Your (6) Most Asked Fitness Questions – Answered!
Ok ladies – I’m super happy to share answers to your most FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) on fitness & working out. As always, there are NO “dumb” questions and never-do-we-ever, place judgey-eyes on anyone. Ever. That’s part of what makes this community of women so special!
Have more questions for me? Just Comment below – at the end of this piece! Without further adieu……
6 Most-Asked Fitness Questions
Q. How do I get Lean & Sculpted?
A. By far, the most asked question I get. In general, getting leaner and more defined is a factor of 3 Main Elements: 1. Frequency 2. Consistency 3. Diet.
Frequency. This is the number of times you work-out each week. I suggest 5x/week for Intense Workouts that include Cardio + Weights, Bands or Medicine Ball. 1x/week for something restorative like Yoga. 1 Day-Off for rest and recovery.
Consistency. Keep-up your workout frequency week in and week out…..When it’s easy and when it’s not-so-easy. Hitting the gym hard for 3-months will net great results, but if you don’t keep it up, you will not keep the tone & definition. That’s just the way it is.
Diet. Working out hard, then eating a crappy diet is like putting on a brand new pair of gorgeous Louboutin’s, then waltzing through a mud puddle. It just F’s everything up. You cannot exercise away a crappy diet!
A Leaner & more Defined body is a combo of Frequency, Consistency and Diet. There’s no Magic Bullet ;-/
Q. How many times a week should I work out?
A. For maximum results, I suggest 5x/week for Intense Workouts which include Cardio + Strength Training (use of weights, bands and/or medicine balls, etc). This assumes a “green light” from a medical professional, as everyone’s particular situation is unique.
Q. What’s the best diet to follow?
A. This is always a Pandora’s Box question to field because quite literally, you can ask 10 different “fitness experts” and you’ll get 10 different answers.
That being said, a diet high in added-sugar or highly-processed foods is not healthy regardless of who you are. Sugar makes us Fat, Sick, Moody and Accelerates Skin-Aging. The closer you can get to eliminating Added-Sugar – the better you will look and feel. To help, try my “28-Day California Sugar Cleanse.” 53 Sugar-free Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner, Snacks & Treats, plus Tools for a lifetime!
Here’s How I Like to Eat….
To showcase all of your hard work in the gym (show those Abs!), consider a diet high in Fresh veggies, Whole fruits, Lean proteins, 1-2 servings of Whole grain carbs and a Pinch of good fats. Pinch! My plate usually consists of: 50% Veggies, 25% lean protein like fish or poultry, 25% whole grain carb like Farro, Quinoa or Bulgar wheat. Plus a pinch of a good fat like olive oil, ¼ avocado or 5-6 nuts. Here’s an example of What I Eat in a Day.
A huge compliment to your workouts, is a diet FREE from Added-Sugars. Start the 28-Day California Sugar Cleanse today!
Q. How long should I workout?
A. A 1-hour workout is ideal for Cardio + Strength Training. However, don’t focus so much on the length of time – focus on the intensity and efficiency of your workout: Start with 20-minutes of Cardio, then to Strength Training: 1. Use weights that are challenging. 2. Take minimal rest between sets & rounds to easily condense a 1-hour Strength Training workout into 40-minutes.
In a time pinch? I’ve designed a lot of great 30-minute & 40-minute workouts that are super efficient & highly effective. Do them with me, or just get a few new moves for your next workout. It’s good to mix it up.
I have a ton of great 30 & 40-minute workouts to choose from. It’s good to mix it up and get some new moves 😉
Q. Won’t lifting heavy weights make me bulky?
A. NO. Unless you’re on some serious Steroids, it is extremely difficult for women to bulk-up like a man. Weights will actually help you to look slimmer and leaner. First, muscle burns more calories than fat – so developing lean muscle mass is helpful. Second, developing the upper body (shoulders, arms) will make your hips look more narrow!
Q. If I stop training, will my muscles turn to fat?
A. No. This myth probably came about because we sometimes see football players on “off-season” looking shall we say…. Not slim. In actuality, the fatty-look can normally be attributed to eating the same number of calories but not getting the same amount of exercise. Translation: There’s an extra layer of fat over their muscles. Think of it like wearing a snowsuit. The muscles are still there – they’re just hiding out. 😉
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