Do you lift weights? If not, what’s stopping you? Weight training is a terrific self-care tool. Find a trainer to help (especially if you have health issues), join a weights class (i.e. Body Pump, which is my favorite), or do it in your own living room, and see how quickly you feel stronger and more vibrant.
I’m thrilled to introduce you guys to Deirdra Martinez, a very special person and huge inspiration to me. I found Deirdra’s cardio fitness classes when I moved to Los Angeles, and was immediately hooked. Then before I got married a couple of years ago, Deirdra worked with me in the weight room to tone up, and we quickly became friends. Her business, The Uplift Movement, has taken off and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to have the opportunity to work with this terrific trainer, teacher, and coach!
By Deirdra Martinez:
A weight loss “magic pill” may actually exist. Dumbbells are heavier than a pill, but the benefits exceed the expectations of just dropping a few pounds.
Weight training can help you lose weight, improve strength, improve posture, improve stability, and add definition and shape to your body.
Due to misconceptions, women tend to fear weight training because they do not want to get bulky, so they stick to doing hours of cardio. However, muscle is what helps our bodies burn fat in the long run. Cardio alone can help you lose weight but only temporarily.
Strength training will help you lose weight and keep it off! Women do not have the hormones to get bulky like men.
How do you get started? Talk to a fitness professional about starting a weight training program in a gym. This site: http://www.ideafit.com/find-personal-trainer helps you find trainers with a variety of specialties (pre/post natal, injury prevention, post-surgery, etc), so you can get the help you need. You can gain significant health benefits from strength training 2-3 times per week.
Do you prefer fun at home workouts? Check out Uplift Movement, a fitness program I created that fuses high intensity dance intervals with weight training. Download your workout at www.deirdramartinez.com. For more information on the benefits of weight training visit: http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/weight-training-for-women
Deirdra Martinez, MPH is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Bikini Fitness Competitor in Los Angeles, California. She is also the creator of The Uplift Movement, value driven programs that educates and inspires women to create a fitness lifestyle.
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