If you've been following me on Instagram over the past year, you may know that I have gotten into weight lifting. Lifting weights is my MAIN priority when it comes to workouts. Of course, when I started, this was super intimidating for me.
Will I look stupid in the gym?
People are going to stare at me.
I don't know what I'm doing.
I'm scared to gain weight.
These are are NORMAL concerns. But I faced the fears and stepped into the gym. It was the best decision I made, physically and mentally.
Most of us want to shape a strong, sexy, lean, body. And they think they need to do that through endless amounts of cardio and dieting. Heck, I thought that too! I even tried it. What did it get me? Nothing. Absolutely nothing but sadness and frustration.
When I started lifting weights, my body transformed into a shapely, strong body that I am proud of. Yes, I have gained weight, but weight means nothing. Transformation and progress pictures are a much better way to track progress. Same with your strength in the gym. Lifting heaving, doing more reps/sets.
Here I am before lifting weights when I was doing all cardio and extreme dieting. My body was holding on to anything it could. I would even consider myself "skinny fat" even though I hate that term. I was slim, but I was not strong, I had no muscle and I was sad. The second pic you can see much more muscle definition not only in my upper body, but in my abs! YES. Weight lifting is what gave me such a strong and defined core. You don't have to do crunches for days, you need to do compound lifts to engage your entire body to give you that definition.
Okay what about cardio?
I get asked SO often how much cardio you should do. That's ultimately up to you. The only cardio I do in the gym is on leg days when I do a steady treadmill walk to finish off the workout. Then, my "cardio" comes from practicing hot yoga on a regular basis (the amount you sweat is crazy, while building strength and increasing flexibility). The best type of cardio I would suggest is a short HIIT session. Short period of intense movement followed by rest and repeat. This doesn't have to be long. Like 10, 15, 20 mins MAX. The benefit you get from that paired with weight lifting is 100% better than cardio alone.
If I can do it. YOU can do it. Get out of your comfort zone that you are stuck in. Pick up some weights and watch your body transform. You'll also be happier :)