In her book, Perkins writes about finding herself 15 pounds overweight in her twenties, depsite her fluorishing career as a personal trainer and the 60 to 90 minutes of cardio she did every day. Exhausted and unhappy, Perkins finally decided it was time to start lifting.
While it might be tempting to hop on the treadmill to sweat it out next time you’re looking to shed a few pounds, you might want to redirect yourself to the weight room, instead. Holly Perkins, C.S.C.S., author of Women’s Health‘s Lift to Get Lean, credits strength training with helping her finally get the body of her dreams.
“I had never trained for strength in the way one would train for a 5-K or any other fitness goal,” she writes. “It was my last option and I took it.”
By relying on strength training, Perkins says, “I emerged reborn at 42,” looking and feeling better than ever before. (That’s probably because research shows that building muscle helps spike your metabolism and burn more calories at rest. Score!) Want to steal Perkins’ moves? Just take a look at the video above where she demos some of her favorite toners for clients looking to shed a few pounds. Incorporate them into your workout routine—and don’t forget to document those results!