WHY IS THE NEW STRONG SKINNY!
Scared of the weight room? Take a tip from these ladies, who gave strength training a go – and haven’t looked back!
The idea of heading for the weights room used to be a daunting prospect for many gals, but in recent years, more and more women have been fighting the men for lifting equipment at the gym!
In 2015, Harvard research found that 20 minutes of weight training was more effective than 20 minutes of cardio in reducing belly fat – and with stats like these, no wonder it’s appealing!
And far from making you bulk up, Aussie trainer Kayla Itsines says girls shouldn’t be afraid to up the weight – lifting heavier weights will not only make you stronger, but give you that toned, lean look you no doubt desire.
“For years, I think women were told that lifting lighter weights would help them stay lean. [But] lifting heavier weights can put stress – the good kind! – on your body, which can help improve hormone regulation and retain bone mass,” Kayla says.