Courtney Black, 20, has become incredibly popular on Instagram, with her workout videos, fitness shots and for transforming her body from skinny and lean, to sculpted and curvy!
Courtney, now a personal trainer from London, is on a mission to let people know that getting the ‘perfect’ body isn’t about starving yourself and doing endless squats, but instead, eating more and lifting heavy weights!
Below, Courtney opened up to the DailyMail about her philosophy on fitness and how to gain the ‘Kardashian’ style booty!
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It’s a common belief that to get a sculpted bum, you need to do endless squats and deprive yourself of the foods that you love
Courtney, who has transformed her body over the years, says that this isn’t the case.
“Ignore the popular squat challenges. There is no way you’ll ever get a Kim Kardashian butt by doing 100 squats every day. It doesn’t make you magically grow a bum as a lot of online challenges will have you believe – all it does is burn some calories.”
“Lifting weights and pushing yourself in every session is key to getting that Kim Kardashian or Kylie Jenner shape. Growing your legs and upper body whilst keeping your waist slim is what creates that hourglass look.”
Courtney admits that the look she had achieved didn’t come easy for her.
“You can see from my before and after photos that I don’t naturally have a curvy body – achieving an hourglass shape is something I’ve worked at. I’m naturally quite a straight body shape with no curves – so I focus on growing my legs, glutes and my shoulders to give the illusion of a smaller waist.”
Courtney’s Tips To Getting A Kardashian Booty
“You aren’t going to get a sculpted and toned bum by living off salad leaves. You need to be fuelling your workouts with nutritious meals. Keep your protein high and place your complex carbs around your workouts.”
2. Band it up!
“Get yourself some resistance bands and use them in your workout. It doesn’t matter if they’re long or short, resistance bands will up your glute game! Add them to your any exercise e.g. donkey kicks or lunges as the will increase the tension and help you get that hourglass shape.”
3. Do your weight training!
“No one gets maximum results from running on a treadmill. You need to be lifting weights to get that curvy Kardashian physique. Growing your legs and upper body whilst keeping you waist slim through weight lifting is what celebs do to create that hourglass shape.”
Courtney also believes that “clever weight training” and “reducing cardiovascular exercise” are some other secrets to achieving your ideal body
“It’s about clever weight training. I recommend doing glute exercises with resistance bands so you really feel the burn and build that booty and you should never use super-heavy weights when doing abdominal exercises to ensure your waist stay small. You will not get maximum results or achieve that nice, sculpted bum from running on a treadmill.”
‘Adding some HIIT workouts to your regime are great for cardiovascular health but you need to be lifting heavy weights and pushing your body to get that curvy, hourglass shape!”
Another common myth is weight training will make women bulky, which Courtney wants to eradicate.
‘Women often fear that they’ll get too manly or muscular from doing weight training but this could not be further from the truth. But females cannot naturally produce testosterone like men so it’s impossible to gain a huge amount of muscle by lifting weights.’
When Courtney was younger, she used to want to be as skinny as possible and fell into the usual weight loss traps. After realising her pursuit of fat loss in this way was making her miserable, she decided to embrace her body and focus on lifting and developing a curvy, healthy body, rather than trying to make the number on the scale as small as possible.
“I loved long skinny legs and tiny little waists. I lost so much weight that people would comment on my Instagram saying that I looked like I was dying. I love my curves now and I’m truly ashamed of how I used to eat and exercise. I want to show other people how unnecessary it is to starve yourself or cut out certain food groups from your diet. Put your health first and worry about your image second.”