Up until a few years ago, I thought running was the optimal way to get toned. At age 26, I felt “in shape” and “healthy” because I could run 8 miles, but I was unhappy with my physique. I am 5’4″ and at the time, I weighed 138 lbs and had 25% bodyfat, which is considered “average”, but, having been an athlete for most of my life (14% – 20% body fat is considered “athletic”), I was certainly not satisfied with these numbers. I wanted that lean, defined look that I saw in all of the fitness magazines. With the help of a trainer, I realized that weightlifting was the answer.
Lift Weight To Lose Weight.
When I stopped running every day and focused on weightlifting, for the first time ever, I saw real changes in my body. My clothes were looser, my hips shrunk and my arms had definition. I was lean!
Have Your Cake and Eat It Too.
Through consistent weight lifting, I increased my metabolism making my body a strong, fat burning machine. This gave me more flexibility with my diet allowing me to occasionally consume indulgent foods without worrying about it negatively affecting my lean physique (freedom!). Obviously, I’d love to eat nachos and ice cream all the time, but I learned that eating more nutrient dense whole foods is important for physical and mental well being. So, when it comes to eating food that is not only good for you and but tastes amazing, I’m not going to lie, I am a really awesome cook. Check out my blog for my latest creations.
Work With Me
I practice and preach a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, not a quick fix. If the thought of a treadmill and never eating bread again makes you want to sprint in the opposite direction, I can help. Work with me and I will ensure that you not only get the body you want, but that you’ll keep it forever!
“But, Chelsea, I don’t want to lift because I don’t want to get bulky!”
Even after reading about my transformation, some of you ladies may still be thinking: “I don’t want to lift heavy weights because I will look like a man”. But, I promise you, you will not look like a man. The female body cannot naturally produce enough testosterone (one of the main hormones responsible for increasing muscle size) as males, making it virtually impossible for women to gain huge amounts of muscle mass by merely lifting weights. No matter how heavy you lift, it is not within your biological framework to bulk up like a man (unless you’re taking steroids and eating way too much food AKA actually TRYING to gain weight). For more research on why females who lift heavy weights won’t bulk up, click here. If you think you are the exception (which you are not), there are still many other relatable reasons why ladies should lift.