I wrote this blog after reading an awesome, informative article over at JCD Fitness Blog (Read Here).
As a female personal trainer – who weight trains 5-6 days a week, I repeatedly try to reinforce the fact that women will not build bulky muscle just by lifting heavy weights. So many people, including men (my father and brother live on the elliptical!) think that steady state cardio is the answer to all of their problems. Cardio alone will never get you 9% bodyfat, a rock hard stomach or the tight glutes you’re looking for.
I seriously love lifting weights. I will lift anything…if I can! I especially love to squat and deadlift. I lift more than most girls I know and even some of the guys at my gym. It is truly empowering. I consistently see increases in strength every couple of weeks and love to see my body adapt (adaptations that with cardio alone, would be impossible!) Since beginning a heavy resistance weight-training program, I’ve never felt more confident or sexy. I feel better, look better and I’m stronger physically without adding “ the bulk” that so many women are fearful of.
Two inspirational women, IFBB Figure Pro’s Erin Stern and Nicole Wilkins. These women are feminine and strong, you don’t have to sacrifice one for another!
Even when I am able to convince others of the essential need for and positive effects of heavy resistance training, I can feel the hesitation, unsure if they are “lifting too much” or “not burning enough calories.”
“Well…how many calories will weight lifting burn?” This is the most common question I get, which emphasizes that we live in a society that focuses primarily on calories in and calories expended and not the true, long-term benefits of a balanced fitness and nutrition program. It’s all about, “What will help me burn off that brownie I just ate?” Many of us tend to go for the machines that track calories/miles, etc. We find some sort of comfort in seeing those numbers. We fool ourselves into thinking that we are able to burn off our daily indulgences. That is another problem…we are focused on our failures!
15-20 minutes of cardio does not erase the 1-minute it took you to eat that brownie.
Why not begin focusing on a weight-training program that not only allows you to see gains in strength, but can also provide reduction of body fat and increased confidence. Once you embrace your true strength and realize the efforts produced in the gym each day, your ability to resist temptations skyrockets. That’s when you’ll see positive results. Changing your focus in this way helps to encourage you to make better nutritional choices.
Incorporate a weight-training program into your fitness routine that excites you and produces results well worth maintaining and improving upon.
I hope this article eased some of your fears! More on implementing a good weight training routine to come,
Certified Personal Trainer