Body weight exercises, dumbbell workouts, barbels, Kettlebells, TRX..oh my!
Toning, sculpting, defining,
pumping iron, getting “swoll”, tightening up essentially- strength training - is extremely important when designing an exercise routine. The problems are, a lot of people don’t know a variety of exercises to do so boredom takes over, women don’t want to “bulk up”, proper form is crucial and that takes time to develop, and it’s just.plain.hard.
First off, you’ve taken the first step to incorporate weight training into your routine by clicking here! I’ve done the hard part of researching tons of exercises for every muscle so all you have to do is copy a workout and/or exercises down and head to the gym.
Secondly, women who are weary of lifting heavy weights in fear of looking like a she-male should know that it’s physically impossible for you to build muscle(s) that way. Women simply don’t have the hormonal makeup men do.
Third, before adding any external resistance, one should check their form with a certified trainer to ensure you’re doing it correctly; improper form can lead to injury.
Lastly, yes it’s hard. To “work out” really does mean the “exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something”. “If it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body”-Cher.
Below are some of my favorite strength routines that I’ve completed myself, took a client through, and taught in a group fitness class:
- Miss Spartacus Workout
- Don’t Wear Gray Workout
- IFTA Total Body High Intensity Intervals
- TRX Circuit
- 2-for-1 Weight Machine Exercises
- Total Body Sculpt