Most of the women I see in the gym are making the same, basic mistakes
While guys tend to stroke their egos with sloppy form and weights they can’t handle, women usually do the opposite: light lifting with little effort, for fear they’re going to get “bulky.”
If only it were that easy to build muscle! Here are the three most common mistakes I see women making in the gym, as well as a few tips on how they can correct course and really achieve the bodies they want.
Not Lifting Heavy Enough
“But I don’t want to get too big!” I actually do hear this line from guys from time to time, but women – particularly those who haven’t been lifting for long – say it all the time. The truth is, though, building muscle is hard even for guys, and they’ve got the advantage of FAR higher testosterone levels than women. What’s more, nobody is ever going to get “too big” – or even big at all – without purposefully and consistently eating to grow.
Overall, heavy lifting and progressive overload is the most efficient path for just about any woman to achieve the “toned” body she wants.
That “toned” look isn’t achieved by any specific exercise or training method, it’s simply a product of extra muscle mass and low body fat. The leanness comes from smart and strict dieting, but it takes heavy weights to build the muscle!
Doing Too Much Cardio
In most cases, the women who don’t focus enough on heavy lifting are also spending WAY too much time and effort on cardio. It certainly has its place in a routine, particularly when you’re trying to lose fat, but there’s no reason for girls to be doing any more of it than guys. In fact, too much cardio can actually be counterproductive to your goals.