I’ve seen a lot of women unhappy with their results (even if they have a personal trainer), or unhappy because they haven’t been seeing any results. To get to your desired body shape or fitness level, you can’t just do whatever exercise you want and eat whatever you want. It takes more than that. Here are the most common mistakes I see, and how you can fix them to achieve your goals.
A lot of women I talk to are those who have had bad experiences with personal trainers. They have ended up bigger than they like or haven’t been seeing results (especially in their lower half). Once I was at the gym and the personal trainer started discussing goals AFTER the workout when they were stretching. It is SO important to have goals before you start training (and to discuss these with your personal trainer). Otherwise you’re not going to get the results you want and you’re not going to be happy.
If your goal is to be lean and toned, you’re not going to be lifting super heavy with lower reps. If your goal is to be as strong as possible, then you won’t be doing any cardio. If you don’t want to bulk up your legs, then you won’t be doing heavy squats and lunges. You just need to figure this out before you start.
The main reason I wrote my skinny legs eBooks were to help women who had these issues with their lower bodies and couldn’t get the results they wanted. Find out more about them here.
When we first decide to start getting healthy or exercising, we are often really excited and motivated. So we go full steam ahead and exercise every single day (sometimes twice per day), restrict our eating and only eat healthy foods. Before long, motivation fades and you burn out. Ease into it. It’s not going to happen overnight – it’s a long term thing and your training and eating should be long term. Work out what works for you. If you can eat 100% clean all the time, then great! Most people can’t and this is very restrictive, so allow yourself some treats and don’t beat yourself up about it. If you can maintain 2 workouts per day then great! If not, stick to a program that is manageable for you.
I know a lot of people have trouble with this one (including me), and it’s a real set back. Having a reasonable workout and nutrition program that fits your lifestyle and that you can stick to is KEY. If it’s too hard, you won’t stick to it. But you absolutely need consistency to get results.
You can do all the exercise in the world – exercise twice per day, every day – but if you don’t eat right, you won’t see any physical change. Yes you might get fitter and stronger, but physically, you could even end up worse. When you are trying to make physical changes, nutrition is about 80% of the battle. I would make sure you get this right before the workout part. You need to be eating the right amount of food for your body type and your activity level (read this blog post for more info on this) and you need to be eating the right type of foods (read this blog post).
For you to get the best results, you need to be uncomfortable during your workouts – they shouldn’t be easy! If it’s easy and you continue working out like that, chances are that you won’t make much progress. At the start it can be difficult, especially when you’re sore, out of breath, or sweating like crazy. But learn to enjoy it! This is how you make change! Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
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