Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher reveals why she's stronger – physically and mentally – than ever
Kirsty Gallacher, 40, has always been slim, but these days she’s exceptionally lithe and toned and, crucially, it’s not just superficial – after all, this is a woman who can bang out 50 press-ups (gulp!) So what’s her secret? Find out in Kirsty Gallacher’s strong woman workout.
Exercise has been Kirsty’s go-to therapy during hard times. When she went through her divorce two year’s ago, she hit the gym. ‘I just thought, “I need to put myself into something really positive and something that’s going to help me through it.” The exercise wasn’t to do with what I looked like, it was to do with how I felt – I wanted to feel healthy, fit and able to cope with all the stress. Exercise was cathartic and therapeutic for me. It saves your peace of mind.’
It helped that her trainer, Josh Salzmann, is a good friend. ‘I’ve known him since I was about 10. He’s got very positive energy. We talk quite a lot. He’s a bit of a therapist really. He’s the man I owe for getting me in this spirit and keeping me going. I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been .’
She trains three times a week with Josh, slotted in after the school run and before work. They focus on resistance training – doing precise, repetitive moves to work every muscle. But that killer bod isn’t won through exercise alone: ‘I don’t really eat much bread, very little dairy. I don’t eat crisps and I don’t snack a lot,’ she explains. But she will treat herself to the odd curry or a glass of her ‘vice’ – red wine.
Having now entered her fifth decade, Kirsty says ’40 is the new 30′ has become her new ‘stock line’. ‘I feel stronger now than I’ve ever felt. I’m in better shape. I do feel like I’ve aged a bit facially with the stress. But, luckily, I think there are ways and means of looking after yourself just a bit better.’ For her that means drinking plenty of water and religious cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising – plus a facial when she can fit it in. She avoids wearing make-up when she’s off screen and uses products from Sisley, ESPA, Rodial and ARK to keep her skin in good nick.
Try Kirsty’s strong woman workout below
Start with body arched, hands slighter wider than shoulder-width apart and lower your hips down until your back is flat. Bend your elbows outwards until your chest almost touches the ground, then push/drive back up again. Start with 5 reps and aim to build to 20.
Sit down on the floor with your back straight, but leaning back so it forms a 45-degree angle with the floor. Bend your knees at 90 degrees and lift your feet off the ground to engage your core. Hold a medicine ball or dumbbell, lightly touch it down to the right of your body, then lift up and twist around to touch it down on your left side. Keep rotating for 20 reps. If you’re struggling, use a lighter weight or no weight, or rest your feet on the floor.
Tough leg lunges
Stand tall, with your upper body straight. Step forward with your right leg, then lower down towards the ground until your front knee is bent at 90 degrees. Push from your heel back up to the starting position and repeat on the other side. Complete 20 reps in total. Holding dumbbells at the same time will up the intensity.