Frances Abbott’s incredible bikini bod
NEWLY engaged couple Frances Abbott and Olympian rower turned weightlifter Sam Loch have made a splash in Sydney this week, spending time at the beach over the holiday season.
The daughter of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Frances and her equally fit fiance Sam spent part of their holiday at Palm Beach on the northern beaches.
The pair, who got engaged after just two weeks of dating last month, spent part of the day doing exercise and running on the sand before taking a dip in the surf on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old personal trainer and aspiring fitness model made headlines last month after revealing on Instagram that she and Sam had decided to tie the knot.
In an exclusive interview with Stellar magazine, Abbott revealed that Sam proposed in her kitchen, holding a bottle of champagne while she was putting peas in the freezer.
"He said, 'Why aren't you asking me why I'm holding champagne?' So I said, 'OK ... why are you holding champagne?' He said, 'Well, I thought we could drink it after I asked you to marry me,'" she explained.
The pair have since moved in together, selected an engagement ring and plan to get married in 2018.
They met through a mutual friend who thought the two would get along. Frances made the first move and sent him a message. Their first date, in mid-October, was over a coffee.
"Everyone's like, 'Wow, this is really fast,'" she said.
"But it feels so natural to me. His energy, it's so grounding. When I am around him, I am like, 'This is what it's meant to be like.' Life is short, and love is special, and sometimes you just need to follow your instincts."
The announcement stunned Frances' 10,000 followers on her Instagram account Not Another Fitness Blogger after she had previously described herself as "so single" in an interview in the November issue of Harper's Bazaar Australia.
Frances, who has competed in bodybuilding bikini competitions, and Sam, who now trains as a weightlifter, posted about how they stay fit during the Christmas period earlier this week.
Taking to Instagram, Frances uploaded an image of herself holding a kettlebell with the hashtag #merryfitmas..
HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS 🎄🎄🎄@samloch and I packed light for the holidays... First things into the car was a 20KG dead ball, a set of 10KG dumbbells, a 32KG kettlebell and the yoga mats. No gym close by open today... But who needs a gym? EMOM for 30 mins. 8 DB bent over row x 8 KB Sumo SLDL. Backed up with abs abs abs 💕💪💦 #merryfitmas #jinglekettlebells #sweatingchampagne #ialwayslookthishappywheniworkout #seriously #emom #nogymnoproblem #happyholidays #everyonelovesanemom #thosewhosweattogether #sweat #goodthingscometothosewhosweat
Frances has made headlines this year for publicly supporting same-sex marriage, going against her father's own views.
But both Abbotts have learnt to respectfully disagree with each other.
The former PM has previously gone on the record saying he's proud of the fact his daughter is an independent woman with her own views about the world.
ALRIGHT OKAY 🤠🤠🤠 Had so much fun on the weekend, I have decided to do it all over again. See you in 2.5 weeks at Nationals 👋✌️💪Need to get me some more sparkle... 👙👠💎#whynot #mayaswell #justgoforit #theshredcontinues #sweat #goodthingscometothosewhosweat #goaldigger #wetakeonlife #theshredlife #forreal #hustle #fitnessmodelinthemaking #nationals #poser #icn @steveromic
In September, Frances made her bodybuilding debut at the Australian ICN Victorian State Titles in Melbourne.
The 26-year-old wowed onlookers as she took to the stage in a black and diamante bikini, showing off the incredible results of her intense training in the lead-up to the event.
Speaking to news.com.au, Frances described her extreme diet in the lead-up to the competition which eliminated all processed foods, alcohol, sugar, most carbohydrates and dairy, sticking to a high protein diet with lots of vegetables.
She counted her "macro" nutrients - the amount of carbohydrate, protein and fat in her food - and adhered to a rigid nutrition plan developed by a trainer at the gym she works at in Richmond.
During her six-week "shredding" phase, she did between 20 and 40 minutes on a treadmill or assault bike in the morning, followed by an hour of weights in the afternoon.
"I just really wanted to eat an apple," Ms Abbott told news.com.au.
"I could have eaten an apple but on my nutrition plan ... you get quite calculated with it all. If I ate an apple I'd have to pull back on my carbs at another meal and I wasn't prepared to sacrifice that," she added, acknowledging the rigid diet was not sustainable.
"It sounds very strange not to eat an apple, which has grown from a tree and is natural.
"Half of me is like, 'You sound absolutely ridiculous' but if you have that goal you just suck it up for those couple of months or weeks and life goes back to normal. It's not a sustainable way to live long-term."
- With Rebecca Sullivan