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Body image: The skinny fat VS the runway model VS the athlete


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Ever since I stopped pole vaulting I have been unhappy with what my body has turned into. I couldn’t understand why I didn’t have that “toned” look that I used to have. Well one clear indication was the 3 YEAR break I took from any sort of routine physical activity. My muscles started to lose mass and turn into fat (I am not saying that I look morbidly obese but I’m not the slim thin college girl I used to be.) and I also started to become more tired and lazy. 

So what did I do? Listen to all the fads and start eating less and doing more cardio of course! After taking some classes in pharmacy school I realized, well that’s just dumb. I love to eat and I loved to work out. So why was this going to work for me again? 1st your body needs food (the right foods) to function. 2nd cardio will help you LOSE fat but it will also not do a thing for your muscles and they will start to thin out too. Enter the emaciated sick looking thing girl who you just want to feed a Quarter pounder or two.

Plus my body would never look like that because if its genetic make up. So now what? I read an article I wanted to share that really snapped me back to reality. I felt the best AND looked my best when I was training for something. So, why not TRAIN like I was training for something.

For all the girls out there who are afraid to lift more than 5 pound weights because you don’t want to bulk up, have a read and get over it:

Skinny fat- From crossfit Southbay

And for everyone who thinks this is just a plug for their workout plan I can honestly say I DID look and feel my best when I was doing the scary hang cleans and squats and bench presses. Your not going to bulk up like a man unless you are shooting roids… 🙂

Happy training!

xo

Jess

Jump start muscles with Kettle bells


This week I am going to add the weight lifting part back into my cardio workouts! It’s time to get past telling myself “I need to warm up my body for exercise again before I start weight lifting again”

 

I found this work out posted on Women’s Health thought a twitter post. And can I just recommend that if you do not already have a twitter account MAKE ONE! You can find links to everything. take a look at my twitter site too and see who I follow for an example. Also check my Pintrest site for work out ideas too

Anyway, this can also be used with a dumbbell but the kettle bell provides an uneven distribution of weight so it take more muscle strength to do the moves. I have posted the link in both the blog roll and at the end of this post! Take a look and let me know what you think! Also if you do not have a gym membership you can do this in your own homes!

Go to Wal mart and get this kettle bell set and you’ll be ready to go!

Tone Fitness 30lb Vinyl-Coated Kettlebell

Tone Fitness 30lb Vinyl-Coated Kettlebell

They also have single ones for sale so if  you want to see if it is for you, you don’t have to shell out the money.

Good luck and send me your feed back!

xo-

Jess

Women’s health 15 Min kettle bell work out

 

A hike along Abram’s creek Wetlands Preserve.


After all the rain we got yesterday and last night, I needed to get outside today even if it was crazy windy. Down the street from my place is a local wetlands preserve and a trail through it. I figured why not. It’s not too far away the sun was shining!

The trail is one mile long and set above the wetlands to preserve them as much as possible. There are residential homes on one side and just vast open wetland areas on the other. It was a very nice walk and the trail was full of families on bikes and dog walkers. Great way to spend some time outdoors on a sunny August afternoon.