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Don't Skip the Weight Room

One of the most common comments that I hear from women is that they don't want to weight train because of the fear of getting "too bulky". If this is you, you are missing out on an important part of fitness.

For most women, adding intensity or load to your workouts won't increase your size; instead it will help you slim down while firming up.

This is why it is a shame that new research shows that 74 percent of Americans - nearly three out of four - skip it.

Strength training is so effective for weight loss that I often forget to mention the other benefits; but there are plenty. It protects the body from the pain of arthritis, strengthens bones against osteoporosis and even decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Next time you are at the gym, supplement your cardio with thrusters, weighted squats or rows. Or while you are in your FIT4MOM fitness classes, grab the higher resistance option (blue or purple resistance bands) for added intensity. You (and your body) will thank me!