Lindsey McMeen (@trainmcmeen on Instagram), an instructor at Barry’s Bootcamp and director of talent at CycleX, answered a few of Lively’s burning fitness questions, from her favorite workouts to the skincare product she uses after a sweat session. Here’s what she had to say.
Thanks for talking to Lively! Can you tell us what first got you interested in fitness?
I grew up super healthy and active but when I got to college all of that went away and I ended up gaining a lot of weight. It took my entire senior year to lose 70 lbs. and from there, I started helping friends and family to achieve their own health and fitness goals. That spiraled into me making it my full-time gig!
Do you have a go-to workout to target arms, legs and booty?
Oh gosh, I do a combination of workouts to get everything hit! Indoor cycling at Cycle X for my cardio, leg and booty toning. Barry’s Bootcamp for an overall full-body heavier weight tone. And running; I absolutely love running. It helps to keep me lean!
How do you spend rest days? Are you still active?
I truly try to take a real rest day each week. That doesn’t mean I am inactive, it just means I am not doing anything that puts my body under any type of physical stress. Long walks with my dog are the best!
What do you eat before and after hitting the gym?
In the morning I usually make some plain oatmeal with vanilla almond milk and a scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. After the gym, I will either go for a smoothie or RX Bar!
Of course, skincare is super important. Can you describe your post-workout skincare routine?
Yes! For years, I did not take care of my skin properly with how much I sweat for work and for my own workouts. I finally found Fré Skincare products and they have completely changed my skin. I use a moisturizer made for ladies who sweat before I work out. Then their face wash and moisturizer again after workouts. They. Are. Amazing!
How do you personally overcome a workout rut?
Change it up! Trying a new class with a friend works for a lot of people. But truthfully, for me, it’s getting out for a run and clearing my head. Focusing on why I am in a workout rut: what is the cause of these feelings? How can I change my thoughts/actions?
Do you have a body-positive mantra you live by?
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
How would you describe your body-confidence journey?
Oh gosh, it has been a journey! Even as a teenage gymnast with a solid six-pack, I had severe body-confidence issues. The weight gain in college did nothing to help. But through the years of working in fitness and really settling into my adult woman body and accepting it for what it is – a strong, powerful force to be reckoned with – I’ve become more confident. It’s truly not about what you look like, it’s about how you feel, and you should feel healthy and strong and your best self!