Fitness has been a big part of my life, especially over the past few years. I started going to the gym regularly and was amazed by the transformation of my body. I became so passionate about fitness that I decided to become a Certified Personal Trainer in 2012. I wanted to share my passion with others; I wanted to help people really transform. It wasn’t until college later that year I realized fitness wasn’t the only aspect of health I love. Whenever I had free time I was looking up clean recipes, preparing healthy food, watching motivational videos, reading about fitness models, exercise techniques, etc… My life was surrounded by health and I wanted to share my passion with others. Although personal training is still a part of my life, I have decided to shift gifts and focus on three aspects of overall health: faith, food and fitness. I realized that you couldn’t do one without the other. All three of these aspects of health are equally important if you are serious about making a real transformation of your body and mind.
In the gym, you won’t find me spending hours on the cardio machines. In fact, I will often completely avoid them. Not only do I find it boring, but cardio is not the best way to lower your body fat percentage. When I go to the gym, my goal is to tighten up, lose inches and fit in my favourite clothes. When you only do cardio, you may lose weight on the scale, but you will only look like a smaller version of your bigger self (flab and all). Most of the weight you lose will be muscle and water (which means a lower metabolism). If you want to tighten up, shape your body, boost your metabolism and lose body fat, let your cardio be a side dish and your entrée be weight training!
I do believe cardio is important, but I do not think it is the best way to lose pounds and shape up. I feel sorry for the people who head straight for the cardio machines, thinking that it is the best way to lose weight. Start off lifting weights and add 20 to 30 minutes of cardio at the end. No need to spend an hour on the treadmill watching the time slooooowlyyyy tick by. When I workout, I spend most of my time weight training and lifting as heavy as I can. Girls, don’t be afraid of the weights. I know you think that you will grow monster muscles and look like Arnold Schwarzenegger if you lift more than 10 lbs, but that is far from the truth. The reality is, building muscle is much more difficult for girls than boys. Unless you are taking steroids or eating massive amounts of food, you will lose fat and sculpt a beautiful body at the same time. The whole point of weight lifting is to increase muscle mass (which decreases body fat!). So pick up those weights and get sculpting.