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Women and Weights

By Kim Layton

Just finished my second spot on CTV Morning Live - where we talked about and women and weight training - and I thought I would expand a bit here. This is both a topic that I love and hate to discuss.

I love how it can help a woman gain strength, confidence, self worth and a sense of independence. I love how weight training can help someone acheive their goals. I love how it lights a competitive fire under their ass daring them to try harder and to beat it. And to those who don’t let the steel win I tip my hat to you. Remember, that weight you cannot lift today will still be the same weight tomorrow and in the days to come. What that barbell doesn’t know is that in the days to come you WILL get stronger and you WILL hunt it down and you WILL pick it up and then laugh in its face.

I hate this topic because of all the myths and misinformation! Sadly, this crap that is out there is often perpetuated by useless “trainers” that don’t know anything. It is also taken as gospel by those not in the field - which I don’t understand at all. You don’t ask your doctor what’s wrong with your car so why do people ask their neighbor how they should exercise? Go to the experts people… KNOWLEDGABLE, REPUTABLE, and of course CREDENTIALED trainers.

Ladies, you will not get big from lifting weights. You can’t. You don’t have the right equipment downstairs to produce enough of the hormones that make you big. You will however lose weight. IF YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT THEN TRY PICKING SOME UP! You decrease your chance of osteoporosis, you will be healthier, you will bounce back quicker from child birth, you will reverse years of a sedentary lifestyle and of course you will feel and look better.

Want arms that don’t flap in the breeze? GET OFF THE TREADMILL. Sure you can lose weight by doing hours of cardio but now you’re just thinner and flabby instead of actually have some muscle tone.

One of my happiest memories as a trainer was when one of my women clients came to me almost floating and told me how she was finally able to pull that 50lb bag of dog food out of her car and take it into the house without having to get her husband. She still had the checkout boy put it there but that means nothing with what comes next. That day (in her words not mine) “I was going to make that bag of dog food my bitch!”

And did she ever. Not only did she take it out of her car and throw it over her shoulder, she jogged around her house three times with it before she took it in! Ladies, if you want to improve your health, fitness, lifestyle and yes, your looks, you NEED to weight train with some heavy weights.

Give us a call and ask us how.

Kim is the owner of Spark Sport Conditioning located in south Edmonton at 4242-99st.

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