These comments from women excite me because it means that I get the chance to change their perspective and show them amazing results with challenging, heavy-weight—results they never dreamed of: inches lost, improved energy, better sleep quality, increased sexual drive, stress dissipation, improved self-esteem and sense of empowerment. I usually begin by saying that I guarantee that without challengingly heavy weight they will not see a single change in their physique, period. They can literally do hundreds and hundreds of reps with light weight and end up with no curves, no definition, no cuts, and no inches lost to show for it. Interestingly, 90% of female gym-goers are wanting fat loss, and yet they are training for endurance.
In other words, they’re doing long, slow workouts with light-to-moderate resistance in order to be able to maintain a steady exertion for the duration of the workout. If it is fat loss we want, why are we not training ourselves for it???
Furthermore, besides being a ridiculously inefficient use of time, lifting with a weight light enough to complete sets of 30, 40 or even 50 reps elicits a very different hormonal response than that of heavier, more intense training.
At the physiological level, completing hundreds of reps using pink dumbbells essentially does the same thing as jogging in terms of the hormonal response. Jogging and high rep, low-weight exercise, increases the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine, but without the complementary release of fat-burning hormones like growth hormone, testosterone and even lactic acid, which acts as a chemical messenger in the fat-burning process. The only way to increase fat-burning while building muscle is to lift heavy weights, preferably quickly and get more done in less time. Lifting heavy weights to the point of muscle failure, in general, enhances the release of testosterone, which when increased naturally through weight training will increase fat-burning in women (one of the reasons men are leaner than women). Lifting heavy enough to generate a strong burning in the muscles enhances the release of human growth hormone, which also aids in fat burning and has female-friendly anti-aging benefits.
Go heavy and leave the pink to the babies! We would love to hear from you and about what workouts you’re doing. Furthermore, a pound of fat takes up more physical space than a pound of muscle. So, burning fat and increasing lean muscle will NOT create bulk, but instead strip inches creating a lean, tight, defined physique, not to mention your clothes hanging off you.
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