Companies trying to push the latest exercise gadgets, spas selling body-wrap treatments, hardcore personal trainers preaching painful & time consuming ‘weights and machines’ type workout routines and even vitamin companies hawking body-sculpting pills are all trying to tap into the emotional pain zones of women (and some men) of all ages, body types and fitness levels to make more sales without delivering the desired end result as safely as possible with as little cost as possible.
When I speak of cost, I not only speak of financial loss but also the loss of one’s self confidence and trust in others who are supposed to be helping and not taking unfair advantage of people in desperate or uncertain circumstances.
Effective, safe and permanent body sculpting can in fact be achieved without a gym membership, without regular visits to a ‘body-wrapping’ spa, without fake or dangerous diet supplements and, most of all, without agonizing and time consuming workouts.
As a career fitness pro and trainer I’ve had the great opportunity to work with many women coming from different life situations, physical abilities, fitness levels, and most importantly, emotional starting points.
As each brought their own definition of body sculpting into the evaluation process it helped me realize that all women have their own personal definition of what it would mean for them to be in great shape. Some want to lose weight while getting firmer and stronger. Some want to maintain weight and tone up with shapelier, curvier muscles. Some want to build up certain body areas, such as the butt or thighs and add a little bit of healthy body weight in the process.
What most women do not understand is the method by which their goals can be achieved is simply quite realistic. Weights, machines and ‘bodybuilder’ type workouts are not for everyone. This type of fitness routine is not realistic for most people – let alone busy women with careers and/or families. Being young and single may allow for this consuming, almost obsessed, type of lifestyle. But as we develop careers and grow our families, spending 2 hours in the gym every day is not a realistic habit.
By utilizing a wide choice of bodyweight exercises with some simple fitness tools (mat, exercise ball, step), a woman can make consistent progress in her specific fitness and body-sculpting goals. Form, tempo, sequence and progression are all underutilized variables in the workout routines of women. By using these misunderstood variables and crafting a body sculpting program that can be done literally anywhere and anytime, (such as at home when the kids are asleep or before getting ready for work) most of the excuses and obstacles that would prevent long term fitness success are removed.