Does Your Fitness Regimen Pass The Test? Why You Need to be able to Answer Yes! to This One Question

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Whether you’re currently following a fitness regimen or you’re looking for a new workout program and possibly even nutrition guidelines to embrace, you need to ask yourself an important question:

“Will I still be able to do this one month, six months, and a year from now?”

If your answer isn’t a definitive Yes, then it’s likely time you adopt a new approach or move on to the next possible solution.

Don’t revolve your life around a routine – rather adopt a routine that fits your lifestyle and preferences

Don’t try to follow a four-day-per-week workout routine when you know that more than three weekly gym visits isn’t practical

Don’t follow a rapid fat loss … Click to continue reading

Health and Fitness Gone Bad – When It Degrades Women, And What We Can Do About It

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I was once told that my Lift Like a Girl t-shirt was degrading. That the whole lift like a girl manifesto was degrading to women.

I took the statement for the ignorant comment it was, laughed it off, and went about my day. But later on I couldn’t help but think about the messages that are still, unfortunately, being spread in the world of women’s fitness. The ideas, statements, and philosophies that are degrading.

Such as . . .

Telling women they should never lift more than five pounds or else they’ll risk losing a “feminine physique” and not live up to society’s standards and labels. (Even though groceries, children, and purses women pick up on a daily basis easily surpass this five pound limit, but they neglect … Click to continue reading

Get Stronger with the 54321 Method

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Get strong.

Then get stronger.

Those are goals you can never go wrong with.

There are so many benefits to having a pure strength building focus with your workouts. For one, they’re fun! When you focus entirely on doing a little better than you did the last workout and gradually strive to add more weight to the bar, you’ll likely look forward to each and every session.

This means you’ll anticipate your workouts and perform them consistently, and that is the magic recipe for achieving the results you’re after.

That’s just one of the main reasons women should strength train.

Furthermore, being strong can help you achieve your other fitness goals much easier. Any trainee, whether they want to lose fat or sculpt muscle, can benefit from being … Click to continue reading

Stay Lean Without Tracking Your Calories or Macros in 4 Easy Steps

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This is a guest post from Armi Legge of EvidenceMagazine.com. I rarely discuss counting calories or macros, so this article is a great place to start for people who currently track their calories/macros and want some easy steps to gradually stop doing so, or to make the process much easier.

You want to be lean.

Maybe you’re not obsessed with your appearance, but you want that athletic look that shows you care about your body.

You start counting calories and you lose weight.

You’re thrilled, but at the same time, you don’t enjoy it. After a few weeks or months you get sick of logging your food into an app and weighing your plate before each meal.

You get sick of reading … Click to continue reading

What’s Your Excuse? (Why This is a Stupid Question and What to Ask Instead)

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There was a picture floating around the social media world with the question, “What’s your excuse?” posed to the reader.

The photo was of a mom and her kiddos and, in essence, the picture stated she was a busy, working mom but was still able to build and maintain a great looking body.

“What’s your excuse?” was being asked to those who can’t, or haven’t, been able to do what she has done. She works, takes care of her children, doesn’t get a ton of sleep, but still looks great. So, why don’t you is the question she asks.

But here’s the problem: asking “What’s your excuse?” is the wrong question.

While it motivated some people to start a health and fitness regimen, it came off … Click to continue reading

You’re Stronger Than You Think You Are

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I get it, really I do.

Sometimes (not for most Lift Like a Girl readers, but definitely women who start strength training for the first time) the thought of lifting a heavy barbell is intimidating.

Some women think (or have been brainwashed into believing) they’ll never be able to do chin-ups without any assistance.

Perhaps a double bodyweight (or more?) deadlift is out of reach or too hefty of a goal to strive for.

But, and here’s the important thing – you’re much stronger than you think you are.

You’re capable of much more than you realize.

We had a conversation on the Lift Like a Girl Facebook page the other day about this very topic, and here is what a fellow Lift Like a Girl … Click to continue reading