Personal trainer’s fiancée showcases astonishing 12 week transformation





Maryam Matti took two months off training last year and wasn’t ‘eating very consciously’ during that time.

But the wife-to-be of New Zealand-based personal trainer Josef Rakich decided to set herself a challenge over the festive season to see if she could tone up in 12 weeks.

With the support of her fiancé she’s done just that – and the photos are incredible proof of what you can achieve in just three months.

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With the support of her fiancé Maryam has transformed her physique - and the photos are incredible proof of what you can achieve in just three months.

With the support of her fiancé Maryam has transformed her physique - and the photos are incredible proof of what you can achieve in just three months.

With the support of her fiancé Maryam has transformed her physique – and the photos are incredible proof of what you can achieve in just three months.

Maryam did the same challenge last year (pictured) and garnered similar results

Maryam did the same challenge last year (pictured) and garnered similar results

Maryam did the same challenge last year (pictured) and garnered similar results

‘So this is my current physique (57 kilos),’ she said of where she started.

‘For me personally, not having a routine set in place and travelling the last few months led me to either missing most of my meals or binge eating on basically junk. 

‘I had no routine and I lost the strength and muscle I had previously built because I wasn’t lifting or feeding my body right.

So in October Maryam and Josef sat down to build a body ‘game plan’ for her.   

THEN: 'So this is my current physique (57 kilos),' she said of where she started

THEN: 'So this is my current physique (57 kilos),' she said of where she started

THEN: ‘So this is my current physique (57 kilos),’ she said of where she started

NOW: Documenting her journey on Instagram , Maryam shared the meals she was eating and the rigorous training schedule she was on (pictured at 55.5 kilos)

NOW: Documenting her journey on Instagram , Maryam shared the meals she was eating and the rigorous training schedule she was on (pictured at 55.5 kilos)

NOW: Documenting her journey on Instagram , Maryam shared the meals she was eating and the rigorous training schedule she was on (pictured at 55.5 kilos)

‘It was to get my body back into action, starting with high calories so I have room to move when I plateau,’ she explained.

‘I don’t care about the number on the scale. I want to feel fit and strong again. My goal is to put some lean muscle mass and drop body fat by applying the right nutrition strategy along side a good weight training regime.’

Documenting her journey on Instagram, Maryam shared the meals she was eating and the rigorous training schedule she was on.

In 12 weeks she only dropped to 55.5 kilos – but the muscle she has gained is what is motivating her followers. 

Speaking to FEMAIL she outlined what a typical day of eating would include when she was taking in 1,650 calories. 

For breakfast Maryam would indulge in two whole eggs, 50 grams of oats and two teaspoons of peanut butter.

In 12 weeks she only dropped to 55.5 kilos - but the muscle she has gained is what is inspiring her followers

In 12 weeks she only dropped to 55.5 kilos - but the muscle she has gained is what is inspiring her followers

In 12 weeks she only dropped to 55.5 kilos – but the muscle she has gained is what is inspiring her followers

Speaking to FEMAIL she outlined what a typical day of eating would include when she was taking in 1,650 calories

Speaking to FEMAIL she outlined what a typical day of eating would include when she was taking in 1,650 calories

Speaking to FEMAIL she outlined what a typical day of eating would include when she was taking in 1,650 calories

Speaking to FEMAIL she outlined what a typical day of eating would include when she was taking in 1,650 calories

Speaking to FEMAIL she outlined what a typical day of eating would include when she was taking in 1,650 calories

Lunch would be 200 grams of chicken breast, 100 grams of brown rice and 100 grams of mixed green vegetables.

To round out the day, dinner would be 200 grams of lean beef steak, 150 grams of sweet potato and 165 grams of mixed green vegetables.

Snacks at the mid-morning and mid-afternoon mark included 30 grams of raw cashew nuts and 100 grams of Greek yoghurt with mixed berries. 

Maryam's transformation has inspired a number of individuals to kick start their resolution to get stronger, but she has a word of advice

Maryam's transformation has inspired a number of individuals to kick start their resolution to get stronger, but she has a word of advice

Maryam’s transformation has inspired a number of individuals to kick start their resolution to get stronger, but she has a word of advice

What did Maryam eat on a typical day?

Breakfast:

Two whole eggs, 50g (raw weight) oats, two tsp peanut butter

Snack 1:

30g raw/unroasted/unsalted cashew nuts

Lunch:

200g (raw weight) chicken breast, 100g (cooked weight) brown rice, 100g mixed green vegetables of my choice

Snack 2:

100g Greek yoghurt and 100g mixed berries

Dinner:

200g (raw weight) lean beef steak, 150g (uncooked weight) sweet potato, 165g mixed green vegetables of my choice

Totals for the day:

Protein: 140g

Fats: 73g

Carbs: 110g

Calories: 1657

As for her training, Maryam closely followed the Josef Rakich Fitness plan which is a weight-based guide. 

‘I trained six weight sessions a week and no cardio at the start of my body transformation,’ she explained.

‘This is so I was able to use it as a tool when things stalled. I then gradually started adding cardio and increasing it as the weeks went by. 

‘I also did some HIIT (high intensity interval training) cardio on the days I didn’t have time to complete my LISS (low intensity steady sate) cardio. 

‘I trained every muscle group once a week (sometimes twice). I think weights are so much fun and it really improved my strength which is incredibly satisfying and motivating.’

Maryam’s transformation has inspired a number of individuals to kick start their resolution to get stronger, but she has a word of advice.

‘The most important advice I can give anyone who is on a transformation journey is to stay patient and stay consistent because those two factors will give you results,’ she said.

‘I also believe that making this a lifestyle is very important.’





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