So, today is all about the ladies. Sorry guys, you’ll get your moment 😉
Ladies, grab a cup of green tea and prepare yourselves to hear some home truths this morning…
Firstly. We’re all confused aren’t we?
Lifting weights? Aerobics? Yoga? Pilates? Juicing? 5-2? Zumba? Low carb? High fat? Gluten free? Body pump? Body balance? Lean in 15?
I’m going to assume that one of the reasons you go to the gym is to look better. This “looking better” usually means becoming leaner or the gaining of more curves. Am I right?
So today, let’s look at 6 mistakes females (in particular) make in the gym…
- You’re Scared of Bulking Up
Firstly. There is absolutely no way on this planet that any female is going to get “too big.” Yep, even if you drink a protein shake! Find out why over here.
Secondly. Those little pink dumbbells that weigh only a little more than your iPhone? Please put them down. Now.
Lift heavy weights! You should be using weights that you can do 8-12 reps with maximum. Any more than this and the weight is too light.
- You’re Obsessed with Abs
You can crunch all you like, but unless your diet is on point you ain’t gonna see those babies. Read more on that over here.
- You’re Scared of Looking Ugly
Your workout is meant to be intense. If you can poker face your way through a session and leave with your make up intact then I’m sorry, but you haven’t worked hard enough.
Building muscle, getting strong, building curves and getting lean requires hard work, a little pain and more than a few grunts here and there.
Focus on how you’re going to look outside the gym, once the hard work is over, not what your “gym face” is like in the mirror.
- You’re a Workout Bore
Whether it’s lack of imagination, lack of knowledge, the misguided belief that “exercise is exercise” I just don’t know. What I do know however, is that I see ladies in the gym day in day out, month in month out, year in year out doing exactly the same workout without changing anything up.
The body adapts to workouts relatively quickly, whether that’s lifting weights or cardio classes. Your system becomes so accustomed to the workout that it costs you little in calories to complete it, and it’s therefore essentially pointless. Don’t get stuck in a rut. Switch up your routine every 4-6 weeks.
- You’re a Cardio Junkie
Ok. So listen up…
In order to burn more fat, you need more muscle. Endless amounts of cardio is basically death to muscle, and there are far more effective ways of burning fat. Find out over here why cardio sucks!
- You’re Too Impatient
You’ve followed a workout for a whole 4 days and you don’t yet have the body of your dreams. So you give up and try something else.
Find a logical, progressive workout and give it 4-6 weeks to work before you change things up. There’s no quick fix, no magic bean and no perfect workout which is going to work overnight. Consistency is the KEY.
Check out what happened when I was totally consistent in both nutrition and workouts for 8 weeks earlier this summer over here.
That’s it for today ladies! If you have any questions at all then please do get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS. Banish the Belly here.