Strength training for women. Does not the very subject make some women happy (strong!) and some very, very scared about “bulking up?” To help address that we’ve got a great guest post from FabFitFun (they rock — check ’em out!) on why strength training for women is a total MUST!
Don’t lie. We know that you hear the words “strength training for women” and have a mini internal freak out because you’re afraid you’re going to end up like this:
But guess what gals, you couldn’t be more wrong! Renowned strength and conditioning expert Holly Perkins has helped influence professional athletes and elite marathon runners. And now, she’s about to influence your routine as well. Holly dropped some heavy knowledge about strength training for women, and totally changed our perspective. After reading her thoughts on the matter, you won’t be able to wait to hit the weights!
Holly Perkins on Strength Training for Women
Why it’s important: In order to make real progress in your fitness level, strength training is essential. Cardio will only make you a smaller version of your same self. The benefits of strength training include increased resting metabolism, improved mood, optimization of hormones and the ability to truly remodel your body.
How to get started: Strength training will change your life. It may feel overwhelming at first, but here are some easy tips to get started.
- Aim to complete two strength workouts every week.
- Choose a weight that is challenging enough that you have to really work to complete 10 to 12 reps.
- Increase the weight load when completing 12 reps becomes easier.
- Fuel your body pre- and post-workout with protein such as a Promax Lower Sugar protein bar. (My go-to is Promax LS protein bars in Peanut Butter Cookie Dough. I often have half a bar before a workout and half after.)
If you already lift weights, tell us how it’s changed you and your body! And if you’re new to strength training for women, try one of these workouts, and let us know how it makes you FEEL! —Jenn