Do you ever have days when you just plain don’t feel like working out? If so, what do you do to motivate yourself? – Lindsey
I think it is safe to say that we all experience those days. For me, I find that having a friend to work out with that follows the same workout schedule helps to create accountability. When someone else is counting on you, you are more inclined to go. I also find that setting small goals, like not missing a scheduled workout for an entire month or wearing a certain swimsuit or outfit for a special occasion can also give me the incentive I need to stick with it. However, if the day has simply been awful and there is absolutely no way that I will make it to the gym; I will at least try and take the dog on an extra long walk.
How do you deal with people who are unsupportive of your fitness goals? – Kristen
Sadly, I hear this scenario time and again. It seems that there are always those who see the dedication as extreme or restrictive when in actuality if they tried it themselves, they might find the routine and consistency as comforting as we do. I have found that the best way to disarm them when they are negative is to try and actually recruit them for accountability. I like to say, I have been a procrastinator all my life (which is true) and I am determined to stick to this program until I reach my goal. I want you to be strict with me and make sure I don’t cave in. If that doesn’t work, you might have to soul search to determine how important your goals truly are. When you surround yourself with like-minded people, you are more apt to succeed. Hang around those who won’t support you in your goals and you may find yourself adopting their ways and abandoning your own.
How close, day to day, are professional models as lean and toned as they are in pictures? Is it healthy or even possible to be that lean all the time? – Agg
Most full-time fitness models aim to stay within a few weeks of being ready for a magazine shoot. That typically means that they are only a few percentages of body fat away from being shoot ready. To tighten up, models will often manipulate their diet and increase the frequency and intensity of cardio. Staying super lean 24/7 is quite difficult with the constant demands of everyday life. Just like everyone else, there are times when we simply can’t stick to our workouts, so the best we can do is maintain a clean diet. Also, water weight and hormones can affect our appearance at different times. It is much easier to plan for the shoots and kick up the training temporarily than to constantly try and stay in tip top shape.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to staying on track to a healthy lifestyle? – Valerie
My biggest challenge would have to be staying consistent with my workouts. In order to build and maintain my muscle mass, I need to lift with regularity, hitting every muscle group with enough variety and intensity to initiate growth. Missing workouts means that certain muscle groups are not getting the time and attention they need to grow. A clean diet has become a way of life for me, so thankfully, consistently eating clean has helped me maintain, even when my workouts lag, but miss too many and I start to lose tone.
There are so many amazing workouts in magazines and general exercises to perform, how do I keep them straight or know when to perform each one to utilize the gym to the fullest? – Samantha
That is a great question. I think the first thing to do is to determine how many days you can truly commit to working out? If it is five, you would then create a five day workout split, or a workout that consists of training a different body part or group of body parts each one of those days. If you can only commit to three, then you would create a three day split. Next, I would suggest creating a binder with tabs that specify each body part like abs, legs, back, biceps, etc…, and then tear out the workouts in your favorite fitness magazines and file them under their respective tab. As you come across more and more great workouts, continue adding to the binder and you will never run out of options to add variety to your routine and keep it fresh.
How do you deal with people trying to talk to you during a workout? – Glenn
That can be so frustrating! I have learned to be gracious and take the time to say hello but I never leave home without my stop watch on my wrist anymore because there have been times that I have stopped someone mid-sentence by looking at my watch and saying, “Sorry, but I’m timing this,” and then immediately start into my set. Most of the time the person will say, let me let you get back to it, and then they simply walk away.
About the Author
Jamie Eason Middleton is one of the most recognized faces in the fitness industry. She holds several fitness titles, most notably Hardbody Entertainment’s World’s Fittest Model, and has been featured as a writer and a model in hundreds of magazine layouts. Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in communication, is the official female spokesperson for Bodybuilding.com and the creator of the popular fitness program, the 12-week LiveFit Trainer.
Jamie, joined Team Labrada in September 2013 and shares her extensive experience with tens of thousands of women in the bi-weekly Labrada Newsletter. Check out her own line of supplements at Labrada, which can be found here: www.labrada.com/jamieeason