Women’s Fitness

Crossfit gym

Recently, Matt and I started doing Crossfit, which is, for those who don’t know, a “functional fitness” regimen.   Designed to increase strength, flexibility, and overall fitness, Crossfit incorporates my favorite parts of many different types of workouts — there’s lots of weight lifting, lots of cardio, lots of movement, and lots of variation.  Lots of sweating and swearing, too.  Lots of blistered and calloused hands. 

I love it.

I think women often steer clear of lifting weights when they try to get in shape, but to me, that’s a huge mistake.  Lifting weights is SO important — especially for women!  Lifting weights increases muscle mass.  Having more muscle overall burns more calories (even when you’re sitting).  More muscle = less fat = stronger = faster = healthier. 

Back in the day, when I first met Matt, I was about 20 pounds heavier than I am right now.  And I used to run ALL. THE. TIME.  I was in the Army and joined the run team on base when I was stationed in California.  I was running five days a week and averaging between 15-20 miles a week at a minimum — some long runs, some short, some intervals or stairs.  I lost ZERO pounds.  Then I started going to the gym with Matt and lifting weights.  And I am telling you, weight started just falling off of me.  I was losing 2-, 3-, 4-lbs a week having made absolutely no dietary changes.  The only thing I was doing differently was lifting weights.  Running is fine, and I still do it, but cardio alone doesn’t work for me if I want to lose excess weight.

So far, I’m still in the baby stages of Crossfit, but it’s addicting.  Because I can measure my progress — I can do twice as many push-ups as I could in December, for example — it’s really motivating.  I want to keep going.  I want to see how much faster I can get through a set workout or how many more reps I can get in for a timed workout.  I want to see how much more I can squat or press.  I really, really, really want to do unassisted pull-ups, which I’ve never in my life been able to do.

Out of all the many fitness regimens I’ve tried — from running to yoga to spinning to Pilates to “boot camp” classes — this is the most fun and the most addicting. 

What’s your favorite way to work out?  Have you ever tried lifting weights?  Would you?


Also, you can learn a lot even from not-so-good workouts, and how you should be eating to get the most out of everything — working out and just life in general!


 

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  1. Mish

    I learned the truth of this when I started Zumba.

    Let me just tell you I have always HATED exercise. With a passion. I thought “runners high” was a crock. I thought people who said they liked working out were full of it.

    Then I tried Zumba. The amount of muscle I built was amazing. It is what transformed my body. it was what got me down from my weight loss plateau.

    Unfortunately Arthritis in the knees and hips have hit. I have gone to physical therapy for it, but I’m not sure Zumba is a good idea for long term for me.

    I also have to say that once you are fit, it is so much easier to stay there.

    Even through my arthritis and the major bouts of my cronic (sometimes debilitating) disease I have tried to keep up with my muscle building exercises, to not loose the muscle. I do lots of arms stuff. I also keep doing my PT exercises to build muscles in the legs.

    I still hate exercise, but I LOVE being in shape. And, although I would love to figure out how to build my cardio back up, I will always do muscles first.

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