Why Women Should Lift Weights
For many years women who wanted to ‘get in shape’ have stayed away from any form of weight training in fear that they may get ‘too bulky’ or ‘too manly’.
MYTH! We aren’t saying to ditch the cardio area in the gym completely, but if you want to achieve a toned figure and look lean, then I’m afraid you have no other option than to incorporate weight training into your gym sessions. Don’t listen to the stereotypes; you will NOT look like a man!
The weights area, previously a place for only hardcore bodybuilders, is seeing more and more women. It is now mainstream knowledge that women should lift weights. The cross trainer is not the only answer for a good body. Women have recognised this and are now stepping off of the treadmill and taking their place in the squat rack.
Cardio equipment will not build muscle, and contrary to what you may think, following a weight training program can actually help you burn more calories than the treadmill. Strength training will help you build muscle. For every 1lb of muscle you add, your body burns an additional 50 calories an hour! Muscle will take up less space than fat and as a result, leave you with a lean physique as body fat percentage will also decrease.
So now you may be asking yourself, well why won’t I end up bulky?
Well there are several answers to this question, too many to include in this short article. So the main reason is this:
Women simply do not have the level of testosterone in order to support a bulky physique. While we all have different genetics and hormonal levels, as a general rule, if you want to get big, you have to eat to get big, and I mean REALLY EAT to get big!
Ask any bodybuilder and they will tell you, to gain and maintain a lot of muscle is not easy. You won’t turn into a female version of The Hulk just because you perform squats and deadlifts.
So now we have outlined why you won’t suddenly put on a tonne of muscle and look like Arnold Schwarzenegger with a wig, here are just a few of the benefits.
- Pushing weights and pumping iron will actually give women a higher metabolic rate. The faster your metabolism, the more calories your body will burn.
- Greater overall muscle definition. The stronger you become, the heavier the weights you can lift and as a result the more your muscles will adapt and become more defined
- Improve functional strength. By getting stronger from lifting heavier weights, everyday activities will become far easier over time
- Health. Not only will you burn more fat and build more muscle, your blood pressure could drop and you’ll reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes in long run
- Weight training not only builds stronger muscles, but also builds stronger connective tissues and increases joint stability
Times change, techniques change and people gain knowledge. Personal Trainers these days have the knowledge to help you change not only your physique, but mentality. If you can overcome the stereotypical view on weight training, then not only will you become stronger physically, but psychologically you will feel fantastic.
So don’t fear the weights room in the gym anymore. What you should fear is being old and weak. Push your body and mind- you are stronger than you think