6 Body transformation tips for women
Written by Mark Coles - Follow on Google+ | Facebook | Twitter
Whether you are just starting out and have a lot of weight to lose, or you're more experienced and in pretty good shape - we have experience in helping women from all walks of life, reach their health and fitness goals.
We have witnessed the traits that some of our best female transformation clients have displayed over the years, and then we coach these to our clients who are aiming for similar results. However, we still see many women struggle to change their body shape. Here are our top 6 tips to help you transform your body.
1. Ensure your training is challenging
When we work with women, one of the most important things we teach is how to really make each workout challenging.
When you lift weights you must have the intention to shift the weight as hard as you can, it's such a huge variable in training and it’s responsible for so much of the muscle fibre recruitment required to change and really see body composition results.
When women hire a very skilled personal trainer or strength coach, you’re not just taken through workouts, you're taught how to really execute each lift and how to put maximum effort into a full workout. This is a very good reason for everyone starting out in training, to hire a personal trainer/strength coach.
So the next time you train, put maximum effort into every exercise you do, try and get a couple more reps from each set or move up your weights. If you’re having a bad day and want to vent some aggression, don’t see sweating on the cardio machines as your stress buster, get under some decent weight and push like your life depended on it. Give that a go for a week and tell me much more you enjoy training and how much tighter your body feels!
2. Allow enough time to get in shape
Consistency is the name of the game here ladies, you have to come into a programme fully committed. You also have to expect to be working for a minimum of 3 – 6 months towards your goal. You’ve got to ask yourself, when was the last time you really stuck to a programme and gave it 110%? We can safely say that the women who are featured on our body transformation page, stuck to our programme guidelines like clockwork and they have the pictures to prove it.
3. Don't just follow what your friend is doing
You decide you want to get in shape, so you start exercising with your friend. It’s the same friend who’s spent the last year either on a cross trainer or attending every class going. The first thing you need to ask yourself is, has she really changed that much in the whole time she’s been going, and does she look anything like you really want to look?
The place you’ll actually see the best female physiques is in the weights area, but this is an area you’re unfamiliar with right? You must take my advice here, you will halve the time it takes you to get in shape, if you spend the first month of your journey learning how to train with weights. If that means leaving all your friends while they head off to the classes, then so be it. Find a certified personal trainer or strength coach, once again choose someone who gets results similar to what you’re looking for. Hire them for a month or even more, to really learn how to push your self through strength training. Trust me, your friends will be asking to join you in no time, once they see your body fat dropping and your new shape coming through.
4. Surround yourself with people who are in the shape you want to be
In life you will always succeed way more, if you spend most of your time living out of your comfort zone. Not only will you learn a lot more, but successful people around you have a very positive influence, and this alone will speed up your results. This is why we encourage our female clients to train with people who are in better shape than they are, and those who train way harder.
We're not saying that you need to ditch your life long friends, but you have to acknowledge that your lifestyle plays a huge part in the reason why you’re out of shape. We always remind people of this, to change one thing you must change many things. To change your body, may mean analysing your friendships and seeing if they actually complement what you’re trying to achieve, or if they complicate them.
5. Prioritise your training and food preparation
This is very common and an area that we spend so much time on when we work with women. Getting yourself in shape, has to become a priority, if you’re not prepared to do that, it’s really not on the top of your list. If it’s lower down your list, you’ll not only get very slow results, but you’ll always place everything else ahead of it.
So how do you deal with this, well you firstly have to get in the habit of preparing your food either weekly or daily. You’re going to have to prioritise a time or day where you get it all done. If you’re someone who grabs your food as you go along, I guarantee you’ll miss meals, you’ll miss certain food groups out and you’ll always not have enough food in the house. We always tell people, if you really see something as a priority, it goes straight to the top of the list. Excuses such as, I just forgot or I didn’t have anything in, just tell me that you’re not committed.
It’s the same thing when it comes to training. You have to set a time every day when you train. If it’s when your husband comes back from work and you get him to put the kids to bed, then that’s when it is and you all get into that routine. If it’s when the kids go to nursery or school every morning, then that’s when it gets done. If you don’t have responsibilities like children, you could be someone who just waits for the right time of the day to train. This doesn’t work because you usually leave it right to the end of the day, when you’re tired and at your most unproductive.
You need to also acknowledge to yourself, is this really a priority in your life right now? If it isn’t, then don’t stress yourself trying to make it one. Maybe this isn’t the right time for you to be thinking about getting in great shape.
6. Don't take your friend's diet advice
This almost goes back to my point above about listening to your friends when it comes to training. Nutrition is a very confusing subject, and sadly the media does a fantastic job of sending out so many mixed messages. Let me put this to you, do you really think athletes of any high level, would follow a slim fast diet or weight watchers plan? Do you really think that their coaches would let them follow these low calorie meal plans with the volume of training they do?
So why when you’re about to commit to 5 x 1 hour training sessions per week do you follow your friends guidance of a low calorie meal plan? You’re actually going from eating more, with less exercise, to a lot less food and 5 hrs of training per week. Just remember this very important point. If the person/article giving you guidance on nutrition for fat loss hasn’t got a list of impressive results/testimonials from the system they use, don’t take it. One of the most important parts of any consultation we have with a female client, is when we show them a list of our cases studies and our own body transformations.
If you want to be average, then keep doing what you’ve always done. If you’re someone who wants to really step up your training and achieve a real result, they you have to take our comments on board and redirect your focus to getting in shape and make it a priority in your life.
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