Why women should lift weights
Right ladies, this one is for you.
‘Why should I lift weights?’
‘Shouldn’t I just do cardio?’
One of the most common questions and doubts for all the woman I work with looking to loose weight or get leaner is ”But won’t weights make me look bulky or manly”, and “surely I am burning more calories doing cardio?”
So lets clear a few things up 😁
Rewind to 15 years ago… I remember myself and my friend going to a local gym and going to step class, I was at the back, stumbling over my aerobic box, trying to keep up with the combinations with great difficulty. It was what most of the women from that gym aged 17-50 was doing. That, and sweating our titties off on the stepper 💦
It was all about the CARDIO BABY! If anyone would have mentioned lifting weights back then, I would have imagined a woman body builder and that I was going to turn into one overnight. Oh how I was wrong…..
Weight lifting for women is by far the healthiest and most sustainable way of achieving a body for life and below are our top 4 reasons why
1. JUST CARDIO IS NOT THE ANSWER
If your current exercise regime consists of just cardio, initially you will see a drop in your weight due to a calorie deficit being created (calories you consume vs calories you burn).
However, in the long term your body will adapt to the cardio and it will become less and less effective at burning body fat.
2. BUILDING MUSCLE SHOULD BE THE GOAL IN YOUR TRAINING SESSIONS
If you incorporate regular weight training into your exercise regime, over time you will build muscle and therefore improve your body shape. This means your scale weight may stay the same but you will have more muscle and less body fat. (Another reason why the scales can be deceiving and we aren’t fans if just relying on these for progress!)
The more muscle your body has the better it will speed up your metabolism; hence burning more fat… wool!!
3. YOU WON’T GET BULKY!
This must be up there as the biggest myth going, along with “no carbs after 6pm” and “breakfast is the most important meal”!
The main hormone involved in building muscle is testosterone; us women have 15-30 times LESS than men. This means building muscle is a hell of alot harder for us – literally 15-30 times harder! So no, you won’t go looking like a man 😃
4. STRONGER MUSCLES = STRONGER BONES
I hate the thought of getting older, but as you age your muscle and bone mass will naturally decrease as part of the ageing process. Postmenopausal women are at a greater risk of osteoporosis because of a reduction in their estrogen. Regular weight training will not only help you maintain muscle but also keep your bones healthier and stronger, helping to prevent the onset of osteoporosis.
You don’t need to join a gym to weight train. Our home workout plan is perfect for weight training at home and our workouts use just a set of dumbbells and a resistance band – perfect for building muscle, losing weight and keeping fit and healthy.
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