many friends who ask ‘how do you cope with the kids and gym?’ But I don’t think I would be able to cope without the gym.
“I will normally have been to the gym and back while everyone else is still sleeping.
“At the end of the year I’m hoping to set up a health retreat for women, both mums and non-mums, so I can share my experiences and help others make positive changes.
“I really understand normal mum’s as I’m one myself, I have five kids to scare for every day but they never suffer because I’m in good shape, why would they?
“My whole family benefits from me being fit and healthy, I’ve never felt so good about myself.
“I’ve recently set up an Instagram page so I can post photos of me in the gym and to show what type of work outs I focus on.”
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