Here is the other guest post for this week! Thank you so much Christina :)
Hi everyone! My name is Christina and I blog over at The Athletarian. I was so excited when Little b asked me to guest post for her. I am fairly new to her blog and am loving everything about it! She posts amazing recipes and workouts and provides awesome motivation on her Facebook page.
I wanted to talk a little about my past experience as a cardio junkie versus my current love for weight lifting. I used to be one of those girls that you would see at the gym on the treadmill, bike, stairmaster, or elliptical. I used to spend a minimum of two hours on those machines thinking it was the best thing for me and my body. The result? I was too skinny, with little definition, absolutely no strength, and zero confidence. The only good thing that came out of it was the preparation and base it gave me to run a couple of half marathons and one full marathon. Don’t get me wrong - I still love running. It is my favorite form of cardio but unless you are training for a serious race, two hours is absolutely not necessary.
After doing a lot of my own research and salivating over the girls in Oxygen Fitness, I realized what I needed and wanted to do. I found out that becoming a prisoner to cardio machines was not the answer to achieving my goals. I wanted (and still want) to be strong, fit, healthy, and confident. I started strength training about a year ago and have found a new love. Hitting personal records in the weight room has become equivalent to setting race records for me. I love the way it makes me feel when I lift something that’s heavier than anything I have ever lifted before.
My one fear was always regarding my food intake. If I wasn’t doing two hours of cardio a day, it meant I was going to put weight on, right? Not the case. Little b just talked about this in her recent post. If you are keeping your diet clean and are consistent in your training, you will get the results that you want. Of course, everyone is different and you will need to do some tweaking to determine what works best for you. It took me a while to learn for myself but I now know that clean and wholesome food (check out b’s recipes for ideas!) paired with consistent strength training and limited cardio (about 30 minutes 3-4 times a week) is the answer.