GUEST BLOG by my awesome and super-hot wife Teresa Copley. Enjoy!
I hear people all the time saying that they do not need to lift heavy weights or do functional fitness because they will not use that in their life. The myth of heavy weight lifting making you bulky or less flexible is just that, a myth! Let me tell you how you use it every day!
First let’s address the myth of weight lifting making women bulky. If you start lifting weights, you will not get bulky or look like a man.
In fact, you will get the total opposite effect. You will lose body fat, lean out and have more curves. You will also see more Ab structure and your waist will shrink. The females that I know that are the strongest, are also the leanest. They lift weights and are in fact leaner than females who do not. A female at 18% body fat range is in rock star shape. (And given sixty percent of the world is overweight or obese these women really stand out as having fantastic bodies.) Before starting weight lifting I was 120 pounds and 23% body fat. I am now 140 pounds and a lean 13% body fat. I am a size 2/3, which is smaller than I was at 120 pounds.
Now let me tell you how you can use weight lifting in real life. You may not intend on lifting heavy things in everyday life but here’s how it could come in handy.
- Today you lift a 60 pound suitcase to carry it downstairs, and you throw out your back or shoulder. What happened? In all likelihood, you’re not paying enough attention to your functional fitness. You may be toned and flexible but you are you ready to lift your toddler out of his car seat or hoist the spring water onto the dispenser? Here is where weight lifting comes in handy. These are just normal things you may do in real life. With functional fitness and weight lifting, we are building a body capable of doing real life activities in real life positions. Not just lifting a certain amount of weight in an idealized posture in the gym, it’s so much more than that.
- You find yourself in an emergency position where you need to pull your body weight up or lift something heavy off your child or spouse. (I don’t wish these situations on anyone but It can happen) Can you do it? Or do you need to call for help or wait for someone who can? These emergency situations require being strong, quick, and agile. If you are not doing functional fitness or weight lifting then you are probably not any of these. Here is where being fit and strong can save your life or someone else’s life!
- You are in a situation where you need to run. Maybe run after a child or run away from something. Are you fit enough to run without being severely out of breath? What If your life depended on it? Can you move quick enough to get yourself out of a situation or help someone in need? This is where functional fitness comes in handy.
Strength training has so many medical and physical effects on the body. Over time, strength training has been shown to lower insulin resistance, a condition associated with diabetes that limits your ability to access and burn fat cells. The upshot? Your newly insulin-sensitive metabolism burns fat more efficiently. In turn, you lose body fat, which helps your body run more efficiently and helps to manage these conditions.
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Strength Training is one of the number one fat loss strategies. Take it from someone who tried for years to lose fat in certain areas with other methods. Nothing else worked like strength training. Muscle contraction is a primary engine of fat loss. The more muscle mass you have to contract, the more calories you can burn. This increases the hormones that aid in reducing body fat. This turns your body into a fat burning machine and can give you back that 18 year old metabolism. The side effect is abs, toned legs and shoulders, and more confidence. Who wouldn’t want that?
Strength training can also increase flexibility. The myth that weight training decreases flexibility is just that, a myth. If done correctly weight training can improve flexibility. A study in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research found that resistance training improves flexibility as well as static stretching. Working through a full range of motion while lifting allows you to utilize the full potential of your body. I am much more flexible now than I was 4 years ago. I look and feel better at 34 than I did at 18. I would not change a thing.
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These are just some of the benefits of weight lifting and functional fitness. If you are looking for a full body workout that will not only help you lose body fat, become lean, and improve your daily life, then this type of exercise is for you. It has changed my life for the better and continues to improve my life. If being lean, flexible, and ready for real life situations is something you are ready to achieve then please contact me.
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