• We talk to personal trainer, fitness model & competitor Sally Matterson

Sally lives and breathes fitness! When she's not busy training clients at Anytime Fitness in Randwick she's busy putting in the tough hours herself training for her next competition. Today she talks to us about training, diet and how she went from being an aspiring fashion designer to one of the top personal trainer's in the country.

What inspired you to start training?

I moved from the country to Sydney 12 years ago to study fashion design, although I was always heavily into sport as a child I didn't think unless I was a professional athlete I would be able to have a career in this field.

There was no such thing as a Personal Trainer in the country back then and I was not into teaching 80s style aerobics, so design was my next passion however I really felt the fashion industry was an unhealthy lifestyle long-term. I looked around at the people that had worked in the industry all their lives and they looked worn out and tired.

I decided this was not the life for me hence my career in fitness begun.

What motivates you go to keep going to the gym?

It's empowering to feel strong. Particularly as a female. When your strong physically you can become strong mentally.

Everything in life is easier and clearer when you get spend that time on yourself and your training. Some people meditate… I lift!

What does your current weekly training routine look like?

At present I am enjoying some full body routines, my style of training is to make lifting become just as intense if not more intense than sprint training. In other words I run a marathon of weights!

I do need a high volume of weight training to keep my muscle in the off-season. No less than 5 sets and I train weights for 45 – 50 mins 4-5 times per week.

I find I eat clean all year round so unless I feel like I need the aerobic exercise to mix things up I can get away with doing very little. In fact I think it has been close to 3 months since my last aerobic session!

What exercises do you love and hate the most?

Love – Snatch Grip Deadlifts, Behind the neck Shoulder Press and Neutral Grip Chin Ups
Hate – Calves – it's such an invasive pain.

Do you follow a specific diet?

I try to hit at least 120gms of protein a day. Which is approximately 650gms-750gms raw weight of animal meat per day. This in combination with fibrous (plant-based) carbohydrates and good fats. For digestive health I try to stay clear of lactose (dairy) and wheat (gluten).

The work "Protein" has a Greek word meaning of' first importance"'. I always remember this when choosing my food. I don't calorie count and I occasionally add in fruit or gluten free starches if I feel my body needs it.

Some people meditate… I lift

What is your favourite cheat meal?

Dark Chocolate melted over strawberries. I also love a good glass of Merlot.

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

Enjoy your evenings out just don't overdo it. It's harder to resist bad foods when your body is depleted from drinking too much and being hung-over.

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

How much weight training was actually required to change your body shape – I was never scared of bulking up and never avoided resistance training, but I am certainly getting the best results I ever have now and I am doing the most weight training I ever have now.

My programming is all about burning fat while toning the body. Most females out there don't want to look like a bodybuilder so this system of training allows your body to shape but not grow bigger!