Being as fit as Emily Skye doesn't require hours and hours of cardio. In fact, Skye very rarely does straight-up cardio. The vast majority of her workouts are circuits that combine high-intensity intervals with weight lifting and body-weight strength exercises.
Skye doesn't need to do cardio to maintain her ultra-fit physique because weight lifting is one of the most effective ways to burn fat, she says. When you do a strength workout, she explains, you stoke your metabolism so potently that it continues to burn for up to two days after you've wrapped up your workout.
And no, lifting weights will not turn you into the Hulk. "It takes a lot to get bulky," Skye says. "It's not just going to happen accidentally. It takes a lot of deliberate training and diet and supplementation to make someone gain a lot of muscle."
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Ladies, I'm gonna tell you weights will not make you bulky and they're not going turn you into a man. I've been lifting weights for several years now and I love what it does for my body and my mind. I feel empowered. I feel strong mentally and physically.
And to tell you what, it takes a lot to get bulky. It's not just going to happen accidentally. It takes a lot of deliberate training and diet and supplementation to make someone gain a lot of muscle, so don't worry about that.
It's actually one of the best ways to burn fat—yep, that's right, it's not long cardio sessions, it's lifting weights and doing high-intensity interval training that's going burn the most fat. What happens is you're speeding up your metabolism and then you continue to burn for the next 24 to 48 hours after you've finished training. How cool is that? You can be sleeping and burning fat at the same time. So pick up those weights and get lifting, ladies. They're amazing.