A little late this month (editors fault not Claire’s) but DEFINITELY worth a read if you ladies are wanting to look toned and strong – skinny is NEVER a good look but I know many a bride who fears the free weights section…..
Most women go wrong the moment they set foot in the gym. They think that heavy weightlifting will turn them into Arnold Schwarzenegger . Wrong!!!!
Do you head straight to the treadmill to pound away at a constant pace for 40 minutes or so? Then, do you lift a few rounds of lightweights? Finally, do you head to the mat to do a million sit ups?
Like most women you probably answered yes here. I understand, im a woman, I once thought this was the way to the perfect body. Sadly this failed miserably and I ended up 3 stone overweight!!
Its time time to change your ways! The type of training above above illustrates most women’s workout programs. They don’t want to get big and “bulky,” so they stick with exercises they think burn the most calories and “tone” their muscles
If you’re reaching for a 1-2kg dumbell, it better be your warm-up.
This training regime may burn a few hundred calories during the cardio workout, and possibly a hundred more in the weights bit, but they won’t reshape how your bodies look. A complete body transformation cannot take place when you’re following the same old tired,dated training plan.
If you want that complete body transformation, you need to take action and start lifting heavy weights. You want to look good in that strapless pretty wedding dress, right?!?!?!
“But won’t I get bulky Claire?!?!
No! Heres some science stuff to explain.
Females dont have the testosterone levels to build mass.
Men have higher testosterone levels than women; women have higher estrogen levels than men. Compare testosterone levels in a man to the amount in a woman and you find a large gap. Why? Simply put, women don’t have testicles. The lion’s share of male testosterone comes from the testes.
Women do produce the hormone, but it comes from your ovaries and adrenal glands in smaller doses.
Testosterone is the primary muscle-building hormone in the body. Since women have significantly less of this hormone they cannot put on muscle mass as easily as men.
Stop worrying and start lifting, you will thank me later.
If you’re worried about bulking up, remember you don’t have enough testosterone.
Now that we’ve established that you’re not going to gain mass, lets discuss some of the benefits of weight training.
Heavier weight offers women a higher metabolic rate. Since you work against a high degree of resistance with heavy weights, you create tiny muscular tears throughout the body. You will expend a greater number of calories post-workout to repair those tiny tears, thus increasing your overall calorie requirements.
Doesn’t a high metabolism sound like something that might help you achieve that goal?
If you’re looking to get lean, lifting weights expends considerably more calories than cardio.
The next benefit to lifting heavier weights is that you’ll see greater overall muscle definition. When you lift such a light weight as most women do, the muscles are barely worked.
Push yourself harder and take the weight up to the next level – that’s when you see muscle definition . Provided you also follow the correct for fat loss, heavy weights will create the greatest change to how your body looks.
So dont fear the squat rack any longer. Dont waste your time on the pink weights. Get lifting girls!
See you next month!
Some top tips there ladies, if anyone wants to share their thoughts or give this programme a try – get in touch with Claire!