5 Reasons Every Woman Should Lift Weights
by Brooke Griffin~June 20, 2016
I hear it time and time again when helping clients get started on their health and fitness journey – “lifting weights will make me bulky” and my favorite “I don’t want to look like a man.” Ok. Total honesty, at one time I had the same thoughts. I have since learned better and now it’s time we bust these myths and set the record straight. Because ladies, incorporating strength training into your workout routine can be one of the most effective ways to tone, tighten and lose inches. Here are my top 5 reasons why you should consider picking up that weight…
Your Metabolism Will Be On Fire
When you build lean muscle mass, you boost your resting metabolism. That means long after you’ve finished your workout, you will still be burning calories. While you are watching tv, scrolling Facebook, brushing your teeth, etc. Pretty cool, right??
You’ll Lose Body Fat
Some women worry that they will GAIN weight if they pick up a weight. And in fact, you might. Body weight often times will go up with strength training, but you’ll be losing inches (and probably a dress size or two). You will appear lean and smaller, not bulky.
Who Doesn’t Want a Tight Body?
No offense to cardio, but if you want to achieve that toned, tighten look, weights are a must! Aerobic exercises burn both muscle and fat, while strength training exclusively burns fat. Lose the belly bloat that much faster and say goodbye to jiggly arms!
It Increases Your Flexibility
Another myth about strength training is that it will decrease your flexibility. When in fact, it does quite the opposite. Think of the movements you are doing when using weights or performing body weight exercises. When you are doing a full-range bicep curl for example, you are also stretching out that muscle. Squats will give your hip muscles a full stretch. All of these exercises promote and increase your flexibility.
It Will Empower You
Lifting weights gives you confidence that will trickle into every area of your life. It’s challenging and makes you feel mentally strong. You feel empowered – especially when you push yourself and realize you are doing things you couldn’t even imagine a few months ago.
If you’re still not convinced, know this…it’s just not in our DNA to get big from lifting weights. Women simply do not possess the amount of testosterone necessary to support a bulky physique. Yes, you can train for it, but lifting 5, 10, 15, even 20 pound weights will NOT make you look like a man! When I wrapped up my latest 60-day strength training program a few months ago, I was using 25 pound weights as my heavy weight (see my Hammer and Chisel results in the above pictures).
Want to try it but don’t know where to start? Contact me here or send me a message on Facebook and let’s chat!