Fitness has always been a staple in my life whether it be playing sports or working out in the gym. But, I would have to say that my hardcore training in the gym started about 4 years ago. In 2006 I joined a local 24 Hour Fitness where I hired a personal trainer to get me on the right track. I had previously only been doing cardio and thought weights were for “the buff girls” who wanted to look like men. Boy was I wrong! She put me through strenuous weight training workouts that kicked my butt! Of course at first I was definitely not a fan of doing anything besides running on the treadmill, but with time and seeing good results when it came to my body fat, I started to thoroughly enjoy resistance training. Through the relationship that I built with this trainer, so influenced me to get into personal training myself, and that’s where I am at today!
A typical week for me when it comes to weight training would be such as this:
Monday: Deadlift - Heavy, KB Swings - Medium , Duck Walks - Light (Body Weight),
Chest Press - Heavy, Decline pushups - Light (Body Weight), Cable Chest Fly - Medium
Tuesday: RDL - Heavy, DB Lunges - Medium,Squat Jumps - Light (BW), Pull - Ups - Moderate, Renegade Rows - Med, Reverse Fly - Light
Wednesday: Squats - Heavy, Lateral Step-ups – Medium, Box Jumps - Body Weight,
Power Press - Heavy, Prone Bosu Walk over - Light , Lateral Shoulder Raise - Medium
Thursday: Sumo RDL - Heavy, Bulgarian Squat - Light,1 Arm KB Swing - Med, Bent Row - Heavy, Lat pull down - Medium, Cable Face -pull - Light
Friday: TABATA Workout!
KB Swings 8 x 20sec on/10 sec off
Pushups 8 x 20 sec on/10 sec off
Power Rows 8 x 20 sec on/10 off (These two exercises are a superset)
Lateral Power Step Up 6 x 20 sec on/10 off
Side Plank 6 x 20 sec on/10 off (These 2 exercises are superset)
As far as cardio goes, I do at least 20 minutes a day. I usually stick to intervals on the Stairmaster. I will crank the speed up to a 20 for 30 seconds and then bring it back down to a 12 for 30 seconds. This is done in 5 minute increments totaling out to 20 minutes. If the Stairmaster is not in my cards for the day, I will jump rope instead for about 15 minutes followed by box jumps.
Let’s see…the contents of my fridge. Well I have some egg beaters, Low Fat cheese, Low Sodium deli turkey, Salsa, Green Peppers, Lettuce, Sweet Potatoes, I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Spray, Skim Milk, and to top it off, Red Bull!
My favorite Healthy food would have to be pumpkin. I know it sounds weird and that it really shouldn’t be eaten except in a pumpkin pie, but it truly is wonderful! While dieting for the Shape Magazine Hot Body Shoot, I was informed I needed to be eating sweet potatoes. Well I can only take so much of those, so the other healthy option I was told I could turn to was pumpkin. And I am telling you, it never tasted so good!
My favourite cheat food would be SUGAR! Anything will that darn word in it is absolutely glorious! I love cake and pies especially. But if I had to pick just one cheat food with sugar in it, I would say it would have to be a brownie!
My favorite fitness model would definitely be Jamie Eason. I adore her and think she has an amazing physique. She is small like me, but definitely packs a punch! I am also a big fan of Jennifer Nicole Lee. I think she is doing amazing things out there and showing moms all over the world, that YOU CAN DO IT! Being a mom should not stop you from looking fabulous!
Hands down, the best body part on me would be my abs. The funny thing is, I really don’t train them all that much, but my nutrition is on point. In order to see them abs, body-fat has got to be low and eating healthy must always be on the brain! As far as males go, what turns this girl on would be arms and abs as well. If a guy has huge arms and a great 6 pack, I will not be able to get my eyes off ya ☺
The #1 philosophy I live by is to take each day one day at a time and always remain positive. Nobody else can make you happy but yourself. Here is a great quote I live by:
“Think Positive: When you talk about your troubles, your ailments, your diseases, your hurts, you give longer life to what makes you unhappy. Talking about your grievances merely adds to those grievances. Give recognition only to what you desire. Think and talk only about the Good things that add to your enjoyment of your work and life. If you don’t talk about your grievances, you’ll be delighted to see them disappearing quietly.” Thomas Dreier