Practically everyone (especially women) starts an exercise program with the goal of losing weight. Everyone wants to look good naked, bottom line. Does this sound like you? I propose a new way to approach an exercise program. And, yes, I think it is even better. Women need to change the focus from "working to lose fat" to "getting strong." I know this looks odd, but stick with me and allow me to explain.
How motivated can you be to workout when all you ever think is "I need to lose fat?" All you’;re concerned about when you’;re at the gym is how many calories you’;re burning and how long it will take for your body to look better.
Training primarily for fat loss is motivated by a lack of self-confidence. That is a negative motivation driving your goal.
Training primarily for strength is motivated by a more positive attitude. If you go to the gym with the intention of improving your performance from your last workout, the aesthetic results you desire will be a result of your primary objective! By constantly forcing your body to improve, it has no other option but to change!
I know about all of this from personal experience. I used to only train for the purpose of losing fat and staying in shape. But when I changed my focus to increasing strength, I was much more motivated and still got awesome results! My body got leaner and I did not get big and bulky. Do not think that when I encourage you to train for strength that you’;re going to get big, bulky muscles just from the thought of lifting something heavier than a soup can. Testosterone is the main hormone responsible for muscle growth, and women simply do not have enough of it for that to be a problem. Heck, most men struggle to gain muscle, so why in the world are you worried about it?
One of my clients won Mrs. Kentucky and placed top 10 in Mrs. Universe, and she trained heavy with composite movements. And this was a pageant, not a figure competition!
This is my challenge to you, ladies: start performing compound lifts (squats, deadlifts, pushups, chin ups, overhead presses, dumbbell rows, dumbbell bench presses, etc) in all of your workouts and push yourself. Get out of your comfort zone!
In the next article, I will provide a sample training program. You will not want to miss this!