The other day I asked you whether you have ever used pink weights?
Well, the reason I was asking was because last week when I was in the gym, my sister-in-law was having a workout.
She got herself warmed up and then did a little medley of squats, shoulder presses and planks.
After this she turned to her husband and I for advice.
“What shall I do for my arms?” she asked.
So, we gave her a couple of exercises that would do the job.
Something like tricep extensions and tricep dips.
It’s funny women love to focus on the triceps and guys go for the guns!
Anyway, she nipped off to get some weights.
However, your boy Walsh couldn’t help notice that she picked up a pair little dinky pinky weights, which meant that she would have to do a zillion tricep extensions to feel any sort of burn.
So, I told her so.
And then those immortal words left her mouth, “I don’t want to get big”.
Certainly no chance of getting big lifting baby rattles.
In fact, not much chance of anything happening at all really with those ickle weights.
I know there’s this idea amongst some women (Tracey Anderson) that lifting anything heavier than a remote control is going to turn them into the Incredible Hulk, but it aint true.
The brain washing has got to stop, otherwise mothers across the nation will cease to pick up their children in fear of getting mahoosive muscles.
Sounds crazy, but most babies weigh more than those little pinky dinky weights.
The goal of lifting weights or any form of resistance training is to improve muscle tone, right?
It’s also a bonus that it helps with the old fat burning too.
So, let’s make sure you don’t lift something so light that you’ll need to spend a whole morning exercising to get any benefit.
If you can lift a weight, let’s say more than 20 times, it’s too light.
That goes for the guys as well, although I have them lift more towards the 8-15 reps mark mostly.
Next, with a bit of trial and error, choose a weight that you can do for those reps.
If you’re aiming for 15 reps, find a weight that only allows you to do 15.
Same if you’re aiming for 8 reps.
Typically, the toning range is 8-12 reps but as long as you’re there or there abouts you’ll do fine.
Well, with a bit of coaxing we managed to get her to pick up a set of heavier weights.
And the next day…
“I can really feel my triceps today”.
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