A couple of years ago, my fitness routine consisted only of cardio. This was because my goal of working out used to be to stay thin. Oh how things have changed for the better!

Now, I workout to be fit, healthy, and strong. Cardio is an important part of achieving these goals, but it is not the only component. A very important, and often neglected, factor of a good fitness routine is strength training.

Many women are afraid to lift weights because they don’t want to “bulk up,” but the truth is that women don’t have the same hormone levels as men that allow guys to achieve the “bulked up” look. Strength training will not bulk up a woman’s muscles, it will tone them. Strength training not only tones muscles, but it burns calories! The more muscular you are, the more calories you burn throughout the day.

Not sure how to add strength training into your workout routine? Try this strength training workout below that targets the arms, shoulders, and back. The key of strength training is to make sure you are lifting enough. These exercises should not be easy and by the last couple reps of each, your muscles should feel very tired. If an exercise feels too easy, start lifting a higher amount weight!

 

Upper Body Strength Training 1

 

 

 What are your favorite strength training workouts?

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