Lindsay runs “Lindsay’s List,” a healthy living blog, where she shares lists of things that she’s working on such fitness tips, recipes, what she describes as “bad jokes,” and adorable kids. Her readers love her! Lindsay is a NASM-certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, #Fitfluential Ambassador, and stay-at-home mommy all rolled into one.
Like many of the trainers we’ve spoken with for Better Body Wannabe, Lindsay’s first experiences in the health field began at a young age. She explains, “I’ve always been into fitness, even from a young age, just doing sports to basketball, track, cross country. When I was in cross country in high school I developed an eating disorder, and those were some rough years into college. I came out of the eating disorder with the help of my husband and just wanted to direct that towards helping other people, whether it be in fitness or food, and that’s how I got involved.”
Much as Lindsay credits her husband with helping her through her eating disorder, she credits chance for getting her working in the fitness field in the first place.
Lindsay always gets excited when she can help her clients meet, or even exceed, their weight loss goals: “Every 12 weeks we run a weight loss challenge. And we have probably about 20 participants every challenge. They’ll come in and they get to train with a client at the gym two times a week, and then we’ll give them a nutrition plan, stuff like that. I think our last winner, she lost about 60 – 65 pounds within 12 weeks!”
Lindsay personally trains about seven clients a week, and is usually at the gym on average about three hours a day, training. When it comes to weight loss, Lindsay favors interval training. “We do kind of a three minute approach,” she explains. “We do a strength training move for a minute, and then we do a plyometric move for a minute, and then I do a sprint for a minute, and then we rest for a minute.
“I usually try to do compound movements – like a squat with a bicep curl, or a squat with an over head press. Then a plyometric move – so jump squats, or jumping jacks, or wall jumps. And then we get on the treadmill, and I have them sprint for a minute, and then we rest for a minute, and then we do that all over again.
“I like that format, and my clients love it, because you can do anything for a minute. And they know that rest is coming in three minutes, so that’s a great approach.”
[quote_box_center]“I see the people that succeed are more turtle-like than rabbit-like, because when you take too much on, they put their hands up and say, ‘That’s enough. It’s not worth it.’”[/quote_box_center]
So, what are some of Lindsay’s favorite tips for getting that Better Body in a way that won’t put her clients in traction? Here are 4 of her Top 12 from Better Body Wannabe:
Fitness Tip #1: Don’t do too much, too soon.
I think the mistake that a lot of people fall into is they try too much too quickly. They’ll be in the gym everyday trying to do something. And I really tell clients to try to – when you’re just starting, try to get in there three times a week. Anybody can get in there three times a week. If you can do more than that, great.
Fitness Tip #2: Rest is critical.
I always say at least take one day of full rest, if not two. I see the people that succeed are more turtle-like than rabbit-like, because when you take too much on they put their hands up and say, “That’s enough. It’s not worth it.” So studies state just keep packing away at it, and if you feel a little overwhelmed, step back, go back to your three days a week and then come back.
Fitness Tip #3: Breaks can be beneficial.
Most of my clients do take a holiday, and they won’t workout at all. But a lot of them see vacation as a way to change up their workouts, so they don’t necessarily do the same strength or cardio plan. But they go for daily walks from the beach, or they try to incorporate movement into their vacation – like taking hikes or going sightseeing. There are ways that you can do that, and you can do a ton of stuff just in your hotel room with resistance bands and body weights movements.
Fitness Tip #4: Get hydrated.
My clients don’t drink enough water. Water is free. Everyone can drink water, and it has no calories. I’ll ask all my clients how much water they’re drinking, and maybe they get half of what they’re recommended. I know I drink about 120 ounces of water a day, and it just helps you in so many ways. It helps digestion. It helps you feel full. It helps keep your skin clear and it helps hydrate your bodies for working out.
By Tiffany Youngren • August 2, 2013
Category: Fitness Articles
More of Lindsay’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 Lindsay and 11 other top trainers. Sign up today for pre-release chapters and the opportunity to order early.
Fitness blogger, #Fitfluential Ambassador, and mom in Franklin, NC