A friend of mine, Tracy, came to me with a fitness-related question awhile back. She had just started taking yoga classes and wanted to know why going to yoga class twice a week for an hour seemed to be a much more effective weight-loss method than jogging 5 times a week for half an hour (her previous workout regimen).
A couple of months ago I posted an entry about women and their perfectly understandable but completely unfounded fears about weightlifting.
(You can check out the earlier post here.)
Their number one concern: getting “big” the way guys do.
Bottom line for those of you who haven’t read the previous post: not gonna happen.
Well, now there’s a brand new book out called The New Rules Of Lifting For Women: Lift Like A Man, Look Like A Goddess that expands upon the topic in significantly more detail (for those women still unconvinced).
The book, by Lou Schuler, Cassandra Forsythe, and Alwyn Cosgrove, contains a more in-depth refutation of the commonly held yet wildly inaccurate belief that women shouldn’t lift weights lest they transform overnight into some sort of muscle-bound man-woman.
The book, which seems to be getting a lot of favorable reviews thus far, also delves into proper diet and nutrition and includes detailed descriptions and color pictures of recommended exercises and workout routines.
Here’s a link to the Amazon page where you can purchase the book.
It’s been awhile since I last wrote about workout-related topics so I figured I’d take some time to discuss one of the most popular and beneficial back exercises – the Lat pull down.
(Beneficial if done correctly, that is.)
The Lat pull down primarily targets the Latissimus dorsi shown here:
People often come to me with questions about how to stay fit or get back in shape, that sort of thing, and I always do what I can to help them out, offering advice and suggesting ways for them to achieve their fitness goals, whatever they may be.
It’s something I enjoy doing.
So from time to time, I’ll be jotting down useful hints and tips, pointers, and answers to questions that come up frequently.
One bit of advice I’d like to share with you as you embark (or re-embark, as the case may be) on your journey to improve your level of physical fitness:
Keep an extra set of workout clothes with you at all times.
A friend of mine recently got a gym membership. She asked me for some advice, so I told her what I’ve always told every one of my female clients – incorporate resistance training into your regular workout regimen.
“Don’t worry,” I told her, “You’re not going to get big.”