In previous articles, I talked about how weight lifting can burn fat, maintain muscle and allow you to systematically shape your body in a way that's safe and balanced. Proper cycling of core lifting exercises such as the bench press, box squat, and dead lift allows you to exercise your body the way it was designed to work.
The end result of proper weight lifting is a sleeker, sexy athletic look that you cannot build with dieting and cardio alone.
But that's not all.
With weightlifting, you can avoid the dreaded weight loss "plateau"...
On average, very few women at the gym actually understand how to work out. For some reason, people have been lying to women, telling us that lots of cardio and more dieting are the keys to success in the battle against fat-loss. I did a survey this past Spring that confirmed this: about 95% of the women I spoke with had never lifted with free weights, and spent most of their time on the eliptical or treadmill machines. Even more shocking to me was that about 80 percent of the women hadn’t eaten anything within the past 3.5 hours of exercising (or more – one young woman running on the treadmill hadn’t eaten for nearly 7 hours!) EEK!
When I first decided that I was unhappy with the way my body looked, I did what all of my girlfriends were doing: I started to run. And run. And run.
(Oh yeah, and I also did literally one thousand crunches per day, every single day).