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Former Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge on finding exercise that worked for her

I didn’t start putting any pressure on myself—what I looked like—until I joined The Saturdays in the summer of 2007. Being in a girl band can do that to you. As a result, I restricted my eating and got a false sense of control. But because I was quite young, always working and moving, I didn’t have time to go to the gym. So I relied heavily on dancing all day and always standing on my feet. That’s how I stayed fit and healthy.

However, I still haven’t found a way to completely drown out the opinions of others. I wish I could say I have. But it’s very difficult, especially since I became a mother of two boys. When I had my first child, I was still on The Saturdays. I had always looked in the public eye in a certain way, and then my body changed very quickly and in public. I was holding a lot of water and it was obvious that people were making comments about it, which made me self-conscious while still on stage with four other girls. I also got stretch marks. I think once you’ve had kids there’s a pressure to come back and that doesn’t happen for everyone.

Some people go back to how they used to look, while others have to work for it. Our bodies change and that’s all perfectly normal and okay. Before the pandemic, I took a lot of sports classes. But it’s always been pretty sporadic because of my work schedule and kids, so I’ve found it hard to stick to a routine. I had a local personal trainer and also did a combination of weights and cardio at the gym. Or I would do Pilates and boxing. I’ve never liked sports, so I had to sort those things out to be accountable. If I had a day off, it would be after dropping the kids off at school. I always prefer to exercise in the morning from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., that’s my dream time. But if I have a photo shoot with an early call, I’m not one to wake up at 5 a.m. to fit in a workout. I aim to do five days, but it can also be less.

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I went from someone who was made for working out to that luxury no longer during lockdown. In the beginning it was all fun and everyone felt like they were on vacation. But I got bored sitting around and had to sort myself out. So I posted on Instagram asking for dance workout recommendations — I thought it would be a good way to get back into the sport — and almost everyone mentioned RWL (Results Wellness Lifestyle). I started doing step workouts with the fitness app, which is old school. My mom used to do it with Mr Motivator. I like to dance, especially when you don’t really have to focus on the routine.

When I returned from Gwrych Castle after I’m A Celebrity, we started recording my own RWL program. Launched in January, it’s called Results With Frankie: Health & Happiness, featuring a mix of at-home workouts, including boxing, LIIT (low-intensity interval training), dance and weights, healthy recipes, and mindset chats. I was exhausted and hadn’t exercised for a month, so I was quite nervous about it. I went into the castle thinking that everything would just be mentally challenging, but there was also a lot that was physically affecting my body. The toughest challenge was the Cyclone. We had been there for a few weeks, hadn’t eaten much, sat a lot and it was freezing cold. I didn’t realize how resilient my body was and I’ve learned to rely on it more.

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