Busy moms can find inspiration through the experiences and practical fitness tips the energetic and delightful trainer, Adriana Martin, gives here.
For more than a decade, Adriana Martin has devoted her fitness career to teaching women and their families how to stay fit and fabulous! As the author of The Pregnancy Weight Book, Adriana has created an innovative approach to helping modern women achieve their health and fitness goals through all the seasons of life and despite the time constraints of motherhood.
Through her own business and as the fitness contributor for “Tu Desayuno Alegre” on Univision and “The Balancing Act” on Lifetime TV, Adriana has devised creative, fun-filled and practical methods for women at all stages of life and health; from individual women to moms-to-be, all the way to the entire family.
“Women know the importance of taking care of themselves, but somehow the balance between work, home, family and personal fulfillment becomes more and more difficult to achieve,” explains Martin. “Today, many women find that taking care of themselves is the last thing on their to-do list. This only creates a vicious cycle. Adult obesity is on the rise… and so is childhood obesity. We must do something.”
To break the cycle, Adriana teaches us that fitness is a family affair and should become a lifestyle where parents need to lead the way! Through her website, educational videos, programs, and seminars, Adriana has created the ultimate resource for people who are seeking practical advice, proven techniques, and energizing motivation.
Adriana considers herself a “health and wellness mompreneur,” with her two children keeping her busy and showing her that fitness really can – and should – be a family affair. Adriana is self-employed and has a couple of businesses up and running at the moment, but her main goal is just to find channels to be able to promote health and fitness in her role as a “lifestyle ambassador.”
“34 years ago people thought vegetarians were crazy, especially in the small town where I’m from. My mom was a person who did yoga and took care of herself, but it wasn’t ‘cool’ at the time, like it is now.
“I remember being seven and thinking, ‘I really want to eat meat, because if we go to a birthday party and somebody’s trying a hotdog I can’t have it,’ and ‘I feel so different from my friends and the other families.’
“I said to my mom, ‘I really want to eat it because that will make me blend in and fit in.’
“So my mom said, ‘It’s your path and you’re young, but if you have such a strong conviction about it…’ She actually gave me the opportunity to do whatever I wanted.
[quote_box_center]“I really believe in progression when it comes to working out. So you have to learn to crawl before you get up and walk, and you have to be walking really well before you run.” ~ Adriana Martin[/quote_box_center]
“I remember my mom was the healthiest person I can think of, and I need to go back to that. That’s when everything started, about 13 years ago. This was one of the reasons why I say to moms: ‘You have to lead by example, and you have to be the one…’ Because my mom didn’t force it upon me.
“She didn’t want me to just do it. She allowed me to be who I wanted to be, but it was her example that brought me back at 20 something years, to say, ‘I want to be more like her.’ That’s when my whole journey in the fitness industry started.”
And what a journey it’s been! Now a mother herself, Adriana is in frequent contact with other mothers, other “family ambassadors,” who want optimal health for their families. Moms are constantly asking her questions such as, “Adriana, how can I get my kids to eat healthy?”
Says Adriana, “A lot of moms get on a healthy pattern, and you research so much about food coloring and what it does, and not too much sugar. Sometimes as a mom I understand, because I want the best for my kids, but sometimes it’s also allowing them to see you do the best that you can, but allowing them to have that little bit of freedom and not force healthy food on them so much. Because if you can be the example, sooner or later, they will remember, and they will make healthier choices…”
Here are 4 of her Top 12 from Better Body Wannabe:
Fitness Tip #1: Invest in food!
By food I mean whole food; no supplements, no nothing. Invest it on fruits and vegetables and healthy protein. But invest the most amount of your budget on your food. The rest, the workout, you can do for free (see above tip!).
Tip #2: Have a sustainable workout.
You have to really know why you’re doing it, and you have to really want it. Because, I’ll tell you what I run away from: I’ve had people that want to hire me, and they tell me, “Can you make me lose weight? Can you do it? Will you do it? Will you make me lose weight?” And that’s when I say, “No, I can’t even work with you. That’s the wrong mindset because nobody can make you do anything.” You can buy my program for $16.99 and it’s an amazing program. I put it together. I gave it my all. And all that information is awesome, but I can’t jump out of a picture and make you do anything. So it has to come from your desire to change. Your desire to change and your commitment needs to be with yourself. It’s not because of your husband; it’s not because of your children; it’s not because of your friends. It’s because of who you are as a person. Do you want to walk through your life feeling like you’ve accomplished and lived the best way that you can possibly live? Or do you always want to be that type of person that wishes that they can have a better body or better health or better “this”? So the mindset comes from a mind committed 100%. The answer should always be, “No, I’m committed 110%. I’m committed 120%. I have to get this going.” Once you really know that you want to get up every day and do this, I would say the sustainable workout is Monday, Wednesday, Friday. It could be Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, but just leaving one day in between. There has to be resistance training. So whether you do it at the gym with machines, or you do it to one of my programs with dumbbells, or somebody else’s with bands, or you use your own body weight, your muscles have to be trained with resistance and work against resistance. Then the other days you have to train what I say is the most important muscle in your body, which is the heart, and do cardiovascular activities.
Tip #3: Have realistic expectations.
When people wear a size 6 ten years ago, and now they’re size 14, and they want to get back in a size 6 in six months, and it took them 6 years to get to where they’re at now… It’s frustrating. We have that society where instant gratification is so important. We want to see things right away. That’s why it’s important to set small goals and celebrate each one of those goals so that you stay motivated, and you keep going.
Tip #4: Build a memory bank instead of an excuse bank!
What I recommend is, one day when you have an amazing workout, take the time to close your eyes and try to play that memory somehow. One day, you just went to a class, and you felt like you can take on the world. Your endorphins are kicking in; you’re super happy. You’re on a natural high. Close your eyes and save that feeling. Next time you feel like not going to the gym, go and find that memory; remember how amazing it feels after you’re done working out. Then just get up from your chair, and get moving.
By Tiffany Youngren • August 16, 2013
Category: Fitness Articles
More of Adriana’s story and the rest of her 12 Fitness Tips — the “Doer’s Dozen” mentioned in the Fitness Articles: Twelve Weeks of Trainers introduction — are featured in the upcoming book, Better Body Wannabe: 12 Top Trainers Reveal the Real Skinny on Eating and Exercising for a More Healthy, Happy, and Fit YOU,, based on Tiffany’s (of Transfer of Health) interviews with Adriana and 11 other top trainers. Sign up today for pre-release chapters and the opportunity to order early.
Lifestyle, Health & Fitness Ambassador, Radio & Television Personality and MOMpreneur from Florida.