|Emma and I on top of a hill overlooking Tiburon, CA reppin the LUNA gear|
Strength training for women (and men alike) is so important....for bone health, metabolism boosters (fat burning), blood circulation (oh yeah, less cellulite), and well being. If done right, and with the proper nutrition, strength training will not bulk you up, but actually tone you up. Strength training is especially important for runners...that's right, I said it, runners...Running is not all about the treadmill or the road....you need a strong total body to succeed at running, just as much as you need the endurance and mileage (in fact you will improve endurance with strength).
|I promise you won't look like this...unless there is a strict intent on getting that way|
Calories in, calories out still counts with strength training (same goes for steroids...big no nos!)
|Use the weights that work for you - but don't baby yourself, if 3 lb or 5 lb are easy, pick up the 8!|
You should be able to feel a little sore and tired afterwards - if you don't, try the heavier weight next time
So last night, as I was driving home from my 90 minute restorative Flow and Chill yoga (first time doing restorative Yoga and first time out of the heated room - and still liked it :) ) I got a text from my friend Emma asking for some of my arm and core exercises. Now I am not a personal trainer, nor am I a gym expert, but I do have some solid exercises that will work you well and leave you feeling good, not bulky.
|To get one of your own, they are about $99 at a BJ's or Costco|
or $95 on Amazon, Source
|The full Plank: Source|
- Burpees: place bosu upside down (flat side up) and hold arms out in front of you, bend at waist, keeping arms and legs straight, grab each side of flat top of bosu ball. Jump both legs out and end up in plank position. Do a pushup and then jump legs back up and with arms straight stand up lifting bosu ball in front of you and over head. Repeat. Do for 15-20 reps x 3