• We talk to fitness model Sophie Guidolin

A car accident would have been the last place to expect to find your true calling, but it was rehabbing her injury where the then fashion model fell in love with the gym.

Today we talk to Sophie about her diet, training and advice for mother's looking to work fitness back into their lives.

What inspired you to start training?

I fell in love with weight training and I was amazed at the difference it made to my body! I lost weight, toned up, even had body parts I wasn't aware existed (biceps/abs/quads)!

What's your favourite meal to make when you're in a hurry?

Quinoa chicken, the recipe is available on my website. It tastes amazing, I love it and it fills me up!

How often do you allow yourself a cheat meal?

I don't think that the term 'cheat meal' is something I promote. The basis behind a cheat meal is better known as a re-feed meal, which can spike your metabolism. However this is not a 'binge on all you can eat' type meal, it's a carefully calculated meal.

Cheat meals are often given to people who need to focus on getting to that point in order to stick to their diet. My diet is more of a lifestyle and is maintainable all year round!

What does your current weekly training routine look like?

A lot of heavy glute work including squats, deadlifts and hamstring curls!

Do you have any tips to pass on to those mothers who are looking to shed some post-pregnancy weight?

Firstly, breastfeed where possible, you are like a human factory burning calories by snuggling your new baby! Secondly, rest where possible, being super-mum can often mean that you need to do what's right for you too!

Aim for a diet that you will be able to maintain for life, not just a few weeks, so if you ever stopped the weight didn't come back!

How do you feel is the best way to maintain a social life without hampering your results in the gym?

Well, I'm a mother so I'm sure most mums would agree that your social life isn't what it used to be like! I have a few very close friends, who all support my lifestyle so when we catch up we do wholesome active things like bike rides, walks, movies etc.

Way too many people are ruining their bodies (and livers) with binge drinking, excessive eating and partying!

What do you know now that you wish somebody had told you when you first started training?

That no one knows your body like you, listen to it. If you need rest, you need rest. Rest days are just as important as your training days!

Also, that your body fat and weight is determined from your diet and your muscle growth, definition and size is determined from your training.