Gemma Atkinson is a relatively new face to British television. She is young, fit and both beautiful and bountiful! From 2001 to 2006 she played Lisa Hunter in UK TV show Hollyoaks / Hollyoaks: In The City . However, she only really became noticed in 2007, when she appeared in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out Of Here, which is a reality TV show set in the Australian jungle. As she spent most of the time in a bikini, people that had only ever watched her in Hollyoaks suddenly became aware that she had a fantastic figure.
Her great body is not all genetic, as she took on an intense fitness regime to get in shape. Her fitness regime was so successful that she lost most of her weight in body fat, which lead her to decide on breast enlargement in early 2006. Gemma Atkinson increased her bra size to a 34E after the surgery, which gave her breasts the original shape before she lost weight and toned up, which had caused her breasts to reduce in size.
Gemma Atkinson’s Health and Fitness Regime
Gemma Atkinson has always been an active person. Throughout school she was very athletic, describing herself as a sports freak. In April 2008 she walked 228km along the Great Wall of China, as part of a fund-raising event for Olivia Newton-John’s breast cancer awareness charity. Also in September 2007, Atkinson did a 5km charity run for Breast Cancer Awareness. She keeps herself in shape with running and cross training.
During the summer (2008) she attended a ‘Slimming Boot Camp’, which is a ladies only army fitness training camp run by Steve Cody, a former Army Physical Training Instructor from Morecambe. So classic circuit training routines are now second nature to Gemma Atkinson, which is how she keeps in such great shape. During her army boot camp, she was doing sprints, sit-ups, press ups and running through tires, with the assault course to finish the week.
In addition to the basic circuit training, her boot camp included boxing workouts, 22km endurance cycle rides, and 45 minute quick marches. According to Gemma her 5 day a week gym routine did not help her at all when she started doing some real physical training army style.Her gym sessions were just not intense enough to produce real physical fitness.
The army boot camp also includes some more familiar and comforting exercise, such as step aerobics and bums, tums and thighs workouts.
Gemma Atkinson’s boot camp results
By the end of the boot camp Gemma could do 115 sit-ups and 96 press-ups in two minute sets, which is pretty impressive. Her boot camp exercises also helped her to lose weight, losing a further 6lb. At 5ft 9in she now weighs 9st 12lb. Most important for Gemma her hips lost half an inch, and her waist is two inches thinner. Gemma is currently a size 8.
Gemma Atkinson’s Glamor Career
Since launching her parallel career as a glamor model, Atkinson has appeared in provocative photo-shoots in lingerie and swim-wear, including non-nude topless shots, for men’s magazines such as Arena, FHM, Loaded, Maxim, Zoo Weekly and Nuts. In October 2006, she appeared in three of the aforementioned magazines in one month, becoming one of the most prolific celebrity glamour models in the UK. She has also released 2 very successful calendars, in 2006 and 2007. Gemma Atkinson’s 2009 calendar was also shot in Thailand and is set to be released in November 2008.
Since 2006, she has appeared in FHM’s 100 Hottest List, debuting at number 32 in 2006; following her appearance on the cover of FHM, she moved up to 23 in 2007; and in 2008, she rose again to number 18.
In May 2007, Atkinson was announced as the “glamorous new face” of the British Grand Prix and the official “mascot” of the “hi-octane” championship at Silverstone on 8 July. She was the face of the 2007 Tour de France. In early 2007 she was elected to be the new face of the Lingerie chain La Senza.
In October 2007, Atkinson was elected the new face of Ultimo’s D-G range. She opened Ultimo stores within Debenham branches in London, Belfast and Glasgow.
In 2008 she started to promote video games, by co-hosting the Play.com Live gamers expo at Wembley stadium, and is soon to appear in the computer game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 as Lt. Eva McKenna.