Push Ups, Pull Ups and Weights

Why do all three of these things tend to be lumped together as fitness activities that women don’t want to do?

Almost every man I see at the gym does at least two of these in any given workout, but rarely do I see women ever even doing one of them! AND on the rare occasion a woman is doing weights or pull ups or push ups, it is always MODIFIED!!! Why are women so afraid to grab double-digit weights? Why won’t they attempt push ups from their toes. Why won’t most women even go near an assisted pull up machine?

It honestly baffles me that women won’t do weights, won’t do push ups, won’t do pull ups. Those are seriously three of the best things you could ever do! Below I list a few reasons why each is good.

Push Ups:

  • Are a compound movement using almost all of the muscles of your body. They work your chest, shoulders, triceps, back and abs.
  • AND There is NO WAY you will get bulky doing push ups

Pull Ups:

  • Are a compound movement using almost all of the muscles of your body. They work your biceps, triceps and shoulders. They also work almost all the muscles in your back and your core!
  • AND There is NO WAY you will get bulky doing pull ups

Pull ups and push ups compliment each other well. If you do a compound set of push ups and pull ups you will destroy your upper body and get the lean, toned look most women want! If you aren’t doing these two exercises you are missing out on two of the best ways to get the bikini body you want! Next time you are in the gym, try a push up from your toes. If you do, you will work your abs more!!! Next time you in the gym, try a pull up. You’ll be able to feel just how hard your core is working. Do these two exercises and an extra ab workout each week will be a thing of the past!!!


It should come as no surprise that I think weights are probably the most wonderful weight loss and fitness tool there is out there. I mean simply put, more muscle equals higher metabolic rate equals you can eat more food and I love food! And a higher metabolic rate is also very helpful if you are trying to lose weight!

Most women turn to cardio to lose weight but weight training is just as important if not more so in being able to get the weight off and KEEP it off.

Women turn to cardio because they are afraid of bulking up. But what makes women look “bulky” is actually having a high percentage of body fat . If you have a high percentage of body fat, your muscles will actually look BIGGER! Fat takes up a lot of space in the muscle making it look bigger. When you lose body fat that intramuscular fat will begin to vanish. So even if you add muscle mass — which is very difficult for women to accomplish — your overall muscle size is probably going to be smaller because the weight lifting will help you lose the fat you have stored in your muscles.

Because muscle takes up less room than fat, when women strength train, they usually lose inches rather than gain them. So not only are there a number of physical benefits such as an increase in metabolic rate, a decrease in the risk of osteoporosis, and an increase in strength, weight lifting for women will actually help a woman slim down!
Women are much more likely to “tone up” from the process of strength training than bulk up. Research has shown that women can add 30% (or more!) lean muscle mass to their bodies and end up looking much thinner, feeling much stronger and appearing much firmer than they were before. So you could add 30% more lean muscle to your body and look even more beautiful and feminine than before! So why aren’t you lifting weights?Next time you are in the gym, steal the squat rack from the men, load on the weight to that 45lb barbell and bust out 10 deep squats. Just think about the inches you are losing!

Posted on July 14, 2011, in Benefits of doing "man" exercises and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Excellent Post! Using weights for exercsies and etc. is a great way to keep in shape or loose weight.

  2. ok but I’ve been doing body pump for 7 weeks or so now. I have defiantly gained muscle but I have not lost inches and to boot I feel like I look larger. What am I doing wrong?

    • How often are you doing body pump each week? How much cardio are you doing? Have your weights with body pump increased each week or are you still using the same weights that you started with?

      Also, a lot of losing inches has to do with diet. What is your diet like? What is your average day of eating?

      April I would love to help you. Feel free to contact me at manbiceps@gmail.com

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