Zanna Van Dijk

Fit­ness blog­ger Zanna is on a mis­sion to get women to lift more for a buff bod. Here’s her guide to get­ting ripped…

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When we hit the gym, most of us have a gen­eral pat­tern. The con­sen­sus among the Look team is to get straight into some high-in­ten­sity car­dio be­fore mov­ing on to strength ex­er­cises. But burn­ing up a sweat in the weights area – we’re still not go­ing there.

Why? It’s not just be­cause this sec­tion of the gym is dom­i­nated by guys and girls tak­ing self­ies for their Tin­der pro­file. In­stead, it’s be­cause we’re just not quite sure ex­actly what to do.

‘Weightlift­ing doesn’t just strengthen mus­cles, it strength­ens bones, too, re­duc­ing the chance of de­vel­op­ing osteoporosis,’ says Look fit­ness in­flu­encer Zanna Van Dijk. ‘Build­ing mus­cle mass also boosts fat-burn­ing and al­lows you to be­come stronger phys­i­cally and men­tally.’

Ac­cord­ing to a US study by the Amer­i­can Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, weightlift­ing can boost meta­bolic rate (the rate at which you burn calo­ries) by up to 15 per cent.

With that in mind, we asked Zanna to tell us how we can start to re­claim our gym space, like, now…

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