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I Want to Tone
Copyright Anita Ramsey

This article was taken from Eclipse's magazine, BodyTalk. Click here if you would like a free copy.

We've always been told "iron" is good for women

Then why do you always here, "I Don't Want to Get Big, I Just Want to Tone." Weight Training is very important for Women and if you are reading this, you are one of the thousands who are already reaping the benefits of training with Iron. If not, then it is time for you to incorporate iron into your exercise program.

Common Rashness Many Women Have Regarding Lifting Weights: "I don't want to get too big and look like a guy" - or "I don't want to look like those women in the muscle magazines!"


* It takes highly dedicated training and dieting to achieve that look.

Comment: "Once I stop exercising, won't all that muscle turn to fat?"

* Muscle and fat are different substances. Muscle cannot alter its composition and turn into fat. Muscle can, however, atrophy from lack of use. Have you ever had a broken bone and been in a cast? Yuck! That body part looks like it shrunk four sizes.

Comment: "I don't want to build; I just want to tone."

* A toned muscle is a muscle with significant endurance and strength.
* There is no such thing as "spot reducing." Unless you include liposuction and other cosmetic surgery. Just because you have emotional distress over a particular area of your body does not mean that your body will magically recruit fat from that region to fuel whatever exercise you have selected. For example, if you have large fat deposits on your hips, doing hundreds of side-lying leg lifts won't 'tone" or "reduce" those hips.

Why is Weight Training Essential for Women? Here are some physiological benefits of training with iron:
* Increased lean mass
* Increased bone density resulting in a decreased risk of osteoporosis
* Increased connective tissue strength
* Increased muscular strength
* Increased muscular endurance
* Increased metabolism
* Improved posture
* Decreased body fat
* Decreased risk of injury

Here are some of those psychological benefits of training with iron:
* Improved body image
* Improved physical appearance
* Improved quality of life
* Increased confidence
* Its fun!

The big question I would like to ask is why DON'T more women weight train? And for that matter, why don't more women get into bodybuilding? Women are stronger than they might suspect. After all, many women carry babies or kids that weigh up to 30 pounds, and what about all those grocery bags? Just a thought the next time you make some of the above comments.

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