Guest Blogger: Introducing Roni Davis

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I am super excited to introduce Roni Davis!

Kat: How long did it take you to transform your lifestyle? 

Roni: That’s a tough one. I started in March of 2007 and I’d like to say it took “X” amount of time but I can’t specifically list a date that I could say, “this is the day I was done”. In many ways, I feel like it’s still a work in progress. The bulk of the changes took place over the course of the first year or two but I’d say by the end of the first year, I knew this was the way my life was going to be from then on. There was no going back.

Kat: Do you think anyone can do it?

Roni: Absolutely. I’ve seen SO many transformations from every day people who just quite simply set their minds to do extraordinary things. It ALL comes down to how badly you want it. It requires a change in your mindset. A “I will no longer accept average” and “failure is not an option” type mindset that literally makes anything possible. Once that happens, the body will cooperate…true for anyone.

Kat: What is a typical day for you? (Gym/Life etc.)

Roni: A typical day starts with fasted cardio (usually about 60mins) between 6 and 6:30am, then breakfast, then getting my kid off to school. I do my own workout for 45-60 mins, shower and then start training clients. After work is Mommy time and I start all over again the next day.

Kat:What is the biggest myth about bodybuilding?

Roni: Oh my goodness, there are SO many it’s hard to pick just one. Perhaps that we’re all on steroids? Or one that annoys me the most specifically re: women is that it will cause us to get big and bulky and make us look like men. The only thing lifting does for us is make us healthier, stronger, curvier…and tighter. What gal wouldn’t want that? 🙂

Kat: What would you like people to know about the sport?

Roni: I’d love for people to know that they don’t have to want to be a “bodybuilder” or get on stage or have big bulging muscles to use the basic fundamentals of what we do to shape their own bodies into anything they want them to be. Muscle building takes TIME and HARD work. No one just wakes up “jacked” one day thinking, “OMG! When did I turn into Arnold?!” It’s a LONG process that literally allows you to carve out just about any shape you want and fix your trouble spots. If you’re willing to work and be patient.

***You can catch Roni here or on her Facebook fan page!

Day 126: a little of this, a little of that cross training.

exercise comic Last night I hit the gym to do some cross training. I have to admit that I wasn’t really feeling it because I thought I should take a rest (and truthfully, my training schedule did have yesterday slotted as a rest day) but I really wanted to get out of the house. So I decided it was time to try out theTRX workout I came up with, but never got to several weeks ago. I partially completed it because I just wasn’t feeling it in my legs. And truthfully, it was really difficult to get through it using the Tabata app (Before I left home I decided that I didn’t need any “prep” time between Tabatas – wrong!) Also, I felt super uncomfortable because there were so  many people at the TRX machine – was worried that I’d slip up and kick someone.

Anyway, instead of doing just 4 minutes, I did 1o and I infused some YOGA into the workout, along with Pilates. It was tough and I was sweating like a pig on a spit. When I completed that, I hopped on the old elliptical for twenty minutes of speed work. I put the Tabata app on and decided that for 20 seconds I would have to maintain a stride rate of at least 160 (which is harder than you think when the resistance is 16 and elevation is 14) and take 10 second breaks in between. I did this work out for a full ten minute cycle and then just regular elliptical at full speed for five minutes and really easy for another five. When done that I hopped onto the track and did some laps to finish things off. I ran about one lap and sprinted another 1.5 laps; I believe I did this about 10x. Give or take.

And that was that! Felt great to sweat and I was glad I had gone. Enjoyed switching things up. I couldn’t help but roar at this comic. This is why I make time to work out; when you put it into perspective, it doesn’t make much sense to do otherwise, eh?

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!

P.S: I’m still looking for sponsors for BAM Calgary – if you have even a dollar to give, please do so! 🙂