1. Were you working out during your pregnancy? Bbg or any other exercise. Is it safe to follow Bbg if you are pregnant 2. I am not really sure about your workout frequency but there are so many Bbg girls who workout twice a day, morning and evening. Would you suggest this to anyone ? 3. This one is just random Would you ever put a lip stick or gloss in front of others. For example when you are sitting with co workers( also friends). Is it inappropriate or full of yourself behavior. 4. Do you drink alcohol. If yes then what's your frequently and what kind. 5. Is it imp to have pre workout drinks? 6. I don't usually get sore , I feel I might be doing something wrong. -@nidhi1408
1. I didn't start really working out consistently until after my 2nd daughter was 3 years old. So unfortunately, I did not. I wish these habits of mine were instilled in my at an early time in my life, but glad to have it now. 2. There are times where I work out twice a day. I think it all depends on the individuals stamina, work/life balance, and what they are willing to give and sacrifice. BBG workouts are 30 minutes long so it doesn't take up too much time. The circuit based training is very cardiovascular focused vs strength based body building or lifting so depending on the person's health and time on their hands you can actually do more in the day. Your body needs rest to encourage muscle growth, so as long as someone feels they are getting enough rest for their body to function both in the gym and in life, then go for it! 3. I put lipstick/gloss on at any given place except for the dining table at a restaurant. I don't believe it's a "full of yourself" type of behavior. 4. Yes I do drink alcohol. I love a good glass of Napa Cab Sav and I may have a glass or two once a week at the most. 5. I use a preworkout drink that includes BCAAs before I strength train especially when I train legs. My workouts are normally weight lifting/body building based so I personally like using a PWO to help me through my routine. 6. Some people actually don't get sore, but make sure that you are feeling the full contraction in the muscle groups you are exercising so you know you're getting the full benefit.
When are you gonna start running with me? -@smankkey
Soon, when are you going to squat with me? I'm running my first 5K at Wanderlust108 SF!
I've recently started running and I'm trying to gain muscle. I see you're in really good shape and was wondering if you did any running and if you so do you sprint or run long distance? - @prettiff
I don't run very long distance, but I do HIIT sprints on the treadmill and HIIT on the stairmill.
Here's a random question for you... What kind of socks do you wear with your runners? I'm on the hunt for some good no-show socks for working out in! -@ashley_nichelle_dancer
I use some from Target and Nike no show socks.
Where do I start to learn more about meal preps and a balanced diet? How did you start learning about that process? - @jingjencc
I hired a coach who does customized meal planning and exercise for me. One thing you can do is look up what the macros are supposed to be for your body and goals online. Then from there decide to break down your meals based on how many you want to eat throughout the day. Bodybuilding.com is an awesome resource as well. But if you don't have the time and would rather pay for someone to help with lifestyle coaching, then hiring a fitness/nutrition coach should be something you might want to try at least for a few months then try experimenting on your own.
What do you think of the Kayla program? -@audreyparisphoto
Like any other exercise I use BBG as tool or a form of something to get my body moving. I started my fitness journey lifting weights and I absolutely still love what lifting weights has done for my body. I've built curves, strength, and there's simply something bad ass that stirs up in me when I know I'm the only woman in the weight room from time to time (confidence maybe). I used BBG last year during a time where my shoulder had to recover from an injury. I really enjoyed it. From time to time I use the circuit training she has laid out as my cardio before weights or as a 2nd round at home when I'm feeling a need to workout. If you've used NTC Nike training it's pretty similar to some of the workouts they have. Over time the NTC training app has evolved to create really robust 4 week programs based on your goals. Here's a great article from Massy on "The Myth of Toning." She sums it up so nicely about the benefits of strength training.
just researching about barre classes... While any activity is better then no activity, they seem to be a bit pointless when it comes to losing weight or getting stronger. :) also they kind of promise false results when they say " get a dancer's lean body" . They are aiming for a really specific body type, I don't like that. Do you incorporate barre into your workout? Maybe it's good for active recovery days? -@fluxi
I'm a firm believe that exercise is all about moving your body in any which way and form. Now in order to make significant changes with your body composition, you need to put enough stress and resistance on the muscles to gain muscle. The more muscle you gain, the more your body turns into a fat/calorie burning machine. Now this doesn't mean you need to turn into a body builder, but you need to increase the lean muscle mass on your body in order to change the composition and the more muscle you have on the body the more muscle tissue you have to burn more calories. Barre is great to incorporate as an active rest recovery day. Personally, that's what I would do. I weight train 5 days a week, incorporate cardio 3-4 days a week, 1 active rest day where its just cardio alone, and one full rest day where I take a class of sorts like SoulCycle, Orange Theory Fitness, or do an at home Yoga practice.
What are your thoughts on plastic surgery....especially tummy tucks...with regards to fitness comps. - @michellemiddleton30
I think plastic surgery is such a personal choice. I had a breast augmentation done last year and wrote my thoughts about it and experience here. My choice for doing so wasn't for competing or for fitness, I've breastfed both my children and due to that "my girls" changed. I wont lie, I've thought about a tummy tuck especially when at my heaviest when I thought that it would be the only solution to tightening my stomach. I still plenty of loose skin there and lots of building more muscle and toning up to do to keep that midsection firm, but being able to see what I can do with my body as far as transforming it with exercise and nutrition is something I'm willing to work hard for. Now as far what athletes might do to get ahead or better placing, I feel there are other things worse than a tummy tuck such as drugs.