It’s Workout Wednesday so today I’m sharing an upper body workout that I think you guys are gonna love. If you’re new to my blog, I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and the creator of The SoCal Fit guide. I created these programs for busy moms (and dads) like myself who need to maximize their time in the gym as well as their results. These workouts are not “gender specific” (trust me, this doesn’t exist) and are great for all ages and fitness levels and best of all each workout is less than 1 hour long and can be done from the comfort of your own home. *with the exception of the gym strength program.
Why should you strength train?
Working as a personal stylist I am always surprised to find how many women of the same height and weight can wear vastly different clothing sizes. Some of it boils down to personal preference for fit. But, for the most part it is all about body composition. I don’t want to say most but many women fear weightlifting because they think they will look “bulky” or “manly”. Yet almost all of these same women will say they want to look “toned” or “lean”.
Ladies, the only way to achieve a “toned” or “lean” look is through burning fat and building muscle. Cardio alone just isn’t going to cut it. Strength training and adding muscle can help to shape your body and give you that sleek look you’re going for. Simply doing cardio will leave you smaller with no real definition in your body.
It’s all about balance
Just as cardio alone isn’t going to give you the results you’re after, exercise alone isn’t enough either. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but to achieve a lean, toned physique you also have to have a pretty good nutrition plan in place. While I am not a nutritionist or dietician, I do know a thing or two about healthy eating which I also share with my clients in all of my fitness programs. In each program I share 15 breakfast and lunch options with the macros calculated for you (vegetarian options included). I have also provided instructions as to how and where to calculate your macros.
We all hate calculating macros. However, it is absolutely essential when trying to lose a few pounds or when just getting started on your fitness journey. It is really eye opening to sit down and record everything you’re eating and find out exactly what it is you’re putting into your body.
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