Christmas Came Early | Award Nomination

Beyond my wildest imagination. 

When I began to turn the dream of Contour Allure into a reality back in March, not in a million years did I envision it would be nominated for an award by December! It has been though, and I am completely overjoyed. 

The award is the UK Blog Awards who are searching for a #BlogHero within each of their categories.  Contour Allure is nominated in the Fitness category with plenty of other brilliant bloggers such as:

 Gym Lifestyle;

Lipstick & Trainers;

 Lottie Murphy; and

 Zanna Van Dijk!
Competition is fierce! 

The first stage of the competition went live on Monday and the positive response I’ve had from people is just overwhelming. It means so much to hear that others appreciate and value the vision of Contour Allure. 

A tweet from UK BLOG AWARDS actually confirmed that support was so high across the board that the site crashed and there were in excess of 24,000 votes placed on the first day! Go team !

This award isn’t about just winning an award. The recognition, in my eyes, will add another level of credibility to the vision. With that hopefully, providing another level of trust for the community being built herewith. 

By the nomination itself, I feel like Contour Allure has already won. 

Really, from the depths of my glutes to the bulge of my bicep, I want to thank everyone for the positive support and love for Contour Allure. It has been present and appreciated since day 1. 

If you would like to see this blog actually win the award though, you can go post your vote here!

Squats – Who Needs Them | Alternative Glute Exercises 

​Believe it not, squats are not, I repeat – are not, the be all and end all when it comes to glute day. 

 
In fact, at the minute I have fallen right out of love with squats (but that’s another story for another time) meaning not much time has been spent focusing on them of late. 

Initially, I was concerned for my glute gains but thankfully, any loss appears to be minimal and I’m going to attribute that to having placed a lot of focus on to isolating the glutes and incorporating weight and resistance in other ways. 

Now, before we go on, I don’t want you to think these exercises are a complete replacement because let’s face it, they are kind of like the Regina George of exercises. All I’m saying is nobody liked Regina but she was still Queen Bee.

Squats are the Regina George of leg day” 

Anyway, this isn’t about squat bashing, they are a good strong exercise at the end of the day but my point is not every glute day has to include them, there are other options too.

The days where the squat rack angers me just by being there, these are my fall back exercises:

1) Deadlifts

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2) Glute Bridges


3) Glute Side Kicks 


4) Cable Kick Backs 


5) Standing Heel Drives 

Go give them and try and get ready for that burn!!