By Kim Darosa
My starting weight was 132lbs and I measured 23.6 %Body fat By the date of the competition I had gotten down to 113 lbs and was 12.3% Body fat. My Goal was 15% Body fat so I exceeded my goal
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The debate has been strong for years. Is it better to perform cardio on an empty stomach or not? Will you burn fat or burn that precious muscle you've work so hard to obtain? Well the debate is over. We have sorted through the studies and gathered the information for you.
Take home message: Boot camp workouts focus only around cardiovascular training! Cardio is NOT bad, it has many health benefits, but too much cardio is counter-productive when a goal of weight loss and fat loss are in mind!
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So you trained your hardest, stuck to the diet, posed your heart out at your show and now you're ready to start taking some pictures. Here are some tips to help you along the way.
Some of us have it, and those of us who dont dream of the day it will happen! Well, 90% of the time, companies WILL NOT seek YOU out..I don't care how awesome you look. If we want them to help us out, we need to show them just WHY we are so awesome and just how we can help THEM! ;)
I wanted to offer some tips & tricks that I have learned over the past couple of years in regards to traveling with food when I am preparing for a show.
You have been working your tail off in the gym, getting up at 4 a.m. to fit in an extra session of cardio, cycling your carbs, and giving up the cream in your coffee. You’ve got your eyes on the prize – getting up on stage for your first figure competition. But while you’re planning out your 12-14 week competition preparation diet and training plan, don’t forget to think about a savings plan, too. Competing is an expensive hobby.
Figure and bikini competitors are the experts at being able to sculpt their bodies, whether that's to put on muscle, lose fat, or both. In this FABulously Fit Friday I show you 3 days of my meals while I was working on losing some weight (fat pounds only).
I need your help. If you have been a victim of childhood sexual abuse and now struggle with losing weight and keeping it off, please vote for this article. Your vote will remain anonymous (no one can see who voted) and it will either confirm or deny my hunch that there a ton of women in this situation.
Have you ever wondered how some women get an amazingly shapely back? Showing strength and femininity at the same time? In this FABulously Fit Friday I'll show you how it's done.
Are you a self-proclaimed "Cardio Queen" but just can't reach your goals? Are you frustrated with carrying excess fat but afraid to train with weights? If so, this episode of FABulously Fit Friday is perfect for you.
As a Personal Trainer with Prenatal clients, I cannot stress enough how important it is to remain active or even BEGIN a fitness regime when you are pregnant. There are so many benefits to yourself AND the baby. It can be a bit scary to some who don't know, and it can also be a little confusing. It is all about understanding the changes that are going on in your body :)
Protein is just fine for children, but some parents freak when I tell them I give my son occasional protein shakes. Here are some recipes and some guidelines for children and protein consumption.
Alcohol is a big no-no for serious fitness gals. While it may be easy to stay off of it, it's not so easy sometimes explaining it.
When I started going to the gym a very long time ago I literally had no idea what I was doing. I was just fortunate enough to have met some pretty wonderful people that showed me the ropes.
Preparing for a show is both exciting & exhausting! You diet & you train for months, practice posing, shop for your suit, your heels ect... When the day finally arrives you get to show your months of hard work & you feel pretty damn good about yourself for accomplishing your goal. The feeling of standing on that stage is amazing! But what happens after the show?
Awwwww c'mon now ladies you know me better than that by now! We're not going to talk about S-E-X the act. In this FABulously Fit Friday We're going to talk about sexuality and what we can do to feel sexier if we're not quite where we want to be.
My fitness journey has completely & utterly enhanced my life forever. This journey has taken me down a path where I have been blessed to discover traits I never knew I possessed. I do have determination. I do have self-control. I am woman and I CAN do this.
I owe my success to my son Josiah. Mommy loves you! You are truly the honey to my tea ;)
So, we have been over all the different types of protein sources and the ideal times to take them. Now, lets go over some of the Sports supps out there because there are TONS!! I'm going to break down some of the most commonly used sports supplements and also mention which supplements you should be taking at ALL TIMES no matter what your fitness goals are!
I get it all the time- "What are you taking", "Whats that in your bottle?", "Well I saw this protein on sale, what do you think about it?", "Isn't all protein just the same, and why should I take that other stuff??" I will go through all the different types of protein, how they are made, the pros and cons, and when to take them. Its time to clear that protein confusion up!
Given the sadness lately, this was not easy to make, but I had to do it. Hope you enjoy!
Here are the top gym etiquette pet peeves gathered from FAB members.