Belinda Benn’s Top 5 Body Sculpting Tips for Women

by Belinda on July 18, 2012

You’ve made the decision to sculpt your body the natural way, using a good workout program to shed the fat and shape the muscle.  Now you’re looking for ways to get great results. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in my list of the top five body-sculpting tips for women. Read on…

1. Pair good nutrition with a good workout program.

You plan on doing cardio (preferably HIIT) to shed the fat. You’re going to do resistance or bodyweight training to stimulate your muscles. But you know what? All of this is wasted if you don’t pair your workout with good nutrition. This includes;

  • Eating about six small, balanced meals per day which are composed of wholesome carbohydrates, proteins and essential fatty acids.
  • Eating a variety of foods. This ensures you’re getting all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your body needs to shed fat and build muscle.
  • Timing your meals. You need to be eating about every three hours to give your body a steady supply of fuel.  You’ll want to be sure you get a meal in about an hour or so before your workout to give you fuel, quick-absorbing protein (such as a whey shake) directly after your workout when your muscles will quickly absorb it, and another good meal about an hour later to help your body recover.

2. Hit muscles from different angles.

It’s not enough to do a couple exercises for each body part. If you truly want to sculpt your body, you need to do workouts that stimulate all the muscles fibers. For example, my Aussie Transformation Coach students get a new workout video from me every month, where I detail a workout for a specific body part (such as the butt) that includes around half a dozen exercises, each of which hit the muscles from different angles.

3. Activate the mind-muscle connection.

The idea here is that you need to pay attention to the way you’re using your muscles as you do your lifts.  Really think about each movement, so that you’re stimulating the right muscles during each exercise. It’s a simple thing to do, but the results are amazing!

4. Challenge yourself.

Your body is marvellous at adapting to predictable routines, which is the main cause of plateaus. Plus if you don’t challenge your body, then you’re not stimulating growth and change.

So the next time you’re doing resistance training, seek to add more weight or to squeeze out another rep or two. And the next time you’re doing your high intensity intervals, give it all you got during the high intensity portion of the exercise. Not only will you get great results, but you’ll feel good when you give 100% in the gym.

5. Change things up.

The other way to beat adaptation and avoid plateaus is by constantly adding variety into both your workouts and your menus. Specifically:

  • Do a different form of HIIT. If you always do jogging/walking intervals on the sidewalk, trying sprinting up a hill and jogging or walking back down.
  • Change your resistance workout routine.  You can incorporate different exercises. You can create a different routine, such as doing pyramids.  Point is, keep it fresh to stimulate your muscles in new and surprising ways.
  • Eat a varied diet. If you always eat chicken breast, brown rice and salad for lunch, try something else, like salmon, yams and your choice of vegetable.

And there you have it – five surefire tips for getting better results with your body sculpting program. Start incorporating these tips ASAP, because you’re going to love what they do for your body!

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