Five years ago, I was one of majority of women that wouldn’t touch weights with a pole.
I was so convinced that one weight training session later, I would be the hulk.
However this myth, which a lot of other people buy into, was busted by one of the trainers in my gym a few months after I joined my gym and today, I am sharing what I’ve learnt with you.
Women don’t bulk up
It is virtually impossible for a woman to reach the level of bulkiness that men can achieve. We simply do not have the level of the hormone testosterone that men have that helps them to bulk up. Afraid to look like one of the female bodybuilders you’ve seen on TV or in the magazines? Don’t be.
They have to dedicate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, combined with supplements (e.g. testosterone or steroids) and watch their diet religiously, to gain all that mass. All I am asking of you is to lift weights at least twice a week, 30 minutes per session.
Benefits of weight lifting for women
Instead of being scared, consider the benefits of adding weights to your exercise routine. To start with, strength training with weights is useful if you want to loose fat and achieve a toned, sleek, athletic look.
Studies show that although cardio burns more calories than weightlifting, the effects of weightlifting are longer lasting. Here’s why. Weights help to build lean muscle. Muscle continues to burn calories all day long in order to grow and this process speeds up your metabolism.
So even when you’re out of the gym, sitting down or sleeping, your body keeps burning calories. This aids weight loss and the fat burn means your toned muscles are no longer hidden under layers of fat, giving you that leaner look.
Also when you put a pound of muscle and a pound of fat side by side, you will notice that the fat is bigger than the muscle. Same thing if you compare two people at the same weight. Even though they weigh the same, the person with more muscle will be thinner than the person with fat.
So while strength training, the numbers on the scale might rise, but don’t be afraid, this is because muscle is heavier than fat. You’ll still look smaller and leaner.
Weight lifting also increases general body and bone strength. It boosts endurance and reduces the risk of injury during day-to-day activities because you are now stronger. It makes you fitter especially as you grow older and may reduce the risk of arthritis and osteoporosis.
These are only a few benefits of strength training but I hope they are enough to convince you to try strength training today.
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