I’ve been getting my daughter bikini body ready since she was TEN – it's my duty as a mum to plan her gruelling gym workouts

I’ve been getting my daughter bikini body ready since she was TEN – it's my duty as a mum to plan her gruelling gym workouts

Hayley Sinclair, 43, and Maisie, now 16, have worked out together in the gym for six years – since her daughter began complaining about her "puppy fat".

Personal trainer Hayley said it was her "duty as a mother" to plan an exercise regime for her daughter – which included 20 sit-ups, squats, lunges and ab crunches.

The mum-of-two, from Barnet, London, found a gym that would accept kids as members and pledged to help her get in shape for their family holiday to Florida.

Hayley said: "We go to the gym together every week and we've done this since she was 10. In just four months, Maisie looked leaner and fitter after going to the gym.

"She lost her puppy fat and we focused on looking great while on holiday in Florida.

"It might seem extreme to say to a child but Maisie was starting to prefer how she looked and the exercise was giving her more confidence.

"Even my son, Leo, then six, would get involved. I'm proud of showing my family how to lead a healthy lifestyle."

Hayley – who runs her business called Limitless Personal Training – said, while Maisie's school work takes priority, they love going to the gym together.

She added: "It's great to have some mum and daughter time and although we've never had any criticism, I always make it clear to Maisie that our aim is to be healthy not skinny.

"I can't see that they is anything wrong with parents that want to help ensure their kids lead a healthy lifestyle.

"It's impossible for kids not to worry about their appearance in today's world of the internet and TV showing our kids how their body's should look.

"We can't shield them from that but we can help educate them on how to improve their lifestyles.

Should YOUR kids be hitting the gym?

Some may find Hayley's method extreme, but recent research suggests she's got it spot on.

Releasing their findings in September, Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee argued kids should be encouraged to do strength-based exercises like squats, pushups and lunges – possibly from as young as eight.

And in 2017, one in FIVE British kids were classed as obese under NHS guidelines by the time they finished primary school.

Given that obesity puts us at risk of potentially fatal diseases like diabetes, cancer and stroke, this is a real concern.

Scientists examined the findings from 18 studies from eight countries that explored the effects of resistance training on body weight for kids aged eight to 16.

They found it helped to decrease body fat, but had no real effect on lean muscle mass, body mass index or waist circumference.

Rather than simply running around, the research said, taking part in exercises that cause the muscles to contract and grow stronger helps to reduce children's body fat percentage.

"Treatment, and more importantly, prevention, of child obesity is a growing concern," Helen Collins, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and Sport and Exercise Scientist at the University of Dundee said.

"I ensure she has porridge for breakfast now and plenty of fruit for snacks.

"I know plenty of people who say 'children should be children', but if your child says they're concerned about their weight and you know they could be more active, then parents should help.

"Maisie has now grown into an educated young women when it comes to diet and the gym.

"Embracing a healthy lifestyle is something all children and teenagers should do so they go on to be healthy adults.

"I have been a personal trainer since Maisie was six and spend the majority of my time educating pre-post natal women and teenagers so they're healthier both by eating the right things and through regular training."

Maisie said regular mummy daughter gym sessions have helped boost her confidence.

She added: "I started the gym when I was 10 years old and have been going ever since.

"I think it's important for young kids to understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle from a young age.

"My mum helped me feel more confident and even though I wasn't overweight I was a bit bigger than I wanted to be which was making me self conscious.

"I have prioritised my school studies at the moment but we normally go twice a week together.

"My friends think it's great that we're able to train together and as my mum is an expert she's great at being able to help with technique and diet."

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