{ladies, let’s grow some muscle}

I read a good article the other day {I will share it if I can find it} and it really hit the nail on the head on how women need to change their way of thinking when it comes to building muscle. So many women have this misconception in their mind that if they build muscle they are going to get huge, manly muscles, so they use the word “toned”. “I don’t want big muscles, I just want to be toned.” What does toned even mean? Are you saying you want arms that don’t jiggle,  a nice shapely shoulder? Or maybe you want a butt that isn’t flat or doesn’t jiggle? Do you want lean {tight} legs, and maybe be able to see some abdominal definition? Guess what, to have that “toned” body you are after you have to grow some muscle! It’s your body fat percentage that is going to determine how much of your muscle is going to show. That is, if you have muscle. Go check out the get in shape girl. She wrote a blog post all about this topic. Here is a small excerpt from that post written by Kyra Williams:

First of all, we all have muscles.  Some folks have bigger muscles than others just by their genetic make up.  Some have worked hard to develop some muscles more than others.  If your goal is to have lean muscle tone, then you desire the appearance of muscle with little body fat.  If this is what you want, you must develop your muscles.

 If you have a low body fat with underdeveloped muscle tissue, you are not going to see muscle tone or definition.  Think, skinny arms, flat stomach, skinny legs, little butt, etc.  If you have low body fat with developed muscles you will see a nice round booty, a side sweep of the quad, shoulder caps, abs, etc.  But you have to develop that muscle!

She also explains a scenario of someone who has a larger number of body fat to lose, and how gaining and building muscle is very important. When you gain muscle, it speeds up your metabolism!

Normally I like to keep my blog posts short, but this one got a little longer. I practice what I preach, and here is my muscle building workout I did today, give it a try! I warmed up for 10 minutes on the elliptical in cross country setting, think hills, big hills. Total workout took me under 40 minutes!

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Now let us all embrace the word muscle!

Peace Out,

Nicholle

{a.m. workouts work best}

For me that is. Of course I would rather go in the afternoon, but that just isn’t going to happen for this momma! I normally have been waking up around 4:45am  (well, that is what time my alarm goes off…so….yeah…) to get into the kettlebell class that starts at 5:30am. To get a full lifting session in I need to get up by 4:30am and will be cutting it close to get home. One thing that is nice about getting up and getting it done is just that. It’s done. No thinking through the day about when I will or if I will be able to get that workout in. Get up. Get it done. Get home. Have a GREAT day.

This morning I did tri-sets for Arms & Shoulders. If you didn’t already know, tri-sets are three exercises or movements performed back to back with little to no rest in between. I normally do three or four different tri-sets in each workout. I will do 8-12 reps, and 4-5 sets for each movement in each tri-set. I take about a 60-90 second break in between tri-sets.

Shoulders And Arms Workout

Tri-Set 1 – Shoulders, 4 sets of 8 reps
A1 – Side Lateral Raise
A2 – Push Press – Behind the neck
A3 – Side Lateral Raise

Tri-Set 2 – Biceps, 5 sets of 8 reps
B1 – Barbell Spider Curl
B2 – Dumbbell Hammer Curl
B3 – Seated Dumbbell Curl

Tri-Set 3 – Triceps, 4 sets of 8 reps
C1 – Military Push Up (use knees if you have to)
C2 – Dips (weighted if you need to)
C3 – Triceps Pushdown

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Check out the crazy socks I wore today to get me up and going, use what ever you need to get you motivated! Today, it was a pair of fun socks that got me motivated!

Find what works for you, and go with it!
Peace Out~
Nicholle