by Keila Chaliotis, Staff Writer
Did you know that men and women belong to the same species? You did not? Well, it is true! We all belong to the species category of Homo sapians that have the same physiological touch-ups, especially when it comes to strength training.
Although, we are not completely alike when it comes to comparing us with men in strength, it does not mean that we should not lift heavy weights. Some people tend to project a false image about how a woman should be physically and what she should do or should not do. This false image is the cause for why some women miss out on the real weight loss and lean body benefits that heavy lifting has to offer.
Yes, It is unusual to see a woman lift up heavy weights. But, in what Earthly law does it state that a woman should not include heavy weight lifting in her daily workout routine? No, not in any one of them and I think that not doing so due to minor worries about how we would be looked upon is, downright ridiculous!
Many gym instructors will ask women to do more cardio and maybe little bit of some light weights, but this is not the solution for weight loss and having a strong fit body in the long run. Lifting heavy weights, strength training, and cardio is the true and affective weight loss strategy!
I know that you don’t want to get huge and bulky, so don’t worry! I am not suggesting that you workout heavy and go around looking like a body builder. You can really benefit a lot more from your daily exercise routine if you were to implement heavy weight lifting.
I’m sure as the woman that I am, that you wouldn’t want to look like bodybuilders in every day, regular life. So here is some good news for those who are afraid to over do it, “Women do not produce enough natural testosterone within the body system to become that huge.” In order for a woman to get huge and bulky, she has to really stack up on using steroids.
On the other hand, men do have the capacity to produce enough testosterone naturally, but even then, most men have a great struggle building huge muscles. Are you paying attention, my fellow conrats? “Women don’t need to worry about getting huge and bulky!” Your goal is not to look like the 138lbs, bulky, and pro bodybuilder, Iris Kyle from Katy, Texas. Which in turn, really looks great for what her goals are in the area of weight lifting.
For as long as men and women have the same desire of developing functional strength, urge lean body mass over fatty tissue, and bettering their health, I think both men and women should exercise the same way. Both are proportionately well suited for hard and intense heavy lifting.
Please, do keep in mind that hormonal differences and diet will change how a heavy lifting program affects you, but the end result should always be the same: An increased strength to body weight ratio, which is essential for true health and fitness. Increased muscle structure, but it is not the type that is superficial, turgid muscle. It will be the kind of muscle that makes sense, fat-burning muscle to be exact. After all, you are only providing your body with the correct type of movements needed to achieve your true fitness potential. Here are some exercise routines and tips for you:
Don’t forget to always relief your muscle from tension before doing any type of workout, be it light or heavy.
Now stretching alone won’t help reduce the risk of getting injured. Start with 5 to 10 minutes of light cardio first. Like a brisk walk, some time on the elliptical, or a short stint on the treadmill.
Next, target the specific muscles you intend to work that day. Dynamic warm-ups like mountain climbers, bodyweight squats, and walking lunges help increase blood flow and heart rate while warming up muscles.
Once everything is all said and done, it all comes down to what makes you feel better. Remember that, working out correctly and doing what is good for your body, is definitely a step forward in the right path of being physically fit!