Today’s post brings you good news!
For those following my updates, I shared a post a while back about pursuing my passion in fitness, you can check it here.
My passion to sports and the encouragement of my coach Fares led me to Inspire Fitness Academy where I successfully took my first Personal Training Certification.
Now that I’m officially certified, I will be giving my first class at Healthy Lifestyle!
This class will be dedicated to You Ladies! Yes YOU!
We’ll be focusing on getting you ready and in shape for summer by targeting the two main parts that interest you the most: Abs and Glutes!
The course will start on April 29th and it will be each Saturday morning at 10h00 a.m. at Healthy Lifestyle in Jal El Dib.
I will be giving you more details about the course in my future post, but today I’ll be exposing the different myths around strength training for women.
- Weight Lifting Is Dangerous
As with any new activity, there is some level of danger. The same would be true with rock climbing, cycling, running, or even yoga. But it’s very simple to drastically reduce your risk of injury with strength training, since a professional program would balance out your body for optimal strength and power, thereby decreasing your risk of injury in other activities.
What you need to do is:
– Choose a program that’s appropriate for your ability level
– Prepare your body to work out
– Understand correct form
- Lifting Heavy Makes Women Bulky
A lot of girls have this mind, that if they lift some weights they’ll become bulky like men.
Let’s set one thing straight, women don’t produce enough testosterone to add significant amounts of muscle mass quickly or easily. Muscle mass takes years and years of hard work to build and many female bodybuilders choose to enhance themselves chemically because they have such a hard time gaining muscle mass.
If you lift weights and eat healthy foods, your muscles will get stronger and denser; you will burn the fat on top of your muscle and you will get that “toned” look that you’re after.
- Cardio Burns More Fat
Cardiovascular training absolutely has its place, but it’s not the only path towards fitness.
Believe it or not, strength training will produce a more efficient weight loss effect than an equal amount of cardio.
When you strength train, your muscles are broken down and then rebuilt over the next 24-48 hours. While your body is rebuilding those muscles, it’s recruiting more calories and energy to make the process happen.
What this means is that your metabolism operates at a faster level even while you’re sitting on the couch after a workout.
- You Can Sport Reduce Fat
Your body cannot spot reduce fat in specific locations. If you have flabby arms or a big stomach, doing thousands of bicep curls and thousands of crunches won’t help.
Your body is genetically predisposed to storing fat in certain locations in a certain order. When you start to lose weight, your body will lose the fat you currently have in a certain order as well.
No amount of targeted exercise will change how that fat disappears. When you reduce your body fat levels, your body will choose where it wants to lose fat from first.
So no, you can’t technically spot-reduce, but you can use strength training combined with sound nutrition and intelligent cardio to get the lean, toned body you desire!
Now that the myths are debunked, it’s time to consider weight lifting!
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