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When did you first start working out and why? When I was 14 years old. I was a skinny kid and I didn’t want to get picked on anymore. Plus, I thought it would make girls like me more!
Are you at your “Happy Place” right now – meaning more of a maintenance mode, or are you still in a weight loss mode? I’m very happy with my body now.
If you are in maintenance mode, do you feel that you work just as hard to maintain your level of fitness as you did to lose it? I feel it is a lot easier to stay in shape than it is to get in shape. Once you’re fit, you’ve got to try hard to mess it up...kinda like having a lot of money, once you’re rich, you have to make a lot of mistakes to lose it all.
What does your current workout “routine” look like now? Since this is my busy time of year, (oct – june) I am in maintenance mode in the gym. It’s a basic 3 sets of 10 reps routine. I weight train 4-5 times a week and split up my muscle groups. This workout is designed to save, or maintain what I have now.
What do you do for cardio? How often? My cardio is always biking, swimming and some running. I get in some form of cardio 5 days per week.
Do you workout at home or the gym? I prefer the gym because of all the equipment.
What do you say to those that haven’t gotten fit and complain that they don’t because they “can’t get motivated”? Your body is one of the ONLY things that you are in direct control of…not your job, your work, your kids, your school grades…nothing. So it’s up to you and only you.
What about any/all of the excuses like “No time”, “No money”, “no gym”, “no support”? No time? Get up earlier. Stop watching stupid reruns at nite and go to bed. No money? Run in the park, do pushups and crunches at home. No gym? Same answer. NO support? See answer to question #7. Additionally, there are many quality fitness websites that offer tons of free fitness information and workouts.
What does your “diet” look like i.e. how you eat, what is your Philosophy? I eat clean and healthy. Meaning, I prefer a low fat diet, complex carbs and protein. I’d say I’m at about 20% fat, 45% carbs and 35% protein daily. I also cheat one day a week, always Sunday. I believe my cheat day keeps me sane all week. I can hold off on sweets or high fatty foods because I know that on Sunday I will eat anything I want. (It usually starts with 2 double frosted Dunkin Donuts and a large coffee.) I also think the extra fat on a cheat day helps if you are on a low fat diet.
What changes have you made over the past several years in your diet and/or workout approach and why? My diet and all diets should be a lifestyle. When something works, stick with it. Most of my changes have been to my workout. I believe in always pushing mentally and physically, I’ve added balance, endurance and martial arts to my fitness workouts.
What is your food weakness? M&M’s!
What is your favorite healthy breakfast? Oatmeal, 5 egg whites (with one yolk), half banana and small glass of juice.
When did you start blogging and why? I started iBodyFit.com in 2006. I wanted my seasonal clients to have access to video workouts and exercises when they left town. Now it has grown so that anyone, anywhere can watch online workouts and exercises.
How has blogging enhanced your fitness efforts? Owning and running iBodyFit.com has made me research and learn as much as I can about fitness and getting in shape. It’s a constant learning process, and Im thankful for that.
What is your Twitter/FB/Email?
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What haven’t you done (fitness wise) that you’d like to try? Triathlon.
What motivates you to keep at it? I like how I look!
Are you a morning workout person or evening or lunchtime? I prefer morning workouts. When you train in the AM, you always get your workout in.
What is YOUR biggest excuse that you find yourself battling in not wanting to workout a certain day? Tired.
Do you weigh yourself or measure yourself? I weigh myself once a week. Same day. Same time. Same scale. I measure once a month.
More from Franklin:
I’ll say it again, and this has become my tagline:
“Your body is one of the ONLY things that you are in direct control of…not your job, your work, your kids, your school grades…nothing. So it’s up to you and only you.”
There is plenty of free fitness information out there to help you get in the best shape of your life.