The other day I was training at my Crossfit gym and our trainer was teaching us girls how to do pull-ups. If you're not sure what a pull-up is, watch any action movie when the hero hangs from a high window ledge and has to pull himself up before plummeting to his death - it's that movement. They are pretty tough, particularly for women.
As we tried our pull-ups, one woman after another gave up on their pull-up attempts. "You can do more than that", said our trainer in exasperation. But at the first sign of not being able to do it, they just dropped off the bar and shook their head.
It's then that I realised all of us women should tap into our Inner Bloke when we workout to help burn more calories and so help with weight loss.
First, how do you find your Inner Bloke?
You may not like to admit it, but we all have an Inner Bloke. It's that part of you that wants to lie on the couch, drink beer and eat chips all day; leave a pile of clothes on the floor rather than take three steps to the laundry basket, and still think it's funny when you belch loudly in public. You can also find your inner bloke by walking around like John Wayne - that is, a slow and sure walk, legs wide with your hips slightly thrust forward. To go the extra mile, drop your voice as low as you can and speak from deep inside your chest. All of this can (and should) be done within the privacy of your own home...
Second, how does your Inner Bloke help with weight loss?
Now that you've found your Inner Bloke, what do you do with him? Your could just use your newly discovered Inner Bloke to have a break from your regular stresses and responsibilities, but what you really need to do for weight loss success is use your Inner Bloke during your workouts.
Here are FIVE WAYS to use your Inner Bloke for weight loss when you workout:
1. Your Inner Bloke will make you sweat more
Your Inner Bloke will love to sweat. In fact, he'll take pride in it. There's nothing more enjoyable for your Inner Bloke than to be dripping with sweat when working out. It's a sign that he's pushed himself hard and he's keeping up with his mates.
Tip #1: Sweat it out during your workout to burn more calories and reach your weight loss goals
2. Your Inner Bloke will get more out of breath
Many women have a fear of getting out of breath. Getting out of breath during your workout is a good thing as it'll maximise its impact and help you lose weight. In fact, if you workout at the same intensity as you would while wandering around the supermarket, it's hardly worth bothering at all.
Tip #2: Find your Inner Bloke and let him take you to a new level in deep breathing!
3. Your Inner Bloke will lift a heavier weight
Women are often scared of lifting heavy weights because they think they'll bulk up. It's extremely difficult to bulk up as a woman, so try to dispel that concern. What lifting heavier weights will do is increase your strength and your muscle mass, which will reduce your overall body fat percentage. More muscle mass doesn't mean 'big', it just means more compact.
Tip #3: Take your Inner Bloke to the weights rack and let him coax you into lifting bigger. You'll gain muscle, reduce body fat and improve your weight loss results - three benefits rolled into one.
4. Your Inner Bloke will do one more reps
'Reps', or repetitions, are how manyrepeats you do of one exercise before resting. A while ago, I was at the gym and was doing 12 reps before resting, using my Inner Bloke to lift quite heavy. As I took my short rest, I watched a bloke do about 50 reps using a ridiculously heavy weight. This is something that Crossfit has taught me too - lifting heavier weights and doing lots of reps is a fantastic way to get a high intensity workout in a short space of time and burn off loads of calories in the process.
Tip #4: Burn off loads of calories to help with weight loss when you and your Inner Bloke add more reps to your workout
5. Your Inner Bloke won't chat much to his mates
Working out is a great thing to do with a training buddy, especially during weight loss because it keeps you motivated and is an alternative to catching up over a bottle of Shiraz. But, to get the most out of your workout you need to workout more and talk less. It's all very well to be in the gym for two hours, but if you only actually do 20 minutes of work you could be kidding yourself about your weight loss efforts.
Tip #5: Your Inner Bloke will speak in monosyllables during your workout to get the job done, so he can have a decent chat afterwards