Name: Pearl Davison
Weight: 10st 3lbs
Sponsored by: Yoga Kula (Yoga Studio in Leeds for winning Miss England sports woman)
When did you first start training?
It was back in 2010 following a period of weight gain in first year of University.
I became overweight at university, falling into the fresher’s trap of drinking alcohol every night and eating junk food. Soon my weight crept up and I become feeling lethargic, under confident and none of my clothes fit. I knew it was then time to change. Being as stubborn as I was back then, I refused to get a personal trainer wanting to do it all myself. I began running and tried an extreme diet (Atkins- ALERT – would not recommend) where I was eating probably less than half the calories my body required. My workouts were focused around aerobic style, lots of cardio and not a weight in sight. I remember looking in the mirror and seeing myself as ‘straight up and down’ Bean pole a likely I’d say with flat chest and flat butt, I was slim then, but the amount of effort and work that I put in didn’t show on my body.
It wasn’t until I signed up to the local gym that I started to change my style of workouts. After around a year of doing cardio and lots of high intensity classes (sometimes 3 in one day…) I switched up my regime. I began weight training & results came & I was hooked! I realised with weights I could actually shape my body and I was in control!
How often do you train?
I train 6 times a week because I love it! Some days are lighter than others, if my body asks for rest & my muscles are sore, I will do an active rest & do some yoga (my favorite being ashtanga).
How long do you train for?
Max 80 mins, but usually around 1 hour. I like to get in do my thing and then get going.
What are your goals?
My goals are to maintain a healthy mind and body and to balance my training with life.
I always try and maintain this during lead up to bikini competitions, my overall goal is health & longevity.
Which is your favourite muscle group to train?
LOWER BODY! I Hamstrings, Quads, Glutes & Calfs! I love training legs because these are the ones I see most potential in positively changing 🙂
Second to that, it’s shoulders.
Can you talk through your weekly workout?
I don’t have a set workout plan, I don’t really do the typical split body parts
My week may look like a combination between
-Weight lifting with the majority being compound moves such as squats deadlifts, push press
– Classes at Sudden Movements Gym (Colin – the owner follows Ido Portel style moves) therefore I use my body in such unique ways usually focusing on body weight movements
– Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga at Yoga Kula.
– Plyos / High Intensity Classes & Use of the Free weights at Virgin Active
Do you follow a particular diet?
I try and eat 80% clean foods and allow myself something if I wish 20% of the time. I follow an If it fits your macro plan too (IIFYM) which allows for flexibility within my eating habits.
Usually my main foods are:
Eggs, Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Heck Sausages, Chick Peas, Lentils, Sweet potato, Oats, All Veggies, Grapefruit, Apples, Berries, Bananas, Coconut oil, Cashews, Almonds and nut butters, Fage Yogurt and Rice cakes and lots of spices for flavour!
What supplements so you take?
I use a multi vitamin (when I remember to take it) and vitamin c.
I also use Warrior Blend Hemp protein for my protein pancakes when I make them.
ZMA is something which I use sporadic (usually run out & forget to use) which helps with ensuring I have enough Zinc, Magnesium and can help with sleep!
What music do you listen to when training?
I like a variety, I’m very open when it comes to music.
Favourites are usually YouTube mixes of Gym Motivation, which help with those final reps 😉 Dubstep, House, Reggae…
My favourite at the minute is Battle Tested Mix from YouTube ✌🏽️
Who do you look up to or admire?
Anyone who holds a full time job/ busy job and competes/ trains and has a family to look after! This is some many peoples reasons for not exercising & eating well and those who do this- find ways! And they are truly admirable!
What is your best achievement?
Placing in all 7 my bikini shows top 4 including 2 British Finals &
Winning Miss England Sports Woman 2016.
What advice would you give anybody who wants to start training?
Fitness does not have to be ‘the gym’ a lot of people do not connect with this environment.
Just move your body, find what you love, tennis, dance, fast pace walking… Your journey is unique to you, find your passion & follow it.