'I Completely Transformed My Butt Thanks To This Workout Routine'
6 months ago, 2 Jan 23:39
I come from an Italian family, so food has always been a big part of my life. But fitness wasn't. After participating in high school basketball, I didn’t really break a sweat in spandex for close to 10 years. I’m lucky enough to have a fast metabolism and, at first, working as a waitress and constantly running around kept my love for pizza in check. But when I switched to working from home, all that sitting caught up with me. I started to feel sluggish but was so unmotivated to make any changes. Every year, I'd resolve to get fit and start eating healthy. But every year, it didn't happen. Then, in 2016, one day—not even a particularly special one—I just decided enough was enough. I had been complaining about my body and about feeling lazy for so long; I needed to actually do something about it. My initial goal was a pretty common one: to get lean and have abs definition. I wasn’t miserable about my body, but I just felt like I could do better. I was intimidated by the gym because I didn’t want to look like an idiot or be humiliated in front of other people. I was so self conscious, and even feared men would tell me what I was doing wrong or judge my body. So I started doing the Sweat with Kayla app. I loved how it eased me into working out and that I could do the routines at home, without a gym. I learned how to do burpees, jump squats, jumping lunges, etc. HIIT helped me feel more energized, but I hadn’t reached that next-level confidence that I was seeing all over my social media feed. I follow heaps of girls on Instagram and loved how they looked, but they were seeing more muscle gain and definition than I was getting with the type of training I was doing. These girls were lifting heavy, and seeing their gains started changing my goal from just wanting to be lean to wanting to build quads and glutes and delts. I was still super intimidated by big gyms and all the people in them who knew more than I did. Luckily, I had a small workout room in my apartment complex, so I just started doing a few really simple exercises there—triceps extensions, shoulder presses, biceps curls, leg extensions. I didn't do anything too complicated since I didn’t know my way around the machines yet. But once I got the basics down, I had a trainer create a program for me, which helped introduce me to some new exercises and really blossomed my love for lifting. My tiny apartment gym quickly became too limited for me, so I made the jump and joined a full gym about a year ago. At the same time, I decided to hire a real personal trainer to help me feel more comfortable and confident in the new environment. He helped me learn a lot about the basics of the body ...
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