TYLER (KYTX) - Some women still fear that weight training will bulk them up, but there's research that suggests you will actually lose more fat, than you will gain in muscle. In this week's Fit City, meet two former cardio junkies, who gave strength training a try.
The ladies didn't give up cardio, but they did add 3 to 4 days of weight training to their routine. Both of them wanted more results from their workouts.
A few months ago, you wouldn't have found Abbie Abel or Kelly Prior in the weights section of the gym. "I have to be real honest with you. I was one of those girls who spent hours on the treadmill," says Kelly Prior. "I was always intimidated in the weight area, so I stayed in cardio and did the stairmaster and treadmill," says Abbie Abel.
The cardio workouts helped keep Abbie's weight in check, but she wasn't getting the muscle definition she wanted. "The big misconception is that you are going to get bulky and look like a body builder. Y'all don't release the testosterone to look like that," says Daniel Treat.
Daniel treat, a trainer at XTC Fitness and Sports in Tyler introduced Abbie to weights, 45 minute sessions consisting of 8 to 10 exercises with 12 to 20 reps each. One day for upper body, another for lower body.
"It will stimulate fat burning and help get that definition that they are looking for," Daniel.
Kelly was looking for that after struggling with her weight last year. She made a conscious choice to do something about it.
"I didn't know anything about weight training, so I hired a trainer and he taught me the basics, squats, dumbbell curls and things like that," says Kelly. Kelly's weight went up, but her clothes size went down, dropping 4% body fat.
"My pants just started getting looser. It's very exciting with swimsuit season around the corner," says Kelly.
"I lost inches. I didn't lose pounds because putting on muscle adds weight to your body," says Abbie.
Abbie and Kelly feel like they're in the best shape of their lives. "I feel confident, I feel good," says Abbie.
The ladies were able to lose fat in all the right places and put on lean muscle with the help of a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. If you're looking to maximize your fat burning, add 25 minutes of cardio after your weights.
Strength training also has heart healthy benefits. Research finds it will improve your cholesterol profile and blood pressure.