4-Weeks Weight Training Plan for Women - Beginner I
If you're looking to lose weight or improve your physique, try cutting back on cardio for a few weeks to focus on these strength training exercises for women that increase metabolism and build lean muscle.
Are you cardio-ing yourself to death? Yes, running, cycling, and hitting the elliptical religiously can absolutely help you drop pounds-especially when you have a lot to lose. But, at some point, you're going to hit a plateau. It is inevitable.
To get past it, you need strength training in your life. Why? Lifting weights helps to amp your metabolism for long after your gym-time ends since the more muscle you have, the more calories you torch when working out and while sitting perfectly still.
If you're new to weight training, don't worry. We have created this four-week beginner strength training workout for women to help you to build a solid foundation of strength training and shift your body into a new place after all that cardio. The really great news? You only have to do this routine twice a week. Each week, the moves will stay the same, but we'll make the routine harder by changing the program variables (like rest, sets, reps, or load).
Put at least two days of rest between strength training days, but you can do light cardio on those rest days, like walking at a fast pace, some light running or some relaxing yoga.
Now, stay with us: we're going to break down the weekly gym workouts for you.
4-WEEKS STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WOMEN PROGRAM - BEGINNER I
Complete the exercises in each workout as straight sets. For example, you'll do one set of leg presses, rest for 30 seconds, do a second set, rest, do the third set. Then, move on to the next exercise. You'll complete all movements in both workouts this way.
Complete 12 reps of all movements for 3 sets each, and rest for 30 seconds in between each set. Choose a weight load where the last two reps of every set are very hard, but leaving about 2 reps left in the tank. You may find that you can increase the weight load for each set while keeping the 12 reps for all three sets.
This week, you'll continue with the straight-set format for both strength training workouts. But now, you'll complete 15 reps of all movements for 3 sets, and you will only rest for 20 seconds in between each set. Therefore, this week, you'll complete more work in less time. This is a great stimulus to take your fitness to the next level.
We're going to mix it up this week. Instead of straight sets, you're going to complete your strength training workout in a circuit style.
This week, you'll complete 1 set of each exercise for 15 reps, then you'll immediately move on to the next movement with no rest in between. For example, on the day 1 workout, you'll perform your first set of leg presses for 15 reps, then you'll immediately go to the seated cable rows and perform 15 reps and then continue on to the next exercise with no rest in between movements. At the end of these four movements, you'll rest for one minute, then complete the circuit two more times.
This week you're going to continue with the circuit-style sets; this time you'll perform only 12 reps of each movement, but there are two (tough!) changes: You'll complete a total of 4 full circuits (that's four sets of each exercise for both workouts) and there will be no rest in between each circuit. This week is all about keeping you moving. After you finish the last movement of either workout, you'll immediately return to the first movement and begin a new circuit.
Got it? On to the strength training for women moves: Below, see demos of the four weight lifting exercises that make up Workout 1, and the five moves that make up Workout 2. Watch and learn, then mark your calendar-four weeks from now, you won't believe how strong you'll feel.
STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WOMEN WORKOUT 1
Seated Cable Row
Flat Dumbbell Fly
STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WOMEN WORKOUT 2
Dumbbell Bench Press
Dumbbell Hammer Curls
Like this routine? Shared it with your friends! We got another routine for you to keep making gains and smashing plateus. Click here to read our 4-Weeks Weight Training Plan - Beginner II.
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