Build the Body You Want

When you think of bodybuilding you might think of Arnold Schwarzenegger. When you think of women bodybuilding you probably think of something like this:
This look isn't for everyone and the stereotype tends to keep most women away from this level of fitness, but bodybuilding isn't all about ultra tans and outrageously large physiques. It's about creating a lean, strong body. So if you are reading to get stronger, here are a few tips.

Find a Plan
I suggest a plan made specifically for women. Male training programs don't take into account the natural limitations of the female body. That's why I like this plan by Jamie Eason. It's a plan for women designed by one.

Customize Your Plan
Don't be afraid to adjust the routine and exercises. I couldn't do more than 10 push-ups when I first started working out so I switched the push ups for a bench press until I gained some strength. Sometimes I'd even combine all my arm workouts into one day if I was too busy that week. Just make sure to give each muscle group a day of rest.

Nix the Protein Shakes
You don't need to overdose on protein to get in shape. Try eating a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Myfitnesspal is a great tool for monitoring your diet. It's important to take in extra fuel each day to make up for the energy you are burning at the gym.

Listen to Your Body
If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Exercises should always be in your normal range of motion, technique is key. If you feel pain beyond normal exertion stop the exercise.

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