Ready for the bikini season? Oh, bikini season has snuck up on you females this year! So, let’s whip your body into shape right now!
Ladies and even gents love to do a lot of cardio thinking that it is the sure way to lose weight and that may be partially true, however, in order to lose weight and shape your body to be bikini/beach-worthy you also have to be stronger and do a lot of weight training. Why Women Should Focus On Weight Training? Lifting weights can improve your metabolism. Compared to fat, muscle is a better muscle burner so when you have more muscles in your body then it will certainly burn more fat throughout the day even after working out. It helps strengthen your bones, especially important for women to avoid the early onset of osteoporosis. Not only that, it also helps those who are balance-impaired, it also improves coordination. For Beginners If you are new to the world of working out then it is best if you ask for advice from experts like personal trainers and exercise instructors. The best gyms in your area would certainly provide you with the knowledge that you need in order to maximize your training. The following tips will help you not only in avoiding injuries but also in avoiding everyone’s enemy, the plateau. Sometimes our enthusiasm gets the best of us and we tend to forget what we can and cannot do. One main principle of weight training is to use as much resistance as you can, lift heavier weights each time, but also make sure to finish your reps with a good form. Lifting without a good form does nothing to your body; it only causes injury and training instability. Try to avoid overloading but also avoid reaching a plateau by doing more and more each session, make sure that you are having difficulties when doing your reps. A good rule I tell my clients to use is to stay in the 8-12 rep range. If you can’t make it to 8-10 reps then you need to lighten the weight. If you are lifting with reps past the 10-12 mark then it’s time to increase the weight! Experiencing muscle failure somewhere between the 8-12 rep range is a perfect set for you. This is where FAILURE is a GOOD THING! Check Your Progress When you have nothing to check because there is no progress with any aspect in your workout then you are doing it wrong. Always increase your intensity by increasing the amount of weight, additional repetitions, changing/adding your routine, and changing the equipment you use. Changing your routine could be done in a monthly or weekly basis depending on your boredom span . Be Specific This means that you should have one clear goal in mind on whether it is purely strength training or losing weight. This will provide you more results than having to switch from one training or goal to another. Do not forget to rest, too. It is important that you do not work out the same group of muscles two days in a row. Give time for your muscles to grow and heal before you work them out again. Things to remember when working out: 1. Always warm up. It prevents you from getting injured and it gets your muscles warm for exercise. 2. Do not drop your weights. A lot of people think it is impressive to hear the bang of weights on the floor but they are wrong. Using momentum to lift and drop them means you are lifting weights that are too heavy for you. 3. Straight body. Make sure your posture is correct to avoid injury and protect your core.
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