We’re living in a cardio world, but I am most definitely not a cardio girl. Quite the opposite actually. There’s nothing I hate more than cardio for that matter. The thought of being on a bike, treadmill, or elliptical for any extended period of time is actually a nightmare to me. Yes I get tired, but mostly I just get bored, and no amount of Britney pump up jams can change that for me. I just dread it, and for those of you girls who hate it too, but just keep grinding….you don’t have too! There is much more to the gym than cardio, and I am here to help you make the transition.
Lets start with the basics:
Yes. Cardio burns calories. But according to Bodybuilding.com (which I recommend to everyone for all your workout needs), if you look at the big picture, weight lifting, if done regularly, will increase your ability to burn fat along with the calories you are burning.
When you start weight lifting, you not only are doing cardio within your workout, but you’re also gaining muscle while additionally burning calories. Do yourself a favor ladies, and pick up some barbells. After establishing a healthier diet, your body will change more from weight training. Wouldn’t you rather be toned than just skinny?
Trust me, I know how intimidating it is to make the move from the cardio machines to the scary male-dominated weight rooms, but it’s not as bad as you think.
First of all: The weight room is not just for the boys.
Yes, walking in you are sure to feel like a piece of meat, but hey, when is that a bad thing? Go in there, strut your stuff, and look at all the motivation around you. Use that hottie on the bench next to you to push yourself to an extra rep. In my opinion, there’s nothing more badass than a girl running the weight room.
Secondly: You will NOT make a fool of yourself.
Whether you’re using 5 pound weights or 25 pound weights, everybody has to start somewhere. No one is going judge you on the weights you’re using. We have all been there. There is no need to be self-conscious because realistically (sorry if I am bursting your bubble) no one cares, and if they do they are probably just jealous, curious, or impressed.
And Finally: Weights are fun.
Rather than trying to watch Grey’s Anatomy while biking, or reading magazines on the elliptical waiting for it to end, weight training makes your work out interesting and challenging. You get to do different things every day, work different parts of your body, and switch things up instead of continuously looking down to see how long you’ve been running intervals. The gym will become something you look forward too rather than dread. Plus, there is nothing more satisfying than the soreness that will come the next day.
Yes this is the tricky part. Don’t push yourself. Start with low weights until you’re ready for more. Ask for advice. What better way to start a convo with a cutie gym rat?
Also, as I said earlier, Bodybuilding.com has TONS of workouts with explanations on when to do them, how to do them, and what muscles they are working. Use this to your advantage.
You don’t have to be a cardio girl in a cardio world.
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