Is Strength Training Only For Men?

By Ashley Peleckas, Trainer

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There are a lot of women out there who believe that strength training is only for men, myself included up until a couple years ago. With all of the myths out there regarding women and strength training it is hard not to believe them, most of which claim that weights are for men and women will get BIG and BULKY if they touch weights. This is so FALSE! For the first few years of my personal training career, I believed this myth so I never incorporated strength training into my routine. From fear of getting big and bulky, I only stuck to total body circuits with light weight and never used anything heavy. Time went on and I was religiously working out but I was not achieving my goal of a lean and toned body. I still had that lingering fear in the back of my mind so I kept to the circuits. A few years had gone by and I found myself in a major rut, completely unhappy with how my body looked. Then, I finally started to change the way I workout out.  I switched to strength training and everything started to turn around. My workouts started consisting of strength training a different muscle group each day along with 15-30 minutes of cardio. This was exactly what my body needed to lean out and tone up how I had wanted! I like to stick to a moderate number of reps, about 15, and somewhat heavy weight, having the last few reps challenging to complete. This split routine allows me to workout everyday because I am only working one muscle group and allowing the others to rest. This is why I LOVE BodyBurns and absolutely believe in what we do, it works! You are able to get your cardio and strength in in a safe and effective way.

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