3 Things I Wish Women Knew About Fitness
1) Skinny is not your ideal.
“Skinny” is the term that most women use to describe what they want out of their fitness journey. “Skinny” women tend to have little to no musculature, eat like birds and have no athletic ability.
Ladies, what you want is to be “fit.” Being “fit” means having some musculature, eating for energy, perfomance and enjoyment and having the ability to execute basic human movements, like an athlete or not.
Without muscle, fuel or movement, your body is not able to function at its highest potential. In fact, poor musculature, diet and motor functioning can speed up the body’s deterioration as you age.
Skinny… You really want that?
2) The treadmill is NOT your friend.
If your treadmill is not set to at least a 15% incline or more, your workout is a waste of time. Not only is your body not getting enough activity stimulation (walking is not a workout), chances are your running stride, your running shoes and the way your feet hit the treadmill belt can negatively affect your ankles, knees, hips and lower back.
You literally aren’t doing anything new, so your body won’t look like anything new. Physical training for transformation is best achieved when body and mind are working together in conjunction to create sustainable change. Most treadmills come equipped with a TV screen which contributes to the roboticism of this type of workout. Running or flat walking with no incline on a treadmill can put you on autopilot where you are just doing the movement of one foot before another without even thinking about it. The belt pretty much does it for you.
If your goal is to be the best speed walker in your neighborhood or if you must run because your life depends on it, run outside. Ditch the treadmill and get some fresh air, ladies.
If your goal is to feel healthier and experience lasting transformation, get into the weight room and start some resistance training.
3) The weight room is where it’s at, yo.
If I had a dollar for every time a woman told me that they didn’t want to lift weights because they didn’t want to “get bulky”… I would be able to pay off my credit card debt. What most women don’t know is that getting stacked like Dana Lynne Bailey or the Williams sisters requires equal parts genetic luck and a long-time dedication to a well rounded training and nutrition program.
Transforming and conditioning your physical body for optimal health and even for aesthetics requires cardio, resistance and nutrition training. Most women lack the resistance part.
Our bodies are skin, bones, water, fat and muscle. Ever see someone lose weight and drop a couple clothing sizes but still have a flabby arm and an even flabbier ass? Dropping weight is great, dropping clothing sizes maybe even better but muscle is what fills the body, gives it shape and prevents droopy saggy body parts, now and when you’re 65 years old. With the integration of a proper resistance training program, we can strengthen our muscles for health and build a body for aesthetics.
Here’s a great example of why I wish more women knew these things:
Skinny marathon runner in pic 1 vs. Fit lady lifter in pic 2.
All this hard work you’re putting into a transformation, you might as well be doing it right and getting what you want, no?