The Teeny Bikini Body

just a girl's struggles of trying to be lean


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The Training – what up?

It’s been DIFFICULT. As Ricky has gotten to know me, he has pushed, challenged, tracked, taught, and has been a relentless trainer. Although I consider myself advanced, this has been challenging.  

SELF DOUBT. We all feel this way. Ricky takes me to a level that I wouldn’t have ever reached on my own. Why?  He has a belief in me that I don’t have. He’s tough on me. And although I complain, I like it. 

Bad training days. I have it. I feel weak, like I let him down, let myself down. The frustration. I know it’s not supposed to be easy. Changing my attitude meant not talking negative. Hard for me.

The Learning: there’s so much.  My form, the movement of each exercise compared to how I used to do it is so different. New exercises that I’d be to chicken to try on my own. The power cleans. Fixing form on front squats. Concentrating on recovery. Foam rolling. The endless knots on my back, my calves, quads, traps, etc. Ricky has taught me so much.

Progress. It’s cool. I love it. I just look in the mirror. And my muscles look more defined. My abs are getting tighter. Friends are asking me what I’m doing.  “I’m training!” I tell them. 

Losing friends. This part sucks. I’ve motivated some people to start working out and I love that. Other people see it as vain. Is it vain?  Maybe. How else would we keep going, writing, creating, building without some vanity involved. We would be stagnant. It’s not vanity, it’s the will, the confidence to DO. They joke that the only food my friends eat is salad. We are strong not anorexic. I hate stereotypes. What people don’t get is that working out is the thing that makes me feel confident in a cynical world. If you don’t like me, it’s probably because you don’t get me. It hurts but I just have to move on.

I come from a family riddled with chronic illness. Partially why I’m so motivated. I have intermittent asthma that can quickly become severe seasonally. I use an inhaler every day twice a day to prevent attacks. It can’t stop me. I always have to get breathing in check to keep going. When signs of extreme exhaustion hit me like a ton of bricks, it means something is wrong. I have to keep going. 

It’s rewarding. I feel accomplished. I feel influential.

TAKEAWAY. I love training with Ricky. Not all training is good. Mine is good. Really good. I can’t stop! I want more. I’m ready to work!

Thanks for listening.

Later 

L.


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A Perspective on Training Solo vs. Being Trained

Hiring a trainer. I always thought in exercise, I’ve always pushed myself harder than any trainer could. I’m a self-motivated, relentless motivator that doesn’t need help.  That being said I’ve done countless workout plans, classes, watched exercise videos. I’ve told myself… I’m an EXPERT.

Uh, wrong! Don’t let your ego ever get in the way of progress.  I needed to humble myself.  Humility is life’s way of telling you… You are not perfect. My failure is also my motivator.  Remember this: There is no end in progress. Progress is a continuous journey that does not stop. You can set mini goals for yourself so you don’t get discouraged.

I’m somewhat fit. Some people would call me very fit yet I don’t have washboard abs.  I have strong legs, the weakest lats and tri’s but I look strong. Muscle imbalances causes problems later on down the line. I had to admit it. I need help.

Soooooooo I hired Ricky from 24 Hour Fitness Sport Club. Ricky’s training is methodical, slow, heavy and technical lifting.  Difficult. I complain, he pushes me forward.  His knowledge surpasses mine by far. Somehow, I’m always out of place, in the wrong position, and he’s correcting that constantly.  He concentrates on a specific muscle so it’s important I follow.  I have a difficult time feeling comfortable with people in general, but for some reason his professionalism works.  His ability to keep me on task is good since I’m so easily distracted. Then diet.  I’m being held accountable. He’s set up my macros. I know I hate it too. Except for cheat meals which I’m allowing two cheat meals once a week, no bread, pizza, cookies, cake, crackers. I’ve planned my meals which is usually some sort of seafood with salad.  I love seafood so it’s the perfect protein for me. Why? Because I’m being measured, weighed which makes me think about everything I’m putting in my body. I’m not saying it’s easy.   For me, it’s my weak link.

