Here are typical rep ranges below according to their goals:
I personally find myself aiming for 6-8 reps of each workout move when I lift weights. Figure out what you goals are and then apply the rep range that best suits you! But what if I get big or bulky? Keeping the answer short, YOU WON'T. If anything, lifting weights will make your body look better than ever before and do a world of good on your muscles, bones, and posture. As females, our bodies simply do not have enough of the growth hormone testosterone to produce ample amounts of lean muscle mass. Our bodies simply cannot bulk up like theirs can. End of story.
Exercise Ever notice that there are no "women exercises" or "men exercises?" This is due to the fact that both genders should train the exact same way. Walk into the gym-where do you see a majority of the women? What are they doing? Chances are, they are probably on the treadmill and elliptical while the weight room is free of any female human being. WHY? Women are either intimidated or believe weights will cause them to bulk up. If they are in the weight room, they may have a small dumbbell in their hand doing countless repetitions over and over again. I can go ahead and tell you that endless cardio and tiny weights won't get you closer to your goals of a toned, curvy physique. So, what should I be doing? Here are some moves that are great for transforming a woman's body:
The Spot Reduction Myth As women, we tend to develop our own trouble areas, particularly the lower belly, back of the arms, hips, thighs, and butt. We often desire to burn fat in these areas and to tone it all up. It is true that there is no way to target fat loss in a particular area. You can work that area by targeting the whole muscle group with a lifting, bodyweight, or HIIT exercise, but your overall best bet will be mixing cardio with a clean diet to reduce your overall body fat percentage. Aim to get your heart rate up and to sweat!
Don't forget to warm up! Something that many people forget or neglect to do is properly warming up your muscles before beginning a workout. This can lead to sprains, pulled muscles, and other injuries. My favorite warm up usually involves a few yoga poses to help stretch various muscles at one time. My favorite stretch is the wide angle forward bend which stretches those hamstrings! If you are wanting something a bit more active for your warm up, good ole jumping jacks or a 5 minute jog is better than nothing!
Diet & Nutrition When taking proper diet into account, the first thing to consider is finding your BMR or basic caloric rate. This number will tell you the basic amount of calories that you need daily in order to sustain life. Here is a simple equation chart that I made below to help you figure yours:
For example, here is mine: 655+ 499.2+ 288- 117.5 = 1324.7 calories needed to survive daily. Next, you need to figure out how active are you and add the appropriate calories to your baseline total. Here is a chart I create to help you:
Using the Harris Benedict Formula, determine your total daily caloric needs. Keep in mind, this is just an average because let's face it-one person's thought of "sedentary" might be another person's "lightly active" or vice versa.
Here is mine:
Supplementation Supplements are amazing. They enhance your performance, help out with endurance, and can even increase your strength capacity. Someone once asked me, "Can I get by without taking supplements?" The truth, short and simple, is going to be yes and no.
Supplements are fabulous, but they are not required. They help to fill in the gaps or deficiences that you may need help with.
First and foremost, every woman needs a good protein powder. The average personally typically needs around 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. So if you are 120lbs, you will need at least 120 grams of protein per day. While this may seem easy (in your mind) to meet this through your daily dietary intake, sometimes it isn't always so easy to eat this much protein. And if you are very physically active, you will need more grams of protein daily to repair your muscles. This is where protein powders rock.
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