- Tell us about yourself?
My name is Bunmi George, I’m the founder and CEO of ShredderGang. I got my training from University of Toronto, I recently moved back to Nigeria about being away for close to a decade.
- How did you get into fitness?
I was overweight maybe even obese, as I entered my teen years, I started to pack on the weight at a very fast pace. I loved cooking and baking and ofcourse eating once I was done haha!! I also LOVEDDD fried goods, at the age of 17 I was a whooping 115kg, I moved away to school in Canada, in my first year I lived with my older brother who’s wife happened to be a professional chef, you know what that means? Lots and lots of yummy foods every single day comprising mostly of carbs and fine desserts. It was not news when I stepped on the scale and behold I had gained another 15kg in just 3 months of living with them. Quite depressing I must say, I was always tired and very slow and so I decided that it was time to GET MY LIFE. The quest to lose 55kg begun, it wasn’t the easiest thing to do but I did it and now I love to help people.
- How did being pregnant change your body.
Oh wow !! pregnancy was a wonderful journey to be honest, from the dreadful morning sickness to finally holding my baby in my arms and crying uncontrollably. My body was changing right before my eyes, from about 16 weeks my bump begun to make its apperance but most people thought I was just getting fat haha. I remember someone asking me “are you still doing ShredderGang?” I lost most of my muscle definition, I had a really chubby face as expected, but apart from that I was really all belly.
- How hard were you exercising before you became pregnant?
I try to workout atleast 4 times a week mostly but on very busy weeks I get in about 2-3 times. I love HIIT and so that’s my thing and I did a lot of strength training.
- When you found out you were pregnant, did you modify your workout routine? How & Why?
I had to because I couldn’t do HIIT anymore, I didn’t have the strength and agility anymore so I focused on aerobic classes and continued my strength training, I also didn’t do any ab exercises
- What was a typical diet plan for you?
While I was pregnant I did not deprive myself at all I enjoyed all food groups. A typical breakfast would be a bowl of fruits at about 8:30am and then eggs whites and a slice of yam at 10am or 1 moinmoin and oatmeal .
I fell in love with Nigerian swallow so that was usually what I would have for lunch a fist size of Amala with stew and ewedu or occasionally I would have brown pasta and ground beef with a side of vegetables. I was never really hungry at night so I always had either a salad or fruits
- How did each trimester affect working out?
I couldn’t work out much in my first trimester because I got morning sickness really bad, 2nd trimester was the best for me I had so much energy and I took advantage of that, I stopped working out at 32 weeks because I could hardly talk without panting, so I just switched to long walks in the evenings
- What are your tips for those who are pregnant and trying to stay fit?
First thing I’d say is enjoy the journey, it is a beautiful phase, do not spend it obsessing about your weight. Eat all food groups but in moderation, do not eliminate anything. Do not pig out on junk food. An occasional cookie or soda wont hurt but do not make it a habit. Try your best not to give into your cravings. I starved my cravings from the beginning so it wasn’t really a problem. If you have been active before baby by all means continue to stay active but make sure you check with your doctor first. If you weren’t as active before pregnancy I suggest low impact exercises like brisking walking, aerobics, or maybe a dance class
- How were you able to bounce back? What’s your workout and diet routine?
Because I am of African origin as soon as I got home from the hospital, my mom got out the hot water, shea butter and moringa leaves for the traditional post natal massage, I did that for about 2 weeks while eating healthy. At 5 weeks I was cleared by my OB so I started with dance routines 3-4times a week. By week 7 I was back doing my usual HIIT and strength training. Again for my diet I didn’t eliminate anything because I was nursing exclusively, I did stay away from processed starchy foods and drinks. I ate all whole foods, my breakfast was always a fruit smoothie and some greek yogurt, lunch was usually brown rice, chicken and veggies, brown pasta and ground turkey sauce or sweet potatoes. My dinner was usually some type of hearty soup
- If you could do things differently for your fit pregnancy, what would that be?
Absolutely nothing, I wouldn’t do anything differently
- How do you feel about your body now?
My body has changed tremdeously over the past year, but I am enjoying where I am now and working extremely hard to be a better version of me before baby.
- You also help people lose weight and stay healthy, how does that inspire you to stay healthy?
Definitely!! It keeps me motivated and inspired. I make sure I stay on my grind if I still want my job haha
- How can we get more information about you?
You can check out my website www.shreddergang.com or our Instagram page @shredderGang