Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tip of the Day--WEIGHTS

The tip of the day is about lifting weights. If you don't already do it then start, if lifting is already in your workout routine try lifting heavier weights. Yup, heavy! You won't get big, you won't bulk up, and you won't become Chyna. But you will get toned, tight, and smaller over time.

Here's the real deal. You may get bigger at first and your clothes might fit a little tighter. But this is normal and okay. What happens is that you can build muscle (as long as you are lifting heavy enough) faster than you can lose fat. So, you gain muscle before the fat comes off. Which is why you get bigger at first.

The trick is to wait it out without getting discouraged. Give it 4-6 weeks of intense weight training along with cardio on most days of the week and soon you will be getting smaller. The same amount of muscle as fat is tighter, smaller, and looks a lot better. Not to mention stronger.

You should be lifting 10-15 reps (times) for 2-3 sets. By the time you get to the last rep you should almost not be able to finish it. If you can do an exercise 15 times it's time to increase the weight you lift. Unless you want to be at the gym for hours doing 20, 30, or 40 reps of an exercise at a lighter weight. It's really up to you!

If you don't push yourself who will? If you lax on your workout you are only cheating yourself. If you want results you will have to work hard for it.


Heidi said...

Love the tips. Okay I had no idea that you might get bigger, but eventually smaller. Kind of makes sense. I think we should get together again. I can do it any night except Tues. and Thurs.

Cammie said...

I'm with Heidi. I didn't know that's the reason you got bigger. It makes sense. Great tip.