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Add Strength Training for Lean Muscles
Turn that Weight Loss Weakness into a Strength
12/25/2013 8:46:06 AM
Women who are concerned about "bulking up" or "getting too muscular" have apparently never done much strength training. Otherwise, they'd know only too well how much work it takes just to achieve definition and tone. To bulk up, most of us would have to rely on some sort of chemical juice like steroids and/or work out hours a day.
Getting too muscular is Number 3,459 on the list of things women should worry about.
Is it really recommended by trainers that 2 days rest is the ideal after working particular muscle groups? Because I certainly do not normally do 2 days. 1 day is usually the norm, though I do TRY for 2:)
3/27/2012 4:15:36 AM
It would be really helpful if all of the exercises listed had demos here on SP. I had never heard of Bird Dog either!
Strength training for women does not add bulk. We do not have enough testosterone in or bodies to gain bulky muscles by simply doing strength training. Female body builders use either steroids or some other form or injection to get the testosterone needed to produce larger, bulky muscles. Males, however, can, and most likely will, bulk up when strength training.
Those girls at the gym who "don't lose weight" are simply ONLY doing strength training(or not enough cardio if they are doing cardio). Strength training doesn't burn many calories, thats why we can't track calories burned in the fitness tracker for strength training. If you do 100s of crunches, you will not see muscle definition until you burn the fat on top of the muscle by doing cardio. Same goes for all over your body. You need cardio to burn fat and see your muscles.. you may have a 6 pack of abs and not even know because of the fat on top.
Please explain the fact that strength exercises can indeed add bulk to your body. Uuummm Body Builders. They do not run to get the bulk they life weights. I know that strenght training is not bad, I strength train also. But everything has to be done properly and in proportion to your own body. If someone at my weight, 320's does not focus primarily on cardion and contriling her eating and activity levels and spends most of her time strength training, she will gain muscle on top of the fat itself.
Ever seen people in your office that go to the gym all the time but never seem to loose any weight? We have all seen them. My best friend is one of them. After a while they will get discouraged and stop. ANd then start again. We really need to learn to exercise and strength train for our own body types.
http://www.exude.com/ this website talkes all about it. The auther wrote Excape your shape and Hold it, your exercising wrong.
These are really great books. If I am going to do all of this to loose weight, I am going to do it right!!!! Please understand. I am not saying that it is bad. It is not. But it must be done correctly for your shape and body or you will bulk ware you don't want to bulk.
Weight lifting was how I figured out how to maintain my weight. When I was in college, the weight started creeping on, and I tried just about everything to keep it down. I went vegan, started running all the time, and quickly gained five pounds. So, since I wasn't vegan for ethical reasons, just health reasons, I went back to eating meat, started lifting weights, and ended up losing the weight I gained and then some. And I'll admit, I like the look of some muscle on a girl.
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