Height: 5ft 2"
Weight: 115 pounds
Favorite Body-part: Legs
WORKOUT PLAN WORKED BEST FOR ME AND HOW I WORK MY ABS?
train at a fast pace and always incorporate active rest periods
by way of stretching between sets. I am always moving during the
workout. It has taken me years to reach a point of instinctive
training. I don't actually go into the gym with a firm
“inflexible” plan of what I am going to hit that day. When I am
actually at the gym, I listen to my body. Some parts are weaker/stonger
than others on given days, so I “improvise”. This also keeps the
body guessing and does not allow it to plateau. High reps and
low weight load has always served me well. At this point of age
and mass, I no longer do “heavy days”. I have had to incorporate
“reality” into my training. By this, I mean to say that I have a
full time job, kids, clients on the side and I simply cannot
train every day of the week. I do my best to get into the gym 4
times/week and I strive to get in and out of the gym within 90
minutes. I try to do cardio immediately following weights for a
minimum of 20 minutes, cycling through Hi-Low interval training.
Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
Balanced eating. If I am less strict with my diet on one day, I
will compensate for it the next day. If I am “dieting”
especially for a show, I will maintain the same frequency of
meals but I will halve my portions. I try to really tune in to
my eating patterns. I will pay more attention to when I “feel”
full during my meals. Also, I have found that when my training
is on , my diet seems to fall into place. The two seem to work
in tandem. I eat carbs. In fact, I eat the right carbs at the
right time and try to not eat late at night. As a mom of two
teenage kids you can imagine there are some challenges in that
I have never added weights or loads to my ab training, I always
use my own body weight. Though in the beginning I was
“ab-sessed” so I would train abs 45 minutes at a time. The truth
is that abs are “suppportive”, core muscles so they actually get
worked just by walking. Indeed, your abs are always working.
However, abs become far more engaged via something as simple as
proper posture through transverse muscle engagement (isometric
contraction). I find that engaging the
in my training goes a long way to an ab look that is not
“protruding” or bulky. Instead, it brings out a sleek, svelte
look. I also pay close attention to my breathing. I hit all of
the major ab groups and maintain contraction of the muscles
during both eccentric and concentric phases. Hanging leg raises
and a variety of ab exercises executed on the
are among my favorites.
Are Your Future Fitness Plans?
wish to continue to train “for myself”, not with shows as the
motivator. I need to remain flexible and challenge myself with
goals of competing in International Fitness Competitions raising
my status in each show. I hope to inspire others, especially
other moms (we need to stick together girls) to realize that
they can maintain their level of fitness and feel great about
themselves. Most importantly, to be fit and healthy so as to be
able to enjoy life.
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