Updated: Mar 15
Anyone at the top of their game in fitness will tell you they didn’t get there just by doing cardio; running, cycling, HIIT etc… Cardio is great, it helps your heart and lungs function better both during exercise and at rest. When you commit to training regularly one of the first things that you notice is that after a short period of time it becomes easier to breathe.
However, if you only do cardio there’s a chance homeostasis can creep in. Homeostasis is the term for your body’s natural tendency to maintain itself- the status quo- otherwise known as “staying in your comfort zone”. If you stay there you won’t see the results you want. In order to see a change in your body you need to introduce a more intensive routine, this is where I come in.
I will push you past the comfort zone and out of that boring routine you’ve become accustomed to. I'll challenge you and introduce you to new stimuli on a regular basis which will increase your energy levels and affect your body shape positively. Whatever the weather!
What type of training will we do in Level 1?
One new stimuli for most new clients is resistance training. More and more women are lifting weights which is long overdue and also remarkably positive. In Level 1 you will start to learn how to lift, using your own body weight. I will also bring a variety of equipment such as resistance bands, barbells, dumbbells and medicine balls. It's not just females who are learning, I have a lot of men re-learn how to correct poor technique, improve their breathing and lift heavier. I believe women should train just like men, by this I mean more substance and less fluff.
Why you should do resistance training
If you want to become stronger and be ready for anything, working on your body is something that you can't afford to ignore. When we exercise our minds become stronger and more confident. Lifting also gives you a sensation of empowerment.
Lifting burns fat more effectively because it boosts your metabolism, long after you’ve finished training. It keeps your heart healthy and builds muscle which means that rather than just losing the fat you are exchanging it for muscle. This looks healthier and is far better for you than focussing solely on weight loss.
Women who are serious about their strength goals can’t afford to take it easy. There is a huge hormone disadvantage compared to our male counterparts. On average, women tend to have about 1/10th the testosterone levels of men.
Both sexes need to consider that there are many factors that play a part in your results too; genes, body type and age. I will expand on these factor in another blog. Set your goals realistically. Training takes time, effort and commitment.
If you struggle with motivation, I can help you. If you are just plain lazy, I don't have time for you.
How my support can help you?
I have a lot of females who ask me in the taster session about their "bingo wings". There's some embarrassment and they don't know how to approach their feeling weak. Many choose not to wear sleeveless shirts or dresses because of their own self-consciousness.
Wouldn't it be nice to know that there is a solution?
This is not watching YouTube videos once a week, no-one holding you accountable. That's not going to cut it. You're an individual and individuals need something bespoke. You need regularity and someone with a no-bullshit approach to keep you in line. Someone who you can visualise your goals with. If you want those sleek, sexy ballerina-esque arms or perhaps you want arms like Sarah Connor from Terminator 2, you can have what you want. You will have to train HARD but I can get you there!
Too be clear
Let's clear up a big misconception that females have and I get asked at taster sessions occasionally. Will I become “too muscular” the answer is NO! It takes a lot of hard work and time to see results of this magnitude.
Remember that I started my journey a long time ago, I started weight lifting in the gym around the age of 25 and I have not stopped challenging myself since. You can do this too.
When, and if, you stop challenging your muscles you start to lose your gains; the strength too. This can start to deteriorate as quickly as 72 hours after you quit exercising even if you won’t start to notice the reduction in strength for about 2 weeks.
The longer you go without training the more you will diminish the hard work you’ve already done.