There are a lot of things about Gina Carano that might surprise the average woman working out.
First, Gina trains to fight in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts, formerly known as Ultimate Fighting or Cage Fighting), and she’s wicked hot.
I think when most girls think “cage fighter” they think of a chick that looks like a dude.
Surprise, Gina is a hottie who happens to be wicked strong and could also kick your boyfriend’s ass.
Here is something else I like about Gina – her last weigh in, she came in at 144.5lbs.
Check out those abs:
It kind of smashes the whole theory that women have to be 110lbs to look hot.
The truth is that with a little bit of strength, a woman can look wicked hot with a higher body weight than you would think… and get to eat more food.
I know… it’s hard to wrap your head around.
This is the difference between body fat percentage, and scale weight.
You can have a really low scale weight, and still have a pooch.
But if your body fat percentage is low, you are going to have abs.
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This is also a great illustration of the kind of abs a woman gets when she isn’t afraid to get strong.
Gina is Training For Performance
She’s not trying to get abs, she’s trying to create a body that will knock someone out or tap them out in the ring.
Gina Carano is a strong strong woman.
And fighter workouts are wickedly intense.
The body she has comes with the performance.
That’s why athletic based training programs are so wickedly effective for fat loss.
If you train for performance, you always get the body.
And for all of the women that are scared of “bulking up” if they get too strong… just look at Gina Carano. Strong = hot.
Scale Weight vs. Body Fat Percentage
As a personal trainer, scale weight and body fat percentage tell me very different things.
Scale weight tells me –
– Tells me how many calories someone ate vs. how many calories they burned.
Body fat percentage tells me –
– Tells me the quality of food you ate.
– And the quality of your workouts.
To get to where you are going, you may need to change both.
Body Fat Percentage = Abs
Gina Carano has famously been struggling with her weight lately.
She’s been coming in too heavy to fight in her weight class.
For someone who is a fighter, this is a really big deal.
If you don’t make the right weight for the fight you are signed up for, you can’t fight.
Imagine if you had to weigh in before you could go to work!
For someone who has a goal of looking really lean, it totally illustrates how unimportant scale weight is.
Gina clearly has a very low bodyfat percentage, which is why she has the abs everyone wants.
Assuming you aren‘t a pro fighter –
Would you really care what the scale says if you looked awesome in a bikini?
And lastly, a shot of the kind of athleticism and power she trained for:
By Josh Hillis, CPT, PES, CES, WLS
author of Fat Loss Happens on Monday