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Female Strength Training Not Getting Stronger

Question: I am a 21 y.o. female, 5'7", 120 pounds, in excellent shape. My job is very physically demanding, and I have to eat A LOT of food (protein and carbs) to sustain my weight. I love being so tough for my size, but I don't seem to be getting any stronger lately. Should I eat even more food to bulk up, increase my training time (currently at 15 min. arms only, high resistance, low reps)? Or is it possible that I am already at my maximum strength? Shannon

Answer: Shannon, Change your weights workout from arms only to full-body. There are hardly any activities that only use your arms (tiddly winks and sipping coffee are the only ones that I can think of!). You almost always use either your back, chest, shoulders, and abs for anything you do with your upper body. For proper balance and proportion, you must also work your legs. If time is a factor, just add 5 minutes of training time each day, working upper body one day and lower body the next. This will give your muscles time to recover and get stronger.

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