Working Out With Vashte

by Vashte on August 23, 2012

So I am back in the gym again lifting weights!! Admittedly I haven’t lifted weights in some time. Although I manage Anytime Fitness Robina, there is a huge difference to working there, as opposed to working out!!! Someone has to make the gym run smoothly!! That’s where I step in!!

I love to run more than anything so after a long day, going for a run along the beach is such an awesome way to wind down. Besides, it is very hard to stay longer in the establishment you work at every day once the day is done!!

However, spurred on by of my amazing gym members; Rachel Clarke, I am now lifting weights 3 times a week with her. It is important to continue with your strength training, no matter what sport you love. You must engage those muscles to stop atrophy. – Muscle shrinkage- this is what happens to us as we get older if we do not use our bodies in their correct manner. The correct manner is not sitting in front of the television or computer day in and day out.

I have heard so many people say “oh I have such a slow metabolism” , “it runs in my family”. This is such a pile of crock, don’t believe it. Your metabolism is directly proportionate to the amount of muscle mass you have in your body. And no girls and ladies, this does not mean you have to be a bodybuilder, nor does it mean you have to be bulging with grotesque muscles.

Females cannot build the same muscle mass as men unless they are taking a significant amount of (usually) illegal stimulants and drugs. Lifting weights, strength training and or plyometric training (lifting your own body weight) is amazing for your posture, will help you create a lean sexy toned body with no wobbly bits, and help make you feel more alive than you ever have before. The body releases natural endorphins after training sessions like these and you absolutely DO NOT need pre workout supplements!! Pre workout supplements will only dampen your body’s natural ability to release these endorphins (the happy feeling you get after training and that’s not just because you are finished!!). Pre Workout supplements can actually stop your body from being able to regulate your weight, and result in you feeling tired ALL THE TIME for no reason at all (adrenal fatigue) as well as cause you to GAIN WEIGHT long term.
That has to be bad!! -It is for me!!

Coupled with a good nutrition programme, sensible training will help you utilise your muscles to help increase your metabolism -meaning you CAN actually eat food without gaining FAT. There is is huge difference between fat loss and weight loss.

If you monitor your progress through weight alone, you will quickly grow disheartened as the scales do not reflect an accurate representation of what is actually going on in the body. We need a number of different measures to even begin to ascertain what the body is doing.

If you have a good strength conditioning programme coupled with a good nutrition plan, some weeks your weight may actually increase, whilst your measurements in cms decreases. If you were monitoring your progress by the scales alone- you would think you are on the wrong path when in fact, you are on the perfect path is you goal is to lose fat, increase metabolism and become a leaner more sexier version of you!.

If you are significantly overweight, do not use this as an excuse when the scales do not reflect weight loss. It is ‘easier’ for people who are more overweight to show weight loss than those who are not. Think about it, the more overweight you are, the more you have to lose- the body does not ‘want’ to be overweight, so will help you shed fat and weight at a faster rate.

Once the body gets to a more ‘normal’ range the weight loss slows down and this is where the work begins, again!

Today I am leaner than I have ever been, with a lower fat percentage than I have ever recorded. How have I done it and how am I doing it? Through very sensible and calculated nutrition mainly. No I do not spend hours in the gym- I used to though. I used to over train and under eat like so many. It has taken me a long time to release this mentality and in doing so, I have released the excess fat storage. Stop buying those trashy magazines with those ridiculous diets. Diets DO NOT WORK. Not long term, no short term.

I power walk most days first thing on rising – this stirs the metabolism for the rest of the day. And I use little 1kg dumbbells as I walk. People are constantly commenting on my arms.. try that on for size. No I do not bicep curl!!! Just walk with straight arms, moderately fast for about 40 minutes – awesome way to wake up. Don’t have the time? Then get up earlier.

I don’t have the time to sit on front of the TV. Ever. How about that? Your IQ drops more than 25% watching the TV.. now thats SCARY considering many peoples IQ’s!!!

Now I have added weights as Rachel wanted a training buddy, nothing too intense, and boom.. more size is being lost – fat is being lost. There is not too much to lose now!! Got problem to have!!

Mix your training up a little! Make it fun!! I did a pole dancing course a while back- that was hard!! Awesome core work!!!; and I like a bit of Bikram Yoga every now and then- strength training in a very hot room. Cross training was a blast- love the hard core training; as well as urban training to fatigue. If you mix your training up and keep it interesting, you will not get bored.

Results stop you from getting bored. Well they stop me that’s for sure! Want results? Email me at and I may be able to help you achieve them! I am not qualified in nutrition but …have researched this topic for many years and get amazing results for people who follow my guidance; I am a Personal Trainer and have a BA in Psychology along with being a Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner. So in short- can coach you very well through many aspects of this journey to health.
Health is my passion, for many reasons- personal and global. And I DO care about your results. Every single one of us is different, and there are no two people walking the same journey- which is why each of us needs a different approach. Accept no excuses, especially from yourself.

Love the skin you are in and make the most of your body. Your body is rented, so you have the responsibility to care for it. It has to house you for as long as you live on is earth. Why treat it like a theme park so that it gives way too early. I can’t imagine what it is like for people who are able mentally able, but not physically able. When we create this situation ourselves.. it is our own fault. Challenge yourself!!! Make it a goal to get in the best shape possible! Not for the aesthetics primarily- that is pure vanity; but for your own health, and the enjoyment of this awesome life!!

If you would like to know more about how I could coach you, please feel free to email me and drop me a line:
I dont bite 😉 Often…

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