Maybe you’ve heard that lifting weights burns fat quicker than cardio?
That would be correct!
But lifting using the wrong exercises, the wrong technique or without paying close attention to diet, can leave you looking bulkier and futher away from the physique you’re aiming for.
This short article breaks down exactly what you need to do to use weights to create a feminine shape.
But before we get there.
Did you know that ddding muscle has the following benefits?
- You can eat more without gaining weight
- You look great naked
- You look great in clothes
But so many women are scared of adding muscle mass afraid they will turn ‘masculine’ or look like a man.
So how do we add muscle mass to a body and still look feminine?
First let’s look at these two examples.
Two time Crossfit champ, Annie Thorisdottir
Model with muscle, Emily Skye
Which woman looks better?? Bare in mind that both of these women are strong and have lots of muscle mass.
Most women would agree that the second imagine of Emily Skye is more appealing. But when asked, they wouldn’t be able to tell you why!
The key difference and it’s hard to spot to the untrained eye, is that these ladies have muscle in different places.
Annie Thorisdottir is exceptionally lean, with thick abdominal muscles, relatively large traps and quite a straight or boxed figure.
Emily Skye isn’t as lean, has less thick abdominal muscles, has wide shoulders a thin waist and a muscle mass on her glutes.
Adding muscle to the right place is EVERYTHING when it comes to looking good as a lady.
Don’t work your medial and rear deltoids enough (shoulders) you will looked boxed and your waist will look thicker and you will also be internally rotated which gives you the look of Quasimodo in the hunched back of Notre Dame. (see image above)
Picking the right exercises and adding muscle to the right places will allow you to still build a feminine figure, with all the benefits of added muscle mass.
Here is a workout you can follow which will help build muscle in the right places.
A1. Deadlifts 10 -12 reps
A2. Lateral Raises. – 12 to 15 reps
B1. High Bar Squats – 10 to 12 reps
B2. Hamstring Leg Curl or 45 Degree Back Extension – 10 to 12 reps
C1. Barbell Hip Thrusts 12 to 20 reps
C2. Facepulls – 10 to 12 reps
Not only do these exercises work on building muscle mass in the legs, but will also help build your shoulders, which will allow your waist to look smaller. Notice here how I said shoulders and NOT traps. Traps give a look of thickness to the neck and body. Not what you want as a lady.
A quick note on body fat percentage.
It’s important to note that once you have that muscle mass, if you want to look good you have to keep your body fat low.
If you build fat on top of a body that has muscle, you will look fatter.
So let this be a warning that you cannot lift weights and eat crap. Yes the muscle will come, but you will look worse off.
The other side of the coin is that its much easier to get back in shape if you get out of it, when you have more muscle mass.
If you’ve ever read any of my articles you will know that muscle is ‘active’ tissue. Which means it needs feeding to stay alive. This has the effect of you being able to eat MORE and stay SLIM.
Diet is everything. There are 24 hours in a day. If you workout for 1 hour a day, and eat what you like for the 23 others, do you think you’re going to look good?
At RMF we provide each of our clients with a unique diet plan, to allow them to get the best results in the shortest possible time.
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