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7 Strength Training Excuses: Busted!

Get Over the Excuses to Get Stronger

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The strength-training workout for you: Try a bootcamp class at your gym or do this quick whole-body workout, adding in one minute of marching in place or jumping jacks (depending on your fitness level) between each exercise.

Excuse #3: I don't know what to do. You didn't think you'd get away with that excuse did you? SparkPeople is all about teaching you what you need to know! Brush up your knowledge on the principles of strength training, then read this primer on what exercises you should include. Knowledge is power!

The strength-training workout for you: In the SparkPeople Workout Generator you can create a full-body, beginner workout that takes less than 30 minutes to complete, and you're on your way to a strong body!

Excuse #4: I'm intimidated by the gym. The gym can be intimidating at first, but it doesn't have to be. Any health club staff or personal trainer should be more than happy to show you around the gym, teaching you how the different strength equipment works. And even if that sounds pretty scary, you can always get your strength training on at home! In fact, you don't need any gear to get in a good strength workout at home.

The strength-training workout for you: Brave the gym armed with this quick and easy strength workout. Or do this standing workout at home that doesn't require any fancy equipment!

Excuse #5: I'm afraid of bulking up. Man or woman, lifting weights for 30 minutes a few times a week will not bulk you up. In order to get "beefy," men have to lift very heavy weights for multiple times a week (the big body builders spend hours a day in the gym). Women do not even have enough testosterone to build huge muscles unless they very carefully control their diet and spend hours and hours in the gym (and possibly take unhealthy supplements and illegal drugs, as well). For the everyday person, lifting weights a few times a week will definitely not bulk you up, so don't let that stop you from reaping all of the benefits of lifting weights!

The strength-training workout for you: A resistance band is an easy way to get toned, strong muscles no matter where the day takes you. Try this 20-minute resistance band workout that you can do at home, at work or when traveling. We guarantee you won't bulk up—just tone up!
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About The Author

Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites, and A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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Member Comments

  • I'm going to give this a try - 2/14/2016 11:27:35 AM
  • Been going to gym for 2 weeks now feeling better already - 1/31/2016 11:20:29 PM
    Just joined a new gym and got a personal trainer and work out few times a week - 4/21/2015 3:52:25 PM
  • Strength training has increased my endurance and has made me look more fit in my clothes as well. - 3/28/2015 11:29:07 PM
  • excellant pointers and places for a newbie to start at. - 1/8/2015 2:29:39 PM
  • Great article. It's so important for women! I need to do more of this! - 10/19/2014 2:07:46 PM
  • This article is a must read for people........I enjoyed it so much. I LOVE my group power weight lifting classes. The owner of the gym I go to called me the group power junky as I go as often as I can.....usually 3 times a week. I also hit the weight machines 2 times a week on top of that. I just want to build serious muscles. I have noticed that it has helped my arthritis be less painful and I like that. I love the sore feeling I get from working out. I would recommend strength training for anyone who has their doctors ok. Just find a level that works for your health and fitness desires. - 9/8/2014 6:05:07 PM
    I have noticed it is especially good for my posture. I feel it has helped keep me from getting a thick middle and rounded shoulders that middle aged women can sometimes get.

    The reason I don't like doing it is because my mind can't wander. Needs all of my attention. I was doing 30 min. 2x per week but was not getting it done. I have switched to 10 min. a day. Hoping this will help get it done. - 9/8/2014 5:13:02 AM
  • I am one of those who actually wishes he COULD lift weights, but the doctor has said I shouldn't. - 9/2/2014 6:24:28 PM
  • I am considering this. Have not every worked with weights before. - 7/6/2014 6:23:30 AM
  • Yes, yes and YES! Nothing has changed my body like strength training has even though my weight hasn't changed for over two years. Trust me, there's nothing to be afraid of with strength training--your body will thank you! - 6/22/2014 12:54:46 PM
  • What are your recommendations for people with hip issues that deal with pain and it increases with strength/weight training? I have hip dysplasia, just recently had surgery, and I am still in the recovery process. I want to do strength training again, but I want to avoid the "pain". I do know the difference in soreness and pain. I love soreness. Hate pain. - 6/22/2014 8:19:42 AM
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    Go Go Go - 3/18/2014 12:53:11 PM
    That one about "I'm afraid of bulking up" always makes me smile. If people knew how much work it can take some of us just to achieve some attractive muscle definition, they'd stop worrying about turning into The Hulk. - 12/3/2013 7:38:57 AM
  • this will be my goal to do today use my weights ropes i have collectng dust in my living room i promis my self 10 min toaday of putting me first - 10/30/2013 8:33:36 AM

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