Did you know the Old Town Chambers has a fully equipped gym? Not only that but personal trainer and nutritionist, Amy McGregor, is now working from our gym! Amy is highly qualified and can help you achieve the healthy lifestyle and fitness results you are looking for. We asked her a couple of questions and even got a couple of tips!
You have multiple qualifications including in Sports Science and Nutrition. Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I have always been interested in sport, taking part from early School days right through University in both track and field and hockey where I played for the Scottish team in the 6 Nations tournament. I studied Sports Science at Aberdeen University and in my final year discovered a deeper interest for human nutrition. This led to a further diploma at Glasgow University. I worked with a leading homeopathic doctor and ran a slimming clinic and quickly realised that the most effective way for weight loss and toning was to couple this with structured exercise.
Why did you choose to become a Personal Trainer? When did you know it was the career for you?
I love helping people achieve their goals and coupling fitness with nutrition was a great way for me to work within the industry that I love.
You have represented Scotland internationally as part of the national hockey team. Are there any other sports you love?
My passion for the outdoors and for fitness in general has allowed me to try various sports including high adrenaline endurance events. I recently completed the Rat Race Coast to Coast which was 105 miles from Nairn to Ballachulish and have also completed 3 Tough Mudders and several half marathons. I'm now focusing my training on triathlons.
What services do you offer guests at the Old Town Chambers gym? How can guests incorporate this into their stay?
I specialise in improving fitness and toning. Guests can come to me for 1:1 personal training, whether they are training for a particular event or just want to keep in shape. I'm also a qualified nutritionist and offer dietary advice for both weight loss and sport specific nutrition. Bootcamps are also available for small group sessions (indoor and out) for both guests and non guests.
Can you give us some sneaky tips to get us started? Any killer exercises we can do in the gym?
There are no short cuts to getting and keeping in shape. The key is consistency in both regular training and eating a balanced diet. One of the most common excuses in not taking part in exercise is lack of time. It has been proven that short bursts of high intensity exercise is just as effective as longer sessions in achieving improved health. One of my favourite exercises is the atomic press-up on the TRX. You put your feet in the foot cradles and assume the press up position. Pull both feet towards your chest and then extend your legs into a press-up. Aim to do 15 of these in quick succession. This targets total body especially core and upper body.
What would your ideal 24 hours in Edinburgh include? Where would you go and what would you do?
My ideal 24 hours in Edinburgh would start with waking up in the Penthouse at the Old Town Chambers and brunching with friends. I would then cycle along Cramond and visit the Royal Yacht Britannia before heading back for a coffee on the Royal Mile to people watch! Cocktails and dinner at Tiger Lily before climbing Arthurs Seat to watch the sunset with my husband.