TOWIE star Jessica Wright has revealed that she finally feels happy in her own skin after years of feeling uncomfortable in swimwear while on the beach.
The 32-year-old, older sister of Mark, has spoken out about her ongoing battle with her weight, something she feels she’s finally addressed having thrown herself ‘into the world of fitness’.
With the help of personal trainer Esmee Gummer, she says her life has been turned around by her training regime.
Gym-honed! Jessica Wright, 32, says that unflattering photos taken by paparazzi while she was in Las Vegas last year lead her to take her fitness more seriously
Reality TV star Jessica, younger sister of Mark, enlisted the help of PT Esmee Gummer to transform her physique
The star now follows the simple exercise routine religiously and says her body has been transformed by the easy-to-do moves
She told FEMAIL: ‘I have struggled with my weight and fitness regime for my entire life. I had a lack of motivation and determination which made me feel like I never achieved my true fitness potential.’
The reality TV star recently revealed she was inspired to get in shape by unflattering photos of her taken during a trip to Las Vegas, telling ITV’s Lorraine last year: ‘I felt awful when it happened. All these pictures came out and I was devastated.’
She reveals that the turnaround came when she enlisted the help of personal trainer Esmee Gummer, who took her through an easy-to-do regime revolving around squats, lunges and stretching.
She says: ‘The experience has completely revolutionised the way I think about my fitness. Working out is no longer a chore for me as the variety of exercises keep me motivated and focused towards my end goal.’
Here, Jessica shares the key exercises that have transformed her physique – and how to do them yourself:
Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, weight evenly balanced on each foot and your toes pointing directly forwards or just very slightly out.
Lower down to a position where your thighs are parallel to the floor, by bending your knees and pushing your backside out behind you, ensuring your knees don’t buckle inwards and your lower back doesn’t arch too much.
By squeezing your thighs and buttocks return to the standing position.
Place your hands directly under your shoulders and your lower back in a comfortable position, i.e. your hips do not sag towards the floor nor your bum sticking up in the air.
Now focus on your centre, really pulling in at the navel, the waist and up from your pelvic floor to fix your hips in space.
Ensure your abdominals are pulled in tight so you have a nice long line through the body with gentle curves at the lumbar and cervical regions of your spine.
THE SIDE PLANK
Rest on one elbow and reach the other hand directly upwards, ensuring both shoulders are drawn away from your ears to give a long, relaxed neck. Let your head tilt so there is a line through the top of your head down through your spine and out through your heels.
Abdominals need to be pulled in tight, particularly the obliques at the side, to maintain a lifted position of the hips, no sagging towards the floor.
THE BALL CRUNCH
Assume a press up position with your hands slightly wider than shoulders, arms straight but not locked at the elbow. Rest your shins on the ball and hold your hips so there is only a gentle, comfortable curve in your lower spine.
Also, let the top of your head forward so you have a natural curve in your neck rather than scrunch it up. Bend your knees and draw them towards your chest, rolling the ball towards your arms then pause and return the ball to the starting position ensuring the hips don’t drop by keeping your core muscles engaged and pulling upwards.
These should be performed during the cool down after your workout to help you recover more quickly and to improve your flexibility. Without bouncing, you should gently ease into each position, aiming to stretch the target muscles to a point mild tension, but not pain. Hold for 15-30 seconds and slowly release, breathing throughout and never holding your breath. The great benefit of including these type of exercises is that it can help to improve your posture, leading to you quickly looking slimmer and even taller!
The hamstring stretch, performed by Jessica, ensures the muscles in the rear thigh are warmed up before exercise
Hip Flexors (front upper thigh) – Standing in a long lunge stance with the rear heel lifted, ensuring both feet are pointing directly forwards. Bend both knees lowering your rear knee as close to the floors as you can and simultaneously tilt the lower part of your pelvis forwards.
Hamstrings (rear thigh) – Place one foot about half a stride length in front of you, resting on the heel with the toes lifted. Bend your rear leg and place both hands on the rear thigh to support your upper body weight, and so protect your lower back from injury. Keeping a long spine and without rounding your upper back, hinge at your hips and lower your chest towards your front thigh.
Jessica Wright’s 4 week Fat Burn Workout DVD is out now