There’s a common misconception regarding weight lifting for women: it can make them bulky and manly looking. Many of us have seen the women in body competitions with bulky arms and legs walking around the stage wearing heels. While this is a great accomplishment for some women, this is not the look everyone is going for when trying to get in shape. This is why many women get turned off from lifting weights.
After losing about 20 pounds, I knew I needed to do something to tone and build a little muscle. I looked to weight lifting as a possible solution. Since starting, my arms have become shapelier and toned. I’ve also noticed that my abs have tightened up, and I’m even beginning to see a pack (great accomplishment after having two kids including a C-section). I’m really enjoying the benefits of weight lifting and encourage other women to try it. Here are a few tips I suggest based on my research and experience:
Women’s Weight Training Guide with Jen Jewell
- Start small and work your way up- Don’t try to lift 50 pounds when you’re just starting out…you can injure yourself with too much weight!
- Learn the proper techniques- It is important that you learn and utilize proper techniques when lifting weights to decrease your risk of injury.
- Try to push yourself beyond your comfort zone- If you can do a set of 10 but start struggling at 8, it’s OK. Pushing yourself a little challenges your muscles, making for a more effective workout and better results.
- Nourish your body as needed- Many of us know protein helps to build muscle, but don’t shy away from carbs (provides much needed energy for your workouts) and fat (cushions vital organs and helps to absorb vitamins).
Always keep in mind that it’s important to fuel the body with the right foods, and eating in moderation is key.
Written By: Keona Hardin
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