Mum says she’s training her daughter, 10, to be bikini-body ready

‘There’s nothing wrong with kids getting bikini body ready’: Mother reveals she started taking her daughter, 16, to the gym at just TEN in a bid to help her shed her ‘puppy fat’

  • Personal trainer Hayley Sinclair, 43, from Barnet has been taking her daughter Maisie, now 16, for twice weekly work-outs at the gym since she was just ten
  • Mother-of-two says she even devised a plan for Maisie to follow including 20 sit-ups, squats, lunges and abdominal crunches 
  • She says it’s helped her daughter to lose her ‘puppy fat’ and look leaner and fitter
  • Maisie says she enjoys spending time at the gym and that while she wasn’t overweight before going to the gym, she was ‘bigger than she wanted to be’ 

A mother has revealed that she’s been taking her daughter, 16, to the gym since she was ten-years-old – and thinks all children should get ‘bikini body ready’.

Personal trainer Hayley Sinclair, 43, and her daughter, Maisie, from Barnet, London, have been visiting the gym twice a week for the last six years.

The pair decided to draw up a training plan in in 2013 after Maisie began complaining about her ‘puppy fat’. 

Hayley said it was her ‘duty as a mother’ to plan an exercise regime for her daughter – which included 20 sit ups, squats, lunges and ab crunches. 

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Hayley Sinclair, 43, and her 16-year-old daughter Maisie: the mother-and-daughter duo have been hitting the gym twice a week for six years, starting when Maisie was just ten

Maisie pictured at the age of 11; her mum says it took just four months for her to notice that her daughter looked leaner after following a regime of 20 sit ups, squats, lunges and ab crunches


Personal trainer Hayley says she decided to take her daughter to the gym and even plan a bespoke work-out for her after Maisie complained about wanting to lose her ‘puppy fat’. Left: Maisie on holiday in Florida at the age of 14. Right: Hayley and Maisie, pictured when she was 13, at the gym

Duty: Hayley says she felt it was her duty as a mother to ensure her daughter lives a healthy lifestyle and that no-one has ever criticised her decision to take Maisie to the gym

The mum-of-two found a gym that Maisie was able to enrol at and pledged to help her get in shape. 

Hayley, a qualified personal trainer from said: ‘We go to the gym together every week and we’ve done this since she was 10.

‘In just four months Maisie looked leaner and fitter after going to the gym. She lost her puppy fat and we focused on looking great while on holiday in Florida.’

‘It might seem extreme to say to a child but Maisie was starting to prefer how she looked and the exercise was giving her more confidence. 


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‘Even my son, Leo, then six, would get involved. And even now I’m proud of showing my family how to lead a healthy lifestyle.’

Hayley – who runs her own personal training business called Limitless Personal Training – said while Maisie’s studies take priority over their gym gym routine they love going together.

She added: ‘It’s great to have some mum and daughter time and although we’ve never had any criticism, I always make it clear to Maisie that our aim is to be healthy not skinny.

‘I can’t see that they is anything wrong with parents that want to help ensure their kids lead a healthy lifestyle.

‘It’s impossible for kids not to worry about their appearance in today’s world of the internet and TV showing our kids how their body’s should look. 

All children should get ‘bikini body ready’ says Hayley, adding there’s nothing wrong with leading a healthy lifestyle and doing exercise 

Maisie (left) says her confidence has soared with increased exercise and she’s happy to don a bikini with her mother (right) while on holiday

Study: Maisie says she’s not going to gym quite so regularly while she priorities her school work but normally she would visit with Hayley twice a week

Maisie says she’s happy to spread the message that young people should go to the gym

‘We can’t shield them from that but we can help educate them on how to improve their lifestyles.

‘I ensure she has porridge for breakfast now and plenty of fruit for snacks.

‘I know plenty of people who say “children should be children” but if your child says they’re concerned about their weight and you know they could be more active, then parents should help.

‘Maisie has now grown into an educated young women when it comes to diet and the gym.

‘Embracing a healthy lifestyle is something all children and teenagers should do so they go on to be healthy adults.

‘I have been a personal trainer since Maisie was six and spend the majority of my time educating pre-post natal women and teenagers so they’re healthier both by eating the right things and through regular training.’

Maisie said: ‘I started the gym when I was 10 years old and have been going ever since.

‘I think it’s important for young kids to understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle from a young age.

‘My mum helped me feel more confident and even though I wasn’t overweight I was a bit bigger than I wanted to be which was making me self conscious.

‘I have prioritised my school studies at the moment but we normally go twice a week together.

‘My friends think it’s great that we’re able to train together and as my mum is an expert she’s great at being able to help with technique and diet.’

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