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Weight Lifting Is For…. Girls!

Woah …  This news is really HEAVY! – as in weights, get it?

I confess! For years I was that girl who would grab the 2.5 lb weights to work my biceps and shoulders and maybe the (whoa) 5 lb big boys to work glutes and thighs. Oh, I was certain that my way was the best way. After all, I didn’t want to bulk up (gross) or start lookin’ all manly (eeww)  I mean, everyone knows that lifting big heavy weights leads to a massive, Schwartzenager-esque physique, right? And c’mon, I personally wear lipstick, brow pencil AND fragrance to the gym so the last thing I wanted was to become less than feminine. Toning and shaping were what I was after, not mass, muscle and heaven forbid, strength, oh no.

Since then, I have become much more enamored of the heavier-the-better method when it comes to weight lifting. Why? Well, because first off, it makes me more powerful and gives me an edge so I can push myself in ways that I could not before. I can now jump, run, plank and TurboKick with the greatest of ease where in the past I would lack the stamina and wimp out more quickly.

I am also now a fitness instructor/trainer who sees the gorgeous results in the bodies of my class participants. Let me tell you, the girls who lift heavy are the ones who actually achieve that lean and sculpted look. And as for myself, well back in the days of the itty-bitty weights, I was kinda fit looking, but had no real muscle definition (AKA: Tone). Lifting weights that actually challenge me helped me to carve out firmer arms, legs, shoulders and tush.

Not convinced that you want to increase your pump — or even get your pump on at all? Here are some superfun fact about weight lifting:

1) Muscle tissue burns calories even after your workout is done. Wait, did you hear me? Because I just said “Muscle tissue burns calories even after your workout is done!” Unlike steady-state cardio conditioning, where the burn ends when you jump off the treadmill, the results of your strength training endure. The expected rate of additional caloric burn can be significant. It is believed that 20 pounds of muscle burns 100 calories in a day – even while just sitting around watching “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” While 20 pounds of fat would burn only a measly 40 calories.

2) Osteoporosis, yo! We girls have a greater tendency to succumb to this medical problem which can lead to brittle bones. One way to fight that is by developing stronger bones. How? You already know …  lifting heavy weights. In fact, studies show that strength training can not only help to prevent bone loss but can even help to build new bone.

3) How about enhancing that feminine physique!? When you start to build muscle, you can get an even more girlish figure. Working your abdominal muscles helps to slim and taper the waist and strengthening butts and thighs helps that backside become firm and lifted. And by the way, how much testosterone are you packin, sister? I’ll give you the easy answer: NOT ENOUGH TO BULK UP. Your body’s own natural hormone balance (tipped away from the testosterone) will prevent mass. Only men have the amounts of T that will allow for building big muscles.  Ready to drop those 2.5 weights and hop on the heavy lifting band wagon? I’ll save you a spot (and a set of 7.5 – 10 lb dumbbells) in Hardbody class!

~Susan Magilton, W3 Group Exercise Instructor & Personal Trainer

Tinley Park Functional Training Video!

Check out Rhea, one of W3′s Functional Training Coaches, in her interview about why she loves functional Training and being a part of the Women’s Workout Team! She teaches at the W3 in Tinley Park Functional Training classes. These include small group training and one on ones. She also teaches group exercise at Tinley Park.

If you’re looking for Tinley Park Functional Training classes, look no further than W3! You will get this great coach as your guide and her amazing workouts. Tinley Park functional training at Women’s Workout also offers you camaraderie with other women in the small group, accountability from your trainer, and weight loss and toning workouts that you’ll love! Check out why Rhea loves coaching functional training at the W3 in Tinley Park on 16015 S Harlem Ave 60477!!

Click here for a short video clip of Rhea doing TRX curtsey lunges, Tire Flips and Kettlebell Swings!

Rhea Functional Training

**Check out the full interview and video HERE!

 

 

 

Chicago Zumba For Women

Want a women-only Zumba class? Check out Women’s Workout at our 5 locations!

Zumba, still being one of the most popular group exercise/group fitness classes, is a party at Women’s Workout. If you’re looking for Chicago Zumba, W3 is the place to go!

Because we are a women-only fitness facility in Chicago and we know that women love Zumba, we make sure our Zumba classes are among the top in Chicagoland. Not only do we ensure we have great Chicago Zumba classes, but we also make sure that we change it up from time to time and make it FUN for our members through our Zumba parties!

We often celebrate National Dance Day with a Zumbathon party in July, where we have a “marathon” of Zumba for 2 hours at each Chicagoland location. We also have ZUMBAWEEN “Halloween Zumba” parties in October, and during February with National Heart Month, we celebrate healthy hearts with a Zumba and Turbokick cardio party!

Finding good (and affordable!) Chicago Zumba classes may be hard, especially downtown because you may have to buy a pricey punch card or class pass somewhere. Luckily, Women’s Workout is a perfect place to go for Chicago Zumba as we are affordable AND all of our group exercise classes and W3 locations are included in a membership! That’s right… go to any of our Chicagoland locations to take Zumba and pay nothing extra!

It’s not only a great deal for Chicago Zumba, but it’s a great value where you know you’ll get great results with great Zumba instructors and a consistent experience every time. Fill out the guest pass if you are not a member to be invited in to try a fabulous W3 Chicago Zumba class! We look forward to having you in our workout facility.

~W3~

Women In Chicago Functional Training

Women in Chicago functional training are getting tremendous results! At the Women’s Workout on Lawrence Ave’s Grand Re-Opening party, we had a functional training demo for the members and their guests. What a success! Check out some of the best Functional Training for women in Chicago and how we spread the functional training love to all~ Notice Coach Kimberlee in the pink instructing her trainees on proper functional training techniques!

Chicago Functional Training Mats

Setting up for the group functional training class in Chicago at the W3 on Lawrence Ave!Chicago Functional Training Turf Functional Training Chicago

Kettlebell swings: one of the most common moves you’ll see in a functional training class!

Squats during Functional Training in Chicago

Squats: also a VERY common functional training move. How many times do you squat during everyday movement?Functional Training Kettlebell Swing Functional Training Tire Flips

 Great job ladies! Chicago Functional training at W3 is no joke. Visit us for more details on our training programming!

Grand Re-opening Of The Women’s Workout On Lawrence Ave In Chicago!

WOW! It has been quite a construction project, but finally, the remodel of the Women’s Workout & Wellness (W3) on Lawrence Ave on the north side of Chicago is almost complete!!! What is new?

  • -new floors
  • -new layout and design
  • -new equipment
  • -new functional training area
  • -new functional training equipment
  • -new HardBody equipment
  • and best of all, new RESULTS-driven programs!

We are so excited to bring the most amazing programs to our members to help them see results that they’ve never experienced before! If women in the area need a place to workout, exercise, weight train, and lose weight, W3 is the place to be! Check out our brand new, wooden group exercise floor! And some of our new functional training equipment. It even includes monkey bars!

Group Exercise Floor

 

Functional Training Station at W3 photo (51)

Fill out a form for your free guest pass today! Otherwise, please join us for our Grand Re-Opening PARTY on Wednesday, January 15th. 9am and 6pm are TEAM functional training classes and 9:30am and 6:30pm are ZUMBA parties!!!

It is our open house party day, so please come and bring a friend! See you there~

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