Weight training for women is not that much different than weight training for men. The principles of resistance training are the same for both sexes. What would determine the type of resistance program would have to do more with a person’s goals and not necessarily their sex. What I have found though, is that women generally have different weight training goals than men.
Women’s Weight Training Goals:
The biggest fundamental difference between women’s and man’s weight training goals is that most women never want to get bigger. Whenever a new female personal training client comes to me, one of the first things she says is “ I don’t want weight lifting to make me bigger”. They all want a strong, firm, slim and shapely body but are concerned that if they lift heavy weights their legs will get bigger (…)
Whenever I’m feeling a little low on energy I look at a few things in my life. These include sleep, diet, exercise, stress and overall activity level. If all these things seem to be in order than I take a look at what multivitamin I’m taking. I have always believed in taking a multivitamin just to cover all my bases. It’s an easy way to safeguard against any potential vitamin and mineral deficiency in my diet.
I have tried a number of different vitamins over the years. The last one I was taking was GNC’s Megeman. I even did a quick video about it if you want to check it out. I was happy with Megeman for a while because it was a relatively cheap multivitamin that did not upset my stomach. It was lacking a few essential constituents like coenzyme Q10 and enough calcium; however, so it might not have been as economical as I thought (…)
Adults who take the popular sleep medicine zolpidem better known as Ambien have a much greater risk of nighttime falls and diminished cognitive thinking, according to a new study from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
When I came across this study it really concerned me because so many of my clients and friends take Ambien and other types of sleeping pills. Everyone is always talking about how they can’t remember things like they used too. Conventional Wisdom (CW) would say we’re just getting older but this study makes you think, are we just getting older or are we doing things like taking sleeping pills that are actually fogging are brains and messing with our cognitive skills (…)
With all the bodybuilding and sport supplements on the market for the last 25 years, the only one that really works and does what it says it can do is creatine. I have read numerous studies over the years from the National Strength and Conditioning Association along with many other sources of research that has proven creatine to be a real enhancer of muscular strength and endurance.
It’s somewhat old news to be still talking about it but I have never come across a supplement that quickly makes you stronger and more muscular looking in a matter of days (…)
Finding high quality sources of protein does not have to be expensive. We all need at least .89 grams of protein per pound of lean muscle mass. If you are 150 pounds of lean muscle you need to eat 133 grams of protein per day. More protein may be needed if you’re an athlete or a bodybuilder training every day. For people on a budget; however, getting enough can be expensive if you don’t know the top sources of cheap protein.
Top 5 Affordable Sources of Protein
1- Whole eggs are first on my list. With 7 to 8 grams of protein per egg you can get 25 to 30 grams for less than a $1.50 (…)
With all the joy and happiness the holidays can bring, it is also a very stressful time. Reducing stress during the holidays can be challenging. There are so many additional things to do such as shopping, hosting parties, going to parties, etc. Just being thrown off your normal schedule can be overwhelming.
How to Reduce Stress During the Holidays (…)
You have to cut down on sodium to have a healthy diet. Most people in America eat an average of 3,400 mg of sodium a day while the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is less than 2,400 mg which is just about a teaspoon of table salt. I recommend you limit your sodium to no more than 1,500 mg per day and even less, if you have high blood pressure. I try to eat less than 1,000 mg of sodium per day.
Research has shown that reducing your sodium to less than 1,300 mg per day can reduce artery stiffness by up to 46 percent in just two weeks (…)
Finding the right gift for someone is never easy. To help you out this holiday season I decided to make up a list of my top 6 health and fitness gift ideas for the fitness enthusiast and athlete. Everything on the list I have personally used and recommend.
Top 6 Fitness Gift Ideas:
1-Bowflex Dumbbells are top on my list. A number of my personal training clients have them and they work great. One stack of weights go from 2.5 pounds up to 52 pounds while not taking up too much room. The exact model I recommend is the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells. I looked around for the best price and found it on Amazon. In addition, I recommend you purchase the matching stand that goes with the dumbbells which is the Bowflex SelectTech 552 / 1090 Dumbbell Stand. Likewise, if you want to go all out, get the bench as well. The Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 3.1 is a good value. Anyone who is into resistance training will love this set up (…)
As a personal trainer I get calls all the time from women who say “I need to get skinny quick” or how can I “lose weight fast”. While I think it’s Ok to jump start your weight loss program and try to lose 10 pounds quickly by doing extreme things (like overly exercising) for the short term, I don’t recommend using this approach every time you need to reduce your weight. If you keep on gaining all the weight back that you just lost, you have to find a lifelong strategy to keep yourself lean and fit permanently.
Most adults know themselves and their relationship with food. Anyone who has been struggling with their weight over the years has tried a number of different approaches where some have worked but they always seem to keep gaining the weight back (…)
Resistance Band Exercises are a great way to workout at home, in the gym or when you’re on vacation. They are inexpensive, don’t take up any room in your suitcase or home and can be used in any room in your house, office or hotel. In some ways resistance bands can be more effective than free weights or machines for creating the optimal amount of resistance which is why I use them at the gym all the time instead of the more expensive popular equipment.
What makes the bands more effective then other forms of resistance to achieve a specific goal has to do with the properties of the elastic band. When the bands are stretched or elongated they produce more resistance (…)