Based on statistics, most of us made a new year's resolution to loose weight, and by now, most of us have given up on our resolutions. I like to avoid resolutions all together and just make wish lists of what I'd like to accomplish (i.e. instead of 'read more,' I choose to hope to read a specific book). However, fitness has always a part of my life. Especially, as a dancer who is not currently in a company, or in school, classes can be expensive and class cards seem to go by so fast! So, the gym and exercise have been a great way for me to stay fit and flexible. Of course, there's no replacement for a good ballet instructor who can whip your adagio into shape, but I try to compensate :)
As a female actress, I find fitness very important. For women, I find our roles are on the extreme end. There are roles for larger, character actress, or slim, frail ingenues. However, I'm neither, just your average girl; I've got some good curves but not necessarily the extreme ones that qualify as bombshell status. But please, don't confuse this as hatred of my own body of low self esteem. I love my body--and I hope all girls do! I just find it hard to find a role that I would fit into currently. So, my goal is to just make sure I'm comfortable with myself in any acting situation; whether that's running from psycho killer, swimming at the lagoon with my love interest, or a skimpy slumber party with my girlfriends. I just like to keep the jiggle to the minimum :)
The gym can be intimidating; most women I see just stick to cardio machines and use free weights to do exercises that they're comfortable with. That's what I did for a long time, and supplemented with group exercise classes. However, I felt the most difference when I started weight lifting. But, it was scary at first. 'Is someone gonna make fun of me if I don't use this machine wrong? What if they see me adjusting the machine, are they going to think I don't know how to do this right? I hate looking incompetent. Maybe I'll just go in this other room. Oooooh big men with free weights. And ewe, lots of grunting too (don't worry, headphones fix that).' But you just have to jump in try.
My biggest and best resource was www.bodybuilding.com . Don't worry, you won't turn into a body builder! But it gave me all the essentials I needed. It has great videos of all exercises and machines and how to use them properly. I found Jamie Eason's program was most helpful. I have to admit, I did not follow her program exactly when it came to her diet plan. Therefore, I didn't get the complete body transformation; however, I have seen some amazing results in regards to firmness and strength. This new year, I look forward to becoming more strict with my sugar intake and see what results that will yield! I'll keep you updated :) And I know, I know--it's cold out! Chicago, is in a polar vortex. But gurrrl, just get your booty to the gym. It's much easier to go if you have a buddy (my boyfriend is a great motivator), but you can do it. No one ever regretted going to the gym. They did regret NOT going. ;) Much love