So I'm mildly obsessed with fitness. It all started b/c I have that Hilary Duff prob
where I have wide shoulders and my upper arms look thick, so I wanted to streamline all that and leaner arms with defined muscles. I started working out with this goal in mind about... 4 or 5 months ago, my progress was going great and I noticed visible changes. I used the Jackie Warner upper body workout routine from her first fitness dvd. I think I was working out at least 3-4xs a week. But then I got lazy and stopped for a while and lost some of the results of my hard work. But I've been back at it again for 2 months! (BTW Jackie's abs routine is also really amazing and it totally gave me leaner abs and a more defined waist-line.)
Anyway I love the girl in this video, her name is Zuzanna and she does these hardcore short interval but high intensity workouts, I think she's really inspiring. First her body is SO STRONG! If you're aren't familiar with some of the exercises she's doing and you try to do it you'll probably wanna die. They're very difficult and I dunno any dude who can do as many hardcore push-ups and repetitions are this woman. I enjoy doing strength training a lot more than cardio b/c the payoff in acquiring muscles/faster metabolism/calorie burning is more than you'd get from just doing cardio. Plus I like the challenge of strength training and I feel really pumped and strong after my workouts.
Through the use of short intense workouts that train muscular endurance, strength, power, and cardiovascular endurance all at the same time, you are able to build muscle while giving your metabolism a lasting boost.
Working out as really changed the way I carry myself, my posture and confidence. I'm a big proponent of women taking up weight exercises b/c lean toned muscles look amazing and sexy in my opinion and the added bonus of personal strength and confidence is great. I don't believe in ppl who say girls look manly with defined muscles, I mean the woman in the video is very toned and slim but I don't think there's anything manly about her. Plus that's a bunch of b.s to maintain some hetero-normative standard of beauty and women already deal with enough of the crap.
I think working out as also helped w/ other things like having less to almost non-existent cramps during my period and drinking a lot of water has also given my lighter periods I believe. I know some of you have severely horrible cramps so I think developing a workout routine will help, I definitely noticed a change in the past couple months. I mean having a good diet also helps, when my diet lacked protein my period was a nightmare, now that I consume more protein its also become a bit lighter.
Anyway I have a goal for next summer! I want a nicely toned body, I'm slim (114lbs) but I think achieving a toned body is really something worth pursuing and a good challenge and quite an accomplishment. Once you start working out an doing the routines it takes to achieve a body like Zuzanna's you understand why its such a challenge. :D So I'm going to try and keep up my workout routine and not falter or get lazy when it gets colder out! I'm gonna try and start doing some of Zuzanna's routine's in the coming weeks, right now I use a lot of the free and great workouts offered on demand on Exercise.tv
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The cost of workout clothes and shoes can be staggering but they say having more options to workout in gives ppl more motivation and less excuses. There's no, "Oh all my socks my dirty or my workout outfit is in the wash so I can't do anything until I do laundry." D:
They also recommend scheduling your routines so that its a set obligation you have to meet, another thing is to workout everyday so it becomes an automatic part of your daily routine, even if you just do a 15 min routine. Zuzanna's routines are on avg 12 min and who doesn't have 12 min to spare during the day?