Jessica Yates tells us how she reached a new level of fitness
Author: Monica Galli Date Posted:6 November 2017
YOU could call it beauty and the boofheads.
Jessica Yates upped her training to take on the infamous Kokoda Track, with fellow trekkers and NRL identities Nathan Hindmarsh, Bryan Fletcher and James “The Professor” Rochford.
The Fox Sports Supercars host and rugby league presenter trained for months ahead of the gruelling seven-day hike, which she took part in at the end of October — which was also filmed for an upcoming documentary.
And with no time in her busy schedule for long-distance training walks, she’s had to get creative in the gym.
“Fletch and Hindy are still pretty fit, there’s still a bit of gas in the tank,” she says.
“I’ve been training hard. I didn’t have a lot of time in my preparation to walk, but I asked my trainer what we can do in the gym to simulate some of that stuff. So she has had me on the sled, I’ve been marching back and forth with 100kg on my back and doing step-ups and lots and lots of squats.
“It’s been really fun to have this goal.”
Fortunately for Jessica, fitness comes easily to her family. The presenter is married to former surfing world champ Luke Egan, and with another budding young surfer in the family — the couple’s four-year-old daughter Isabella — trips to the beach are a very regular occurrence.
“We’re absolutely at the beach all the time. Isabella loves the water, and she got a surfboard for Christmas last year, so we love to get out and about with her,” she says.
“I think as a mum with young kids, I want my daughter to live a long life, and that means a healthy life. And we make that a really important part of our family values now.”
FEEL THE POWER
YOU won’t find Jessica training in the Fox Sports health club. It’s just not hardcore enough for her. Instead, you’ll find her pumping out sets of squats and dead lifts at her local powerlifting gym.
“I really love weight training. I’m really into it. The gym we train in is a powerlifting gym, so there’s lots of really strong, hardcore people that are really inspiring to me,” she says.
“I don’t have any aspirations to necessarily become a powerlifter, but I really get off on that energy. It’s really cool to train in a gym like that.”
TRAIN IN TWOS
THE biggest hurdle to getting fitter is getting past all the excuses to not get up and get moving. The secret, Jessica says, is to partner up with somebody so that you both feel motivated to turn up.
“I buddy-up,” she says.
“I train with someone and I feel like I have to be accountable to somebody.
“I have terrific trainer, and we do a lot of strength and conditioning coaching and training. And she really inspires me and motivates me, and I know that because I’ve set a date with her, I’d be letting her down if I don’t turn up.”
WITH her Italian heritage and a grandmother who is a master in the kitchen, Jessica takes on the chef duties at home. But she also sees the kitchen as an opportunity to teach young Isabella about the importance of nutrition.
My grandmother is the best cook in the world, so she knows all the secrets. And I’m lucky that she’s taught me a couple,” she says
“I’ve got some go-to recipes that Isabella really loves. Luke is really good at the dishes, but I am the chef.
“Nutrition is really important too, and that’s something I want to instil in Isabella — that she’s got to take responsibility for the things she’s putting in her body. So we’re really trying to cook at home as much as we can, and to make that a really fun thing for everybody.
“It’s monkey see, monkey do, and I’ve really noticed that as she’s been growing up. She copies everything I say and everything I do. So it’s really important that I’m setting good habits for her and if she can see me eating all the things that I’m asking her to eat, then there’s nowhere for her to go with that.
“But we do have one night a week where we might have a pizza or something.”