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Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Patty Hart

Patty is a busy mom who made a commitment to herself when she came to us to get in the best shape of her life. Like most people who set an ambitious fitness goal, at first she would at times question her ability to reach her goal, but with the help of the team here at TGTN, she gradually proved to herself what a strong, capable woman she is and that she can accomplish any goal she puts her mind to.

Patty is an amazing addition to the fitness family here and we are so proud of her dedication to herself and the amazing transformation she has seen. Not just on the outside, but the inside too, particularly with her ability to hold herself accountable to her nutrition and her belief in herself! Continue Reading Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Patty Hart »

3 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight With Your Training Program

Starting your own weight loss journey can be daunting–particularly when it’s not the first time you’ve (unsuccessfully) made the attempt.

Between signing up for that expensive gym membership, to getting yourself out of bed and to the gym each morning (or on the way home after a long day at work), to the boring, long sessions on the treadmill, it only adds insult to injury when all that effort is seemingly for nothing–when after days and days of hard work, you step on the scale and… nada.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. With a few smart tweaks to your training, you can go from disappointed to delighted as you see the weight melt off your body. Continue Reading 3 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight With Your Training Program »

Does Weight Training Make Women Bulky? Learn the Truth Now

If you’ve read any women’s fitness magazines or browsed any fitness websites, you’ve undoubtedly seen the following claims:

“Women shouldn’t lift weights over 3 lbs.”

“You want to lift light weights to lengthen and tone your muscles; heavy weights will make your muscles bulky.”

And so on. So it’s no wonder that one of the biggest fears most women have when they start a fitness regimen, is that they’re going to gain too much bulk and end up looking like a professional bodybuilder if they spend too much time in the weight room.

Thus, many of them stick to cardio and low-impact fitness programs like pilates and yoga. The idea being that such exercise will prevent a bulky physique, while simultaneously carving out muscle definition and getting rid of body fat.

But women who are looking to make changes to their bodies–namely fat loss and toning–find that they’re unable to get the results they want with low-impact exercise alone. Continue Reading Does Weight Training Make Women Bulky? Learn the Truth Now »

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 »

Two Critical Factors to Natural Muscle Gain That You’re Currently Ignoring

“I work out hard all the time and I just don’t grow!” Sound familiar? How about, “No matter how much I eat, I can’t gain weight!” or, “My bench has been stuck at __ lbs forever and I just can’t get stronger!”—any of those sound like something you’ve heard recently, or perhaps even said yourself?

Every day, thousands of hopeful hardgainers travel to their local gyms, diligently work through the latest muscle magazine or bodybuilding.com workout program, and summarily fail to achieve any of the incredible results promised by these programs despite their best and continued effort.

While some maintain a headstrong attitude in the face of continued failure for years, most eventually burn out and give up. And who can blame them? Nothing is less motivating than working excruciatingly hard at something, only to see literally nothing for your hard work.

The reason I am so familiar with this feeling is because I went through the same thing myself as a young adult. Throughout high school and early college, I was a scrawny, muscleless weakling and was treated as such by everyone around me.

Continue Reading Two Critical Factors to Natural Muscle Gain That You’re Currently Ignoring »

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 »

3 Reasons Why Having Good Glutes is Important

We all know the saying, “They ain’t never wrote a song about a small ass.” Having a good backside is something that others notice and appreciate (and that appreciation seems to be trending more and more in recent years), but most people don’t realize the full extent of the benefits there are to having one.

While most people assume that a nice butt is due to genetics, the great news is that through intelligent training, anyone can attain a nicer rear end, no matter what their starting point. In our last article, we touched on some of the most ineffective glute exercises (that for some reason are also the most popular), and in our next article, we’re going to discuss what we consider to be the best exercises for the butt based on real results we have gotten with our athletes.

Here at Training Ground TransformationNATION in our FitCAMP and StrengthCAMP programs (and of course, our seasonal GluteCAMP speciality program), we focus a large amount of attention on coaching athletes on how to properly use their glutes in most of the movements that they do to help them develop the best booty possible that will give them all of the benefits I am about to share with you. Continue Reading 3 Reasons Why Having Good Glutes is Important »

The Top 4 Most Overrated Butt Exercises

When Sir Mix-a-Lot famously stated, “I like big butts and I can not lie”, he was speaking for the majority of men and what they find attractive in this day and age: big booties! So, since the booty is the “bump that’s in,” how can we achieve it?

Like most aspects of the fitness industry, the real answer–lifting heavy with the tried and true exercises–has been bogged down in a mire of fancy, pointless and underwhelming fluff that is designed to appeal to our natural tendency to seek out the path of least resistance (pun intended) with most of the things we do. In this case, the prospect of flailing one’s leg around and barely breaking a sweat sounds a lot more appealing to many people than getting under a barbell and lifting at the limits of one’s ability.

However, if your goal is to actually transform your glutes and build a powerful, sexy and impressive derriere, there is no other way to accomplish it. Performing moves like the ones I have singled out below will do nothing but waste your time–time that could be spent performing effective exercises to shape and tone your glutes! Continue Reading The Top 4 Most Overrated Butt Exercises »

At-Home “Sport Flexibility” Routines for Posture Improvement

The quality of your movements will only be as good as your body posture. In other words, if you suffer from muscle imbalances, those imbalances are probably going to translate into movement compensation during exercise. If you find that you’re unable to perform certain exercises correctly, or experience pain when going through the movements, chances are that you’re suffering from muscle imbalances.

The truth is, anyone who is active is at risk for developing postural issues, and the very best way to mitigate this risk is to establish a consistent, effective flexibility routine.

We like to call our take on flexibility training, “Sport Flexibility” because our focus is on maximizing our athletes’ ability to move and perform in the athletic training environment here at the TransformationNATION. As such, our focus isn’t on flexibility just for its own sake, but as a means to an end for maintaining a healthful and superiorly-performing body. Continue Reading At-Home “Sport Flexibility” Routines for Posture Improvement »

Lifting Weights Causes Breast Shrinkage: True or False?

“Am I going to lose my breasts by lifting weights?” This is a very common question that enters women’s minds when they first begin considering weight training. After all, most of the photos we see online of really fit women show either relatively flat chests, or breast augmentation, so it’s understandable that one would assume this was the case.

This concern has scared many women away from incorporating weight lifting into their workout regimen as a part of achieving their dream body. It is pretty clear that media doesn’t help this, as it continually promotes weight lifting with images of extremely-muscular women on stage strutting their “stuff” with no natural breast tissue to speak of. Continue Reading Lifting Weights Causes Breast Shrinkage: True or False? »