Why Women Should Lift Weights

Strength training isn’t just for men, women should lift weights too. And not just those cute pink two pounders! I know, I know the cover of body building magazines scare some femmes away from heading to the weight room. But as long as you’re not eating 150 grams of protein a day and taking massive supplements you will not get big and veiny-I promise. Women’s bodies are not naturally designed to look that way and weight training (the majority of training programs) do not create bulk.

Resistance training creates beautiful, sculpted muscles that allow your body to burn more calories per hour naturally!

Oh yea-a more efficient fat burning body without you having to lift a finger (well, except when you workout). Now I’ve got your attention.

Yes, by building muscle you will transform into a lean, mean, fat burning machine. Blasting calories even when you’re sleeping! Muscle is efficient. Fat is stagnant. Muscle allows you to thrive. Fat holds your back. Muscle is heavier but smaller. Fat is lighter but bigger. Do you get the picture behind why should lift weights? If not, here’s a picture:

So build that muscle and burn that fat. This combo actually goes hand in hand, remember the first header up there? Muscle not only provides you the strength to do your daily activities with ease and a stable core but you will become more compact (read: taut)  and efficient (read: less tired). A stronger you is a BETTER you. And fat isn’t BAD, we need some in our diet and on our bodies  to live but building muscle will treat your body well!

Benefits of Strength Training

  • Steady weight loss
  • Builds lean muscle mass
  • Increases bone density
  • Offers better body awareness
  • Disease prevention
  • Increases coordination and stability
  • Boosts Longevity
  • Increases energy
  • Lifts mood
  • Improves confidence

Do not fear muscle, ladies! Muscle will be your new best friend – if you’re not afraid to let it in. Women SHOULD lift weights with a resistance that challenges you. Which are likely not the pretty pink two pound dumbbells!

Muscle exhaustion is required to build strength, but recovery time is also important.

When you use the right weights and ‘feel the burn’ your muscle fibers tear down. Which at first sounds bad. But trust me it’s a good thing! Because with 24-48 hours of rest the muscles have time to repair and grow back stronger, leaner and more beautiful! This is why doing the same workout multiple days in a row over time will not yield the results you desire and may lead to overuse/injury.

You’re not a professional athlete, you’re a professional human. Choose a training routine that is doable yet challenging to see results and stay injury free.

You may now be wondering where to start. You’re thinking this whole resistance training thing sounds pretty good—because it is! The easiest way for beginners to start is by joining a studio that offers resistance training classes, this way you can have a pro to guide you and learn correct technique (like studios I teach at perhaps?!—Orange Theory and Yoga Pod).

There are also tons of at home choices with DVD’s and YouTube but make sure to have a mirror nearby so you can check your form. Or maybe one on one sounds better to you? Seek out personal training and maybe even have a friend join you for a buddy session to lessen the cost. Be clear about your goals and request a routine that can work for your lifestyle.

Even though it’s not fall anymore my ‘Fall Fitness Fix E-Book’ has an amazing combination strength/cardio routine that you can do year long! The electronic book filled with instructional pictures and a full routine, is only $24, and it’s delivered straight to your inbox. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Fall Fitness Fix Cover Photo

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