Additionally, I have boxing coach Alex from Higley Fit Martial Arts who keeps me on my toes. Alex covers all my hard core intense fast training. I love the torture, the endless kicks, punches, jumps, push-ups, boxing and combos, tire lunges, and sprints.  This is constantly changing and I love the group training atmosphere.  I train with Alex about 4 -5 times a week.  Alex is also technical, and always keeps me guessing on what he has in store for me next. I love boxing and the social interaction which also keeps me competitive.

The combo of the two trainers gives me my fix. Exercise is my drug.

 

So here’s what I’ve figured out:

  1. You can’t do it yourself.
  2. Trainers make you work harder than yourself.
  3. You are not an expert for everything.
  4. Trainers tells you what you don’t know and can help you reach your goal.
  5. They keep you in check.
  6. They make you do things you would never do on your own.
  7. It’s way more fun with a trainer!

That’s it!   Hearts❤️❤️❤️❤️


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Revamp it: A retrospect on the challenge of constant exercise

Hello Friends.

What to discuss.  My absence is a given.  In life, we need a break sometimes…from writing, from fitness classes, from friends.  What I found out is this: You must return from your break at some point.  Face the reality of why you are breaking, and what it is you truly need.

The problem is this.  Not everyone will understand.  Some people might get hurt… especially if your break is too long.  Here’s the other thing.  The longer you are away, the harder it is to come back.  You don’t want to miss important events, etc.  No matter what.  You can’t be selfish.  You must be there for important events in peoples lives.  That means birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, etc.

So that being said, I’m back.  In full force, ready to go rogue and fighting every step of the way.

I’ve revamped the work out.  Sometimes we get in a rut, doing the same thing day in and day out.  Sometimes progress seems slow because we can’t see it instantly.

To fight boredom, I am revamping my workout every 6 weeks now.  My workout has no limits.  On my break, I discovered that I had to completely change my routine due to my injury.  I had to be creative, finding ways to make it challenging enough without getting hurt again.

I’ve been working out since I’ve been 18 and boredom is a big thing for me.  I’ve evolved tremendously, experimenting with so many types of workouts and what the results could be.  I know my body’s strengths and limitations.

You have to look for a workout that comes close to what your needs are.  I have a series of workouts I follow from John Romaniello that I’ve been working on for a good year.  Now, I’ve completely revamped it, changed it to challenge me in different ways.  His workout plan by far the best workout plan I’ve encountered.  It’s challenging, exciting and I use it again and again.  Here’s what you do.

1.  Find a workout plan that comes close to your level of fitness.

2.  Adjust it to make it harder or easier (or if you are injured)

3.  Be limitless in your pursuit of fitness: Only you know what would challenge you.

4. Rest accordingly.  Over training can put your body to a complete hault so I take this very seriously.  If you can’t workout one day.  Don’t fret.  This is your rest day.

5.  Be consistent.  You can’t get anywhere if you are only working out once a week.  Commit to at least 3 days a week.

6.  Stop following the rules.  You have to experiment to discover what your body can do.

7.  Feed your muscle.  Make sure you are getting enough protein.  Look at your macros. Don’t starve.

8.  Cheat once a week.  It’s not do or die.  Cheating will keep yourself sane.

9.  Stop hating yourself.  Self-defeat is one of the biggest barriers of success.  Just keep going.  You may not see results, but other people do… and they will tell you.

10.  Remember: Life is a journey.  Make friends, be open, be non-critical and stop the comparisons.

That’s it.  Peace always.

Hearts,

L.

My revamped workout:

Interval Sprints and Running, 3 miles 3x a week

Hill Sprints 1x/Week

Spin 1x/Week

HIIT training 1x/ Week ( box jumps, squats, etc.)

Weight training, Dynamic, Pyramids, etc. ( changing every 6 weeks)

Mixed with Boxing classes, gravity classes etc. to break things up.