Girls, I know you’re probably already well aware that lifting weights will not make you bulky. In addition to following a strategic weight training regimen, you’d need way more testosterone (or steroids), and a ridiculous amount of protein (like 250+ grams of protein/day)…which unless you’re prepping for a bikini or figure competition, you probably don’t need to worry about!
Which weighs more? A pound of rocks or a pound of marshmallows? The answer, of course, is that they both weigh the same… a pound is a pound. Same thing applies with muscle and fat. The difference is that muscle is more dense, which means it takes up less space (or less volume) for the same weight. So if you want to lose inches and tighten up, trade your fat for muscle!! 🙂 Added Perk? Muscle tissue requires more energy from your body than fat, which leaves you with an increased metabolism! Conclusion? To boost your metabolism and change your body composition, it’s best to gain lean muscle! Include your toning workouts 4 times a week mixed with cardio 4+ times a week!!
My lifting partner Lauryn doing her sumo plie squat on the smith machine!
Lifting weights is how you build muscles and turn your body into a fat burning machine. I know, because I used to be one, but for all my cardio crushing girls, read more about the amazing benefits of incorporating strength & toning exercises into your workouts here!
I know I used to feel intimidated by the weights at the gym, like there was some invisible fence between me and the weight rack. First of all the clanging weight room is heavily populated by meat-head dudes grunting, sweating, and in general just taking up a lot of real estate. I don’t know about you but at first glance wading into all of that testosterone is just not at the top of my list. Not to mention there’s about a thousand mirrors over there, that I felt were reflecting my lack of confidence. However, walking over there, having mapped out what equipment I’m using and knowing proper technique gave me the confidence I needed to bust out some pretty kick-ass workouts!
The trick is going in with a game plan. Knowing what equipment your using and the proper form (so you’re not that girl) is all you really need!
Here is your foolproof game-plan, now all you got to do is step across that threshold:
Begin warming up for 5 – 10 mins by hopping on the stair master, treadmill, or elliptical. You can always add cardio at the end if you have more time!
Click and save the pic below to your camera roll on your phone, and you’ll have it with you as you navigate the weight room 🙂 Have fun!
If you have any questions – just ask! I’m always here for you 🙂
Did you try this circuit? What did you think?