Women vs. Weights- Will I Get Bulky Lifting? With Nia Shanks, Episode 009

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Show Notes

What an amazing, inspirational person Nia Shanks is! This is an episode you’ll want to listen to over and over again!!

Nia shares with us her health and fitness philosophy…one that overthrows all the fad diet plans and fitness regimes commonly seen in the industry. She adopts, and encourages her clients to live by, the philosophy of becoming the best version of ourselves. Being better than we were yesterday….by doing one more push up than yesterday; by finally doing a full pull up; by choosing a healthy option over the usual afternoon vending machine snack.

“Exercise is not punishment. Choosing to eat well is not punishment. You should do these things because you love yourself and want to be the best version of yourself.”

Nia’s nutrition philosophy:

  1. Eat mostly real food.
  2. Have things that aren’t super good for you, on occasion.
  3. Have something you REALLY want, not just for the mere fact that it’s sitting there.
  4. Learn to listen to your body.
    • Are you hungry? Then eat.
    • Stop when you’re satisfied….NOT stuffed.

Nia’s resistance training philosphy:

  • Set yourself up with exercises you can learn on day 1…these are easy to adjust and change as you improve:
    • goblet squats
    • push up variations
    • inverted row variation


“Health & Fitness should build you up mentally, emotionally, physically, and should definitely reduce your stress not add to it.” 


Nia’s Bio:

Nia Shanks is a coach, health and fitness writer, and host of The Nia Shanks Show. She helps women build the bodies they want by becoming the strongest, most awesome version of themselves. You can find out more at her website, NiaShanks.com.

Nia’s 3 Habits to help ensure her own health journey:

  1. Positive self talk. Harnessing the importance of practicing self compassion. Giving yourself a break.
  2. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake.
  3. Being more active in ways that are fun. Ie: flying trapeze class!


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