An Australian fitness coach who trained Princess Diana in the last months of her life remembers the world’s most famous woman as a devoted mother who spent “85 percent of her time” talking about her sons.
Cameron Falloon was 24 years old when he worked as one of Diana’s personal trainers between December 1996 and July 1997, just weeks before her untimely death at age 36 following a car accident in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. on August 31.
Addressing the sensational rift between Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry, Mr Falloon – who now owns Body fit training gym in Chatswood, Melbourne – believes things would be very different if she were alive.
“I honestly don’t think if she was still there it wouldn’t happen. She was all about family,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
Australian fitness coach Cameron Falloon (left) trained Princess Diana (right) in the last months of her life and remembers her as a devoted mother who spent “85 percent of her time” talking about her sons.
Falloon said he doesn’t believe the royal split between Princes William and Harry (pictured with their mother at Thorpe Amusement Park in 1991) would have happened if Diana had been alive
Falloon said he helped the late Princess of Wales maintain her lean physique with simple strength-based workouts consisting of deadlifts, squats and sit-ups two to three mornings a week.
“She would come train with us in the wee hours, away from the cameras and the… [paparazzi],’ he explained.
“She had a forward, round stance, so we worked a lot on that, but the primary focus has always been to keep her strong and active.”
During the six months Falloon trained the princess, he claimed she spent “at least 85 percent of her time” talking about her boys.
“She couldn’t have talked about them or loved them more than she did, that was very clear,” he said.
Mr Falloon said he helped the late Princess (pictured on a yacht in Mallorca on Aug. 16, 1997, two weeks before her death) maintain her lean physique with simple, strength-based workouts consisting of deadlifts, squats and sit-ups, two up to three mornings a week
He added, “What I think she would do if she were here now is a good ear and a very good counselor to both of her children.”
Mr. Falloon remembers the princess as “very down to earth” with a “great sense of humor” and an uncanny ability to put people at ease in her company.
‘You immediately felt at ease, there was never a sense of awe. She was always interested in everyone and what we had to say,” he said.
Falloon said Diana considered the gym they trained together a “safe haven” from the press and public interference in her private life.
He said she seemed to see their sessions as a time to focus on herself, away from the chaos of her daily routine.
And with an extraordinary 14 million Australians currently in lockdown in NSW, Victoria and SA, Mr Falloon said it’s important that everyone can afford the same self-care – even if it’s just a 30-minute walk and some stretching every day. .
Mr. Falloon remembers the princess (pictured during a visit to Chicago in June 1996) as “very down to earth” with a “great sense of humor” and an uncanny ability to put people at ease in her company
Cameron Falloon’s tips for staying fit during lockdown
* Try to remember that the only workout you regret is the workout you don’t do.
* Set an alarm for a daily walk or jog and go outside for at least 15 minutes to get sunlight on your skin.
*Put a yoga mat in the living room and stretch out while watching Netflix or TV.
* Break up the day and keep your step count up to date by switching between work calls or tasks.
He said the best way to stay motivated is to remember that “the only workout you regret is the workout you don’t do.”
“It’s mentally tough, these lockdowns, but you have to remind yourself that you’re going to get that great endorphin release from exercise,” he added.
Mr Falloon recommends setting an alarm for a daily walk or jog, then getting outside for at least 15 minutes to move your body and get sunlight on your skin.
During the strict 111-day lockdown in Melbourne in the winter of 2020, Mr Falloon said he was going to put a yoga mat in the living room and stretch out while watching TV.
“It makes you feel a lot better and helps you relax after a long day,” he said.
Mr. Falloon also shared tips to reduce mindless eating while working from home and lazing about at night.
He recommends setting a 30-minute timer during the day to remind yourself to get up, stretch, and drink a glass of water.
Mr Falloon said this promotes circulation and prevents you from getting into the habit of sitting and snacking for long periods of time.