I am constantly inspired by clients. The best part about my job is that each and every day I see your goals in the studio not only being reached, but also the hard work and perseverance that goes into making it happen.
There are many of you who have set fitness goals for yourselves outside of the studio as well. With the London Marathon around the corner there are lots of you training hard. Meet Jo Mir, who is running in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation which is a charity very, very close to my heart.
Lea: When did you begin running?
Jo: If I’m honest, this is the first time I’d actually say I’m a ‘runner’. I’ve run on and off but never regularly until now and up until very recently, a 10km was a long run!
Lea: Is this your first Virgin London Marathon?
Jo: Yes…and its likely to be my last
Lea: If you answered “yes”, is this your first marathon?
Jo: Yes, the furthest I’d run before now was a half-marathon (and I’m sure I said after that I would stick to 10km!)
Lea: Tell us about the family that inspired you to run in this marathon
Jo: I met Jude through my best friend and we all lived together after Uni before we all grew up, got married and settled down. Jude married Luke and a few years later they had beautiful twins, Amelie & Albie. When Amelie was just 2.5, she was diagnosed as having Type 1 diabetes. 6 months later, Albie was also diagnosed with the same condition. Jude caught me in a moment of weakness after I’d run the Royal Parks Half Marathon last October and before I knew it, I had a place to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Lea: Tell us a bit about your training regime
Jo: I have been training 6 days a week since Christmas. My training includes 3 runs (1 ‘fast’, intervals/hills and 1 ‘long’ run), a session on the turbo, a session being tortured by a Personal Trainer and then of course, there’s TRX!
Lea: How has Iso Barre and TRX at Iso Barre helped with your training and overall fitness?
Jo: A friend introduced me to Iso Barre in the run up to Christmas then I switched to TRX afterwards. Other than 1 short TRX session, both were new to me but have been invaluable for improving my overall strength. I’m really short on time as I work and have 2 kids but both Iso Barre and TRX feel like I’ve used the hour to the absolute maximum. I’ve noticed a definite improvement in my strength and the great thing about TRX is that you can control some of the exercises to make them harder as and when you’re able to. If you haven’t already guessed, I’m a real fan and definitely plan to continue with TRX after April 21st.
Lea: What artists/songs feature on your running playlist?
Jo: A complete mix but mainly songs that my kids love listening to as they remind me of them as I’m running (….well, that’s my excuse for having One Direction on my playlist anyway!)
Lea: Any advice for those thinking of tackling a marathon?
Jo: I might be better to answer that after I’ve done it! Right now, I’d definitely say to think about general strength/fitness as well as the running. My biggest concern at the start wasn’t the distance, it was whether I could get my body through the training to that start line.
Lea: Last, “fold-over” or “pretzel”?
Jo: Errm, I’m not sure what a fold-over is but I don’t like pretzels?!
If you would like to sponsor Jo log on to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JoMir
Jo, The JDRF, the children she is running in honour of, as well as all those living with type 1 and I will all be extremely grateful!