Living proof why you should resistance train
‘It was in October 2012 when I changed my style of training...
I had been doing Spinning® classes four or five times and other cardio sessions a week, together with a few weights. Then I changed to lifting heavy weights, training individual body parts and doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) a few times a week. Why did I make the change? Well, I kept seeing other women on the Internet the same age as me and with children, living busy lives with amazing physiques. I researched what training they did to achieve their great bodies and discovered that lifting heavier (weights) was key to their lean shape and great proportions. So, that’s why I changed my training to achieve my fitness goals.
I’m now in the best shape of my life. I’m more confident, stronger and very happy. I totally enjoy the challenge of lifting heavy and the adrenalin buzz I get from it, and I have a personal trainer who helps me. I made this decision to ensure that I was lifting correctly. He also helped me to realise that there’s a mindset behind lifting weights. The myth surrounding the belief that “If women lift weights, they will get bulky” really needs to be laid to rest because it’s so not true! I’m proof and I’m just eight months into this training. So, I’d like to encourage women to step away from the cardio machines because they are taking you nowhere and to lift proper weights instead!’
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Extract from Strength Training For Women