Many girls make the mistake of thinking long-haul cardio is the answer to getting a supermodel’s body. However, experts have shown that only exercising full throttle is the best way to get the results you are looking for. Scary, right?
Mundane exercises won’t challenge you, nor contribute to any composition changes your body needs to become supermodel-fit. In fact, it’s probably doing more harm than good. Too much cardio can increase your cortisol levels, which in turn will decrease crucial hormones needed for repair and recovery and your results will plateau. Instead experts recommend pushing yourself to a higher-intensity of training.
Supermodel body tips
Turn it into a challenge
When you go for a run, instead of pacing yourself to go the distance, turn it into a sprint and run as fast as you can, as far as you can. You’ll illicit greater fat loss while you shape will start to see a big difference.
Say NO to energy drinks
Don’t drink sugar-fuelled energy drinks during or before training. While it may seem the obvious choice to drive you that bit further, it can decrease the metabolic effect and fat loss potential. [A single espresso will have more optimal effect on your composition.]
It’s all in the tempo
Keep rest periods to a minimum and don’t complete repetitions of your exercises too quickly. A slow controlled tempo will have far greater benefits for your strength and composition.
Sleep is NOT for the weak
Sleep is the primary time that the body recovers from exercise. It’s also when you’ll be rebuilding torn muscle tissue. When you don’t get enough sleep, your cortisol levels will increase. [tip: if you can’t sleep, check your magnesium levels as a deficiency could be to blame for your sleepless nights.]
You are what you eat
Eating too much is not the cause of weight gain. Eating incorrectly, however, is.
Include lots of leafy greens and vegetables in your diet, as they are a good source for nutrition. Cut out packaged foods that are processed and laden with salt, sugar, preservatives and chemicals. Keep it clean!
Don’t shy away from high fat content in foods like coconut, nuts, avocados and seeds. Healthy fats are crucial and can help make you leaner. This is because they make you feel fuller for longer and so reduce your calorie intake. If you take in less calories, you’ll burn stored body fat quicker. This is helpful for fat loss. Healthy fats, such as omega 3s, also keep your brain tissue insulated and working in peak condition.
Stay away from low fat food varieties, as they are normally laden with sugar and sweeteners. This can make you fat, even if it says “fat free”.
Water can never be stressed enough
Water helps to flush toxins, boosts your metabolism, keeps your skin hydrated and helps to promote digestion. When you don’t drink enough water your digestive tract can literally shut down, keeping all the excess waste inside your body, which causes bloating and keeps toxins floating around. You should be consuming two litres of water a day. However, be careful of drinking too much water as this action could flush out essential minerals from your body.
While every body is uniquely built and beautiful no matter what, getting a supermodel’s body is a lot of HARD work. Increase the intensity of your workouts and increase your healthy food intake. Sleep enough and drink plenty of water! Want to help others get the body they want and assist them with increasing their fitness levels? Trifocus Fitness Academy’s Personal Training Diploma can help you achieve this dream. For more information about this and our other online fitness courses visit our website.