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How to get a body like Misty Copeland

How to get a body like Misty Copeland

I struggled for a week deciding what I wanted to blog about next. In my mind I would hit every topic at least once before I really started repeating topics. You know, I wanted to show you guys some diversity in the site. Well… life doesn’t always go as planned. So, I’m here to talk about fitness again!

The same day that I posted my previous blog about, it was announced that Misty Copeland would be the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Timelines and notifications were flooded by the exciting news that gave hope to many black women. Yay! Another black queen doing her thing! Due to the overwhelming flood of pictures and videos, I really got a chance to study her physical appearance. Let’s just say this, her body is bangin’! She has worked very hard and she’s painted perfect lines on her canvas. I was just in love with how soft yet strong she looked.

Okay, now let’s get to the part that made me write this blog. My last post was about my journey to fitness and lifting weights check it out here. Some women were so appalled that I would suggest lifting weights to achieve personal fitness goals. I personally know a woman who is almost afraid to lift weights because she doesn’t want to look too “harsh”—whatever that’s supposed to mean. I’m forced to believe that some women think that their “woman crush Wednesday” just goes to the gym and runs around the track twice and leaves with a six pack. Sorry, sweetie, that’s now how it works. These women are going to the gym and doing all the things you aren’t willing to do because you’re afraid that a ten pound dumbbell will make you look like a man.

Now let’s get something straight. If you’re content with simply being thin, you can stop reading this, flip me off, and go on about your day—be sure to subscribe after you flip me off though. However, if you’re a person that desires to have an athletic build like Misty Copeland, let me talk to you for a hot second.

First, let’s get something straight. You will not look like a man by lifting weights and building muscle. Most women say “I want to tone up… you know just get everything tighter. I don’t want to look like a man”. Please help me understand what tone up means. I believe my “fitspiration” says it best, “The idea of ‘toning up’ is just an increase in muscle tissue with low enough body fat to see the definition of the muscle and getting rid of ‘the jiggle’.

The idea of “toning up” is just an increase in muscle tissue with low enough body fat to see the definition of the muscle and getting rid of “the jiggle”.
Muscle either expands or shrinks, so the idea or firming up your muscles is a myth. Fat doesn’t turn to muscle and muscle doesn’t turn into fat.
With this said, resistance training is necessary in order to gain muscle. Enough stress needs to be put onto your muscles in order for them to change and grow. The idea of “not wanting to get bulky therefore you don’t lift heavy is a myth approach. When opting for little to no resistance and a lot of repetitions might not put your muscles through the stress it needs and therefore it has no reason to adapt and grow… The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn at rest giving you another reason why you should be focusing on strength training… There is no way as a woman you will look like a man because we do not produce enough testosterone to build muscle like they do. So lift heavy, aim to build muscle and include strength training on a daily basis.
— http://www.massyarias.com/2015/07/the-myth-of-toning-el-mito-de-tonificar/

 

There you have it, folks! She explains everything perfectly. Those booties that are nice and firm yet soft enough for your man to use as a pillow were not made by walking on a treadmill all day. Instead, they were made with lots of heavy squats, lunges, and deadlifts. So, lift heavy and watch that booty grow! Despite what some people think, it’s not easy to get “buff”. As Massy mentioned, women do not have enough testosterone to “look like a man”. Besides, if building muscle and losing fat were that easy, I would have been at my fitness goal four months ago. Putting in work in the gym, eating the right things, and getting your rest are all the things that you need to see results. While it seems easy, it ain’t. That being said, don’t worry about looking like a man because before any of that happens, you’ll look in the mirror and smile at your new “toned up” body and decide that you want to focus on maintaining. No one is forcing you to have nineteen inch biceps; you can control how “buff” you get.

It doesn’t matter what your fitness goal is, go for it! Don’t let people tell you “women shouldn’t lift… women shouldn’t build muscles”. You can do whatever the hell you want and you shouldn’t feel bad for doing so. Below are some of the women that I keep in mind while I’m bench pressing. When I think about giving up, I think about how dope Lita Lewis’ arms look and I find the strength to push out two more reps. Maybe you guys can find some “fitspiration” through them as well. Good luck!

Afros and Ovaries 
Still trying to get a bigger booty 
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Massy Arias is probably my favorite! She is a personal trainer based in LA. She can be found in several magazines giving tips and you can also find her in the Trey Songz "O' Na Na" video 

Massy Arias is probably my favorite! She is a personal trainer based in LA. She can be found in several magazines giving tips and you can also find her in the Trey Songz "O' Na Na" video 

As a part of the "thickfit" movement, Lita Lewis leads several body bootcamps helping people all over the country get closer to their fitness and wellness goals. 

As a part of the "thickfit" movement, Lita Lewis leads several body bootcamps helping people all over the country get closer to their fitness and wellness goals. 

This is Kathy Drayton. She is well known for her 30 transformation. Her transformation program has become extremely popular and include many well known celebrities including NBA star, Dwayne Wade.  @kathy_drayton

This is Kathy Drayton. She is well known for her 30 transformation. Her transformation program has become extremely popular and include many well known celebrities including NBA star, Dwayne Wade. 
@kathy_drayton

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