catabolic breakdown plateaus

Breakdown vs. Building behaviours

Asma Uncategorized

Over the past few years, I have transitioned out of Personal Training, and into Health & Fitness Coaching to help people in their 30’s and 40’s get their body’s out of a Catabolic state (Breakdown) and into an Anabolic (Building) state.

Catabolic State

  • Cellular breakdown
  • Plateau-like feeling 
  • Difficulty achieving health & fitness goals
  • Mental fog 
  • Hormone imbalances leading to weight gain
  • Difficulty implementing new behaviours 


Anabolic State

  • Fat-burning
  • Muscle-building
  • Fast & healthy Basal Metabolic Rate
  • Mental clarity & organization
  • Leaner physique


While each woman’s needs are v e ry different, it is easy to optimize their routine with small tweaks so they can workout smarter vs. harder, and experience more contentment with their body. 

If you feel you need to DO more to see more results in your fitness, lets talk about your existing routine & behaviours, first. 

YES, a Movement practice is essential for a strong and healthy body. After 15 years in fitness I can confidently say that a Movement practice is essential. While I do believe the style of Movement must change with different seasons of life, I will save that article for next time. 

Other than just Exercising and eating “well”, there are multiple other factors to consider in Building and Restoring muscle & energy that are laid out in this visual. 


catabolic breakdown plateaus


As mentioned in this previous blog, Fasted workouts, and some other widespread Health & Fitness phenomenon’s are in my opinion Fitness Industry traps. 

See my Blog “Is there anything beneficial about doing a Fasted workout.”

So, when I help my clients Optimize their body for improved fat burning, better digestion, and an overall leaner physique, the end goal is looping any catabolic breakdown behaviours into anabolic building behaviours. This allows people to feel like they have a sense of grounding, without turning their routines and lives upside down into an unfamiliar and un-trusting way of being. 

Once client begin to see and feel that this is actually what their body needs, their contentment rises, dopamine rises, and if they want to continue health & fitness coaching with me, we dive into the next layer of increasing natural feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and oxytocin. 

Clients usually find when they get to this place, healthy and fitness becomes less about sets, reps, and number of workouts and more about vitality, vibrations, and freedom. 


Think you need some help in redefining your best Health & Fitness routine?

If you have any questions about 1:1 Women’s Health & Fitness Coaching or know you are ready to actually receive support, contact info(at) and I would be happy to schedule a 20 minute free call!

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Asma Kassam, BHK, CSNA, CFST

Kinesiologist, Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Advisor, Fascial Stretch Therapist, Animal Flow instructor, Women’s Health advocate

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