Have you ever wondered what it would take to be a fitness model? Many people would choose to have the body of a fitness model over that of a fashion model. They also report fitness models looking healthier overall. The good news is that anyone with a little determination can get the body of a fitness model.
Reaching the fitness model status does not actually require huge sacrifices. You may be surprised at how relatively simple the training plan can be. However, it does still require some discipline otherwise we would all look like fitness models.
There are seven tips for achieving that fitness model look without overworking yourself in the process.
Do cardio exercises for 30-45 minutes at least three times a week.
A cardio workout helps to burn fat which is crucial to show the most muscle mass for that fitness model look. Try mixing up your cardio workouts using a combination of the bike, treadmill, stair climber, elliptical and any other cardio exercises.
Strength training should be done three times a week for good results.
Fitness models are toned which is achieved through strength training. Contrary to popular belief, doing some strength training does not mean building bulk. Strength training not only increases your muscle mass, but it also increases your metabolism. Your body’s metabolism increases the more muscle mass versus fat your body has. Be sure to work all muscle groups to get a total body workout and increase your overall muscle tone.
At least one workout session per week should be a superset session.
This is when you move quickly between strength training exercises without a rest session in between. Supersets can be with the same muscle groups or different muscle groups. Adjust the number of repetitions for each exercise keeping in mind the muscle fatigue that comes with supersets due to the lack of rest in between each exercise.
Your diet should focus on eating about 90% whole foods.
This is what is required for general proper nutrition for the whole population. Whole foods contain vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants that are vital for ultimate health. The standard American diet has very little of this micronutrients. In order to get the lean and toned body of a fitness model, health is the number one priority. Focusing on whole foods also provides you with more energy to complete your exercise routine.
No processed food allowed including wheat, sugar, flour, etc.
Processed foods contain many different chemicals, food colorings, etc that interfere with the hormonal processes in the body which can lead to weight gain and many different chronic diseases. Processed foods also contain very few micronutrients that give your body any health benefits.
No skipping meals allowed.
Fitness models do not starve themselves. They eat all their meals plus snacks throughout the day. The difference is they focus on eating whole foods and cutting out processed foods which allows them to be thin and get the most out of their workouts.
Keep a handle on your calories.
The standard American consumes at least 300 more calories per day than they should be eating for their body type. This can translate into a weight gain of around 30 pounds each year. The key to staying healthy or getting the body of a fitness model is to keep a handle on your calories and only eat what is necessary to fuel your body. This is easier when you eat all whole foods and no processed foods because your body will eat what it needs and be satisfied.
Being able to train and eat like a fitness model has a lot health benefits. It is important to get cardio and strength training workouts for ultimate heart health and prevent many chronic diseases. Eating a diet based on whole foods means you are eating more nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that the standard American diet is missing.
You do not have to train as hard as a fitness model to be healthy. The key to good health is to get your body moving and to eat a diet of mainly whole foods. So get out there and improve your health!