Strength training is not just for men but for women too. Sadly, there are a lot of misconceptions about hot working out with weights can make women look like men.
Sivan Fagan has been working out for more than 13 years now and is one of the many bodybuilders writing for bodybuilding.com.
According to her:
- Strength training won’t make women look like men
- It is far more effective in shaping your body than cardio
- Spot reduction never works!
- Food has no moral code and you need to watch your calories
- You need to be realistic about your expectations
- The most important thing when working out is consistency. Moreover, patience is the key to success.
- Stop being obsessed with the scales
- Strength training can help you prepare better for life, both mentally and emotionally, apart from increasing your physical strength
- You need to be aware of the fact that not many people will support you when you start training.
In this article, she points out clearly that you are much more than your body. There’s no guarantee that losing weight or getting lean will make your happy. Neither will it make all your problems disappear but what s certain is that strength training will make you stronger physically, emotionally and mentally so that you are better equipped to handle all the surprises that life throws at you.
Here’s an excerpt from her article….
It all started when I was 18. At the time, I was slowly recovering from an eating disorder known as anorexia nervosa, and my dad was trying to help me get healthy again.
“You know, there’s a way you can eat a lot more and still be skinny!” he said. “Come to the gym and workout with me.”
It’s funny how different my ideal body was back then, 13 years ago. I was judging myself by what I saw online and in magazines. I wanted to be emaciated-looking. I wanted to be small and petite. I wanted to be “less.”
My first trip to the gym was immensely unproductive. My “hardcore workout” consisted of some abdominal machine work, some crunches, and…wait for it…sleeping on the mat. Yup, I fell asleep on a mat about 15 minutes after walking into a gym for the first time in my life.