When it comes to strength training, many people especially the ladies did not realise the impact on how it affect how one’s self esteem, confidence and the body shape. If you had read my last blogpost, you would realised the impact of strength training. Recently, I have been training a really awesome female client who have made tremendous headways in her fitness. And she is cool enough to share with us how all this strength training has affected her in terms of body shape and fitness in an interview in this blogpost here.
She is the real life proof that a woman can become very strong, lose fat and still look like a woman doing heavy strength training. Just recently, she had just nailed her 3 chin ups and she has never ever thought she could do even one at all. Have a look at what she has achieved in terms of her physiques with the strength training between last October and this year March with about one to one half month break in between as I was away.
And here’s the video below that show her she getting her first 3 Chin ups!
Ok without further ado, here goes the interview….
TC – Can I ask what is the feeling when you can do your 1st chin up and be able to deadlift more than your bodyweight?
I’ve surprised myself because I didn’t think either was possible, especially because I’ve grown up being uncoordinated, clumsy, and pretty weak. The moment I achieved these, I felt so strong I wanted to pick up a table over my head and roar like a caveman/woman. I was really happy!
TC – Is this your best shape in your life in terms of fitness, health and how you look?
Yes, this is the first time where I’ve really looked after myself properly. I feel great about my health and fitness. I’ve never been this strong or fit before – especially not in such a short amount of time.
TC – What were you not happy about in regards to your fitness goals? Did you think it was possible to get to the shape you’re in right now?
I don’t think I really had any meaningful fitness goals that were long lasting. I wanted to be more toned, and lose a bit of weight, but I didn’t have a clue about what I was doing and why. I would come up with goals like wanting to be able to run 12 km or swim 2 km, thinking that they would make a huge difference in my fitness. I’d achieve them, but then there were no noticeable differences in my weight or body shape. I also didn’t know where to go once I achieved the goal. I didn’t think I was physically able to do the things I do now.
TC – What were you doing before training with us at Get Results Personal Training? Could you briefly describe your approach to training and did it work for you? And what was the aim of the training then?
My approach to training was all over the place. I would read fitness magazines and follow the “beach body”, “firm abs”, “tone up fast” workouts without thinking about how or why I was doing them. I was getting frustrated because my body looked nothing like the bodies in the magazines demonstrating the workouts. I would go to the gym and see all of the buff people doing fancy things with weights, and try to copy them in hope that I could get some results. But there was no purpose with what I was doing. I knew I wanted to tone up and did everything that I thought would help to get there. So I did a bit of this and a bit of that. It wasn’t structured or properly planned and I didn’t understand what my body needed to get me there.
My eating habits were also terrible – If I felt like something, I would have it. My diet was full of carbs, and I had completely the wrong idea about what was healthy. I also fell in the trap of eating like others (e.g.,”oh she’s having another piece of chocolate cake and she looks hot, so that means I can too”) and counting calories rather than thinking about the nutritional value of what was going into my body. I would give myself a little fist palm because I hadn’t consumed much calories for the day, when in actual fact the food I had eaten was full of hidden sugar.
TC – Why did you decide to change your approach and seek help from a personal trainer?
I had spent 10 years trying different ways to tone up, and had sustained some injuries along the way. I had also been through some pretty rough patches in life and gained weight as a result. I refused to buy bigger clothes and made the decision to invest in help from a trainer because I didn’t want to waste any more time flaffing about – I wanted to get it right this time.
TC – How did you find our training approach at Get Results Personal Training? How different was it from others if you have any other experience?
I’ve had personal training in the past as part of my gym membership, where the personal trainer would go through the motions and get me to do the same things as their other clients – lots of crunches, isolated body workouts, and cardio each session. My nutrition was not addressed either, and I felt disheartened. TC actually assessed where I was, along with what I wanted to achieve, and developed a program to help me get there in the shortest period of time. I really enjoy the training especially because it’s functional and simple. I’ve learnt how to move properly to avoid injury and build strength, and how to use my body and look after it effectively to get the results I want. I also appreciate how the training is evidence based, and is based on up to date literature and research. Most importantly though I have lots of fun during training, even if I’ve had a horrendous day at work, I always look forward to coming. TC is really positive and makes sure that at the end of the session I’m feeling pumped because I’ve achieved something great, rather than feeling like I’m about to die.
