Rant Post – Put Those Weights Down

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Ok I am just gonna have to put this out there.  First let me say I applaud all of the women who want to work on improving their strength by including weights into their workout program.  I mean losing weight is not made by cardio alone.  Muscle burns FAT and increases the metabolism so the more you build the better off you will be.  Also, since we women lose muscle as we age, we help to reverse the sands of time and lifting weights can actually be like our “fountain of youth” of sorts.  With all of that said…let me proceed.

Put down those 3 lbs hand weights.  Seriously!  Unless you are injured or rehabilitating they are relevantly USELESS!  What are they going to build?  Nada!  I know there has been a bunch of back and forth on high reps, low weight or high weight low reps.  And even with that debate on the table let’s just all agree doing any type of workout with 3 lbs hand weights will not benefit much.  I mean my 6-year old plays with the 3 lbs hand weights (and yeah I have a pair and can’t for the life of me remember where I got them but trust me I don’t use them for anything other than a paperweight).

Women get overly concerned with bulking up if they start lifting and it has been said over and over again via multiple trade publications and scientific evidence – we women do not have the hormones at the same amount as men do to BULK UP like they can unless you on THAT STUFF (steroids).  If you are 100%  natural ladies, all you stand to get is a tighter body, nice shoulders, defined back (for those backless dresses and shirts) and a perky bottom.  Who doesn’t want that?  The way you get there is lifting HEAVY!  I don’t mean trying to pull up 100 lb weights because you may not be there yet but you definitely won’t get there with 3 lbs weights.

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Get an assessment from a certified personal trainer and complete a fitness test.  Through that method they should be able to assist you with identifying the right weight for the right exercise you should begin lifting with.  Legs are stronger than arms so the beginning lifting weight for your legs is more than likely not going to be the same as the beginning weight for your arms.  One size does not fit all here (no pun intended).

Let me say – when lifting heavier and taxing your muscles – it is not going to feel like a walk in the park AT THE TIME.  You will also more-than-likely be sore the next day or two as your body adjusts to the weight, exercise and motion.  That is ok – unless it is debilitating, your body is rebuilding and will come back stronger and over time you will get stronger.  When that happens you want to go UP on the weight and push to get even stronger.  Again, unless you roid raging you are not going to look like a man.  Your  muscles will be sleek, defined and accentuate your female shape.

Ok – off soapbox, rant over.  I hope you find this helpful and stop being scared of the heavy weights.  Be sure that with ANY new workout program you get clearance from your physician so you don’t go out there injuring yourself and saying Femme Fitale Fit Club told you to do it.  LOL!  Cheers!

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11 Replies to "Rant Post – Put Those Weights Down"

  • scott December 23, 2013 (3:22 am)

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    good info!

  • Daniel January 19, 2014 (5:11 am)

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    thank you.

  • E is for Effort April 5, 2014 (6:01 am)

    […] word – EFFORT.  **Warning**  This post may sound a bit like a rant like one of my other posts about putting down those light weights but if I didn’t love you enough to tell the truth […]

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    Larisa Dixon September 5, 2014 (12:39 pm)

    AMEN! Love this!

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    Cynthia
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    September 5, 2014 (5:13 pm)

    I think that some programs are designed for lighter weights – I take barre classes, for example. They have long segments of repetition with lighter weights, and combo exercises where you are doing a squat at the same time. I love it and have definitely noticed a difference in my physique. I’m not afraid of getting bulky or muscular, I just don’t do much lifting at all – would like to do more!
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    jill conyers
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    September 5, 2014 (6:12 pm)

    I’ve always preferred heavier weights.
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    Amanda
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    September 14, 2014 (10:36 pm)

    Yes, Yes, Yes!!!
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    Auntie Blues
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    August 8, 2015 (5:38 pm)

    I saw the title of this post on sitsgirls & thought, “What?!!?” But after reading it, I couldn’t agree with you more! Very light resistance does NOTHING… except maybe irritate the person at the gym waiting for the machine you’ve been on for the last 20 minutes. Thanks!

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    Angie
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    August 9, 2015 (9:10 pm)

    PREACH!! PREACH!! I love this!! I lift heavy weights and just want to scream when women talk about not wanting to be bulky. I am smaller than they are, so clearly bulky will not be a problem. You don’t get bulky lifting weights, you get bulky by eating junky food. Thank you!

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      Diatta
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      August 10, 2015 (4:47 am)

      Exactly Angie!!! Let’s keep spreading the word.

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