This scenario happens all too often.
Husband and wife join the gym. I have watched this in my gym FitWorkz. A husband and wife join the gym. It is the first of the year, they decide as a couple working out is something they can do together. Innocent enough of an activity, one that is going to benefit everyone, right?
Unfortunately, this is usually how it goes.
“I hate you. We joined the gym at the end of January it is barely March and look how much weight you have lost. I have not lost a pound. I hate you. ”
Husband, speechless, with a look of bewilderment says nothing. He knows full well no matter what he says….you get the idea.
If I had a dollar for every time I have witnessed this situation from my front counter or club floor. As a spectator, forget trainer or gym owner, it is pretty easy to see what is going on.
The wife scans in, hits the locker room, out of the locker room onto the precor, stairmaster or treadmill. She spends an hour or so on two or three pieces of cardio equipment.
The husband scans in and makes a bee-line to the weight room. He hits the free weights and maybe some hammer strength or similar pieces of equipment.
An hour later they reconvene at the front of the club and out the door they go.
Do you see why they get different results? Look past the guy not hitting the locker room, not sure why but guys are less likely to use the locker room.
Both work hard, the wife may even work harder than the husband. Both are in the gym for the same amount of time. The difference, the wife spends all of her time doing cardio. The husband all resistance training with weights and does no cardio.
After a few months guess who has lost inches? Old hubby has dropped some pounds and inches. Usually a pant size or two. The wife is not so lucky, though it is not for trying.
I recently spoke to the Altrusa Club of DeKalb-Sycamore women’s group and was asked this question. My answer, the difference above was pretty simple.
“Train like your husband, boyfriend, brother or whoever. They are losing weight faster and easier because they are training differently than you are.” One cannot possibly do something different and expect the same results.
Now forget getting big and bulky. I have worked with hundreds over the last decade, including men and women that want to get big and bulky. It is not in the cards for most. I have had one woman that was predisposed to gain a lot of muscle and she still could not get big and bulky. She had the lean, sculpted, and toned look. Guess what she trained like a guy, and looked like a fitness model.
Want to look toned and sculpted?
1) It is 90% food…and Not a diet. Get “Eat by Color.”
2) Do some type of resistance training. “Eat by Color” has three result producing resistance programs with full color pictures and explanations.
That is it. Oh, as an added bonus you are going to give osteoporosis the one, two punch. Resistance training strengthens bones. Now, I am not a doctor and am NOT practicing medicine, but I have had a few women with osteoporosis see their bone density go up after started some basic weight training. In two cases they were on medicine for bone density…never saw the density increase until adding weight training. They saw a drop in dress size too.
Do not begin this or any exercise program with out first checking with your doctor and making sure you are healthy for exercise.
The training program: You need to lift heavy things a few times per week
Pullup, Assisted if necessary
Dip, Assisted if necessary
DB Shoulder Press
Try 3 sets of 8-10 of each exercise. Do this workout three times per week.
Cardio: You do not need it but because most are going to insist they are different and must do it anyways here you go.
Walk for 1 minute
Job for 1 minute
Run for 1 minute
Repeat 6 times, and do this 3 times per week.
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