Written by Rose Izydorczyk

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Witness the Fitchness

Megan Prescott is possibly best known for her role as Katie Fitch in the TV series Skins but these days she’s flexing quite different muscles as a bodybuilding champ. The 25-year-old powerhouse let Skins (weights: not so much) fan Rose Izydorczyk in on some of her secrets.

Photos: Gregoire Bielle.

Photos: Gregoire Bielle.

Megan, congratulations on your recent success (Prescott came fourth in the UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (UKBFF) competition last month).

Thanks! It was great when I found out I had come fourth out of hundreds and hundreds of girls. I really don’t do anything by halves and put my heart and soul into the competition so I was very happy that it paid off.

What made you decide to take on this new career?

I broke my hand a few years ago and was using it as an excuse not to go to the gym but a friend of a friend who was a personal trainer offered to help me through my injury after the cast came off. It was then that I realised that I was looking better, feeling better, and actually not wanting as much rubbish food, just through weight training, no cardio at all.

After that I dabbled in the idea of competing for a few years (delaying mainly because I knew that to take fitness to that extreme level I would HAVE to do some cardio) and then finally decided to go for it last year.

What are the advantages of weight training and are there any drawbacks?

I’m not a personal trainer and obviously each person is different, but for me, weight training means I feel stronger mentally and, most importantly, physically. I feel like my time in the gym is like therapy; the feeling you get after a weight session where you know you really pushed yourself is like nothing else.

It’s also pretty fun to be able to leg-press more plates than a lot of dudes in the gym. I am not one of those people who thinks having a great body is the most important thing in the world but I like it much better now than before I weight trained.

Rob Fitch (John Bishop) and his brilliant saying, “Don’t get fit, get FITCH” never fails to make me laugh. Does he ever pop into your head during exercise?

People say that Rob Fitch quote to me on Instagram literally every single day. It’s nice in a way because it means they remember the show from all those years ago. I still have a T-shirt that the Skins costume department gave me with that on it.

Megan lifting weightsThere is still criticism of women who do bodybuilding. Have you encountered that?

I think society still has a subconscious (but in some cases very conscious) dislike for strong women. Whether it’s mentally strong women, who speak their minds and aren’t afraid of leadership and being in control, or physically strong women, who could quite literally give most men a lesson on proper squat form.

On a lot of levels, society still doesn’t like women ‘intruding’ on what they consider to be ‘male’ activities. It all comes down to insecurity. If you are totally secure in yourself you would never criticise a woman for doing what society might consider to be a male activity.

How have your friends and family reacted to your transformation?

My friends have always been very supportive. My family was tentative at first (my mum thought I would do one weights session and come home looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger) but as soon as they saw the positive changes I was making and how it was paying off, they were all very supportive, especially my brother.

Consuming the right amount of nutrients is incredibly crucial in bodybuilding. How does your typical evening meal look? Does your ordinary diet differ from the one you keep while preparing for competitions?

Yes, the two diets differ GREATLY. My typical tea generally would be some kind of protein (chicken, fish or steak) with some kind of carb (potatoes, rice, pasta, etc.) some fats (almond butter, avocado, nuts etc.) and LOTS of green vegetables. The show diet is insane and I would not recommend it for anyone at all unless they were doing a show because it’s not enough to sustain a healthy body.

megan jumpingI can’t imagine having a proper workout without a playlist full of upbeat tunes. What are your top three workout tracks?

Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry
Roll It Gal by Alison Hinds
Memory by Machel Montano

What are your plans for the future? Are you going to do more acting?

I am first and foremost a working actress, writer and producer and this has always been my number one passion in life, so I will continue in that field while also continuing to train as a hobby. I’m also making a documentary that follows my journey towards the British finals, and the plans for release are in discussion.

@Meg_Prescott

@roseorjuliet

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Written by Rose Izydorczyk

Rose Izydorczyk is a 22-year-old student from Poland. She spends her free time reading crime novels and watching musicals. Her special talent is knowing the script of Mean Girls off by heart. #sofetch