You may not aspire to be a fitness competitor or a cover model, but you may still want to lean down and build some beautiful, statuesque muscles. Burning fat and building muscle not only makes your body look better, but it's also a positive step toward living a longer, healthier life! And that's something everyone should want.
So, if you've been thinking about stepping into the fitness game, but aren't sure where to start, I've created the perfect plan for you!
Check out Kelsey's 50-pound weight-loss story here.
Start Smart Plan To Succeed
The first step in achieving your goals is to make sure you know exactly what you want. From there, make a daily action plan that will move you forward toward that goal.
If your fitness goal is to get leaner and build a little muscle, the first thing I recommend is creating a nutrition plan. Eating healthy is often the hardest part, but it's by far the most important aspect of being leaner and healthier. Personally, I never saw the results I wanted until I took control of the food I was eating.
Second, start a workout plan that has a great balance of weight training and cardio. Don't worry ladies—you won't bulk up from lifting weights! Resistance training is the only thing that has made my body look shapely and more youthful. I encourage you to trust the process and give weight training a chance. I guarantee you'll like the changes you see!
Following a "cardio only" workout plan just makes you a smaller version of what you already are. It's impossible to build those round shoulders and carve nice arms when all you're doing is running or walking on a treadmill.
Fitness Model Training Plan
Do you have your goals written down? Are you prepared to take the necessary steps to get there? Here's the perfect plan to get you moving on the right path. Let's get started!
Training to look like a fitness model takes time and dedication, but it's also a lot of fun! Lifting weights can make you feel like a badass and will make your body look amazing.
For this training plan, you'll work each muscle group once per week. If you have a lagging muscle group—in my case, it's glutes—work it twice per week with at least two days of rest between workouts.
Make sure that you're using enough weight to make every set difficult. If you can get through a set without elevating your heart rate, you're not doing enough weight. Your muscles need considerable resistance in order to change.
Weeks 1 and 2
Use the first week to gauge your strength and endurance. Learn how to do every exercise by watching the video for each exercise and practicing good form.
During Week 2, each exercise should be done for 3 sets of 12 reps, except for abdominal exercises which should be done for 3 sets of 25 reps.
Weeks 3 and 4
The second part of this program is a little more difficult than the first two weeks. You'll be doing some different exercises, and you'll be using more weight. If you can lift the weight for 15 reps, you're not going heavy enough. Try using enough weight so you can hit 12 reps on the first set, 10 on the second, and 8 on the third.
During Week 4, perform 4 sets of 8-12 reps to failure.
Your food decisions determine 80 percent of your results. You may exercise hard, but only 20 percent of the changes you see in the mirror will come from what you do in the gym.
So before you even step foot in a gym, fine-tune your nutrition. Start by determining your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). That will give you a pretty good indication of how many calories you need to eat.
When you know how many calories to eat, break them down into a macronutrient ratio. I follow a 40/40/20 macro ratio, which means 40 percent of my calories come from protein, 40 percent from complex carbohydrates, and 20 percent from healthy fats.
That's usually a good place to start. But, you can always alter the numbers to fit what you like to eat. So, if you like a little more fat in your diet, try a 40/30/30 ratio.
If you're not exactly sure how to start, try this sample meal plan. It includes four days of meals to help you learn what foods are best and when to eat them.