Many girls are afraid to add weights to their workout routines due to the perception that it will unleash ‘The Hulk’; making them appear more masculine than desired, but that’s not how it works. I mean of course it’s possible, but it’s very unlikely. So once you go beyond this myth, you might find that lifting weights are necessary to your workout routines because not only can it improve your body composition & give you a more toned appearance, but it can also improve your overall health & make you a happier person.

When I first started my fitness journey in mid 2014, I was afraid to go anywhere near weights. However, with some research & guidance from industry professionals I gave it a shot, applying light weights as minimal as 2kg – 4kg for upper body & 5kg – 8kg for lower body. My body was aching for days.. generally because the intensity targeted areas that I thought I had already targeted with my usual workout. I formed countless reasons to give up & eventually I allowed my excuses to overcome my commitment. When I returned to my usual routines I just felt sloppy & to be honest I felt really defeated when; (1) exercising beside other girls at the gym & (2) viewing bikini posts on social media.. they all had the body I wanted & they all recommended to apply weights when exercising. So I used that to motivate myself & gave my bikini-body goals another shot. A year on, I’m now doing up to 30kg for upper body & 70kg for lower body. I think it’s safe to say that I did not unleash ‘The Hulk’.

Progress ImageI just want to clarify that it did not take me a full year to achieve progress. I didn’t take proper progress photos because I genuinely believed that I wouldn’t make much of a progress so it just happens that the two above were the most comparable that I could find. I was doing an average of 4 days/week workout, 30-40mins per session. I wish I could tell you that I was consistent, but I won’t because I was definitely not. Like everybody else, I had other commitments; work, study, family which really slowed down my fitness goals. With that being said, I ‘saw’ progress at about 5 months in, but ‘felt’ progress throughout this period;

  • My muscles were more defined
  • My arms & legs were toned rather than sloppy
  • I gained as well as lose weight in the right areas
  • My ability to handle high intensity interval training improved
  • I felt more energetic & alive
  • I woke up earlier
  • My body began to reject junk food 

Reality is that it is not ‘quick & easy’, especially having to quit & starting over again so when you’re considering to start this project, don’t give up on yourself so soon. Keep it challenging by going beyond your comfort zone & try something new, a few months down you might look at yourself & really appreciate the change. I am no expert so I  do recommend that you do some research for a greater understanding on this subject. Happy building!

Outfit Details: 
Bikini #1 from SurfStitch & Bikini #2 by Cotton On Body


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