Paige Hathaway reveals how F45 helped her be body positive

If you’re looking for fitness inspiration, it’s hard to go past someone with the skill, dedication and motivation of Paige Hathaway. Finder got a chance to chat with Paige and pick her brain about F45, cutting out meat and body positivity.

The pairing of Hathaway with F45 Fitness means there’s an unstoppable wave of exercise motivation hitting Australian shores.

With the F45 challenge underway, finder sat down with Paige to talk all things health, diet and exercise. Growing up in the midwest United States, Paige was all too familiar with the temptation of a good burger - though now residing in California, she noticed something.

“They just started popping up all over the place and I was just thinking like, ‘What is this gym that I keep seeing literally in every town’? It’s just like one will pop up. Being on the top of my game in the fitness industry I really want to align myself with the same thing in the gym department - you know, the top gym.”

And thus her appreciation for F45 took root. It’s no surprise as to why - the chain of gyms has been steadily growing in popularity here in Australia for a while. The kind of personal accountability and goal setting that takes place in an F45 gym encourages people to stick to their goals and push for the results they desire.

Why choose F45?

When Paige started working out seriously six years ago, she couldn’t have imagined how far she’d come. From humble beginnings to becoming a leader in the industry with over four million followers on Instagram, Paige is the epitome of a success story.

“You know one of those fitness bikini shows that are really popular now? I did one of those and from there I just really fell in love with it. It was just really cool to just see how much your body can actually change by following a diet and a workout regiment.”

Having raised her profile as a fitness inspiration online, her prowess in the gym makes her a natural representative for the brand. And don’t get her started on training, because there’s so much that appeals - and that she’s sure will appeal to everyone else.

“My favourite F45 workouts are on the weekends, just because they’re a combination of weight training and cardio - which I like the best, because my style of training (before I became a global ambassador for F45) is more of a HIIT training - it has weights; it has cardio.”

“So that’s my favourite style of training just because you know you’re going to put on some lean muscle. You’re going to burn the most calories and we all want to work out and get the most bang for our buck, so that’s my favourite.”

If there’s one thing we can always trust, it’s that value for money trumps all else when it comes to our fitness. Too many times people will splurge on a personal trainer that doesn’t help you instil the motivation within yourself, and wind up slacking. Meanwhile, with the motivation that fitness and F45 have helped foster within Paige, she’s still even doing workouts outside F45 to keep herself going.

“I still weight train outside of F45. I’ll do F45 like three or four days a week and I’ll jump in a bunch of different classes depending on the day, but I also still really believe in just getting into the gym and weight training, and doing more compound movements to really help build more mass.”

How does diet affect fitness?

But as every good gym goer knows, it’s not all about the exercise. After a nasty period where digestive issues affected her quality of life and capacity to train, Paige made the decision to embrace an entirely different diet and lifestyle - one she has never looked back on.

“I’m pescetarian and I’ve been pescetarian for over a year now. I’m not one of those pescetarians that like preach about being pescetarian. I do believe that, you know, everyone is different and whatever works for you and your lifestyle is what you should do, but I really like pescetarian so I get my protein more plant based like beans, legumes, plant based proteins and then I do fish and then seafood and stuff like that (sic).”

Having that strict dietary change made a profound impact on Paige’s approach to training and living. It wasn’t smooth from the get-go, but now that all the kinks are worked out she couldn’t be happier - and the results are evident just looking at not only how healthy she looks, but by seeing her attitude and the way she presents herself.

“I actually went a month without fish and all meat and it’s kinda crazy - the digestion issues that I was having completely went away but I couldn’t... It wasn’t sustainable for me, like I couldn’t be vegan. It just wasn’t working for me right because I need some sort of protein. So then I put fish in my diet… ever since then I’ve been pescetarian, which is kinda crazy.”

Finding body positivity and confidence

But what’s truly crazy is the internal transformation that Paige has undergone since starting her fitness journey. Like all of us, she had her brushes with insecurity and self image issues. But in spite of that, her dedication to being healthy helped her push past the mental blocks and become the respected fitness icon she is today.

“I was kinda like insecure before I started lifting, I guess you could say, because I didn’t feel womanly because I didn’t really have any curves or anything like that,” she said.

“Working out just really changed my mindset, the way I even perceived my own body, so that’s why I think I became so ‘wow this is so great’ you know.”

So what’s her advice for people facing the same kind of issues? Whether your struggle is with self image or motivation, or anything in between, there are always ways to combat the voice inside your head that says you can’t do it. And even if you already lead a relatively healthy lifestyle, it’s important to always keep pushing forward.

“Your phone is something that you look at every day … If you have a photo of yourself when you were at your fittest, maybe put that as your background or put maybe some sort of motivation - maybe if you have someone that you look up to or maybe a motivational quote … the phone is something that you look at constantly throughout the day and that’s really going to help you stay focused and remember your goal.”

How to stick to your workout routine

As for tips within the gym itself, the best bet is to find yourself a workout buddy - someone doing the challenge with you, or even someone who knows your goals and is willing to help keep you accountable.

“The great thing about F45 is that they have that community aspect of it. There’s so many people in there that are having that like-minded mentality of, you know, of that goal in mind. So having an accountability partner is super super important,” she said.

“When you have that accountability and you build that friendship or you have that community… like even back home I have a home F45 and my base, like my home gym and we’ll text… we’re in a group chat.”

And now, with the support of her friends, family and followers, Paige is able to go all over the world spreading the message of fitness and positivity as brand ambassador for F45 Fitness. She’s the sort of person that you not only derive inspiration from, but also a reality check that everyone’s fitness journey is different.

“Working out and diet is a self-motivated, self-disciplined sort of thing. Obviously when you work out you could have a trainer right, that will train you, or if you go to an F45 class you’ll get motivation there, but the diet on the other hand... That’s all you.”

So really, the only person stopping you is yourself.

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