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Body weight is NOT directly prop...

Posted Sep 12 2008 12:54pm

Body weight is NOT directly proportional to the weights you lift.In fact, if you’ve spent any amount of time hanging around gyms, you may have noticed that the amount of bodyfat a person carries is usually inversely proportional to the amount of weight they lift.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen significantly overweight women going through the motions of triceps kickbacks to shoulder presses to biceps curls with nothing more than a pair of 3lb dumbbells!

Ask ‘em why and you’ll probably hear some variation of “I don’t want to get bulky

Look, I don’t care how much you weigh… if you have more body fat than you want, you are bulky. Toying with those little pink, foam covered weights isn’t going do anything to change it.

On the other hand, fitness and figure competitors (and I don’t mean bodybuilders) have lean, fit and at risk of being perceived as politically incorrect, I’ll even go so far as to say SMOKIN ‘ HOT bodies.

They don’t use the ‘cute little hand-weights’ either. They go straight for the 20, 30 and 40+ pound dumbbells and they train hard.

They squat.

They deadlift.

They do pull ups and cleans and all those other so-called ‘bulky’ exercises.

They even sweat.

But as a ’side effect’…

They get stronger.

They get leaner.

Their bodies get firm, yet retain (and even enhance) their feminine qualities.

And contrary to common thinking, those women who dare to lift ‘real’ weights do not become bulky (unless your measurement standard is Lindsay Lohan or the stick-figure character from ‘hangman’).

I certainly won’t ever claim to understand what goes on in any woman’s mind, but if I can just help a few of ‘em get past their tabloid-and-infomercial influenced visions of “common sense” and begin to train like they really mean it, I’ll be a happy man.

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