Strength Training for Women
People think that fitness is a full-time job. Being fit is supposed to
enhance your whole life, not be your whole life. You want to be able
to do your workout and then lift your kids up, take the stairs, carry your
groceries and feel relaxed, not worry about being in the gym for hours.
MEMBER QUESTION: So you recommend free weight to exercise
LINGUVIC: Yes. Free weights do more for your body than exercise
MEMBER QUESTION: Does the size of the exercise ball matter?
LINGUVIC: Yes. If you are under five feet tall, use a 45-centimeter
exercise ball. If you are under five foot six, 55 centimeter, and if you are
between 5 foot 7 and 6 foot 1, use a 65-centimeter ball. A good way to test it,
if there's a couple of balls in the gym or you are trying it out at a store,
you should be able to sit comfortably on it at a 90-degree angle.
If you are a beginner, there's a special ball called a physioball. There's a
picture of it at my web site, which is www.leanlongandstrong.com. It looks like
a peanut and it's more for beginners because it only rolls forward and back
instead of forward and back and to the side. A physio roll is an excellent
MEMBER QUESTION: Do you think that yoga and Pilates are good options
for strength training?
LINGUVIC: Pilates is an excellent exercise to stretch and to connect
to your core muscles, but it doesn't really do anything to get you stronger
after a certain point, especially in your upper body.
Pilates is an excellent complement to strength training, but it is not
enough to truly change the shape of your entire body.
As for yoga, it is a wonderful form of exercise. But it is not the best way
to change your body. I practice yoga for the relaxation benefits of it and the
breath control. Everyone in my yoga class asks me how to get cuts in their
arms. Yoga is an excellent complement to strength training but it does not
change your body the way strength training does.