5 reasons you gotta hit those weights, ladies!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

My inspiration, Alicia Harris.

Ok I have my first confession to make. I have an addiction. Ok I have a few, but the one I will talk about today is weight training. I have a sick infatuation with it. No, for real. I love the feeling of picking up a semi heavy weight and slinging that iron all over the gym. The looks of men when I walk over to the rack and grab something heavier than 10lbs, like “She knows that’s too heavy for her,” then when I put that thing to work, the consensus is, “DAAAAAMMMNNNNN!” Then when I’m done, my heart rate is crazy, my arms, legs, back, abs are shaking and I’m seeing these curves start forming everywhere—no it’s not fat rolls, it’s pure unadulterated muscle. I feel like I could punch a hole in a brick wall and it feels great! I think muscles on women are one of the sexiest attributes we have—it shows that not only we have inner strength, but are capable of outer strength as well.

Well, of course you would think that, you’re a freakin’ MARINE. It’s your job to be all strong and stuff.

No people. Yes, we are required to be physically fit…but there’s no requirement for women to weight train. In fact I am usually one of the very few women hitting the weights in the gym, yes even the ones on base. So I have to deal with the awkwardness of being alone on the heavy side of the weight room, while my female counterparts are hitting up those pretty colored ones making sure that they don’t sweat their makeup off—or there’s the diehard Cardio Queens who wouldn’t touch a weight unless the Commanding General ordered them to.

Ok well, I’m still not convinced. I’m not giving up on cardio and I don’t want to look like a man or lift anything heavier than my purse!

Ah so! Still not convinced? Well not only will I give you reasons but also a gift at the end!

1. You Will Be Physically Stronger. Chores will be easier, lifting kids, groceries and laundry will no longer push you to the max. Not to mention you will increase joint stability and reduce your chance of injuries. It’s good for your bones. So yeah, weight lifting keeps you from breaking a hip and reduces the risk of osteoporosis

2. You will lose body fat. The more you weight train, the more muscles you develop. The more muscle, the more fat you will burn off. It’s not that big ol’ bulky muscle that men have, it’s lean and defined muscle, which can put your metabolism into overdrive--it burns fat so all that squish will go away and some nice toned arms will be revealed.

3. You Will Gain Strength Without Bulk.
Women develop muscle tone and definition. This is a bonus. It is impossible for women to get super big because we don’t develop enough testosterone to do so. Now for those ladies that are big…well trust me, it’s not natural. One of my closest friends is a natural body builder and she is absolutely ripped, but she is definitely not huge.

4. You will improve your Athletic Performance. So you love your cardio? Zumba is your thing, maybe Yoga? How about sports? Whatever the activity, strength training has been shown to improve overall performance as well as decrease the risk of injury. So yes…strength training can make you better at cardio related activities, who would have thought!

5. You Will Improve Your Attitude And Fight Depression. My favorite reason of them all. Hitting the weights has truly become my therapy. Not feeling good? Then train. Not happy? Then train. Need an instant mental and mood boost? Then train! The science is simple! If you suffer from feeling down at times or serious depression, then you can find solace in weight training! When you train, you receive instant release of "feel good" hormones called endorphins. You enjoy a feeling of accomplishment after you finish your workout. You know if you can achieve getting through your grueling hard core weight training workout, you can achieve anything!

Ok, ok I got it, I have SEEN THE LIGHT!! Now where’s my gift?

Since you are excited about giving weight training a chance, you may not know where to start. So I will give you the guidelines that I used when I began to take weight training seriously: The Female Training Bible (
) made by the wonderful people at
It gave me everything I needed to know about how to start a weight training program and how to incorporate cardio into it as well so I can have full benefits of each.
In the future I will start posting up nice little routines that you can follow as well just to change it up because remember, your body can get used to the same thing over and over again so you have to keep your muscles guessing.

So you tell me, what has prevented you from weight training? If you are a beginner and would like to write about your first experience weight training contact me and you will be spotlighted in an upcoming series of The Koi Experience!

Shine on…
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    I *love* weight training. Way back when, when I was a young LT (in the Navy) I'd go to the gym with all the enlisted Marines - and experience the same thing you mentioned. They'd all stare at me and snicker, until I took the plates or dumbbells off the rack and showed them that I knew how to use them. Eventually got to the point where they'd actually talk to me sometimes. I too love the feeling of strong muscles, and I too think they are most attractive. All things in moderation, as my Grandma used to say. It takes all kinds of work - weights, cardio, flexibility, etc - to make a whole person. So keep it up!
    3479 days ago
    Hey, I honestly don't go to a gym and use what I have in the house. I do strength training but currently only have 5 & 8 lb weights. We do have a BowFlex in the garage- think you can come up with a beginner routine for me to do on that?

    It sure would be nice to have my very own "Marine Momma" strength training coach.
    3481 days ago
    I need to do more strength training but I'm afraid of hurting myself like I am w/ so many things. THanks for the motivation - I will plan on doing some kettleball training tonight!
    3483 days ago
    I looove strength training. I think many women assume that they will look like Arnold Schwarzenneger if they lift weights and its simply untrue. Women do not produce enough testerone to produce that kind of mass naturally. I have also read that you have more residual calorie burn after lifting weights than after cardio. Sp pretty much while you may be sweating up a storm on that elliptical , you actually burn more lifting weights because you continue to burn for hours afterwards. Strength training is the way to go ladies!
    3483 days ago
    So glad u shared is very important that we weight train as well as do sure that u have opened eyes to those that aren't aware.
    3483 days ago
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    I agree, Alicia is ripped and beautiful ~ and I bet you are too!
    Your blog is outstanding - well written, helpful, motivating!
    I do my little 5-day-a-week weight training (3 days upper body; 2 days lower body) in addition to my daily cardio - but I know I could do better (need to add core). Still, even doing the little bit I do, I've noticed definition and toning (and like you say, no bulk!)
    I know that in my mid-50s I need to do all that I can to fight osteoporosis. Thanks for the great inspiration!

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    Sounds good to me... emoticon workout... emoticon
    3484 days ago
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