Friday, January 13, 2012

"I just want to tone..."

This is the dreaded statement that I (and most other personal trainers) hear regularly, mostly from female clients. I do have the occasional male who will also proclaim that they are not looking to "bulk up", rather, they just want to get lean. I actually just heard this at the gym the other day! Why, with all the information out there, are people still thinking that weight lifting will make them look like Arnold (Schwartzenegger) looked in his bodybuilding days?

Ladies (and gentlemen), you will not, I repeat, WILL NOT look like a bodybuilder if you lift weights! Unless of course you eat thousands of calories and train like a bodybuilder. In fact, if you are limited on time and have to choose between lifting and 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer, choose lifting. This is how higher metabolisms are built. Having muscle allows you to burn more calories throughout your day, not just for the time you are doing cardio.

I could continue on this rant for quite sometime, but I get bored of hearing myself talk about it. Instead, I would like to recommend a few books that I think are very worthwhile reads and that could give you some great workout ideas:
"The Female Body Breakthrough" by Rachel Cosgrove
"The New Rules of Lifting" and "The New Rules of Lifting for Women" by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove
"The IMPACT! Body Plan" by Todd Durkin

These are all great and I think they can really help if you are looking for a starting place. Get in the weight room everyone! And put down those tiny little pink weights!


  1. I wanted to second the New Rules of Lifting for Women. I've been using it for a few weeks and am in love! :) I am already able to tell a difference and am still able to fit in my cardio during the "rest" periods between sets.


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