Shaping Up

Top Benefits of Heavy Lifting

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Are you ONLY doing cardio when you go to the gym? Or are you keeping it real with the weights?

Some of our Black Women Do Workout sisters who are unfamiliar with the gym tend to think lifting heavy will turn them into the incredible HULK instead of the incredible HOTTIE!

If you want to get lean and mean without the HULK appeal for green, shed body fat and tone up… then lifting heavy is the way to go! See more benefits of lifting heavy here…

Higher Metabolic Rate. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns–even when you are not even thinking about it. More muscle equals more food and muscles LOVE calories so FEED them! You not only burn calories during your workout, but you will also be burning calories after your workout, when your body is rebuilding those muscle fibers.

Caloric Intake. In order to really look like a man, you probably need to start eating like one. Men consume a higher caloric diet than women in general! To make all of these “gains,” men require more food. Women would have to consume close to what men do, and even then we would most likely store it as fat because our estrogen levels are higher.

Estrogen Levels. Testosterone is the main hormone in charge of building muscle! However, women naturally have more estrogen and a NATURALLY a lower amount of testosterone. Men naturally produce a lot of testosterone, hence the easy muscle gains!

Keep it Tight, Keep it Right! Do you want to look tight and right? Or skinny and lumpy? Tightening up those natural curves comes from re-shaping your muscles by lifting those heavy weights! As you lift heavy, those tiny muscle fibers tear and repair building you some nice shapely muscles along with those sexy curves. So if you are looking to shape it up you have to LIFT IT UP!

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