Feminine Fit | Rachael Attard
A great part of reaching your fitness goals is finding the right program for what you want. As a woman, sometimes finding the balance between wanting a fit frame but still wanting to maintain your feminine flare can be difficult. Training too lightly won’t get you significant results, but going overboard could cause you to build some unwanted bulk.
Personal trainer Rachael Attard has helped many women to find the right balance. She specializes in creating fitness routines that will get you spectacular results but leave behind the bulk. “I train women who want a leaner look. These women don’t like the physical results of heavy lifting or lots of HIIT, and have issues with getting too muscular from exercise. These women are ridiculed by other personal trainers who say that women won’t “get bulky” or “look like a man.” I myself have been too “bulky” for my liking so I completely understand where these women are coming from,” Rachael states.
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Let me just say, I love the thoughts behind what Rachael does. As a woman, I can relate to wanting to practice fitness without the fear of becoming too muscular. She really understands that many women want to be in shape yet have a fear of having a “manly” appearance. Because I was very intrigued at this point, I wanted to know how exactly did she become interested in pursuing her personal trainer career.
“I fell in love with fitness (and Instagram of course) many years ago. And my career as a personal trainer and nutritionist began after I created my fitness Instagram account. I was working as an environmental scientist in a job that I could not see myself doing for the rest of my life. I wanted to do something that I was really passionate about. I had a lot of great feedback on my Instagram account, so I studied fitness and nutrition, started a blog, and then released a program, and it just went from there,” Rachael shared.
“I am forever grateful to all of my followers and supporters who have allowed me to have a career in something that I truly love.” -Rachael Attard
While choosing her path seemed simple enough. I was sure that everything couldn’t have just been a walk on the treadmill. And indeed I was right. As we continued to converse, Rachael revealed some tough challenges that she had to overcome.
The first challenge that she faced derived from the fact that she originally wasn’t allowed to train her way. Limited by the company that she was working under, Rachael had to implement training techniques that she didn’t really agree with. “I was working in a gym in Brisbane which was focused on heavy lifting and Crossfit. Whilst I loved personal training and my female clients, I wanted to train them my way. However, I was only allowed to provide the women with the heavy lifting programs that all the other trainers used. I didn’t have the flexibility to provide my own style of training. I had a great job and great clients, but in the end it wasn’t a perfect fit for me. So I ended up quitting to follow my own path,” Rachael explains.
So, as Rachael went on to follow her dreams, there was one more hurdle to get over. She had the experience in fitness. She had the education in nutrition. But there was one aspect that she wasn’t exactly an expert in and that was the technical part of creating her online business. “I needed a lot of technical help with my website and online marketing. There is a lot to know, and it really isn’t my expertise. I sought help from a few different people without much success. But I’m finally working with someone now who is great and has really helped my online business! If you don’t know something, it’s OK to outsource it and look around to find someone who can really help (and not just take your money),” Rachael says.
All in all, taking a risk and pursuing her dreams definitely paid off. Not only does she get to do something she loves, but she gets to help many people along the way! One of the biggest rewards for her has come from meeting people that she has helped through her online program. It really gives her the satisfaction of seeing the impact she has had and it has also allowed her to make some really good friends. “One of the greatest parts of my journey is the friends I’ve made from my Instagram account and selling my own program. It’s just amazing the connections you can make with people online! I’ve been travelling the world for the past 18 months (another one of the great rewards!), and I’ve even met a few of the girls and formed great friendships,” Rachael exclaims!
What advice would you give to a young person today who wanted to ditch a sedentary lifestyle and become more fit and healthy?
Exercise needs to fit into your lifestyle and daily routine. It’s much harder to exercise on a regular basis if it’s not routine. So start simple – it can even be something such as going for a 30 minute walk before or after work.
And make small changes to your diet rather than trying to cut your calories and quit sugar, dairy, gluten, alcohol and junk food all at once! That’s not sustainable. One small change every week or two is all it takes!
Think about the 80/20 rule: If you get 80% of your impact from 20% of what you do, what is that 20% for someone just starting?
In reality, diet is much more important than exercise (even though a lot of people think it’s the other way around). So if you can do anything, it would be to focus on cleaning up your diet. A good place to start is adding green veggies to dinner, drinking more water, and limiting your “junk food” to a few times per week!
Why do you think a person’s mindset is so integral to their success?
I see a lot of women fail due to their mindset. It can be things such as an unhealthy relationship with food (binge eating is very common), blaming it on their families, or their busy lifestyles, or just believing that they can never change.
If you don’t believe you can do something and if you make up excuses, you will never succeed. It really does take a lot of willpower and long-term commitment to succeed because there will definitely be tough times. And you need to be tough enough to push through it. As long as you are in the right frame of mind, you can do anything.