Being fit is in, and being skinny is out! Thank goodness, too! Skinny is not healthy. A fit girl on the other hand, is powerful, athletic, confident, and sexy!
One of the most common things that girls say to me when they first come in to my bootcamps, or hire me for personal training is “I want to look fit”, or “I want to tone up”, which is the same thing as saying that they want the fit girl look.
While some celebrities such as Madonna, Pink, Jessica Biel, and Cameron Diaz have been sporting the fit girl look for some time, it’s really catching on mainstream. Attaining this physique is within reach by following a healthy nutrition plan and working out regularly. So let’s take a look at this aesthetic trend and what it takes to achieve it. The three questions that come to mind are: What is the fit girl look? Who wants the fit girl look? How do you get the fit girl look?
What is the fit girl look?
There is a lot of room for variation here, particularly because every woman has different body shapes and genetics. Other things can come into play here as well, such as having children, and age. However, I think that the fit girl look is mainly defined by developed, toned muscle and a relatively lean, low body fat percentage. Athletic is one word that describes the fit girl look.
Who wants the fit look?
I can’t speak for women, because obviously I’m not one. I do train a lot of women though. I train young girls in their early 20s, professional women in their 30s and 40s, soccer moms, older women, skinny women, overweight women, and already fit women who want to take their fitness to the next level. Pretty much everyone that comes to me wants to look fit. It’s clear to me, and to other trainers, that skinny is out and fit is in!
I know that the type of training that I do (kettlebells, HIIT, TRX, dumbbells, and body weight training) specifically gives the results that these women are after. The ones that are into body building or step aerobics don’t come to me, because that’s not what I do. So, it’s possible that my opinion on the body that women are after is skewed because of the training that I offer, but what do you think?
How do you get the fit girl look?
There’s no magic pill or fad diet that will help you get in shape. It’s going to take some hard work. The payoff, however, is a lot more than just looking good! When you’re fit, you feel fantastic! Fortunately, functional fitness training is well suited to delivering the results that you’re after. By focusing on increasing your fitness in movement patterns that reflect the activities of your daily life, you’ll develop a nice, athletic physique, and discover other benefits, such as moving through your environment effortlessly, having more energy throughout regular daily tasks, and being a dominant force in any athletic activity in which you choose to participate.
If you’re a snowboarder or skier, you’ll be tearing up the slopes. If you’re a runner, you’ll be able to run farther with less fatigue and in better form to prevent injury. If you’re a basketball player, volleyball player, soccer player, whatever player, you’ll improve in all aspects of fitness, including coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength!
Even if your daily activities are more casual, you’ll find that you have more energy and grace in anything you do, be it walking in parks, hanging out with friends, shopping, or bicycling.
Hit the gym
There is no one size fits all workout plan that every person should follow. You’re all unique. While working hard is required to look good, there are plenty of fun things to do while you accomplish that work. Start by seeking out group workouts, bootcamps, and power yoga. These activities will begin to develop lean muscle tissue without bulking you up. As your muscles develop, your metabolism will fire up, allowing you to burn more calories and melt away the fat. Stick with it, be consistent and persistent, and your developing muscles will be revealing themselves in no time!
Don’t be afraid to lift weights. Get the myth out of your head that lifting weights will get you bulky. Lifting weights doesn’t turn you into a bodybuilder. Lifting very heavy weights, the kind of weight that you won’t be able to lift unless you’ve been training at it for several years, and eating a calorie-dense diet turns you bulky.
You need to lift weights if you want to look athletic. Otherwise, go back to aerobics, treadmills, and Weight Watchers, and hope for the best.
Follow a nutrition plan
It’s not rocket science, so you don’t need to get all caught up in counting points, starving, or following the advice of your aunt Paula (who has never looked healthy).
Here is a simple list to keep it as uncomplicated as possible:
- Eliminate sweetened beverages from your daily caloric intake. A couple of drinks on the weekend or a glass of wine with dinner is fine. A girl’s gotta have her fun!
- Get a general idea of what you’re putting into your body. Keep a food journal and see where you need improvement.
- Plan your meals a week in advance and go and buy all of the ingredients that you need. Preparing for the healthy stuff is a key to avoiding the unhealthy stuff.
- Once you have an idea of your total daily calories from the food journal, break those down into 3 categories: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Gradually reduce your daily carbohydrate intake. If you reduce it too much and feel sluggish, then increase slightly until you don’t feel sluggish. This is the sweet spot where your fat will burn off, provided you’re working out consistently.
- Try to eat only foods that have one ingredient, more lean proteins, and avoid foods with ingredients that you can’t pronounce. For instance, turkey is turkey, and spinach is spinach, while something that comes in a box will have 20 different unpronounceable things. If you’re a vegetarian, there are plenty of alternative protein options.
Walk the path to a new you, one step at a time.
So, getting the body that you want is going to take a little work, thought, and dedication. If you start working out consistently, and really (FOR REALS) be mindful of the food that you are eating, you can expect to begin seeing change relatively quickly. We’re talking 3-4 weeks here before you’ll start seeing noticeable change. Most importantly, keep in mind that getting the body that you want doesn’t happen overnight.
Don’t get caught up with weight. As you begin a weight training workout program, it’s likely that you won’t lose any weight. In fact, you may even gain a couple of pounds at first. This is because muscle weighs more than fat. My advice is to throw out the scale and forget about it. Remember, this is about being a fit girl, not a skinny girl. Your posture is going to improve, your clothes will fit better (or you might need new clothes), you’re going to feel fantastic, you’re going to have more energy, and you’ll begin to lean out. It simply doesn’t matter what you weigh.
Allow the process to occur naturally and without taking short cuts like diet pills or fad diets. Consider taking before and after photos. They’ll be a better indicator of your progress than trying to judge yourself in the mirror every day.
When people start to ask you what you’ve been doing to look so good, you can tell them that you’ve been working on the fit girl look!