My Fitness Transformation Part 2

May 12, 2015

When I first started working out regularly, I decided to take pictures along the way to really see my progress. My first set of photos (from this post) already showed such a difference in my body and it's really motivating to see my hard work. (My goal is to take photos every 6 months!)

For this transformation post, I wanted to do something a little different and focus on how much stronger I am. It's amazing how clean eating and working out 6 days a week has increased my strength!

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Since my last fitness transformation post, a lot has changed. Every few weeks, I take my workout to the mat and go to a kickboxing class. It's an hour of intense cardio and I am literally dripping sweat by the time I'm done. (Photographic evidence here.) I just wouldn't advise eating an airhead right before... or anything for that matter.

I'm also increasing my weight on nearly every set - from dumb bell curls to dead lifts. Even adding those little 2.5 pound weights make me struggle but I like it! I usually do 3 sets of each exercise but sometimes if I have to do a shorter workout, I perform 4 sets.

My favorite accomplishment: after 2 months of focusing more on building my back muscles, I FINALLY did a chin up!!! Now I do them regularly and they're actually fun!

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With bikini season just around the corner (eee!) I am now increasing my training and making some changes to get to the next level:

Increasing my HIIT (high intensity interval training) - I still loooove the stair master, but now I'm adding more HIIT to my workout before picking up the weights. It increases my heart rate and burns more calories in a shorter period of time. Yes, please.

Doing abs daily - I love trying new ab exercises and always finish my workouts with a set. (This is one of my favorites.) When you have a strong core, your form is better and workouts are easier to do.

Slower reps - I'm working on slowing my reps down a bit and focusing on targeting the correct muscle(s). Sometimes, if you rush to get through a workout too fast, your muscles aren't working to their maximum potential, or you use a different set of muscles than what you're aiming for. Slowing down (and breathing) helps work specific areas better.

MyFitnessPal - I've been using MyFitnessPal for 4 weeks now and it's really helped me to understand my eating habits. (It's also a free download!) The app calculates the amount of calories you need each day - breaking each meal down by calories, carbohydrates, sodium, etc.

In the short time I've been using the app, I'm already noticing a few trends: my sodium and carb intake is a bit too high (and I'm not even eating pasta...), I do reach my daily protein goals, but by the end of the day I'm still about 800 calories short of my daily caloric goal (even though I'm eating 5-6 times a day). The app has been a huge help for me to understand how to choose the right foods to fuel my body and make changes accordingly.

I'm excited for these little changes that will have a big impact and can't wait to check in with you guys again soon! 

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