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Train like a Man

Updated on March 8, 2016

Acceptance is Everything.

It'll take a while but accepting yourself as you are and accepting your limitations will go a long way in helping you feel confident and successful.

So you didn't start out being fit or being into fitness. That's ok. You are going to see and hear alot of noise and clutter around you about fitness. It is the latest trend after all. It's gone from something that a few did to something the gliterrati and the trendy have adopted as their own. It's like souped up coffee right now. Fitness with all the trimmings: fancy t-shirts touting popular gyms, and slogans, energy drinks, protein shakes, HIIT, Yoga, Pilates combined with dancing, Boot camp style trainings, you name it. Then there are the gadgets that promise to melt fat, slim and shape us: corsets, waist cinchers, shapewear etc...etc...

Fitness is simple once you realize that we are not all made equal. This is not a bad thing. Different shapes and sizes make us unique. The trick is to be the best self that you can be. Set a goal and go for it. If your goal is to lose pounds, that's ok. If it's getting in better shape, that's fine. If it's becoming the next Ms. Olympia, that's fine too.

Since this hub is for women over 30. I will end the way I began. Accepting yourself as you are and accepting your limitations will go a long way in helping you feel confident and successful.

About my lifestyle...

Yep. I'm into fitness. It's a part of me. To some I may be a fanatic, to others I may just like to stay in shape. Either way, I love doing it and that means alot to me, regardless of whether I look like I'm a fitness maven or not. I am healthy.

This is my partner...

I think he's fantastic in more ways than one. Him, you can call a professional. He chose to do this for a living, "for the love of the sport," he tells me. I love him, regardless. I wrote this hub in conjunction with him, because he is the expert; not because he is pursuing this professionally but because if someone has already generated excellent results doing something you want to do or be good at, you would go to him/her to find out what was done. This person has the knowledge, drive and talent; this individual becomes your expert. He is mine.

My expert

My partner with his family. Of course, he is the one on the left.
My partner with his family. Of course, he is the one on the left.

The Secret... to getting in shape.

When you decide to get in shape, it is going to take discipline unless you are one of the few naturally gifted individuals with high metabolism and can eat whatever you please without consequence of unwanted weight gain. For most of us, it just isn't easy. The secret is hard work. It is a combination of diet and discipline depending on what you want to accomplish. If you have very little body fat and want to gain muscle, you have to eat alot and clean. If you want to get toned or achieve definition, you have to lose body fat. To accomplish either goal you have to lose body fat.

Body fat percentage....looks

Most women have an average body fat percentage of 24-29. This is typically normal depending on you age, height and body type. Anything over 30 is considered overweight. A woman who weights 150 lbs with 21% body fat looks significantly different from a woman who weighs 150 with a body fat percentage of 28%. Below are some pictures of varying body fat percentages.

Body Fat Percentages on Women

Body fat percentage can make a significant difference in appearance.
Body fat percentage can make a significant difference in appearance.

Diet and Eating Clean

Diet makes a huge difference when it comes to your fitness goals. Remember, you are what you eat. Giving your body the best food yields the best results. To gain weight you eat more. To lose weight you would eat for a caloric deficit. These are simple, common-sense guidelines. Eating clean means you avoid processed and fried foods and sugars such as: potatoe chips, white bread, flour, sugary drinks, etc...It is very difficult to do in some cases to make this change, but it can be do if you start slow. I am not, however saying, deny yourself comletely, but moderation is key to sustained weight loss. Eat a sliver of cake instead of a whole slice.

What about supplements?

Supplements are fine, but don't go crazy. They are not a substitute for hard work. Additionally, All supplements are not created equal. Remember it's easy to go overboard and drink a whole tub of protein shake and not see results. These products are high in calories and can cause significant weight gain, not just muscle gain. Some supplements can cause liver damage if taken improperly. Always use as directed and drink plenty of water to help your body flush accumulated toxins.

Questions/Comments?

If there is anything you would like to see in this hub or If you have questions or comments about fitness or training please feel free to email:redlotus333@yahoo.com and we will promptly address your questions.

Fitness/Bodybuilding Questions? Comments?

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    • Mara J Cannady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mara J Cannady 

      2 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Absolutely, Road Monkey thirty is still young; but most people look at this as the turning point from youth to middle-agedom. People find that it tends to become harder to get fit during this stage of life.

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      RoadMonkey 

      2 years ago

      I really need to get back into a fitness routine, it's just as important as you get older and to me, 30 is young. :)

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