Advice to Women Looking to Boost Metabolism

My 18-Year Love Affair with BODYPUMP: Instructor Candice Baumgardner’s Advice to Women Looking to Boost Metabolism

Candice in the studio teaching a BODYPUMP class at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

I never lifted weights with any regularity until BODYPUMP. I would wander around the weight room, play with some machines, and then eventually end up back on the stair climber. I was a true “aerobics instructor.” Cardio, cardio, cardio. I didn’t even know the difference between a deadlift and a dead row. Then I found BODYPUMP.

I found the motivation, the consistency and the results that launched an 18-year love affair with the BODYPUMP program.

Like many women, I was worried about getting bulky with weightlifting, but that’s a myth—and one that prevents women from reaping the benefits of resistance training. Even with a high-repetition, light-moderate weight program (like BODYPUMP), weight lifting increases lean muscle mass (thereby increasing metabolism), improves bone density and even has a positive impact on aerobic capacity and endurance.

How heavy should you lift?

Your instructor will guide you in your weight selection, but as long as your muscles are overloading (think, burning, heavy, fullness in the muscles), you’re making a change.

How often?

Twice a week is a good start…three times a week and I promise you will see a difference in your body after one month.

Are you ready to try BODYPUMP? I’ll see you in the studio. Check out our upcoming BODYPUMP classes.

 

Recommend reading: https://www.lesmills.com/knowledge/fitness-research/women-and-weight-lifting/