Since stepping into the Australian jungle as part of ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here!’, everyone from Amanda Holden to Phillip Schofield have been championing Melanie Sykes and her incredible bikini body. Is the secret to the 44-year-old working mum of two’s jaw dropping physique ‘CocoPro’, the world’s first high protein coconut water?
Even Olympic athletes and former GB Distance Runner, Emily Pidgeon, have been tweeting they ‘hope to look that good at her age.’
Melanie has made no secret of her love of working out, and has famously claimed that she has been jungle shower ready for the past seven years, after overhauling her diet and fitness regime to be in the best shape of her life. But we all know that without the correct diet and nutritional support, the hours spent on the spinning bike or pounding the pavements can easily be wasted by how we treat our bodies post exercise.
Melanie is a huge fan of, CocoPro, which combines 20 grams of whey protein (per 330ml serving) with the natural nutritional properties of coconut water to deliver the ultimate muscle recovery and hydration in a delicious and refreshing post-workout drink. She admitted that although coconut water was not usually her favoured drink, she found CocoPro to be delicious.
launched onto the market earlier this year and has quickly established a celebrity fan base including XFactor finalists needing to quickly recover between gruelling rehearsals, models running between shoots who need to keep hydrated for a camera ready glow and even the New Zealand Rugby team are believed to be fans!
CocoPro is made with 100% natural ingredients. Fat and cholesterol free with no added sugar and low in carbohydrates with just 135.8 calories per 330ml serving it is no surprise Mel is looking as good as she is.
Melanie’s trainer Chris Constantinou gives his top tips to get jungle ready abs!
“All too often people make the mistake of doing 100’s of crunches morning and night in the hope this will unearth the abs of Peter Andre in the 1990’s.
In fact, this simply sees you working the same, small section of the abdominal muscles over and over again, with limited results. Below is the ultimate ab blast to complete before your breakfast, and again before bed to help get you recreate Mel’s ‘Core Blimey’ fab abs.”
Jumping sumo squats: These are similar to traditional jumping squats but with feet at a 45 degree angle to really work the inner thighs and gluts!
Own body weight push up with shoulder touch: Challenging twist to a push up, once at the top touch your shoulder with the opposing arm, giving a ‘Down, Up, Touch, Touch’ rhythm
Jumping lunges: This will get your heart rate up as well and working the gluts and quads
Plank to get up: Switching your weight between your forearms and the palms of hands for the duration of the hold, this engages a greater number of the abdominals than a static plank
Burpees: Begin in a standing position. Feet shoulder-width apart. Lower your body into a squatting position, place hands on the floor in front of you. Kick feet back to be in a push-up position. Lower chest to do a push-up. Bring chest back up. Kicking feet back to their original squat position. Stand up, and then jump into the air while reaching arms overhead. Repeat
Single leg gluts raises: Lie with your back on the floor and knees bent at 90 degrees. Lift the hips off the floor by pushing through the floor with heels. The result should be a bridge from the back of your shoulders to your knees. At the top of the bridge and raise one leg straight. Lower your hips and repeat, alternate legs every 3 reps
Introduction level – 30 seconds work, 10 seconds rest (1-3 rounds)
Intermediate level – 45 seconds work, 10 seconds rest (2-4 rounds)
Independent level – 60 seconds work, 10 seconds rest (2-5 rounds)
“Remember, diet is as important as exercise! Avoid sugar dense food and drinks as this is known to sit on your midriff. CocoPro stopped Mel reaching for sugar dense, high fat snacks whilst juggling training with her busy schedule. As a working mum on the move it is the perfect way to rehydrate and get protein into the body straight after working out which is vital to muscle growth and repair. It tastes so good it is like a reward for sweating it out on the gym floor!”
CocoPro is available to buy from London’s exclusive 5 star gyms: Equinox, Reebok Sports Club, City Athletic and available online from Muscle Food (www.musclefood.com) at RRP £2.75.
CocoPro is soon to launch in high street health food retailer Holland & Barrett and sports nutrition retailer GNC followed by Ocado in the new year.
For more information on CocoPro, please visit www.drinkcocopro.com