Women Should Not be Afraid to Get Strong

If you’ve been reading my blog for anything length of time, I’m sure you knew this was coming eventually.

The truth of the matter is this: most women are terrified to lift anything remotely heavy because they are afraid they’ll be big and bulky. *Sigh*

I’ll start off by stating this fact. A woman I used to train competed in pageants. I’m not talking figure or bodybuilding pageants—think beauty pageants. She competed in the Mrs. Kentucky pageant and won. She later went on to place in the top 10 in the Mrs. Universe pageant.

I’m sure you know that women in those competitions are not big and bulky. They are lean, fit, and sexy.

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27 of the Best Weight Loss Exercises

I created a list with some of the best exercises for weight loss. Now while this is by no means an exhaustive list, you could simply only use these exercises and get amazing weight loss results.

If you don’t know how to perform an exercise, just leave a question below and I’ll help you out. Now, on to some of the best exercises for weight loss!

1) Back squats—this exercise needs no explanation or introduction. The squat has been known as the “king of all exercises” for great reason. Squats involve the majority of the body’s muscle mass and definitely build a great pair of legs. Squats are very beneficial for weight loss when performed with low reps and high reps. When in doubt, do squats!

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Fasting for Weight Loss

Fasting for weight loss is a controversial and debated topic. Some people swear by it as the simplest way to lose weight, and others think it’s foolish.

Whatever you think you may know about fasting for weight loss, think again. I was able to interview the fasting expert—Brad Pilon—and ask him some important questions about his book and weight loss method.

He truly revealed more helpful and insightful information than I had thought possible. Read on and see if fasting for weight loss is right for you. It could be the simplest method you have ever come across.

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Should Women Train Like Men?

I had a great idea for this post before I started to actually write it up. It’s a popular saying that “women should train like men” for the best results in the weight room. However, women’s strength training shouldn’t necessarily mimic the training of men.

Allow me to explain: there’s only one problem with the statement that women should train like men: most men don’t “train like men.”

In commercial gyms everywhere most men do exercises that aren’t the most beneficial for their physique, health, or goals. For example, if men actually train their legs they use the leg press, leg extension, leg curl, and even the inner and outer thigh machines.

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The Truth About Protein Shakes and Meal Replacements

I want to start this post with a very important fact: you do not have to consume any protein shakes or meal replacements. These items are not a requirement for a healthy diet or building a lean body; this is true even for people who are always on the go.

Now that we have that cleared up, let’s discuss the “why” part of that statement.

First, you can get all of the protein you need through your daily diet. This is especially true if you consume meat and other animal products. Second, you can easily prepare snacks that are portable—so you don’t need meal replacements. Third, whole foods are healthier and provide you with nutrients you just won’t find in a bottle.

I have been asked several times if I use protein powders. Yes, I do.

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Bodyweight Swing Set Workout

Inverted Row with a SwingsetOnce again, you don’t need any equipment, or a gym, to burn fat and build the body you want.

All you need is your bodyweight.

With that in mind, it’s the perfect time of year to get outside and workout. If you have kids (or a dog) you can go to a local park and get in a great workout using a swing set.

Check out the video for a fast workout you can do with a swing set (you may have to kick some kids off first . . .)

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Need Workout Motivation?

Many people have been asking for tips and information to stay motivated to workout consistently.

Well, check out this video, and hopefully it will help you out.

Whenever you start to find yourself not motivated to go to the gym, try to change things up.

These past couple of weeks I have not been motivated to go to the gym like I usually am. Once I got there, everything was just going down hill. My numbers were decreasing, and I just felt horrible.

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Stop Training for Fat Loss

deadlift 300 poundsI kept trying to find the perfect way to start this article, but I wanted to say so many things at once, so I’ll just list my thoughts here before I explain myself:

  1. Most women spend their entire training career working out to lose fat
  2. Many of these same women are not overweight and are by traditional standards — skinny
  3. Our society has ingrained the ideal physique of a woman into our heads so we think we have to look like anorexic models. When in the hell did that look become sexy?
  4. Why in the hell would women want to look like a skeleton, and be proud of it?
  5. Constantly training for fat loss can lead to a negative self image and decreased self-esteem
  6. Sometimes, you just need to stop training for fat loss
  7. Other methods of training can keep you much more motivated so you are more likely to be consistent

Okay. Now I will explain myself.

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Fat Burning Circuit

weightliftingI managed to get some work done over my beach vacation. We recorded several videos demonstrating some great fat burning workouts you can do. Many of them are bodyweight only so you can do them at home.

Here’s a video I filmed that demonstrates a fast, fat burning workout you can do at home or anywhere else with just a set of dumbbells and a bench.

As with any workout, make sure you focus on your form. In addition, use a weight that is challenging . Don’t use a weight you could do for 20 reps if I tell you to do sets of 10.

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The Biggest Diet Secret, Ever!

no best dietThere is no “best” diet. What works best for me may not work best for you, and vice versa.

Do what works for you.

So, you want to know the biggest diet secret that the experts won’t tell you?

Pay attention: there is no best diet or eating patterns. There is no diet that will provide the best results for everyone.

Think about it: what in life can be followed a cookie-cutter format to provide the best, consistent results? You wouldn’t follow a workout designed for someone with completely different goals from yours, would you? You wouldn’t follow the same budget from someone who makes more or less money than you do?

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