These are questions I get most often! Please email erinshepherdfit@gmail.com for any additional questions!

I don’t like lifting weights- can I just do cardio to lose weight?
Unless you’re an endurance athlete, cardio shouldn’t make up the bulk of your workout. At first, cardio is great to lose body fat because you can burn so many calories in a single session, but overtime, your body will adapt and try to become more efficient at all the cardio you’re doing. What this means is that as you get in shape, your body will burn less and less calories per session. This will cause a plateau in your weight loss-and also a reduction in your muscle mass, which slows your metabolism.

I don’t want to lift weights because I’m afraid of getting too bulky.
You will NOT get bulky! The women who you see as “bulky” actually work incredibly hard with specific workout routines, meal plans, and supplements to achieve that muscle mass! The strength training plan I will give you will be less intense, yet give you that lean, toned physique you’re looking to build.

I really just want to lose my belly fat. Can I just do ab workouts?
You cannot just lose weight in one area, or “spot train.” When you lift weights, your metabolism will increase and burn fat over your whole body. Each time you train a specific muscle group, you’re increasing relative strength in that area and will build the muscle.

Can I workout while pregnant? 

Yes, and I highly encourage it! Not only will it help with labor and recovery, but it also helps with postpartum depression later and has been linked to your baby’s intelligence! So many cool benefits to prenatal exercise! Please do your research to see which exercises are best during each trimester, or begin a coaching program with me and we will cover all of this!

What’s the difference between your one-on-one coaching and group challenges?

As much as I love one-on-one coaching and seeing the awesome results my clients get, I truly don’t believe it’s necessary for everybody. If you mainly just want a solid workout routine to follow, one of my group challenges may be best for you! In the challenges, everyone will receive the same workouts at a lower price point- and each challenge will come with individualized extras for the program- which are always listed on the challenge sign-up page.

If you feel you would succeed best working with me one on one, we will create a custom plan just for you, and have weekly check ins where we will go over your progress and anything we feel is holding you back from reaching your goals- anything from limiting beliefs, a bad relationship with food, or even sleep issues. You get my complete attention so we can maximize our time together!

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