TC – Could you briefly describe the training approach you’re undergoing right now?
The focus of my training now is to build strength, and lose fat. I mainly use kettlebells, and they are the best tools that have ever been introduced to me. I really like how the program is so simple yet challenging and effective, and has also lead to me being able to do things that I didn’t particularly practice, such as incline push ups. What I find fantastic is that I can go to the gym, grab the kettlebells I need, find a spot on the floor that’s large enough for me to do a turkish get up or swing without knocking anyone out, and I’m outta there in 30 minutes having trained my whole body effectively.
TC – I know you lost about 5 kilos with us even though I think you should not be losing anymore as you’re in the healthy range. Did you find it easy to maintain the loss?
I’ve found it pretty easy to maintain because the training and eating plan have become part of my lifestyle now. It’s straightforward with no nonsense. I enjoy training now because there is a clear purpose to it. I love food and am still able to enjoy eating what I want because my attitude has changed, and I am attuned to my body. I enjoy my cake, potato chips, burgers, chocolate, wine, and other rich foods once or twice a week in moderation, and they taste even better now.
TC – Also, do you think the number on the scale justified the way the body shape is changing?
No, I used to be so focused on my weight and get obsessed and frantic like a mad woman by fluctuations of a few hundred grams. I’ve gotten over that now, and my focus has shifted to enjoyable goals based on getting stronger, lifting even heavier, and being able to perform cool things such as multiple chin ups. I’ve found that my body and fat measurements are more accurate indicators. I also look at how I fit into my clothes as a sign of whether I’m on the right track.
TC – In your opinion, what are the most important factors that have help you lose the extra fat and achieve such improvement in your strength & fitness? BTW, did you bulk up when you got stronger? Instead, what did you think about the new found strength has done to your life?
Self worth, determination, and discipline are the most important factors for me. Like all things in life, if it means something to you, you have to work hard for it. It’s hard work, and you need to be prepared for that. You need to believe that you’re worth the effort. It’s about getting those voices in your head to be supportive rather than sabotaging your work. My mind was saying all sorts of things to me like “I can’t do this, it’s too hard”, “I really need carbs, I’m going to die”, “this hurts I need to stop”, and initially I found both the training and eating plan really challenging. It was important that I didn’t get hooked into that, and stayed focused because at the end of the day I was accountable, and I don’t like giving up on things. I was determined to listen and follow everything to a tee. I haven’t bulked up at all – I’m lifting heavier and I’m still the same body shape. I feel really strong and healthy and I’m the happiest I’ve been for a long time.
TC- What will be your suggestion to anyone especially women who wants to get leaner and become stronger?
If you’ve made the decision to become leaner and stronger, commit to it and do something about it. Set some realistic and meaningful goals. If you want something bad enough, you’ll get it in the end. It’s normal for your mind to make excuses for you to avoid the discomfort of doing something challenging, and you need to find a way to get over that. There’s no point wasting your time and energy with excuses when you can put this towards just doing what needs to be done. Once you find your groove, it will be so much fun, and its rewarding when you see your body change shape. I know some women are put off by strength training because they don’t want to bulk up and end up looking like men. This won’t happen. You’ll lose fat at a quicker rate, your body will look great, and you’ll feel fantastic because you’re so bloody strong! It’s onwards and upwards from there!
Ok this is TC back again! Can’t really thank Jessie enough for the interview she did and I want to thank her for taking the time to read this blog. Hopefully, it does give you an idea how important the strength training is. If you want to know more about the benefits of strength training, you may want to check out my previous blogpost on this link.
And BTW, Jessie and her training buddy are always looking for people to join her in her strength training workout. If you’re keen to get stronger and leaner and join her in her training, please feel free to email us by going this link.
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