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Articles Tagged: fitness modeling

Developing a Success-Based Mindset

Your ability to successfully reach your fitness goals begins with an area that is commonly ignored completely–your state of mind.

In this article I’m going to outline the importance of aligning your beliefs and behaviors with your goals, as well as why it’s crucial to drop any excuses lingering in your mind as to why you can not stick to your commitments and achieve success.

Having a goal is great. Without one, you’re aimlessly wandering without direction, and can never reach a destination because there is no defined destination to reach.

Just having a goal is not enough though, and unfortunately this is where many people stop the process, and then wonder why they’re not able to achieve their goals. Continue Reading Developing a Success-Based Mindset »

Instagram Workouts from Bikini Competitors are a Waste of Your Time

How many times have you browsed Instagram, Facebook, Women’s Health Magazine, or another website and seen the latest “bikini competitor leg/arm/shoulder/butt workout?”

Images of hard, lean bodies jump out at you from the screen—seemingly-impossible levels of muscle definition on perfectly proportioned bodies with just the right amount of sweat and goosebumps… before you know it you have goosebumps of your own just thinking about what it would be like to have that body for yourself.

At the beach… all eyes on you, super confident in that bikini. Walking into the gym… girls whispering to each other about how you must be a competitor, and coming up to ask you for exercise advice. Fitting into all the tiny little dresses that you want to wear to the club and having them fit your body like a glove. Heck, having ANY outfit you wear fitting perfectly.

Even reading this right now, I am willing to bet the hair is standing up on the back of your neck slightly—and that’s exactly the response that fitness marketers use to lure you in, because if you think a product is going to provide you with that body (and the lifestyle that you imagine comes with it), you’re going to buy the product at whatever asking price, no questions asked! Continue Reading Instagram Workouts from Bikini Competitors are a Waste of Your Time »

Dangerous Curves Ahead: How to Build a Better Butt

It seems like lately, it is all about the bum–it has taken over the internet, literally. This booty-licious trend is one that I actually like. I mean, what female wants a flat, flabby behind? None that I know of! Sure, some abs and biceps will look nice and probably fill out your clothes well–but ladies, you need some curves. The backside is where it’s at… am I right?

Having a great behind isn’t only something to be achieved by professional fitness competitors or models anymore. Every woman on the planet wants one. It is an essential part of our female physique, so it’s important for us not to ignore it. I am pretty sure that most of the time when you check your Instagram feed, you see women who embrace their curves, especially if they’ve worked hard for them.

I am constantly flooded with questions from females asking, “Lucy, how can I get a nice butt?” Well, there is definitely more to it than just genetics, and believe me that when I say that for my own rear, I have put a ton of work into it! This didn’t just happen overnight… and I wasn’t simply blessed with good genetics–I had to bust my ass for my results (no pun intended). Continue Reading Dangerous Curves Ahead: How to Build a Better Butt »

Why Women Should Focus Their Effort on Lifting Heavy Weight

I am going to switch gears from our normal discussions for a bit and rather than focus on fat loss, I’m going to touch on muscle and strength gain.

As most of you know, we have a program here at Training Ground TransformationNATION specifically for guys looking to gain size and strength called RIPT Performance, but this group of athletes aren’t the only ones interested in muscle and strength gain, nor should they be.

It’s my opinion that anyone training for any goal (other than perhaps strictly endurance-based activities like marathon running or competitive handkerchief-knitting) will benefit from increased strength and muscle mass.

Yes, that even includes you women who are deathly afraid of the horrid outcome of weight lifting—”GETTING BULKY!!!!” Continue Reading Why Women Should Focus Their Effort on Lifting Heavy Weight »

Working Out With Makeup 101

This is a guest article written by former Training Ground coach and NPC bikini competitor Kasia Harmata:

Ladies, do you wear makeup to the gym? Why or why not? I don’t typically go to the gym with makeup on (mainly because I work at the gym where makeup isn’t required for my job), but those of you with more formal jobs sometimes you find yourself needing to get your workout in immediately after work, or some event where you’re going to be expected to have some makeup on. Most women wear makeup everyday to work, school, to run errands, etc., so rather than furiously scrubbing your makeup off before your workout, why not just go to the gym with the makeup on? I don’t see that there is anything wrong with it—whatever makes you feel good, do it!

First things first, choosing the right makeup for your skin type. I have sensitive skin thats oily and dry at the same time (the combination is almost as good as a PB&J sandwich, huh?) Sweating, oily/dry skin, and the wrong kind of makeup can cause severe pepperoni face for girls like me. Not really the look I’m going for here, since I am at the gym, I sorta care about my appearance. Here are some personal makeup do’s and don’ts that you can use for your next gym sesh. Continue Reading Working Out With Makeup 101 »

January’s Recipes and Q & A Wrap-Up

Below you will find a list of all of the recipes and Q & A sessions from this past month’s newsletters. If you’d like to get these types of articles delivered to your email on a regular basis, please sign up for the Fit Facts Newsletter (and get a free e-report in the process!). Continue Reading January’s Recipes and Q & A Wrap-Up »

October’s Recipes and Q & A Wrap-Up

Below you will find a list of all of the recipes and Q & A sessions from this past month’s newsletters. If you’d like to get these types of articles delivered to your email on a regular basis, please sign up for the Fit Facts Newsletter (and get a free e-report in the process!). Continue Reading October’s Recipes and Q & A Wrap-Up »