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Why Women Should Workout with Weights

If you’re a woman who hits the gym, you’ve probably been told at some point that weights are a great way to achieve your goals, which are probably to get ‘toned’ and lose some weight. Well whoever told you that was onto something.

Building muscle not only gives you a better frame – i.e. more curves exactly where you want them, but it also means it’s much easier to burn fat, so you can get rid of the curves where you don’t want them – and keep them at bay permanently. I know what you’re thinking ‘I don’t want to look like a body builder’ – trust me, you won’t. It’s virtually impossible women to attain the kind of muscularity seen on female bodybuilders, without taking a bunch of steroids, and you’re not going to do that, are you?

Lifting weights
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You may even dabble with weights already, in an effort ‘tone’ your muscle (newsflash: you can’t tone muscle, you either build muscle, lose fat, or do both, which makes you look toned) but you’re probably doing it wrong. Let me guess you’re using machines to ‘tone’ your inner thighs – you know, the ones that look like they belong in a gynecologists surgery… Stop.

Without going into too much detail, the exercises that will do wonders for your body all involve free weights, here are a few examples;

 

Squats (and variations)

Deadlifts (and variations)

Lunges

Olympic Lifts (Snatches, Clean and Jerk)

Cleans

Military presses

Row variations

Bench Presses

 

Maybe you’re skeptical, but these really work. Why?

They use multiple major muscle groups, bringing the whole body into and also stressing the cardio vascular system which helps to burn fat. Not only that but they build muscle, which, I’ve hopefully hammered into your head will give you a lean, curvy body.

Have I convinced you yet that hitting the weights is much more effective than spending hours on end pounding the treadmill or cross trainer? No? Ok let’s use some pictures.

Here is a woman with a high body-fat percentage…

Body fat
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Here is a skinny woman, probably one that doesn’t eat much and runs a lot, an improvement, sure, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement…

Size zero
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Here are some women that use weights to keep fit and look fit…

Maxine Cook

Maxine Cook
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 Carly Thornton

Carly Thornton
Image credit: Google images

 

 Jamie Eason

Jamie Eason
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Mindi Smith

Mindi Smith
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Granted, these women are professional fitness models, meaning that looking good is their job and they have more time than most to dedicate to training and meal preparation than most, but they didn’t just luck into these bodies, they worked their glutes off. A comparable physique is entirely achievable for someone with a busy lifestyle.

If I still haven’t convinced you, by all means keep using the cardio machines, maybe you’ll stay as you are, maybe you’ll lose a bit of weight and have a slightly smaller body. The reason that most women (and men) never achieve the bodies they really want, a truly spectacular body, is that they are wary about straying from their comfort zones.

Notice the correlation between the amount of women you see in the free-weights area in the gym, and the amount of women you see with a body like the four women above. Both are a very rare site, this is no co-incidence; such a body can only be achieved by hitting the iron hard and fast.

Stray from your comfort zone, do stuff you never done before, and become part of the elite 0.5%.

 




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