New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man

The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess


In The New Rules of Lifting for Women, authors Lou Schuler, Cassandra Forsythe and Alwyn Cosgrove present a comprehensive strength, conditioning and nutrition plan destined to revolutionize the way women work out. All the latest studies prove that strength training, not aerobics, provides the key to losing fat and building a fit, strong body. This book refutes the misconception that women will “bulk up” if they lift heavy weights. Nonsense! It’s tough enough for men to pack on muscle, and…

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Toning versus strength?(r/xxfitness)

Yeah. That’s a pretty fine point to put on it, but CriminalFlatulence is right.

Here’s what The New Rules of Lifting for Women (buy it!) has to say about “toning”:

>The way “toning” is used in books and magazines catering to women, and then by women themselves, it means “make your muscles look better without making them bigger.” The idea is that there are specific types of workouts–usually involving lots of repetitions with light weights–that will help you achieve this.

>But that’s not a realistic or healthy way to look at your muscles. If the weights are unchallenging, your muscles won’t grow. If your muscles don’t grow, they won’t look any better than they do now, even if you could somehow strip whatever fat sits on top of them.

>This is such an important point that I’ll repeat it: With or without excess fat, your body simply will not look healthy and fit without well-trained muscle tissue.

TL;DR: Ignore mansplanations, lift heavy, get goddess-y.

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