Cardio vs Lifting Weights
I’ve recently realized how much I talk about this concept so I thought I’d like to share to those who are unaware of the benefits of lifting weights.
When relying on cardio (picture on the left, running + insanity everyday) it is harder to stay in a deficit of calories as cardio must be done everyday to hit goals. For most, this lifestyle is not maintainable and yields major disappointment when cardio is not done for the day. Even if weight goals are hit, there is no muscle to structure a foundation for a good physique.
When lifting weights, more muscle is formed which allows an individual to stay in a caloric deficit as muscle burns calories at rest. This is great for slimming down as muscle allows a more lenient lifestyle as staying in a deficit is much easier to accomplish.
BRACING FOR HEAVY MOVEMENTS
An extremely common source of back pain/injury is simply not bracing correctly.
When properly activated, the core forms a strong wall of muscle around our spine. The trick is in your breathing.
Pull a big breath of air into your BELLY (not chest). Think of it as a bubble of air pulled into your stomach. Imagine pushing the air bubble down through the floor of your stomach as hard as you can. The lower portion stomach/abs should feel and look a bit inflated. At this point, you’ve created lots of intra-abdominal pressure.
We want to keep this pressure in our abdomen to keep the spine safe during a heavy lift.
At the top of the movement, pull your air in. Actively push the air down through the entire movement. Don’t exhale until you’ve finished an entire rep. Once you reach the top of the movement again, breathe and repeat.
We get asked this all the time. If you've been to the about page on our website, we don't say very much about us. Why? Because it's not about us....It's about YOU! Barbell Battalion is not only a website....it's a movement. We want to let the whole world know that ALL women should lift weights! We want to silence the bullshit that if ladies Lift...they will look like men. NO, that's not true. if ladies don't follow the proper anabolics protocol they will look like men. We have made it a mission to inspire...encourage and motivate all women of all ages from all around the world to Lift and Lift heavy. So, that's why we say it's not about us. it's about getting ladies off the treadmills and into the weight rooms. It's about letting women feel strong, Look the best they can and be as confident as possible. Be part of our movement and encourage a woman you know to lift. Invest in them, work out with them and watch them grow STRONG and Powerful. Change your life ladies....Lift Heavy!
Definitely missed running with this view!! Today’s workout was a barre class followed by a short run and lots of foam rolling love taking other instructors fitness classes and seeing their styles and getting new ideas!
Every roll, stretch mark, piece of cellulite, scar, and imperfection is what motivates me. It reminds me of where I’ve been and where I’m going.
Life gives you struggles, you can either make excuses or use it to light a under your !
If you don’t like my body, don’t ...ain’t nobody got time for that.