Today I want to share with you my fitness transformation and the steps it took for me to achieve it! I wanted to share with you a few pictures of my glutes transformation journey in specific. In this post, I am going into what it took for me to develop both my overall lifestyle and glutes/physique from it’s 2012 state to how it looks in 2021.
Growing glutes takes time, consistency and patience
In 2012, I had just started strength training and wasn’t really consistent enough with my training/eating to see any results. In 2015, I had gone back into strength training with the help of a personal trainer and a renewed sense of motivation and had worked hard at developing my body. Fast forward to 2021 and with consistent training and eating, my glutes are at their most developed (compared to my baseline).
How did I do it?
I had a very specific vision of what my body looked like and I kept working towards it. In 2015, I remember seeing pictures of Michelle Lewin on Instagram with her super well developed lower body, I took note of the steps that she took to develop her body and I started developing the same habits. I started training hard, I stopped being scared of becoming bulky, I ate high-protein meals and developed the discipline of doing this almost daily.
What kind of exercises work the glutes best?
Here are some of my previous blog posts going into details about the exercises required to shape and develop this muscle. They include hip thrust, split squats (don’t be afraid to go heavy), squats (the deeper the better), deadlifts, glute-dominant back extensions, hip abductions and kickbacks (don’t be afraid to go heavy or high rep with this exercise among many other ones).
Mindset shift: Trusting facts instead of feelings/societal judgements (other people’s feelings projected onto me)
The biggest shift however was believing that I could get this body through lifting heavy. I used to associate lifting heavy to become manly, I unlearnt this belief by understanding the science behind training and by discerning feeling from fact in my training and lifestyle. This was a huge game-changer for me. Once I started to trust the science of hypertrophy, training, progressive overload, I broke up with the fear of being manly or of caring if people disapprove of my body!
Let passion guide the process, not fear
With that came a true passion for lifting weights and this is the only way to truly transform your physique. You cannot hate/fear the process and excel at developing the body, you cannot hate the pain and negative emotions of training and excel either. It’s about trusting the logic, experts, trainers (the good ones) and most importantly, your own intuition. I hear too many women asking how their families or friends will react to their transformations, does it matter what they think? No! Do it for you, trust your vision, the painful process (that logically works if you’re smart about planning/training/rest/nutrition) and then reap the benefits.
I hope that you enjoyed this post on my fitness transformation, let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!