Friday, April 11, 2008


Can I please tell you how much I love lifting weights! I LOVE it! It gives me so much joy and pleasure... and when I'm all done with my workout, I feel like I can conquer the world... so watch out:)

I have started to notice some more women in the weight room, then I did a few years ago... so that is a good thing. But for the most part, I feel like women still shy away from weights. If you happen to be one of these women- please do me a favor, and DON'T. Lifting is the best thing you can do for your body- including cardio and eating well. Lifting is what gives your body shape.

Alot of people in the world want to lose 10 pounds, but do they want to lose 10 pounds and just be a smaller version of what they already are.... or do they want to tighten their rear end and midsection and have shapelier legs and arms??? The only way you do that is by lifting my friend.

The more muscle you have the more fat and calories you burn standing still. The only way to gain muscle is resistance training. So, hop to it! And feel like you can conquer the world.

(I don't mean to sound like an advertisement... but I just really LOVE, LOVE, LOVE weights!)

If you are intimidated or not sure of what to do when you get to the weights part...... let me know- and I'll try to help you out- (free)..... and it is always best to have someone with you the 1st time around- and until you feel comfortable- that knows what they are doing- because lifting is also all about form-- and if you don't have the correct form, then you could get injured or be doing more harm then good.

Until then- happy lifting:)

ps- for the record you WILL NOT look like a man for lifting heavy-- you WILL look like a man if you take steroids. Lots of women seem to confuse the 2. If you think I look like a man below- then DO NOT lift weights--
(2005 Ms. Fitness Texas)

But if you think only the woman below me looks like a man- then DO NOT USE steroids! I repeat DO NOT use steroids! They do some harsh stuff to your body! (obviously)
pps - I don't want to hear any BS about- well I gain muscle real quick and I will look like a man.... believe me- I thought that once upon a time too:)


Anonymous said...

It this another one of those "spot the differences between the pictures" things? Cause I'm having a hard time telling the difference. Tee hee!

Jenn W said...

I agree with you on the weights, once I started doing them (back when I had a gym membership and time), I started shaping up and trimming down. It was nice.

I can't wait to get find some time to get back to them.

Monica said...

I love weights too - I've just started back seriously working out after my baby and holy cow is it kicking my butt!! I have a trainer 2x a week and she does a lot of body resistance, functional moves, core training, as well as weights and cardio. She is soooo good and knows just what my body needs, even though it kills me!! Thanks for the pep talk! :) BTW - you look amazing in that pic!! That's inspiring. :)

Morgan said...

Bertie- I wish you lived in California so you could go to the gym with me!!! Once I pop this kid out I need to get on the weight lifting band wagon!

Burk Family said...

You look amazing in that picture. I would love to look like that. How did you get your abs so flat? That's what I'm working on right now but I think I still need to lose some body fat before they'll show up. I love the weights, too. I rotate cardio and weights, depending what I feel like doing that day. I didn't used to lift as much, just did cardio, and I can tell a big difference in my thighs and stuff. They are shaplier and smaller. Still having a hard time with the abs. Any suggestions?

Melanie Rossi said...

Holy Crap Bertie! You've got a hot body! I actually hate working out. It's like slow torture for me, although summer's around the corner and I do feel the need to tighten up.

Andrea said...

That second picture is disgusting!
I took a weight training class when I went to Rick's and loved it, but always felt kind of funny because I am such a twig. Maybe I should start doing it again (even though I am lifting kids all day!).

Andrea said...

Okay, for some reason, I didn't realize that first picture was of you. Holy cow! You are a major hottie! HOw did you get your tummy so flat? Give me some tips, please!

Peachblossm said...

I was thinking of all the comments I'd write, but I'm left with ditto ditto ditto ditto, these gals bfore me took the words right out of mouth.

I think you should share with everyone how you got your tummy so flat!

I love reading your blog, I always end up smiling, thanks.

Jill Hunt said...

You look so hot in that picture! That is amazing, and you have had kids. How do you do it? My body does not look even close to that after having kids. I also love the feeling after a good workout, but now that I am pregnant, it is hard for me to be as excited because I am not exercising to look good right now. Oh well!

the smoots said...

HOLY COW!! You look AMAZING! I thought that was a random web image until I read you post. WOW! I had no idea that you compete! Did you win? Are YOU Ms. FItness Texas 2005???

Way to go!

(P.S. - for the record, I'm a lifting fan... no persuasive neccessary).