Presenter Mel Sykes reveals how getting into exercise has changed her body and mind
It was as her milestone 40th birthday approached that the 44-year-old mum of two decided her health needed a shake-up. ‘I’d had two children, I was approaching 40, so I bit the bullet,’ she explains. She signed up to the gym for the first time and when she started seeing results, it spurred her on to do more. And now you can get your own taut tum with Mel Sykes’ amazing ab moves in our celebrity workouts special.
The former model also got a trainer and, in just under six months, her body began to look and feel more athletic. But it’s not an easy fix, Mel reveals she worked hard to get her body into shape. ‘Everyone that says ‘You’re so lucky to look like that’, I’m not lucky at all, I put the work in.’ And she swears that anyone can get fit – ‘If I can, anyone can.’
Mel’s arms were the first to get a firm up. ‘It was the first difference I noticed. There are so many women over 40 that don’t wear vests because of the tops of their arms. I don’t want restrictions like that. I’d rather work out and wear what I want. So I do tricep dips and bicep curls.’
She reveals her body is better now than it was 20 years ago and most importantly healthier. And she keeps in shape for herself. ‘I keep fit for myself. It’s about my life and how I feel naked.’ She reveals it’s been a huge confidence booster too. ‘It’s made the transition into my 40s a lot easier.’
Mel squeezes three to five workouts a week into her busy schedule, but reveals she’s never in the gym long. ‘Recently, I’ve been blitzing 20 minutes high intensity sessions – that’s cycling for a minute, then two difference exercises for the arms, three times. And then back on the bike for a minute. then some leg exercises, three times.’
She alternates between bum or arms routines. But for Mel every day is abs day – each session includes 100 ab reps. It’s the reason why hers look so good and why we’ve asked Mel to reveal her amazing abs moves.
Mel Sykes’ exercise plan
Focus on spending a set amount of time per exercise. As you get stronger, you’ll automatically make it more intense and increase the number of reps. Try 30-60 seconds on each exercise to start with, working up to and completing 3 sets.
Forearm plan move
Ab cycles move
Bird dogs move
Stability ball curls move
Sit on the ball, walk your feet forward and lie back, with hands by head. Flex from the waist to lift up, breathe out, don’t push into legs to lift. For an easier level, try with arms crossed over your chest, and legs wider for more stability.
Boat pose moves
Slow mountain climbers move