barbells are the gym equipment you probably look at and never really try. for newbies, they totally look intimidating. and, there's a good chance you associate them with grunting meatheads. what you don't know is that girls across America are lifting barbells and getting deliciously fit!
what's a barbell?
a barbell is long metal bar that comes in varying weights of 15, 25, 35, and 45 pounds. additional weight is added by sliding disks or plates of varying weights onto the end. barbells are also known as free weights because of the near limitless movement and resistance.
what are the advantages of barbells?the advantage of barbells is their versatility. barbells workout several muscle groups at a time also called compound exercises. forget those weight machines that only let you work one isolated muscle group at a time with a limited movement. compound exercises work more muscles at once, and that means burning more calories in less time! because most barbell exercises require you to stand, you also get an awesome ab workout too! all you need is one barbell and a couple sets of weight plates and you can workout the entire body and get amazing results in fat loss and muscle tone! the best part is that it saves you money, space, and time!
barbells are awesome for strength training. they allow you to gradually increase the weight you can lift. over time, you'll get stronger and toner.
oh, and if you're goal is to get smokin' legs and tight tush, the barbell is the only way to go. squats and deadlifts will whip you into shape faster than you can say "hot"!
what exercises can i do with a barbell?
so now that you know what a barbell is, don't you want to know what to do with it. there are over 50 exercises that can be done with a barbell.
my favorite resource is Barbell-Exercises! there you can browse workouts, read more on the benefits, learn more about the equipment and techniques, and also how to take precaution.
go check it out, here.
i've seen amazing results from working out with a barbell. my arms and legs are tone, and my booty is rounder and smoother! and the weight just came off. i feel leaner and stronger.
you can see what kind of workouts i do with a barbell on my youtube channel, here!
if you're excuse is that you don't want to bulk up and look like a bodybuilder, you're kidding yourself. those women workout hours every day and eat copious amounts of protein and supplements. they work crazy hard to look like that. the chances of you getting bulky are slim!
the most important thing is that you start off slow and light. a broomstick is the perfect barbell for a beginner, and youtube is great place to find some training videos. don't get shy if you get a little sore. that means you've stimulated you're muscles. look at it as a sign that you've got them, and now you're using them! once you get the movements down and you're ready to step it up, go buy the real deal. most importantly, be careful! if you've never lifted weights before, get a trainer or better yet join you're local crossfit or weight lifting club!
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