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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!