Repeat after me, ladies: strength training, lifting dumbbells and entering the free-weight area of the gym are not going to make me look like a man.While it seems like a logical progression—lift weights, build muscle, turn into a bodybuilder—the truth is, you’re not going to bulk up like the guys you see slamming plates at the gym, or even like the women on the pages of muscle magazines. It takes intense training (and testosterone levels we simply don’t have), to build bulging biceps, chiseled chests and rock-hard rear ends.
Whether you’ll be sitting starry eyed with your sweetie at a romantic restaurant or venturing out solo in search of true love, Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to show off your sizzlin’ hot shape. With just four weeks to go, now’s the time to start ramping up your fitness routine and cleaning up your diet so you can slide—not squeeze—into that sexy red dress. Here are 10 ways to make it happen.
The New Year is off to a good start. You’re eating better, sticking with that new diet and taking your vitamins and supplements. Maybe you’ve even signed up for a gym membership, which includes a free consultation with a personal trainer. It’s a great offer, especially for gym newbies who don’t know their way around and need help planning a fitness routine. But before you meet with a fitness salesperson (remember, sales is part of his or her job!), it helps to do some homework and to know what you’re looking for.
It’s like brushing your teeth, or cleaning the kitchen countertops. When you do something over and over again, you get comfortable with the routine. The job gets done. But are you really doing it right? The same applies to regular workouts. You may be going through the motions, plowing through the hour so you can check exercise off your to-do list. But if you’re not taking care to perform the motions properly, you won’t see the full benefits of your hard work. Even worse, you may run into physical problems.
Ready, set… find the perfect gift for your sister, mail cards to 30 relatives, frost cookies for the school bake sale, hang three jumbo-sized storage tubs-worth of decorations, make spinach dip for the neighborhood potluck party. Tired yet? The holidays are jam-packed with activity, leaving you little time to sit down for a breather let alone make it to the gym for an hour-long workout.
By Katie Miller for MuscleTech
I was never blessed with shapely, round glutes. I squatted for them. You can always buy yourself a chest, but if you want firm, great-looking glutes, you’ve got to put in the work. During contest prep for my first bikini competition I was under the impression that shoulder-width squats on the Smith machine, leg presses and lunges would give me the glutes I wanted. Wrong! With the help of my degree in exercise physiology and my experience as a personal trainer, I was able to figure out a system that really worked.
It’s that time of year again—treats and temptations at every turn! Saying “No” all the time is no fun, but a cookie here and a few pieces of candy there can easily turn into half a bowl of cheese dip or an all-out splurge at a holiday party. I often advise my clients to carefully monitor portion size—it’s the best way to sample goodies, feel satisfied and not go so far overboard that your diet is sunk. But staying active is equally as important when it comes to staying fit and healthy over the holidays.
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