Magdalena Wronska joined Rev5 late last year as a trainer, and is now in charge of developing our forthcoming nutrition clinic. If you train at Rev5, it’s likely you have met or spoken to Magdalena and experienced her infectious enthusiasm and energy. She is interviewed by colleague and Rev5 co-founder Angela Steel.
Could you tell us a little bit about your background before joining Rev5 last year?
Believe it or not I have spent many many years in academia. Until now I work as a part time lecturer in diet and nutrition. But my sport adventure started a long ago, in high school. I was playing basketball and volleyball and had quite a good result in long jump and 100m sprint. however, my story with weights began in one of the gyms in London. I was watching one of the classes – body pump – and loved the entire concept, music and the atmosphere. I decided to try and that was it… never looked back. I quickly did my fitness instructor training and started pumping iron a couple of times a week and then I found Rev5 and… fell in love with resistance training even more.
How did you come to be interested in nutrition and study for an MSc?
Ohhhh that is a good question. i have always looked cooking. when i was a child my mum used to give me a bag of flour, eggs, water and whatever else she had as I preferred it to play over dolls. I think I still have some photos… But the serious interest came when I was doing my first Msc. It was in hospitality and I quickly discovered that my favourite subjects were always nutrition related. When I started working in the industry I soon realised that kitchen was my number One department. so there was only one way forward …. to become a nutritionist
What is it you love about exercise generally?
Arnold Schwarzenegger said: “The greatest feeling you can get in a gym is… The Pump. Let’s say you’re training your biceps. Blood is rushing into your muscles and that’s what we call ‘The Pump’. Your muscles get a really tight feeling, like your skin is going to explode any minute, and it’s really tight – it’s like somebody’s blowing air into it, into your muscle. It just blows up, and it feels really different. It feels fantastic”. and that is exactly what I love – the pump, the soreness, how strong you become and how quickly the physical strength is translated into self-confidence, resistance to every day problems and worries and the overall happiness.
What is your personal experience of Rev5?
I absolutely loved it from the first time. it is a difficult workout but it is worth the pain. The results are amazing. After my first three sessions I was able to increase my weights in a pump class although for a long time I thought I hit a plateau. The other day a friend of mine who is an instructor too saw me after a couple of months doing some weight training in a gym and she could not believe the progression I made. And the best thing about Rev5 is that now I lift more than boys lol… but on a serious note, there are so many benefits of this type of exercise. I think the best thing about Rev 5 for me is to look at the progress of our clients. It is a super rewarding feeling when you look back at the notes of the sessions and you see such a great improvement and what is more, clients actually tell you how much better they feel.
What are your top 3 favourite pieces of advice to share with clients?
- One will be to clear your mind before you start your session. When you sit on the machine give yourself a minute to “go” to the place where all everyday problems are left behind.
- Second is not to listen to your mind when you exercise. Your mind will always scream to stop. Listen to your muscles. they need this
- and lastly I would say never ever look at the clocks in studio (actually I think we need to hide them). Do not concentrate on the time but make sure you reach fatigue (as we like saying in Rev 5 make sure you empty your tank )
What is your favourite food or dish? And your least favourite?
My absolute number one is prepared by my mum tomato soup, made with fresh tomatoes and a bit of carrot and parsley….. mmmmm…
and the least favourite – as nutritionist I shouldn’t say that but I absolutely hate Brussels sprouts.
Your favourite place, and why (I think I know)?
I am sure you know that … it is Iceland. When I think about it now, I know why I feel so good in Rev5 (considering 16 C inside.
It is a wonderful place. I love snow, and nature and people and Icelandic horses I love the positive attitude and happiness in Icelandic people and the fact that they are so reliable and hardworking. I love the crispy air, wonderful waterfalls and amazing glaciers. Ahh and northern lights.
Most frequently used phrase or expression?
*In case you are not familiar with the Rev5 workout, ‘Change’ is one of the instructions our trainers use while guiding a client’s workout