Whatever you have read, heard or googled about ‘toning’ and getting in shape is probably as useful to the ‘real’ woman as eating soup with a fork. As a woman, an athlete and a coach I research, experiment and listen to a lot of what is being said relating to how to get “in shape”. The majority of the people who know me, know that im a little more raw when it comes to ‘lifestyle, training and nutrition’ and know as most women should that all the malarkey we are being ‘sold’ is in fact, just that, plain and simple bull.
There are some simple rules I follow in order to keep myself at my best, and the same laws apply to the ladies under my watch. Firstly, the word ‘tone’ is not in my vocabulary. A muscle can either be made bigger or smaller, that’s it, simple. Women seem to run from he idea of ‘building muslce’ when they should be running towards it, building muscle enhances your ‘definition’, it increases ‘fat burn’, the more muscle you have the more energy you require to feed the muscle, this causes an increase in your metabolism and this aids in fat burn. Simple.
Scared of “bulking”, claiming that one “easily makes gains” or “doesn’t want to look like a bodybuilder”?
Bodybuilders spend years and years devoted to the iron, consuming specialized diets and following intensive daily training regimes to gain the muscle they require for their sport. Your 3 hours in the gym a week, lifting a couple weights is not going to get you the muscle you are so terrified of. Muscle demands intensive hard work.
Lifting weights do not make you big, eating cakes make you big. We generally just do not have the hormonal profile that men do. Unless we are mainlining testosterone our genetic make up just does not allow for it.
My advice to the ladies out there, pick up heavy weights, lifting dumbbells lighter than your handbag you carry around all day is not going to achieve anything. If you want to see changes to your body, challenge it.