Want to tone up?
Get a bit of shape?
Drop a dress size or two?
Your wisdom may already be telling you that a move away running or doing insanity could be the way forward.
I’ve got 5 top facts to reassure you that a leap into the unknown is definitely a step in the right direction:-
1. INCREDIBLE HULKESS?
Whether it’s 2, 3, or 4 sessions a week, females are FAR, FAR, FAR less able to gain the sort of size men can.
Women have significantly less testosterone that men have to build muscle so unless you plan on taking a shed load of anabolic steroids you’re really not going to get anywhere even close to the size you think you will.
2. MEN AND WOMEN CAN DO THE SAME EXERCISES
Those machines in the gym where you essentially sit there, close your legs and open them again under resistance, they tone your inner thigh right?
What if I said there are exercises that can work every muscle in your legs, work your core and upper body as well, burn more calories and you can get better results from?
Here’s where squats, lunges, deadlifts and pull-through’s to name but a few come in.
They’re all fantastic full body movements that both genders should be doing. They’re both a little more technical than that machine I mentioned but with practice you’ll soon be owning these movements and will quickly be reaping the benefits.
3. WOMEN SHOULD LIFT HEAVY
Women should be doing low weight for high repetitions to avoid getting too bulky and to tone up?
This is simply not true! All that is going to do is work on your muscular endurance!
The only thing that will make you bulky is the type and amount of food that you EAT!
This notion of heavy lifting, is lifting a weight that is sufficiently challenging to complete between 6 to 12 reps with good form. This is the ideal rep range to build muscle.
The more lean muscle on a ladies frame, the more calories the body will burn at rest in order to maintain this muscle tissue by increasing metabolic rate.
Cardio on the other hand, does not burn as many calories after training then resistance training does and also tucks into precious muscle tissue as well as fat in the process, something that should be avoided.
4. THERE’S NO ONE-SIZE FITS ALL APPROACH
You and a friend could be doing exactly the same exercise program: - exercises, sets and reps yet both of you could get completely different results from it. WHY?
If you’re the one who hasn’t seen the results your friend has, do not panic and lose faith! Remember this:-
- We are all individuals.
- We all have different starting points when it comes to fitness and goals.
We all lead different lives and some of us have more stresses then others.Our bodies react to types of training in different ways.
Some of us adapt better to more sets and reps (volume), some might not need as much volume to see results and are quite fortunate in that respect. It’s about finding what works best for YOU!
This is where personal training and tailoring a plan to an individual and their lifestyle pays dividends and almost guarantees you results providing you put in the hard work towards your progressive training plan and nutrition.
5. YOU’LL LOOK AND FEEL PRETTY DARN AWESOME!
Bottom line resistance training can be so beneficial to helping women get the defined body they want and strive for providing their nutrition and recovery is also on point.
It can give you that confidence to look and feel fantastic in that bikini or dress you’ve been waiting to wear.
It will empower you and boost your self-esteem to know all the hard work you’ve done has given you the results you want and will be an inspiration to others.