Women And Weights
The majority of women who exercise are spending most of their “gym time” on cardiovascular training. Whatever women’s reasons are for avoiding the weights, FORGET THEM, here are 5 reasons why weights work in their favor!
You Will Gain Strength without Bulk
Women usually don’t gain size from strength training, because compared to men; women have 10 to 30 times less of the hormones that cause muscle hypertrophy. You will, however, develop muscle tone and definition. Above all, have a specific goal, if you want to attain a lean muscular physique, your program should mirror just that!
You Will Lose Body Fat
Studies have found that the average woman who strength trains two to three times a week for two months will gain nearly two pounds of muscle and will lose 3.5 pounds of fat. As your lean muscle increases so does your resting metabolism, which means the more muscle a woman has, the more calories she will burn at rest. The reason for this is, muscles speed up your metabolism, resulting in more effective fat loss.
As your body builds muscle, you begin to take a nice hourglass shape. Weight lifting comes in the form of both fat and muscle tissue. Just focusing on endurance and cardio training will lose both fat and muscle; you can lose those good-looking curves as well. Strength training can help build and endure them.
As we age, we risk losing both bone and muscle mass. Women that are postmenopausal are at a greater risk for osteoporosis because the body no longer conceals estrogen. Resistance and strength training is a great way to contest loss of bone mass, and it decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
You will Drop A Size
Weight lifting has a reputation of making women “bulk up.” But that statement does not hold true! Women produce about 5 to 10 percent the amount of testosterone that men do, limiting our muscle-building potential when compared to men. The more your bodyweight comes from muscle, rather than fat, the smaller you will be. In all actuality, body weight often goes up with strength training, but dress size goes down!
Compliments of Lindsey Van Etten, CPT - Enjoy!