I know, I know. I bounce back and forth between blogging about fitness to blogging about lifestyle and advice. I guess you could call me a fitness/lifestyle/advice blog all in one. Right?
Anyways, let’s talk about iron. And no, I am not talking about the mineral found in your body.
Ladies! Have you been wanting to take your fitness up to the next level by weight lifting? But you’re a little afraid you might get “too big”?
Okay look, I promise you’re not going to get too big. The weight lifters that are female that you see packing on the muscle are working their tails off to get there. Hey are eating a lot of food in a day to put on the gains! Trust me, I joined Crossfit in febuary of 2015 and have been lifting weights since consistently. I have put on lbs on the scale but have lost tons of inches. I actually started to eat more because of the intense working out I was doing. And still didn’t get bulky.
I am not fitness professional obviously. I just learn and share from my own personal expirience. I am not licensed to tell people what to do and what not to do. I do however know what has worked for myself.
Lifting weights is so very good for the body. It burns tons of fat and it actually does it fairly quickly.
I now prefer lifting weights over cardio. This coming from the former cardio queen.
My running wasn’t really doing much for me anymore. That’s when I discovered Crossfit. I was a little intimidated at first by the lifting. I didn’t want to look manly after all. And not only that but the thought of throwing lots of pounds above my head and squatting just didn’t seem like a good time. Or possible.
I am not apart of a Crossfit gym currently. But, I am still lifting that weight! I couldn’t give it up. Lifting heavy is amazing. It gives you a sense of accomplishment each time you are able to lift more.
Some tips I would recommend to any women…
•focus on the weight on the bar going up instead of the weight on the scale moving
•throw your pride away…push yourself when lifting but do NOT get too cocky
•lift smart. Take your time. If it takes time to work up to heavy weights, don’t sweat it. You’ll get there.
•make sure you have your form down. Work on form before throwing weight onto the bar. Injury will come if you don’t work on that form.
•make sure to stretch out those sore muscles. Remember to take care of the muscles in your body. Working out is literally ripping and tearing your muscles and breaking them down to build them up to be stronger than they were before. So you most certainly want to help them heal and rest.
•take rest days..rest days are just as important as lift days. Let your body rest when it needs it. I personally take 2 rest days a week. Some times I take active rest days. (Active rest days I do yoga, walk, or something easy on the body)
•eat to perform…you don’t want to lift weights to turn around and eat tons of junk food. Don’t undo your hard work in the gym with nasty food.
•track your weight as you lift. You will want to keep track of PR’s(personal records). It feels really good to see the weight go up. So make sure you’re tracking it.
•don’t get frustrated. When you can’t hot that next PR or you get stuck at the same weight for a while. Keep practicing. Keep lifting. And don’t give up when you aren’t seeing much in weight going up. It’ll come.
•use the free weights and the barbell. Switch it up. Use Dumbbells. Use the barbell.
•squat. Oh for the love of all things good in the world ladies…squat. Squat. Squat.
•did I mention to squat? Squats are so incredibly good for you. They are full body movement. They work so many muscles. Don’t believe me?
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So, lifting weights isn’t going to make you bulky. It will however Ben that fat fast for you. It will lean you out. AND it’ll build a little muscle tone you’ve been wanting! I recommend having a gym partner to assist you in lifting heavy and watch your form and support you of course.
I will attach a photo of me running miles and miles and being th queen of cardio vs. me lifting weights and doing some cardio.
This was only a few months difference. This isn’t even changing too much of my diet. This was going from sole cardio to adding heavy lifting. Can I get a heck yeah?!
I didn’t get bulky and I didn’t look like a man. I love my strong body that works hard for me. I’ve worked my booty off (literally) for 4 (almost 5) consistent years now. I have worked out almost every day for almost 5 years now. That kind of blows my mind.
So, how about giving weight lifting a try? It’s completely worth it. I promise.
Remember, love your body no matter what. It works hard for you day in and day out. Take care of it. It has done nothing but support you since day one. Love it and it will love you right back. 🙂
Thanks for reading,