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Weight Training and Women

Barbara’s Body Blog
Barb’s Story – Weight Training & Women
Barb Wenning – 52 yrs young, 5’3”, 126lbs
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

About Barb
Hi, I’m Barbara Wenning. I’m pretty new to the Propello Life family, having been an Ambassador for about a year now. But I’m not new to fitness. At 52 years old, I’ve been involved in a lot of physical activities in my life: competitive running, black-belt level karate, and match grade kickboxing. But I’m probably most proud of earning my NPF Pro bodybuilding certification. Of course, not everyone wants to be a bodybuilder, and that’s fine. Either way, I consider weight training to be an essential, life-long component of healthy living.

Finding the right Protein isn’t easy!
I first became interested in the Propello Life protein line after discovering my severe gluten intolerance. The Propello proteins touted the advantage of high, easily-soluable protein without the dreaded glutens. I must say I had my doubts that a gluten-free protein could match the performance and nutritional characteristics of the other gluten-laden brands, but that doubt was quickly dispelled in March 2017 when I won the National Physique Federation Bodybuilding competition using only Propello products. Now I’m a firm believer.

Recommend what you Trust
In fact, I believe in the products so much that I recommend them to all my clients, whether or not they have gluten intolerance. One of the recurring programs I created is a six-week Women’s Weight Loss Challenge. We consistently have over 100 women participate in each session, with the winners receiving two principal benefits – cash prizes (a marvelous incentive in its own right) and, of course, losing fat and looking better. During the challenge, I stress proper nutrition, including the use of Propello Life proteins, and exercise. Especially weight training for maximum weight loss and attractive muscle toning. The contest winners usually embrace both, and with tremendous personal success!

Weight Training won’t make a woman big or manly
Perhaps here I should address a concern that women often express as I emphasize these two avenues to success – nutrition (including protein) and lifting weights. Their concern, stated in different, but always with the same meaning, is that they are afraid they will “bulk up.” They think that by following my program, they will end up looking too muscular and manly. Now there are a number of reasons why this won’t happen, but I try to allay their concern with two simple reasons.

2 Key Reasons Women Don’t Get Too Muscular Lifting Weights
Testosterone: First is basic body chemistry. Men have far more muscle-building testosterone than women. Far more. So unless a gal embarks on an illicit drug regimen to synthetically enhance her body chemistry beyond what God gave her, (which I never recommend doing) significant body bulking just isn’t going to happen.
Experience: My experience as a trainer shows that proper nutrition and weight training techniques will actually make a woman look and feel more feminine. Why? Because the calorie burn and fat loss is much greater with weight training, and the toning will create a solid muscle base in the right places. The result? A firmer, slimmer, yet still curvaceous new body!

So I close today’s blog with this thought. Ladies - we live in a world where everyone wants to tell us how to be more “empowered.” We hear, ‘believe this mantra’, or ‘buy this product’ or ‘belong to this organization’ and we’ll be stronger and feel better about ourselves. Meh, who knows? But I will say that one of the most empowering things a woman can do for herself is to take health improvement seriously. And one of the best ways to do that is through a concerted, consistent exercise program that includes proper nutrition and weight training. You will look better. You will feel better. You will be better. But the key word here is “YOU.” Will you commit and stick to it? I leave you with something legendary Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz once said – “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it” Think about that.
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