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Friday, March 1, 2013

Just do it!

I've always been a runner.  I feel like the first time you lace up your shoes, put on your music, and head out the door, you are a runner.  It doesn't matter how far you go, how fast you go, or how often you go.  If you choose to run, you are a runner.

If running isn't a punishment to you, you're a runner.
If running is therapy to you, you're a runner.
If running brings you peace, you're a runner.
If running is scheduled into your day/week, you're a runner.

I haven't always been big on strength training.  I'm particularly talking about my core.  Luckily through highschool and college I played a lot of sports so I naturally stayed thin and muscular.  As I've gotten older, running is still great for me and I'm sure I'll never stop running, but I need to also incorporate strength training.  Strength training including core, compound muscles, and simple muscles.

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Ladies, we often have a very convoluted view of weight training.  I've heard so many women say things to me about the fact that I'm weight training:
Aren't you afraid you'll bulk up?
Aren't you afraid you'll lose your figure?
My boobs are already small enough.
I don't want to look like a man.
I just don't know where to begin.

There are so many positive things about strength training for women that I felt I just had to share this with all of you.  And a lot of the myths from above are simply not true or are extremely avoidable.

Strength training strengthens our bones, not just our muscles.  Women are most susceptible to osteoperosis as we age.  It is essential we defend ourselves against it.

Weight training actually burns calories for longer than cardio.  Cardio is the best way to burn calories fast, however, once you stop doing the cardio, you stop burning the calories.  Strength training continues burning calories up to hours after you put the weights down.

Intervals are the best bang for your buck.  On days that I can't got for 3-5 mile run, I do circuits.  I integrate my cardio into my strength training causing me to burn max amount of calories in the least amount of time.  I shared some of my favorite circuits last week.

To do strength training, you don't have to use all those fancy machines at the gym.  In fact, if you do you are wasting your time by working only one small muscle at a time.  Instead, do lunges while you do bicep curls.  This works your biceps as well as your legs - compound muscles.  I will share in a future post my list of compound strengthening exercises that I do each work out.

Use small weights and you won't add bulk.  However, do increase the weight gradually over time so that you still benefit from the workout.  Just do low weight with lots of reps.

Make sure no matter what that you are doing core strengthening exercises.  This does not only include sit-ups.  I will share more core strengthening exercises later as well.  Some of my favorites include planks, reverse crunches, plank jacks, lunges (stability), and butt exercises.


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7 comments:

  1. I am going to link up my post from yesterday where I talked about the 30 miles in 30 days challenge for March that I'm doing! :) Glad I found your blog through Instagram!

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  2. I agree that strength training is SUPER important! I used to only mainly do cardio and core, but since I've incorporated strength training into my workouts I have seen faster results and more inches lost.

    I also like doing compound exercises using lower weight and more reps. I learned that from Jillian Michaels :p

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  3. Amen, sister.
    Strength training is part of my workout routine. When people make comments it irritates me. I have been lifting weights since college and I in no way shape or form resemble a man. Women don't understand that we don't have the capabilities to look like that unless we use drug enhancements. It should really be a part of every women's routine.
    Thanks for sharing

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  4. You don't even have to use low weights to not "bulk up". Check out the female crosfitters, most of them are jacked but also still quite tiny and feminine and are deadlifting 300-400#s My favorite gif of all time says something like "Crossfit makes women huge? No cupcakes make women huge!" Its the truth. :)

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  5. Okay you have inspired me-- I have got to get back to the work out class I was attending. I loved it, just was sick and then got out of the habit, I need to get back!

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  6. Wow i am impressed! I absolutely loathe running!

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  7. I am not a runner :) But I definitely need a little guidance with core strengthening. I've made the baby step to include situps to my daily fitness routine. I think in the next week or two I need to step up my game! Stopping by from Fitness Friday linkup.

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