If you are a product of the nineties, as I am, you may recall spending your mornings watching Saved By the Bell. (While eating Reese’s Puffs and packing your Lisa Frank trapper keeper into your JanSport backpack and checking on your gigapet, of course.) During the show, you were likely enthralled in the coming of age tales, pure romance, and raw animal magnetism of teen heartthrob AC Slater.
Slater rocked the weight room. He lifted and sculpted for sports and to look fine for his ladies. As a young lady, however, I learned that jazzercising, step aerobics, and jogging with my girlfriends were the appropriate ways to get in shape. Preferably do these activities in leggings, definitely in a leotard. Leave the weight room for the fellas.
Let’s get physical, physical
I don’t mean to make this purely a post for women, but I’m going to take a second to give a little advice to my lady readers. I’m a girl, and I feel that as a group, for some reason, we feel like we need to look sexy by doing strictly cardio workouts. I hate to break it to you, but I didn’t get results by swinging my hips around and doing some leg lifts. It takes some serious time in the weight room.
Girls, you will not turn into one of those lady-beasts you see at bodybuilding competitions, unless that is your goal. It would involve an extremely strict diet, a coach, and you could stop reading this blog entirely because honey, I will not be of help to you.
Ok boys, you can come back now. Please don’t hear only half of what I’m saying. Cardio is ESSENTIAL in trimming down your chub, and is vital to heart health, or so my trainers have promised. Other side benefits include feeling great when you realize you’ve upped your endurance, and are no longer heaving when you get up the three flights of stairs to your apartment. The fact still remains that you’re not going to get as toned and trim or realize physical results as quickly if you aren’t lifting.
These are a few of my favorite things
I’m about to change your life. No, for real. This Web site has been an enormous help to me, because all information I knew about lifting I gleaned from Rocky (really Rocky IV because that’s my favorite), The Blind Side, Remember the Titans, and Varsity Blues.
Here you will find a how-to of all those exercises that athletes throw around in conversation. You know, the ones that you’re currently nodding and smiling about when they are mentioned as though you know exactly what athletes are saying. It will also tell you exactly what muscle it is working, and why to do it.
I would like to recommend starting off by doing this with a trainer, or at the very least someone you are positive knows proper form. Remember how we talked about looking like a fool when you first begin something? Looking like a fool can be a really big deal when you’re lifting, possibly landing you in the hospital.