Strength Training for Women
MEMBER QUESTION: How long should each weight training session
LINGUVIC: Your weight training session could last anywhere from 15 to
45 minutes, depending on what you're doing. More is not necessarily better. You
want to have a good program that hits your muscles without overdoing it. Your
workout should not be more than 45 minutes -- tops. You can have a great
workout in 15 minutes if you have the right routine to do.
MEMBER QUESTION: What are the 'right' exercises?
LINGUVIC: The right exercises are exercises that utilize your whole
body in a functional way. What I mean by that is you're not sitting on a
machine pushing a weight with your legs. When in real life do you sit on a
machine and push a weight with your legs? In real life you stand, lunge, bend
I recommend exercises that simulate what you do in real life, exercises
standing up using your body weight, for example. These exercises not only use
the muscles you're targeting, for instance when doing a lunge you're working
your legs, they also challenge your core muscles, which are the muscles of your
abdominals and lower back. And they challenge your coordination, which you need
in real life.
MODERATOR: The exercises are beautifully illustrated with great
photos in Wini's book. They make it very clear what you should be doing and how
you should be doing it.
MEMBER QUESTION: Should you do cardio workouts on the same day as
weights or alter the days?
LINGUVIC: The best scenario is you do it on an alternate day. But in
our busy lives sometimes we need to do our workout on the same day. You want to
have energy to do your strength training workout, so try to do your cardio
workouts on your off days, at least in the beginning.
Aerobics are really important. No one dies of a weak bicep. So make sure you
do your aerobics. But it is strength training, hands down, that changes bodies
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