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What’s your excuse for not doing resistance training?
This one is mainly for the ladies out there who think that doing cardio workouts is enough and there is not considerable need for doing resistance training. Well, it’s true, but only if you don’t mind hitting a plateau, hanging out there for a while and not coming close to maximizing your fitness results or general health. My intent in this post is to take some wind from the sails of reasons to avoid resistance training.
As a personal trainer, I have talked to a lot of these women and these are the main reasons for their justification of this excuse…I mean paradigm:
1. Cardio is just more enjoyable. This is understandable as it is about a matter of preference. However, The lack of enjoyment of resistance training is often due to reasons that follow. Also, many are not
2. They don’t quite know how to do resistance training. This doesn’t hold mustard. Ignorance is never a good excuse. If you’ve ever played dumb to a cop you’ve already been schooled on this. Get help from a professional. If you are a member at a gym, you can likely approach a number of personal trainers to get advice from. It would be wise to do a little homework on choosing a good personal trainer and hire one to help you become more comfortable and develop an effective program that includes resistance training.
3. They are intimidated by the meatheads in the weight room. This is in part due to a lack of confidence. Lack of confidence is due mainly to lack of competence and not knowing what to do. This is becoming redundant isn’t it? Get the help of a personal trainer. You may also want to consider joining a gym where there are workout rooms for women that are separate from the co-ed part of the gym.
4. They don’t want to become “bulky” or “muscle bound.” Researchers have found that unlike men, women typically don’t gain size from resistance training, because compared to men, women have 10 to 30 times less of the hormones that cause muscle hypertrophy. You will, however, develop muscle “tone” and definition. This is a result that most women find to be very agreeable. And yes, there are some very muscular women out there. Many women supplement those hormones, making them an exception to the fore mentioned rule.
Now that I’ve addressed some of the reasons for avoiding resistance training, I’ll get more into the benefits of doing resistance training and what you may be missing without it in my next post.