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For competitive squash player and fitness enthusiast, Annie Openshaw, staying motivated is high priority. Gymshark Central caught up with her to talk all things from working out, to working on herself.
When did you first become interested in training?
For me, it was around the age of 17. I started to take my squash training more seriously, and I began to use the gym as a tool to help me get stronger on court.
What does a typical workout schedule look like?
For the most part, I stick to a PPL (push, pull, legs) routine, with the odd cardio and abs sessions too.
I go to the gym around 5 days a week, when I can, and always get some good rest days in there. I'm a big believer that resting is really important and essential for progress.
Do you train better in the morning or the evening?
Morning, definitely! I am such a morning person and always wake up feeling really energised.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out on their fitness journey?
Find a routine that works for you. Instead of straight up copying someone else's, take elements that work with your lifestyle and apply them to your own routine.
"I used to be such an ‘all or nothing’ person..." Annie Openshaw
I used to be such an all or nothing person.
This would mean that I would spend the days where I felt unmotivated undoing my progress, as I had put too much into it at the beginning of the week.
Balance is always key... make sure you don’t set yourself unrealistic goals.
Beyond fitness, what would you say is your biggest passion?
Squash and creativity. I have competed at a high level since I was 15 and it's where my heart is at! I've always been really creative and absolutely love art, design and fashion.
What are your main goals for 2019?
To work on my self-belief and physical strength. I want to improve my bodyweight movements in the gym as well as my flexibility.
I have recently worked on a better morning routine which has helped me to stay in a positive headspace throughout the day!