Women and Weight Training
Weight Training Will…
Make a woman look like a man…. FALSE
Make me ‘bulk up’…. FALSE
Turn me into a lean, mean fat-burning machine…. TRUE ! TRUE! TRUE!
So many women are still afraid to lift weights as they think they will instantly ‘bulk up’ and get too big! This would be one of the most common misconceptions females have about weight training! You can NOT and WILL NOT end up looking like a mini-Arnie! This isn’t going to happen at all as building muscle is not an easy thing to do. Bodybuilders spend years in the gym building their physiques, with 100% commitment and dedication to their diet, training and sleep routines to specifically achieve a certain look. It DOES NOT happen overnight.
Women do not have high enough levels of testosterone and human growth hormone in their body required to increase lean muscle dramatically and especially not to the level that they think they will bulk up to! (Note: The use of anabolic steroids will result in enhanced muscle growth because the missing testosterone is being injected.).
Strength training is EVERY woman’s best friend. You won’t get HUGE, but what you will achieve is the following:
– You’ll be stronger
– LOOK fitter and more athletic when you build your lean muscle mass.
That’s just the “look good” benefit and who doesn’t want to look fit and strong?
Here’s what does happen if you weight train: YOU BECOME A LEAN FAT BURNING MACHINE! And here’s some more benefits:
Increase in lean body mass – Helloooo muscles!! Only weight training can maintain or increase your lean muscle mass and strength though-out your midlife years. If you’re losing muscle, your metabolic rate is also slowing down. Adults who don’t strength train will slow their metabolism by 2-5% each decade. Every kilo gram of muscle you can maintain, or put on, burns up to an extra 50 to100 calories.
Faster fat burning and a leaner physique – WOOP!! Once your metabolic rate increases with an increase in muscle, your daily energy expenditure will also increase. Compare it to the engine in a car – the larger the engine the more petrol is burned off during activity and at rest! Burn, baby, burn!
Increase bone mineral density – Super Strong Bones! As weight training places stress on the bones, they have to adapt and become stronger, therefore their density and mineral content increases. Research has shown that high intensity weight training using heavy weights is the best form of training for reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Decrease blood pressure – Healthy Heart! Strong muscles require less effort to perform daily activities. Less effort means less effort on your heart, which means lower blood pressure. Strong muscles mean faster metabolism, which in turns means less fat and less weight to carry around and lower blood pressure.
Lifting heavy and lifting smart is essential if you want to change your body for the better. Your body will adapt to the stresses placed on it, which is why you need to change program and exercise routine regularly. If you don’t make change, you can’t expect change.
See you in the weights room!!
If you would like a hand starting your weight training journey, we can give you the guidance, technique and a program to help you achieve your goals. Get in touch today on 4953 3134!
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