Friday, September 23, 2011

Be inspired

when i saw Ava on you tube for the first time, she inspired me. I hope she will do the same for you.

I have tremendous respect for this lady who has been to hell and back and got to where she is today. It boils down to determination and discipline.
In my crazy fitness world, I am either IN or you are OUT. That is how i like to train at the gym. I am on my way to getting where i want to be. That is not "trying".

Help yourself achieving your personal goal by surrounding yourself with like minded people with the same fitness ethics, then be true to yourself when you hit the gym. Ultimately you still have to put in the hard work.

It's not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.
Have a good weekend everyone.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

How heavy should ladies lift?

Ladies i want to share with you my progress of my 12 weeks weight lifting program. I am currently at the end of week 9. I want to show you this is the reason why i lift and why i lift heavy, i am starting to have curves on my shoulders. Again, just some basic stats about myself 160cm tall, body fat at approx 24% weight in at 129lbs. When I say i lift heavy, i am doing 130lbs + 30lbs bar dead lifts which is more than what i weight and unassisted vertial dips etc. As you can see the photo below. I do not think I look "manly".

If i had to choice between only being able to do Cardio or Lifting weights, (including body weights exercises) I would so choice Lifting over Cardio. Many might be concern that you will get too big (I hope the above photos address that issue)  and think that lifting weight is boring. I so hear you, you are partly correct, i find working out at the gym uninteresting.

BUT i understand that it is something that i have to do in order to get into the best shape of my life. And the reason why i choice weights over cardio is that with weights, i can decide how i want to look and built on parts that to achieve the shape/ look that I am after. With Cardio, you put in the hard work, swatted it out for an hour, but you have no control over where if any of the fat is coming off from.(cos' you could be burning carbs not fat)  To me that ability to control results with my input is enough to drive me keep on doing it day in day out.

Now i do have a few suggestion as to how you could motivate yourself to start lifting.
  • Think about the different hand grips you could have when you lift,
  • Think about fitting in a quick set of push up in between your working sets
  • Think about how much fun you can have with surprising yourself (and possibly all the man who are watching you at the free weights area thinking "lady you are lost") pushing and pulling heavy weights
  • Think about you are in control of how you want to look and modify the move to shape your body the way YOU want
  • Best of all is your make up won't be a mess. You sweat when you lift weights, but no where near as much as you do when you are doing cardio
I hope this will inspire you YumYucky :)
Signing off for now

My fitness goal for my 31st birthday

This was a photo taken on this Monday on my Boyfriend's birthday breakfast. Compared to a photo taken only days after his birthday last year
I know that you can not tell much difference between the two photos, but for people who knows me and can see me in real life will be able to tell you that I look very different.

Insert some more fat pictures from my 29th birthday:

May be this one gives you a better idea. The photos from my 29th birthday actually helped me to get onto the road of being fit again. The picture above was actually one of the "better" photos i have from my party. When i look at the photos the only thing that comes into my mind is/ was "what happened to ME?" Not long after i saw that photo and the ones i took when i was in France for my BF's birthday, i made a commitment to myself that this will not happen again. I do not want to look at a photo of myself and think "what happened to me" again.

As you know that I am a firm believer that you need to set goals for yourself so that you have something to push towards. I hope you can help me by keeping an eye on me, asking me for updates, etc.

This year my fitness goal is, drop Bodyfat to 15% (currently at around 24% compared to last year 30%) and  to build out my shoulders, so that from each angle you look at it, there will be curves, not a "sausage" arm as i call them. I have already made a good start to it as i have been working on them for about 1 and a half months now. I am so looking forward to what i can do in a year! What's your goal?

Signing off for now

Friday, September 16, 2011

The real Jamie Eason

Ladies and Gentleman, I want to introduce you to Jamie. She is often featured on the front covers of many fitness magazines.
She is one of the few Female Figure Competitors I look up to and is inspired by. Cute lady isn't she.

 But what i want to show you is a photo of Jamie when she trains. And I can tell you she can lift a lot heavier then the 2nd photo suggests! So what is your point. The point I am trying to make is that there is no such thing as "looking toned" you need to lift heavy to create curves; as Jamie is demonstrating. Don't be afraid to lift heavy ladies and refuse to be fooled by glossy magazine covers and catchy head line for "how to tone your abs in 6 weeks" because this is the truth. It takes hard work and dedication. No one ever said it is going to be easy, but it is achievable and it will be all worth it!

Siging off for now