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If you’re been keeping up with my newly rediscovered fitness drive, I’ve been talking a lot about all the advice Whitney has been giving me, and if you’re lost about who she is or what role she plays in my life, here’s the breakdown.
Whitney is my sister-from-a-different-mister best buddy who I met in Gainesville in 2007. She moved to Sanford a few years ago, then California, and most recently,Colorado, but we never lost touch.
Earlier this year, we discovered that we were both leading pretty parallel lives with our health and fitness goals, so we teamed up to become each other’s biggest motivators, and fiercest competitors. (One day, I’m going to do a one-handed handstand!)
We’ve lost weight together, hit plateaus together, and shared every step of the journey with each other. A few months ago, Whitney signed up for a bikini competition next May. She’s been sharing all her tips and tricks passed down from her experienced trainers with me because she wants to see me achieve my best level of fitness. I’ve been following most of them to a T, beginning with my diet and supplements, and the next step is to pick up the pace in my exercise routine.
I asked Whitney to help me with a fitness plan because I have a hard time setting measurable, realistic goals. If I don’t have a specific goal I’m working towards, I tend to give up easily, thinking I’ll just get there eventually. Whitney asked me what I want to look like, so I sent her a scantily clad picture of my favorite fit celeb: Jessica Biel.
I want a low body fat percentage, with enough meat on my bones (in the form of hard muscle) to maintain a feminine shape. And I want her behind.
I know it’s going to be hard, but now I have a goal in mind that I’m committing too, and Whitney says it all starts in the back. That’s right, the glutes. She says that I have to work extensively on my glutes and hamstrings for the first 4 weeks to build a good foundation for toning the body I want.
For 4 weeks, I am committing to 30 minutes of cardio a day, 7 days a week. I need to strip the body fat, then fill in with hard core weight training while maintaining cardio sessions.
At first, I was reluctant. “But what about my abs? What about my arms?”
After a bit of convincing, I agreed to try it her way for 4 weeks. What’s the worse that could happen? I end up with perkier, rounder, firmer butt? I’ll take it. So here’s what we came up with:
And that’s how my backside became Whitney’s new project. And I’m OK with that.
What’s my plan for shaping my booty? I’m going to do a different 30-minute workout each day mixing up some of these super effective glute exercises:
Check out my YouTube playlist for instructional videos on how to do each of these exercises.
As for the cardio:
Cardio is last because it’s what you need to do EVERY SINGLE DAY. 7 days a week. For at least half hour. Switch this up too. Stairs 2x a week. Treadmill 2x a week. Rowing machine 1x a week. Elliptical 2x a week. And throw in some outdoor cardio too. Remember that 30 minutes is a minimum, so push your limits, but at first, do at least three weeks of ONLY 30 minutes a day, no more, no less. This will set the groundwork for intense stuff later. Your body needs to regulate itself and work slowly to build endurance. If you need motivation…text me. I’ve likely already done cardio that day OR I will be looking forward to an hour of it very soon. If i can pump out an hour-1.5 hours, you can do half of one. I promise.
How awesome is she? Some people pay good money for this type of motivation. I know with her help, I’ll be in the best shape of my life in no time.
Now I just need to hurry up and get over this stupid cold so I can get back into the gym.
What is your biggest motivator to work out? Do you have a coach, spouse, friend, or trainer that pushes you to be better?
What’s a specific goal you’re working towards?
My biggest motivator is me. I’m stuck with this body, so I’m going to do everything I can to be proud of it. Whitney and Troy are constantly pushing me to go beyond my limits when I want to give up.
My 6-month goal is to achieve 16% body fat, and an overall toned and defined look to my muscles. I also want to be able to do a completely unassisted pullup.