There’s a sneaky little move that just about anyone who’s ever taken an RPM/spin class is guilty of pulling: pretending to turn up the dial on the bike when the instructor demands more intensity.
Look, we’re only human. It’s not like it’s our job to be superhumanly fit, okay. Someone like Michelle Bridges, on the other hand, could have that dial right up the whole time and not even break a sweat – right? Actually, nope. Evidently the fitness guru is a mere mortal too.
“Yes,” she confesses, without a nanosecond’s pause. “That’s a yes, yes, yes. Who doesn’t?”
Right on. Here’s something else you mightn’t expect to hear from the Biggest Loser coach – she also gets a bad case of sloth some mornings.
"So many times I don't feel like going for a workout - shock horror, Michelle Bridges says she doesn't feel like going for a workout!," she says, effectively writing my headline for me. (Thanks, Michelle!)
"Trust me - I wake up in the morning and think, 'Ugh, I really don't feel like going to the gym'. But I know on the other side of that, I'll feel like a total rock star when I walk out of there."
So what exactly does Australia's fittest woman (...probably) do to drag her reluctant body out of bed? And how does she find the time and motivation to cook herself healthy meals and not resort to cereal for dinner every night? Well, you're about to find out.
How do you convince yourself to get out of bed for a workout?
"I do not allow my brain to switch on.. I just do Robot Mode. Just get out of bed. Put your clothes on. I don't let myself start thinking, because as soon as I start thinking I'm on the slippery slope. 'Oh, maybe I could train this afternoon'. 'Oh, maybe I could do a double workout tomorrow'. Shut up. You're already talking yourself out of it."
What is one exercise you'd recommend for anyone to try, regardless of their sporting ability?
"Well, walking away from the cake that someone's brought into the office, that's an excellent exercise...." (Note: when I was on the phone with Michelle I was sitting next to a giant carrot cake I'd brought into the office that morning. Oops.)