Weight-lifting brings tangible results and is hugely satisfying. It’s becoming increasingly popular amongst women, but many still fear they’ll soon resemble body-builders, rather than create the lean physique they desire.
Gradually, general consensus is shifting though, with more and more women trying resistance training – be that with weights or just their own bodies – and never looking back.
Below are some benefits of why women should lift weights:
Strength training allows you to discover and appreciate all that your body is capable of doing—and then do more.
Our culture places a great deal of emphasis on appearance, convincing women that how they look is the most important thing. With such a constant focus on aesthetics, it’s easy to lose sight of other things that matter to us. Lifting weights shifts the focus toward our abilities. Once you bust out your first chin-up or set a PR for a deadlift, you start wondering what else you can do, eagerly ready for the next challenge. When you focus on what your body can do, and appreciate its many abilities, fat loss (if that’s a goal of yours) just becomes a side effect.
Strength training builds you up, mentally and physically and makes you feel empowered.
lifting weights makes you a better version of yourself. It’s something you do to build yourself up, not tear yourself down. Fitness is not punishment for overindulging, missing a week of workouts, or for any other “negative” reason. It’s an excellent tool that allows you to become
the best version of yourself in many amazing ways in and out of the gym. It build confidence, makes you strong and feel empowered. What matters is that you do your best and improve your performance, gradually, when possible. It’s perfectly acceptable (and encouraged) to finish a weight lifting workout feeling better than when you started. This not only helps you train more effectively over the long haul, it also helps you maintain motivation to continue training and making progress.
Strength training helps your risk of injury go down
The unfortunate problem with injury prevention is that no one seems to worry about it till they’re injured or in pain. There’s absolutely nothing that halts your progress to getting your results than injured. Stronger muscles and bones make you more stable and agile, so you aren’t as prone to injuries in or away from the gym
Strength training keeps your bones strong
You’re probably not worried about osteoporosis now—it’s a condition caused by bone loss that doesn’t typically begin to show up until you’re well past the half-century mark. Still, keeping your bones healthy and strong now will reduce your odds of developing osteoporosis later. And aside from consuming lots of calcium, one of the best ways is to weight train. Repetitive lifting helps build bone density.
Strength training burns more calories and makes you leaner, stronger and more toned
Weight training builds muscle, and as lean muscle increases so does metabolism. A higher metabolism means that you will burn more calories during the day even when you sitting on the couch chilling out. Weight training has been proven to raise your metabolism for up to 24 hours after a workout. The more intense the workout the more calories are burned. After an intense workout there is more Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption, or EPOC, meaning there is an increase in oxygen consumption, helping break down fat stores in the body.
We can accomplish this by Full body workouts in a superset, tri-set, or circuit format with non-competing exercises so we can create the biggest metabolic demand.
Training legs, back, and chest will burn more calories and elevate metabolism more than an isolated approach.