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Why Women Should Weight Train

Why isn’t weight training for women more popular?

There are a lot of reasons why women should weight train but there are some misconceptions that prevent them from doing so.  Many think they will build too much muscle and begin to look too masculine.  This isn’t even possible, women don’t have the testosterone to make that happen.  Instead women tend to rely on cardio alone missing out on the benefits that come from weight training.  Here are some reasons women should be more inclined to embrace weight training.

Reasons Why Women Should Weight Train

Lose Body Fat: Lifting weights as little as three times a week can burn three pounds of fat in as little as two months.  When you increase your lean muscle mass your rate of metabolism increase, you will continue to burn calories for up to 8 hours after your workout.  Every pound of muscle you have burns an extra fifty calories every day without you having to lift a finger.

Improved Strength: Woman can gain strength from lifting weights but they don’t gain size the way that men do.  You will have muscle tone and definition throughout your body.  Women who lift are 30%-50% stronger than women who don’t train regularly.

Change Your Shape: Want to drop a dress size or two, weight training is the fastest way to do it.  When you start building lean muscle mass there will be changes all over your body.  Your thighs, butt, upper arms will all start to show definition and your waist gets smaller too.  It’s a great excuse to buy yourself a whole new wardrobe.  Here’s a video showing the transformation you can go through.

Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease: It’s not just running that improves your cardiovascular health weight training does too.  Beyond that it will help reduce the bad cholesterol while increasing the good cholesterol.  Your circulation improves and your blood pressure levels out.

Decreased Risk Of Osteoporosis: Women over 40 are at particular risk for osteoporosis and working out with weights increase the amount of lean muscle which in turn strengthens bones.  Even if you are in the early stages of osteo you can slow down the effects and be active longer.

Diabetes: The increase in the number of people with Type II Diabetes has gotten out of our control but weight training can help.  It burns calories and helps to stabilize blood sugar keeping you with healthy blood glucose levels.

Ladies, the weight room is no longer the exclusive dominion of male athletes.  Get yourself in there and take control of your own health.  Enroll in a class that works with weights if that makes you more comfortable.  If you want to live a long healthy life then resistance training needs to be part of it.

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Dispelling The Myths that Surround CrossFit Training

The Myths that Surround CrossFit Training

If you’re looking to ramp up your fitness routine then you need to give CrossFit a go.  Lots of people who have hit a plateau with their regular routine find that the intensity of CrossFit gets them through that plateau.  CrossFit is not without critics, and often their criticism is based on the myths that surround CrossFit training.  So let’s dispel some of the more popular myths surrounding CrossFit training.

  1. CrossFit is too expensive

Yes and no.  Yes joining CrossFit can cost a little more than a regular monthly membership at a gym, but it is an unfair comparison.  First at a gym you are paying to use the equipment and maybe take a class.  If you want the service of a personal trainer, and face it that’s how you get the best results, you’re going to pay extra for it.  CrossFit has you working with a personal trainer who will push you to get results, the cost of the trainer is included.  At the end of the day CrossFit works out to be the same or less.

  1. I don’t have time for CrossFit.

CrossFit takes an hour out of your day that’s all.  How much time do you spend on Facebook or checking email?  How much time do you spend watching TV?  This may sound harsh but it’s true, if fitness is important to you, you’ll find the time.

  1. I’m too old for CrossFit.

No, you’re not.  Instructors have clients in every age range from teens to seniors, they know how to tailor a workout for you.  If you have watched a CrossFit workout online, don’t assume that you will be doing the exact same workout.  Your trainer will find a workout that pushes you but not beyond what you’re capable of.

  1. I have DVD’s that I use at home to work out

While some people have great success with programs like P90x and Insanity, the fact is that something like 85% don’t.  Without someone to hold you accountable the tendency to let your workouts lapse as other things happen is pretty common.  If you’re one of the 15% who made it then good for you, truly, but if you aren’t then how about you try something else.

  1. I don’t want to follow the strict diet that comes with CrossFit

This is one of the worst myths about CrossFit.  Make no mistake the adage “you can’t outrun your kitchen” that is completely true.  Your trainer will likely suggest that you follow a diet based on vegetables and lean proteins, the Paleo diet or something similar.  You know what?  Every trainer worth their salt is going to tell you the same thing.  It’s a suggestion, whether you follow or not it is up to you.

CrossFit has become so popular for one simple works.  Try a class if it works for you awesome, then you can go from there.  If it’s not your thing you have nothing to lose…except maybe some inches.

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