Guest Post (Cardio Queen Turned Lifting Junkie: A Woman’s Perspective)

Posted: October 10, 2011 in Don't get fat, Put on muscle, Stay lean

**Today I thought I would switch it up on you guys, so I asked my friend Kristi to hook me up with a guest blog. She did an AWESOME job! You will enjoy it, and learn a lot, especially all you ladies!

 

Cardio Queen Turned Lifting Junkie: A Woman’s Perspective

 

Hi! My name is Kristi and I blog over at Sweetly Fit. (http://sweetlyfit.com)

 

I was thrilled when Danny asked me to do a guest post because I really admire the advice and info he offers. I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about something that I have become pretty passionate about: lifting weights! Over the last couple years, my exercise routine has changed dramatically and I really only have good things to say about these changes. With experience, has come more knowledge about exercise and once I started hearing the buzz about resistance training, I knew I had to try it. I’ll admit, as a former “cardio queen” I was skeptical. I don’t want to bulk up! I laugh at the thought of bulking up now. Here’s the thing: men and women are not made the same. We women have nowhere near the testosterone that men have, enabling them to build muscle much easier. So lift you hearts out ladies, I promise you that you won’t end up looking like Hulk Hogan.

 

What has lifting done for me?

 

Increased metabolism:

As a current dietetics and kinesiology major, I am learning about the metabolic process and can definitely vouch for this one! There is no diet pill or magic solution to increasing metabolism; the answer lies in resistance training.

 

I can eat more!

When your metabolism is increased through resistance training, you simply burn more calories doing the same everyday activities you usually do, including sleeping. So burning more calories means you need more fuel, and who wouldn’t like to eat more? Anyone who reads my blog, knows I like my food.

 

Increased energy:

When my main source of exercise was cardio, I often felt weak and tired. All I would feel like doing was lying around and being lazy. Once I decreased cardio and made lifting my main workout, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt! I had energy all day long and little tasks did not wear me out as fast.

 

Better physique:

If you want to actually see results from your workout, then you are going to want to have some strength training in your routine. I could spend hours and hours in the cardio room, but would it do any good? NO! Lifting weights is something that you will actually see results from, and I’m not talking about looking like a male body builder. I’m talking about a toned, fit body!

 

 

More Confidence:

There is something about throwing around the weights in the gym that does something for your ego. It is so empowering to see yourself getting stronger. I used to be afraid to go to the weights side of the gym because it is mostly occupied by men. What I found out was that they were all too focused on their own workout to really care that I was over there.

 

So what I’m trying to get at here is this: don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone a little bit. I know at first it’s hard to do, but I promise it will be get easier and be so worth it. Strength training provides a whole new experience to working out and I believe everyone should make it part of their lives.

 

Don’t know where to begin? Danny provides awesome workouts and info, so you’re at the perfect place to start! Good luck everyone and thanks for reading!

 

 

**I love Kristi’s writing style, and can not agree more with the information above! Kristi does all sorts of awesome blogs on her sit sweetlyfit, so make sure you check it out! 

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Comments
  1. VeggieGirl says:

    I follow Kristi’s blog, so it’s AWESOME to see this guest post – great insight, Kristi!

  2. Sweetly Fit says:

    Thanks for the opportunity Danny!!

  3. […] stopping by real quick to let you all know about my guest post that is up today over at College Body. Hope you check it […]

  4. LOVE this guest post and i lovee Kristi!

  5. amylouisemc says:

    Loving the guest post!

  6. College Body says:

    I love this post too! Thank all of you guys for checking it out, and thank you Kristi for writing it!

  7. pbbrittany says:

    I love this post! AMEN to lifting weights! I LOVE lifting. It does give your confidence a huge boost when you can lift heavy! 😀

  8. Ashley says:

    I love this post!! Im definately a cardio queen as well.

  9. Great guest post!! Loved it! 🙂
    I’m started to weight train and looove it!

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  11. Al Love says:

    What a good look for your blog. And the content you have will do us all a great service. With all of the regular sites and same old re-hashed content it is very refreashing too see.

  12. Great viewpoint on gaining muscle I wish it was easy to lose fat like others you see in the magazines.

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