Some people still equate fitness with bodybuilding, leading many women to avoid going to the gym because they don’t want to become too muscular. In a sport where there are so many misconceptions, it’s no surprise that Easy Fitness has become a platform for people who feel intimidated by images of bodybuilders to share their common experience. We went to visit Mandy to find out about the story behind her blog.

Mandy LUI

After quitting her full-time job, Mandy launched an Instagram account called Easy Fitness, which uses funny memes and simple stories to dispel common fitness myths and emphasise the importance of keeping fit.

Her Strength - Mandy - Decathlon
Her Strength - Mandy - Decathlon

How did you get into fitness?

I suppose it was curiosity! One summer when I was at university I decided to lose weight during the holidays, but when I got to the gym it felt like there was an invisible barrier separating the men from the women: the women would all stay on the cardio machines, while the men would spend all their time on the weight machines doing free weights. I concluded that there must be something appealing about weight training that makes those gym-goers turn up to train each day, so I decided to give it a go myself.

I was really weak to begin with, but I commended myself for having the courage to give it a go. After I’d been training for a while, I started to see some results and my friends would ask me whether I was going to the gym or losing weight. When you see the results for yourself, it becomes addictive and going to the gym becomes part of your life.

Her Strength - Mandy - Decathlon
Her Strength - Mandy - Decathlon
Her Strength - Mandy - Decathlon

What’s your ‘strength’?

To be honest, I don’t know whether being strong-minded is a strength or a weakness. When my employer went out of business last year, I was suddenly left without a stable income and routine. However, this made me realise that the stability which people sought in the past isn’t necessarily what people want today – every generation has its own challenges and opportunities, and I was keen to think outside the box and do something new. I therefore started to prepare fitness classes, promote my new business and contact venues and students. Everything was new to me, but I was determined to make a success of it. It’s much easier talking about it retrospectively, but without my tough determination I would have given up ages ago.

Another one of my strengths is my refusal to follow stereotypes. In the face of stereotypes such as “Women who go to the gym are too muscular”, “It’s good to work for the government”, “It’s good to work for a big company”, I actually prefer to discover new opportunities by doing the exact opposite. Being courageous doesn’t mean that you have to change the world or become a hero – you can do small things such as going to the gym or questioning stereotypes.

Her Strength - Mandy - Decathlon
Her Strength - Mandy - Decathlon
Her Strength - Mandy - Decathlon

 Regardless of your size, the most important thing is stay fit and healthy.

What are your favourite Decathlon products? 

I really like Decathlon’s resistance bands – they are good value for money and have a compact design. They’re a must-have item for doing home workouts during the pandemic – everyone should have one or two resistance bands at home. The long version is great for training the upper body without any additional weights. You can use them to do exercises such as the shoulder press and pull-down. A glute band is also another essential piece of workout gear, both in the gym and for home workouts, as it provides an easy way to add resistance to your lower body workouts.

ELASTIC TRAINING BAND 15 KG-Decathlon

ELASTIC TRAINING BAND 15 KG

Not only builds muscle strength but also helps you stretch.

RESISTANCE BAND - Decathlon

RESISTANCE BAND

Your best ally for working your glutes at home, at the gym or on your holidays.

FITNESS CARDIO TRAINING LEGGINGS  - Decathlon

FITNESS CARDIO TRAINING LEGGINGS

Our favourite pair of bottoms with a high waistband to shape and highlight your curves! 

The motto of Easy Fitness is “Lift, A Better Life”, as demonstrated by the unexpected opportunities that weight training has presented for its founder. Mandy’s commitment to her fitness routine means that she is willing to get up early and miss the Friday happy hour. She doesn’t see this as a burden, but rather as an opportunity to enrich her knowledge and set new goals. You don’t need to achieve amazing things – you just have to stay committed to each small goal. Even if you can’t change the world, you can learn how to build your confidence during these turbulent times.

Easy Fitness is all about weight training, but regardless of which sport people choose to pursue, Mandy hopes that sport will become more accessible.