Think weights are for boys? Think again. Incorporating weights in to your fitness routine will help you lose body fat by building muscle mass whilst at the same time increasing your resting metabolism, which means you will burn more calories (around 35 to 50 more a day). And you can forget the belief that weights will cause you to bulk up women have less of the hormone that results in bulk than men, so you would have to train very hard and very often for this to happen. Two to three times a week is striking a good balance. But where to start? David Kirsch, personal trainer to Heidi Klum, Anne Hathaway and Liv Tyler, puts us through our paces.
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So step one: get yourself some weights. Kirsch recommends using between 3 and 5kgs dumbbells depending on your strength and fitness level (ELLE loves Tunturi Neoprene Dumbbells, £18.99 for 2kg set, £25.99 for 5kg set, available at amazon.co.uk). If you can’t get the weights Kirsch explains his alternative, “I believe in integrating fitness into your life no matter the obstacle. If you can’t find hand weights, try using two cans of beans or bottles of water and get to work.”
Kirsch suggests Tricep Kickbacks for sculpting and toning triceps (the muscles at the back of your upper arms). 'Firstly bend your knees and lean your upper body forward at a 45 degree angle, keeping your elbows close to your body. Keep your elbows in the same position and extend your lower arm forward and then back behind you. Fully contract your tricep muscle. For added burn, rotate your palm up as you extend your tricep forward.'