Seneca McCue is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, NASM CPT. She specializes in core, mobility, and suspension training. She has worked as an accountability coach, and motivational speaker, and has been a nurse for 18 years.
Her commitment to her clients is clearly visible, as said by her “My goal is for you to succeed and for you to not only TRANSFORM your body but to also TRANSFORM your life!“
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Seneca McCue, a yoga expert who specializes in core, mobility, and suspension training.
How did yoga happen to become an inseparable part of your life?
In 2016, I was teaching TRX at a yoga studio in North Carolina and I started to take the yoga classes offered at the studio. I was 37 years old and had been working out regularly for 5 years. I quickly realized that my recoveries after strength workouts were much faster once I started consistently practicing yoga. I wanted to learn more so I registered for a 200-hour yoga teacher training. I love to learn and am always looking for ways that I can improve myself and better serve my students. After teaching for a few years I registered for my 300-hour yoga teacher training and studied under Cathy Madeo. This training transformed me as both a practitioner and teacher. Teaching and practicing yoga is so much more than just a physical practice for me, it is a creative outlet, and keeps my mind in a calm peaceful state.
How do you like to kick-start your day? Your first meal of the day would look like?
As a working mom in her 40s, I am constantly on the go and my morning routine gives me the energy I need for my day. After dropping my two kids off at school I come home and eat breakfast. Typically I will eat something high in protein like 3 eggs with tomatoes, spinach, and feta cheese, or Greek yogurt with nuts, and fruit. While I digest I enjoy a cup of coffee and I either meditate or journal before I work out. This sets my day off on the right foot and I am far more productive!
You seem to propagate that when it comes to fitness, age is just a number. According to you, 5 tips women should incorporate into their training routine once they near their 40s or 50s?
I truly believe that we can achieve anything we put our minds to. I want to inspire women to not let their age define them. It can be intimidating to start lifting or practicing yoga later in life. I want to help women overcome that fear so they can feel amazing both inside and out. After the age of 40, we naturally lose muscle mass. It is essential to our long-term health to maintain as much muscle mass as possible.
- I recommend women do a progressive overload weight training program in order to build muscle. Three to four days of strength training per week is sufficient to build muscle mass.
- Yoga is a perfect complement to strength training. It helps with recovery and keeps us mobile and moving with ease as we age.
- NEAT movement such as walking is also extremely beneficial to our health as we age and can be done on rest days.
- To build muscle mass we must also allow our body to rest. I recommend two rest days per week. Long bouts of high-intensity training are stressful on our bodies and can be counterproductive after the age of 40.
What motivated you to pick your Instagram handle name as @myplankfullife?
Myplankfullife is a play on words for my grateful life. I practice gratitude on a daily basis. When choosing a name for my fitness page I wanted to incorporate this idea of gratitude into the name. The name represents my gratitude for being able to exercise and inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle through movement.
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