WHY WOMEN SHOULD LIFT WEIGHTS
The myths that women shouldn’t lift weights because it will make them ‘big and bulky’ and ‘look like a man’ have certainly diminished over the last few years, but I’m still seeing it come up often.
These unfounded stereotypes are keeping many women away from resistance training, and the many benefits associated with it.
I decided to write this post to dispel the misconceptions about women lifting weights, and get more women to include it in their workouts.
When it comes to building muscle hormones play a huge role, which is why many bodybuilders inject synthetic hormones to build more muscle then their bodies can naturally allow.
Men on average have about 7-8 times the amount of testosterone in their bodies in comparison to women, and even then they find building muscle requires a very structured training and diet regime and a lot of hard work for even the smallest gains.
This explains why women won’t get big and bulky when weight training, and when you do see a woman who has more muscle than most men in the gym, it is highly likely she’s using drugs to achieve it.
People often associate weight lifting with adding size, but when compared with cardiovascular training, resistance training is more effective at burning calories. The main advantage here comes from the bodies ability to burn calories after as well as during exercise, known as the afterburn effect.
When you experience muscle loss through excessive cardio and zero resistance training, you may find it even more difficult to shed the pounds. This is because there’s a direct link between your metabolism and muscle mass. With muscle loss, the number of mitochondria will decrease, resulting in slowed down metabolism. Weight training prevents muscle breakdown, stopping the mitochondria in the cells from decreasing, keeping your metabolism fired up.
It is a well-known fact that the more muscle mass an individual has, the more energy they expend. As you increase strength and lean muscle mass, you’ll have more muscle contractions and thus burn more calories.
Weight lifting can help change your body shape to achieve a nice hourglass look. Cardio alone will make your weight loss come from fat and muscle, causing you to lose your curves, while a balanced resistance training routine will allow you to create and sustain them.
Resistance training can also help you fend off potential injuries by strengthening the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This is because collagen, the primary fiber of connective tissue increases when you lift weights.
Weight lifting can also be a tremendous stress reliever. Researchers have consistently found that those who regularly strength train tend to manage stress better and experience fewer adverse reactions to stressful situations as those who do not exercise. On top of this, resistance-training studies on older adults show that moderate-intensity weightlifting improves memory and cognitive function.
Another benefit of weightlifting is improved sleep quality. It has been shown that people who generally have difficulty falling asleep reported better sleep after strength training.
I’m sure all women want to feel strong, determined, and confident in everything they do, from fitting into your favorite outfit to moving heavy furniture, playing with the kids and dealing with a stressful career.
Resistance training can benefit all aspects of your life. Include it in your training routine to feel stronger, healthier, and more confident!
And if you need help getting started don’t hesitate to contact me for help. I offer one to one personal training to those who live in Northampton and surrounding areas as well as online training to those outside of this area.