Guest Post by my great Friend and Female Fitness Expert: Pamela MacElree
As most of you know May is all about Strength at Fit Yummy Mummy, and more than anything in the world, I hope you are embracing it!
Strength can have very different meanings to different people, and we are all different, but even a better reason to embrace it. I believe that strength training is one of if not the most empowering type of training you can do.
When you have worked hard to get physically strong you have found strength in more ways than one. It isn’t easy to see strength increases, so when you do it means that you have been working hard, following a plan and sticking to it.
Confused about the newest FYM Gym Based Workouts for Moms?
This week I launched a new and unique workout resource for Fit Yummy Mummy’s call FYM in the GYM. Since the release, I’ve received dozens of questions since this is do different than what a typical FYM workout plan has to offer.
To help, I made two videos.
Video One In this video I explain exactly what the FYM in the GYM workout program is all about. I then share why I created such a workout program – since many were left scratching their heads…wondering why I did this – and who this workout program is best suited for.
Video Two In this video I addresses the most common questions and concerns such as…
“How is this different from your other FYM workout programs?”
“Are these really only 15 minute workouts?”
“I don’t want DVDs. You can’t use these in the gym!”
“This looks like it’s only for those who lift heavy weights.”
“I’m confused by all the workout groupings…hip, knees, pulling – what does this mean?”
“I want a progressive workout plan with printable workout logs”
Did you know that not wearing the right shoe for you is often the root cause of chronic aches and pains and can prevent you from getting the most out of your workouts, with the potential to cause injury?
Choosing the right shoe for you is as important as choosing the right fat loss program for results. The last thing you want to experience during your workout is pain from your workout shoes, from an aggravated ankle, blisters to toes going numb.
After all, exercising should make you feel GOOD ~ this is why I have outlined what you need to consider as you venture out to select your workout shoes.
The key to reshaping your body over the next 3 weeks in preparation for spring is….Strength Training!
When you focus on full body moves that help you get stronger, you give your metabolism a tremendous boost, you help your body burn more calories, you see the “tone” and definition you have been dreaming about….and you can do all this in just 15 minutes a Workout!
Spring is just around the corner, is your body ready?
If your resolutions have gone by the wayside now is the time to recommit and get a jump start on your spring shape up plan.
To help I’ve made a workout video that takes you through two of my favorite exercises that combine the most effective strength training moves for your upper body as well as your core. These combination exercises not only help you feel it in all the right places but burns more calories and saves you time as you workout!
The Moms at ClubFYM who took on the 12 Week New Year’s Transformation Challenge are sharing their 4 week progress updates. One of the most inspiring results shared are from Busy Mom Jennifer, who as a former cardio queen was extremely skeptical of the concept of working out just 90 minutes a week. See what she has to say after giving the Fit Yummy Mummy fat loss system a chance to reshape her body.
Jennifer’s 4 Week Reflection:
“At week 4, I am in a curious position.
Being a reformed cardio queen, I’ve come into this challenge and FYM program skeptical about the philosophy of obtaining physical results when only spending a total of 90 minutes exercising per week. I knew going into this challenge that it would not only be a physical challenge for me, but a mental one. A challenge believing that I was not actually wasting precious work out time by adhering to the 90 minute rule.
I admit, it’s been difficult pulling back on cardio.
However, at just week 4, I can say that I am seeing interesting results as my body is beginning to take on a new shape!
I have been gleaning a lot of valuable information from FYM mostly a change in my mindset over the short and sweet workouts vs. hours of cardio.
My Initial Transformation Challenge Goals:
Day One: I am soooo tired of the ups and downs of getting “fit” and I mean, really “fit”. I have tried every diet out there until realizing about two years ago that it shouldn’t be a “diet” but a “lifestyle change”. I have fallen into so many traps over my journey…the eat less, gain less philosophy only to realize that I was shooting myself in the foot by sending my body into crisis mode so it held onto the fat because I wasn’t eating. Then, I became a cardio queen. And while I got super thin, I was soft thin, no muscle tone, very gaunt looking. I work out 5-6 days a week, take spin, run half marathons but still feel flabby.
The most portable fat loss tool you will ever own!
To prove how versatile resistance bands can be for busy moms, for our trip to Disneyland, California I packed a single red band.
While hotel workouts are one option, I decided to take my band to the beach with my boys and get a quick metabolic band circuit workout in!
Try it out and feel it for yourself.
Beach Band Metabolic Circuit Workout
Band Squat Press: 10-15x Single Leg Romanian Deadlift to Reverse Lunge: 6-8x each leg Push Ups: 8-10 Split Squat with Rotation: 6-8x each leg Band Pull Aparts: 10-15x
Complete Circuit 2-4 times based on your fitness level.
Bonus Finisher – Jump Squats 10-15x at the end of each circuit
Perform for time after completing all rounds of your beach band circuit. An example would be Tabata Jump Squats – 20 seconds of jump squats followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeat for 8 rounds – total of 4 minutes of work.
Get your Body Back with Bands ~ Newest Fit Yummy Mummy fat loss resource