How Successful Women Get in Shape
Getting in shape can be tough, and for women, it can be an even bigger challenge. Fitness goals for women can be compromised by work, home, family, and hormones. It can feel impossible to tone up or shed those last few unwanted pounds. The good news is that it’s not impossible – not even close! Here are our top three tips for starting a new women’s fitness routine.
Grab a Gym Buddy
Ever heard of a gym buddy? You need one! This is your fitness support system, a friend or fellow gym member who will support your fitness and nutrition lifestyle and maybe even talk you down off that double-fudge-death-by-chocolate ledge. Your gym buddy will help you reach your fitness goals by simply being there, and making sure you are too.
It’s so important to find a fitness community. Women are more likely to achieve their fitness goals when they feel comfortable at the gym. Find a supportive and woman-friendly gym where you feel empowered at every level in your fitness journey. Embrace the idea of “let’s get stronger together,” because it’s true (that’s why it’s our motto)!
Hit the weights
One of the biggest fitness myths for women is that if a woman lift weights, she will become big and “manly.” Women certainly can put
on muscle mass and bulk up if they want to, but you’re at no risk of turning into Hulk Hogan just because you did a few kettlebell swings (we promise). In fact, lifting weights actually helps with weight loss goals – crazy, right?
Women who do functional training are more likely to shed pounds for a couple of reasons. First, resistance training of any kind (HIIT, CrossFit, weight lifting) builds muscle. Muscle burns a lot of calories, so more muscle mass = more calories burned just by existing. That’s a very good thing if weight loss is part of your fitness goals.
Second, functional training like CrossFit doubles as a great cardio workout. Pair that with a traditional cardio routine like the treadmill or elliptical a few times a week, and you’ve got the recipe to a healthier you. Functional training and lifting weights are great ways to slim down and tone up. Plus, feeling strong is a great confidence booster that will have you coming back for more.
Find the Balance
If you’re new to fitness, be sure to listen to your body. The goal with any new exercise plan is to go hard – but remember to go smart, too. What good is buying a membership at a gym you love, just to be too sore to go back for the next week?
Find the balance between pushing yourself when you want to give up and listening when your body says “enough.” Remember, you’re in it for the long haul, so don’t injure yourself at the starting line!