Cardio Vs Weights

As women the thought of looking masculine isn’t appealing- but don’t be afraid of lifting weights!

When I started working out; all I thought was I didn’t want big muscles- that’s not sexy.

But guess what?

You know that ideal body type you covet- it’s achieved through lifting weights AND cardio.

The ideal body type i coveted was: lean arms, trim tummy, toned legs, and a nice shaped booty.

I’m guessing your ideal body type sounds pretty damn similar.

Well through much research and constant encouragement from my man/work out partner- I realized that all those things I wanted would never be achieved through cardio alone. To tone…there must be muscle; to have a nice lifted booty…you must lift weights….PERIOD.

But I can talk at you all day, quote research, show you statistics and it doesn’t have the same effect as showing you the proof!

I don’t follow much fitness accounts on instagram but I found @taifitness different from the rest. She was a real transformation story, and completely honest and forthright about her feelings and evolution through her fitness journey.

Say Hello to: @taifitness

www.mytaifitness.com

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This is her at the start and present day of her fitness journey. Jaw dropping results right?!

She has gone through some amazing transformations including changing her workout routines.

She started out mostly with yoga and cardio on the left and then incorporated weights.

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And the results speak for themselves. There is much more lift and shape to her body type on the right photo compared to the left. You can melt away as much fat as you want, but that will never give you the shape you are looking for.

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She is looking absolutely spectacular!

If you are looking for a personal trainer, motivation, and nutrition advice you can contact her at:

tai@mytaifitness.com

Have you been convinced of my point yet?

Well…

There is a reason that Tony Horton from P90X  incorporates weights into his “lean routine” P90x Program:

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1. shoulders and arm routines: for those lean arms I want

2. Legs and back routine: for those toned legs and that lifted booty i want

3. core synergistics and abs workout: for the trimmed tummy i want

All these routines incorporate weights or use your body as weight- And they are in the LEAN routine..to give you that Lean Body type you want.

Lifting weights to gain mass: is lifting heavy weights for short amount of reps

Lifting weights to gain lean muscle: is lifting lighter weights for more reps. BUT you must go until it is a struggle unless you aren’t working out. If it isn’t a struggle, then up the weight!

Another benefit of lifting weights for the seasoned readers.

It helps our aging population stay healthy and independent for longer.

I hope this convinces even one of my readers to incorporate lift training into your work out routine.

I got to say: STRENGTH IS SEXY!

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Fitness: Enough is Enough

I am publicly making myself accountable:

by letting  you my readers and followers aware of my fitness journey.

I am now accountable to GET STARTED.

How my fitness journey started.

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Before i started my fitness journey (on the left). I was completely satisfied with my appearance- i could rock any weight. It was not until I randomly calculated my BMI that I realized I had creeped-up on an unhealthy weight for my age, gender, and height.

This hit me hard.

I had always thought of myself as a curvy woman, and I embraced that. But i officially crossed the line from curvy to overweight. With a new perspective, I realized how many clothes i was holding onto that I no longer fit into. If i wasn’t thinking that i would eventually wear these clothes again, why was i holding onto them?

It was time for a change!

Just like that…I made changes. I bought a video work out program called P90x- the thought of a gym intimated me. I had never been to one before, did not know how to use any of the machines. And the thought of struggling in front of everyone was frankly an embarrassing thought.  This was between me and myself, and it was going to be a battle i was going to win by myself… in the comfort of my own living room.

With dietary changes, and a workout routine. I successfully toned my body to the right picture- Losing 30 pounds.

I had not been that trimmed since i started high-school. Basically when the weight gain started.

Fitness Journey Now

Now a year later. I have fallen off my fitness lifestyle and have gained 15 of those pounds back. The new clothes i had purchased to celebrate my new body range from “no longer fitting- to VERY snug.”

I’ve hit my second epiphany moment: Enough is Enough.

No more winter hibernation with a sedentary lifestyle in-front of the couch with junk food. That is not the life i want to live. I enjoy hiking, i enjoy going for night-time walks, i enjoy the euphoria you feel after a good sweat. When i workout I am more confident, I am happier, I sleep better, and i feel more energized during the day without coffee!

I am officially kicking myself in the butt; and saying “wtf girl?”

If those aren’t great enough reasons to live a healthy-active-lifestyle, what more is it going to take?!

So I’m starting over. Not from the beginning. But from a minor setback.

and I’m going to take you along with me this time.

My Goals:

I am cutting out the junk. No more pop, junk food like my ultimate comfort food chips and dip, no more fast-food stops.

Cooking and preparing healthy meals everyday- Not only for me but for my household.

Starting P90x again. It is a three month video program. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, at any fitness level!

I dont want to set a goal weight- I dont want to fixate on a number. Instead my goal is going to be: to become more toned. Ensuring that my clothes fit again. Whatever weight that happens at.

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Me day 1 of my fitness journey.

I’m excited!

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