Paige Williams Interview
Paige Williams is a professional football player for Birmingham City Football Club. As well as this, she is a Personal Trainer in Liverpool. You can find her on Instagram @paigewilliams10 and Twitter @paigewilliams03. We met Paige in the Accelerator (one of our BCK locations) where she took some time to answer some of health and fitness questions.
Can you tell us about your personal fitness journey?
P: I started playing football when I was eight but didn’t take the fitness side of football seriously until I started at Everton Academy aged 14. This is when I began to hone in on the game as it became more professional. I was training twice a week and taking part in an outer training programme.
How often do you train?
P: I complete seven sessions a week.
Monday- Split between pitch and gym .
Wednesday- Pitch session in the morning and gym in the afternoon.
Friday- Gym session
Saturday- Training on the pitch
What is your favourite kind of workout?
P: My favourite kinds of workout are lifting weights and Olympic lifting.
What inspired you to pursue a career in sport?
P: Growing up, I didn’t think it was possible for women to be professional football players. I think I became a fully professional footballer at the right time, and having your hobby as your job is perfect.
How do you motivate yourself before a gym session/workout?
P: Being a professional footballer, when I’m not in the mood to train I think about my competitors. I think about whether they’re training, and this motivates me to workout. For people who work a 9-5 job, I would say to focus on the way that training makes you feel afterwards, as this is a great way to motivate yourself.
Why do you enjoy personal training?
P: I know how good exercise makes me feel, and I want other people to feel the same way. I’d also recommend training with someone else, it’s a great way to motivate yourself and socialise in a positive way.
How important do you think diet is in relation to your overall health?
P: I think it is really important. You can’t out-train a bad diet, and a healthy diet can be undone after a few days of eating unhealthy.
What are some of your favourite healthy snacks?
P: I love protein pancakes, grenade bars and skinny corn. They taste great but still feel naughty! I think that there are always healthy alternatives to otherwise unhealthy snacks.
Would you recommend meal prep?
P: Definitely! I think it works well for people who work 9-5 jobs who don’t have the time to prepare a healthy meal. Meal preps are ready to eat as soon as you get in and helps to keep you on track.
Would you recommend BCK?
P: Yes- the meals taste great and there is a lot of variety. You can tell that the meals are freshly made and they’re a great addition to a healthy diet.