In The Quest For Abs, Skinny Girls Need Cardio Too [New Client Valencia]

If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me “You’re skinny. Why are you on a diet/working out?”, I’d be rich. Yeah, I’m small and appear to be healthy but the truth is that size is no indicator of health or well-being. Nor does it mean everyone under a size 6 will have a flat stomach, toned legs or high endurance. The skinny girl struggle can be just as real as any other. Take my new client, Valencia, for example. She’s always been slender but was having difficulty getting rid of that stubborn belly fat. She’d tried adjusting her diet but what was missing was a targeted assault against her stomach fat with a combination of cardio, calisthenics and high intensity interval training.

Cardio is essential to EVERY workout regimen that includes fat loss. Contrary to popular belief, there is no way to target fat loss. It accumulates all over and it burns all over. Therefore, if you want to lose belly fat, you should use cardio as your main weapon of choice. Once Valencia has begun to burn fat, we can actually see the benefits of all those crunches. Make sense?

Being that Valencia is just beginning her fitness program, we spend a lot of time correcting form. Check pics below. Which one demonstrates correct form? I’ll give you a hint. Check out the difference in her back. A simple directive to “Tuck your pelvis” corrected her elbow and shoulder alignment, her lordosis (excessive lower back curve) and it caused her to extend her heels and fluctuate her weight to the balls of her feet as opposed to her toes.

valencia_junkfit_2Form is is important because when you train with poor form, you train your body to do the wrong things and over time, repetitive incorrect form can cause serious injury. Sounds like a given but you’d be shocked at how many people train incorrectly.

Some of the ab and core exercises we did today were:

Russian Twists

Hands Free Crunches

Toe Touches

Bear Crawls

Burpees

Planks

For your cardio, try keeping it fun with zumba, taebo, an outdoor run or even the treadmill. Just be sure to work up a healthy sweat before your core/ab work.

Adios,

Jazz

JUNKFIT of The Month| August- Quianna of Qui2Health

I am so excited to share with you guys some things and people that have given me inspiration along my fitness journey. When people ask where I pull my inspiration to stay in shape I let them know that some of it is intrinsic, meaning it comes from a desire within to be active and move around. The other large chunk of my motivation is drawn from other women who embody what it is to be “JUNKFIT”. Every month, I will be featuring a woman that embodies the essence of my blog.

My very first “JUNKFIT of The Month” feature must go to a woman named Quianna of North Jersey. Her posts are so inspirational and they always push me to want to stay on my A game. She helps so many achieve their fitness goals and she is really doing the work of spreading that self-love that I speak of all the time. Read more about Quianna below!

Introduce yourself. Tell us your name, age, where you’re from, your profession or what school you attend(ed).
Hi, my name is Quianna Burgess. I’m 31 years old from New Jersey. I am currently a Certified Personal Trainer attending Kean University majoring in Global Fitness and Wellness

*Tell us why you got into fitness and what it means to you.  Growing up I was always active…my background is dance. However, in 2012 I was going through a rough divorce, which forced me to drown myself in finding who I was while learning to love me more. Exercising was my therapy. I researched, experimented on my body, and worked hard at being a better me. With all my knowledge I took on the responsibility of helping others on their fitness journey. Fitness to me is a sign of self love. It means you exercise and care enough to live a healthier lifestyle.

*Why are you “JUNKFIT”? Ha! I’m “JUNKFIT” because I took my curves by the pound and defined them while still being “thickfit” in all the right places.

*What has been your biggest challenge with staying fit? How did you overcome it? My biggest challenge with staying fit would have to be finding food that was healthy and tasty at the same time! UGH! I love food but I really had to learn how to proportion my food and not eat to get full but to be satisfied.

*What are some tips you would give to other women of color who want to get their bodies/health together?

A few tips I live by are:
1. Give yourself 5-6 consecutive days of eating clean and have a treat meal on day 6 or 7.
2. Drink a lot of water.
3. Create a workout regimen that works for you.
4. Pay close attention to form to prevent injury.
5. Isolate your muscles when working out.
6. Be creative with .
7. Remember, what work for you may not work for others (and vice versa).
8. Trust the process.
9. Sculpting your body takes time….enjoy your progress.

Follow Quianna on Instagram @qui2health!

*Would you like to be featured? Contact me at junkfit@gmail.com.