For some people, transforming their body is something that takes a lifetime of work. For others, it becomes a basic part of their seasonal routine, taking an entirely different approach in summer than they do in winter.
Instagram fitness star Amie Wiley does exactly that - and she shared her side-by-side transformation pictures this week on Instagram. Amie explains in her post that she likes to bulk in winter, and then cut in summer. And here are the results each plan has:
"In winter time I bulk so I can put on muscle mass," says Irish Amie, who recently moved to New York. "This essentially means eating in a calorie surplus, lifting super heavy and not doing a lot of cardio". For Amie, this is all about building strength and seeing muscle growth in her bum.
But when summer comes around, Amie overhauls her plan. "Cutting means eating in a calorie deficit, lifting as heavy as you can and doing a lot more cardio," she told her 17,000 followers, adding: "The cardio is worth it in the end!"
This results in "shredding the excess fat put on during bulking", the Instagrammer explains. "You will lose muscle too, but I continue to exercise and to lift heavy so I can minimise the amount of muscle loss."
Amie initially came to our attention last year after she posted an empowering photo showing the difference a two-stone weight gain made on her body. Previously, she had fixated on "being toned and leaner", which meant she overdid the cardio and ate very little. This, she reflected, left her feeling "extremely insecure" and without any confidence. "It literally was the worst I had ever felt in my life in my own skin."
But then she began weight training, and noticed how empowered she felt seeing her strength grow. Watching herself build muscle and put on weight left Amie "the happiest I have ever been in my life."
Amie's insight into the variation in her fitness plan from season to season is beneficial to the followers who take inspiration from her fitness regimen. But being mindful of the fact transforming your body twice a year is far from on everyone's agenda, she added to her post: "It’s not essential to bulk or cut but I personally like to do it. As long as you’re happy in your body that’s all that matters."
Hit the nail on the head.
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