I really enjoy lifting hand weights, dumbbells, kettlebells and all kinds of weights.
I just love feeling the strength build in my muscles.
As I exercise with weights, I often watch the muscles bulge and flex. I’ve purchased a high quality weight bench and a series of different sized dumbbells. I’ve invested resistance bands, battle ropes, weighted balls and varying sizes of weighted poles. I am hoping to increase strength and tone the muscles in my arms, shoulders, back and legs. As a woman, I would rather not get bulky. I have to be very careful because I tend to add on muscle quite easily. I’ve learned not to lift heavy weights. I make certain to only use lighter weights and lift with high repetition. I try to hit all the various muscle groups equally. I workout for approximately an hour in the early morning. I only let myself weight train 3 to 4 times per week. On the alternate days, I usually do high intensity cardio workouts that include running, biking, burpees, mountain climbers and jumping rope. I also add in squats, lunges, jumping jacks, push ups, pull ups and abdominal crunches. I’ve found that these specific types of exercises are great for all over body fitness. I burn calories and tighten and sculpt my body. I defend against injury and rarely overwork one area of the body. Although my favorite part of the workout is always weight lifting, I am aware of the importance of a balanced fitness regiment. I strive to get my heart pumping, manage a decent sweat and get breathless. I focus on increasing stamina, balance, strength and flexibility. I sometimes join group fitness classes such as yoga, pilates, spin and circuit training. These classes are a wonderful way to have some fun plus try something new.