With the "lift heavy" to lose weight craze, people seem to have lost focus on what is really important, proper form and technique. Lift heavy was meant to get people to be unafraid of the dumbbells and barbells. Many women are still afraid
to lift weights as they think they will look like some sort of she-male version of themselves. This is far from the truth. Weights and strength training in general, will build sleek lean muscle so that you can help protect your bones, rev up your metabolism, lower your blood pressure, improve posture, elevate mood, help against certain cancers, shall I go on?
In order to look anywhere near Arnold's former body you must have ample testosterone and even at the high end of testosterone for women, it is just a fraction of what men have.
One of the best ways to learn technique and form is to start with body weight exercises. There is nothing better than using your own body as a weight; think planks, squats, push ups and lunges. Once you get these exercises down pact and use full range of motion only then should you attempt to add weights to these exercises. Oh and please, I am begging you, get off the leg leg abductor / adductor machines, we all know you can open and close your legs, there is no use in showing everyone at the gym how quick you like to do it while popping that forehead vein, squat and lunge instead.
Until next time,
Live from the inside out