TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher is known for presenting sports shows, but it turns out she’s just as interested in fitness when she’s off-camera too.
Mum to two sons, Oscar and Jude, Kirsty has managed to regain her pre-pregnancy body and looks healthier and happier than ever. So what’s her secret? We investigate…
Exercise as therapy
Kirsty told Fit & Well magazine that she credits her workout regime with helping her through her divorce in 2015.
‘I’m quite a controlled person and I felt like I was losing control,’ she explained. ‘Everything was very difficult, very sad – two kids in the midst of a divorce. I just thought, “I need to put myself into something really positive and something that’s going to help me through it.”
‘The exercise wasn’t to do with what I looked like, it was to do with how I felt – I wanted to feel healthy, fit and able to cope with all the stress.’
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Bad news for those with a sweet tooth – Kirsty says that she ‘never eats chocolate’!
‘I don’t really eat much bread, very little dairy. I don’t eat crisps and I don’t snack a lot,’ she detailed. If she does indulge, it’s in the occasional curry or glass of red wine.
Her kids follow a similarly healthy regime; ‘They play a lot of sport – obviously, their dad is a rugby player. They generally eat well. I will take them out for dinner and they’ll have pizza occasionally. But I have to admit, I’ve never taken them to McDonald’s. I don’t say, “It’s really bad” – I just say, “It doesn’t make you feel very nice”.’
In October 2015, Kirsty’s former personal trainer, Chris Walton, revealed that another secret to her super-toned physique is working with weights.
‘Kirsty enjoyed the variety of weight training and found it much more interesting than cardio work,’ he told Mail Online.
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‘We would concentrate on the big muscle groups and movement patterns to ensure a spike in metabolism as well as getting Kirsty strong which was a big goal of hers,’ adding that her main focuses were achieving a flat stomach, toned arms and a better bum.
As an end result, she ‘ ‘lost fat and gained muscle, as the focus switched to strength and creating a more athletic-looking body which was much more toned.’
Read Kirsty’s full interview and try her strength workout in the new issue of Fit & Well, out now, only £1.99.