As the new year approaches, many of you beautiful women will be either signing up for gym memberships, renewing old ones, or dusting off those exercise DVDs or equipment in the corner of your house. You might also be buying new workout clothes (to motivate you, duh!) or finding your old Lululemon workout gear that you had somewhere…
So, here’s a bit of advice for that 2016 body you’re creating.
Don’t waste your time on long, boring cardio sessions or endless hours on the treadmill or stationary bike spinning off into nowhere. Don’t waste your time with little pink, 2-lb. dumbbells, either, because you’ll never develop the muscles or body you desire without following this one simple rule.
You have to lift heavy.
Don’t be afraid of weights. It was once believed that to tone, women had to do many repetitions at a low weight. So, when women picked up weights, they grabbed the little five pound dumbbells and did dozens of bicep curls. Then, they followed up this amazing workout routine with an hour of cardio and wondered why their bodies never changed.
It’s because long cardio sessions and lifting light will not help your body transform. Sure, it will help you lose weight. But, it’s not just about weight loss. It’s about definition. It’s about toning. It’s about having breasts and a butt that stand at attention all on their own. And if you’re going to devote time to exercising, then you only need HIIT workouts and to lift heavy.
HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training, and it’s all about short bursts of high activity, followed by brief recovery periods. This means that you can spend less time working out and still maximize your results. Most HIIT workout last between 10-20 minutes because they are so intense.
As for weight-lifting, be sure to lift heavy. You can start with 5 pounds if you’re a complete beginner, but I suggest your lowest weight be 8 pounds. You need to lift with a weight that will challenge you. You should only be able to do 8-10 repetitions before reaching fatigue. Again, this means a shorter workout with maximum results.
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