How many of you are afraid of doing upper Body strength training in case you “BULK” up?
You might do some bicep curls but really you’re just swinging dumbbells.
How frustrated are you with those bingo wings no matter how many squats and mountain climbers you do?
This Blog is for those of you guilty of upper body neglect. You hit the gym, get in some squats, maybe some leg presses, lunges, and kill the core with 60 second planks. If you consider curls and kick-backs an upper body workout, then you’ve got a thing or two to learn.
While these “exercises” have their uses, I’m talking about legit upper-body work – presses, rows, hang cleans, jerks, and snatches are more along the lines of what I’m thinking. If you don’t think hot arms and respect in the gym are worth the effort it takes to build an upper body, here are a few more reasons for all ladies to consider taking your upper-body training to the next level.
Keep Up With the Boys
Guys seem to always have an advantage when it comes to the gym. They can eat whatever they want, get ripped without trying, and look hot with gray hair. When it comes to strength, they also can gain more. In terms of absolute strength, ladies generally have about two-thirds the strength of men. When you break it down and factor in body weight, the lower-body strength of women is comparable to men, but woman still find themselves lacking in the upper-body department.
Look, we all know that strength training can make you look really hot naked but when did you last walk around butt naked on the street with those amazing glutes on show .
But, if you had awesome shoulders with sexy looking triceps then the string tops in the sun would be on show!
Thankfully, society is completely all right with a woman showing some upper-body skin. Take advantage and display those upper body muscles in all their splendid glory – and you don’t even have to worry about looking skanky. Without having your lady bits hanging out, you can tactfully let the world know that you work your ass off in the gym and you’re proud of the house you’ve built.
Prepare to be a hot mature lady
Studies have shown that 40% of women between 55-64 years old, 45% of women between 65-74, and 65% of women between 75-84 were unable to lift 5kgs!
As we get older, we tend to get weaker. That’s just how nature works. After the age of thirty, sarcopenia rears its ugly head and we begin to lose that hard-earned muscle mass. As the size of your muscles decrease, so do our strength capabilities.
The good news is you don’t have to sit idly by while you’re stripped down to skin and bones. Start lifting early and stay with it to maintain those curves and strength you’ve worked so hard to get. Do you want to be the old lady who doesn’t have enough strength to pick up her cat or the bad-ass grandma who routinely kicks her grand-kids’ butts at a football game?
Prepare yourself just in case someday shit goes down and you have to depend on your physical strength to save yourself.
Women generally tend to have a bit more meat in our lower body than we do in the top, so adding some big lifts to your upper body and gaining mass there can help balance out your entire physique. Another perk of adding mass to your upper half is that all-important increase in metabolism. We all know that the more muscle we have, the higher our resting metabolic rate. Over time, this bump in caloric burn can lead to a leaner, hotter version of you with muscles up top and down below.
Thankfully at Total Fitness Solutions we have a reputation and culture of all our girls lifting weights and getting stronger. Even this morning, Coach Ann was lifting more than most guys. No more do girls just do “floor” exercises! They grab a bar, add the weights and lift.
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