Very often women wonder:
"Should I start strength training?"
…Yes, you should! And here is why.
Very often, women refrain from using weights or machines under misconceptions about the effects of resistance training on their physique goals. Independently of your current activity level, -regular gym-goer or newbie- if your fitness goal lands somewhat around leaning out, shaping up, and getting healthier and stronger, strength training should be your way to go.
If you are one among the many long misinformed, don’t you worry, here we give you enough facts to get you out of the fog, and ready to rock this powerful workout system:
The first thing you need to understand is: it is never too late to start including strength training into your healthy routine. Studies have shown that physical improvements through strength training are possible at any age. Women in their 70’s and 80’s are being recommended by their physicians to strength train, and have proved to build up significant strength trough it. And we have live proof on our gym floor to show you!
You will burn more fat! That’s right; you actually need metabolically active muscle to help you on your fat-loss goals. Resistance training will increase your basal metabolic rate by building up muscle that will in turn burn more calories during the whole day even while not exercising. Nearly each 2 pounds of gained muscle will make you loose up to 3.5 pounds of body fat. Wow!
No! Women won’t gain size from strength training! It is simple: It is very difficult for women to gain size from resistance training, like most men do, because women have 10 to 30 times less the amount of hormones involved in muscle hypertrophy. On the other hand, you will lean out, get stronger and look more “fit”, and…who doesn’t want that?
You will be physically stronger, which in turn will make you less dependent on others for assistance in daily living chores such as lifting kids, groceries, etc., Everything will get easier.
You’ll definitely be healthier…and therefore significantly reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, back pain and bone and muscle injuries.
And last, but not least, you will improve your attitude, the performance of your daily activities, and feel an increase in your self-confidence… all important factors in fighting depression.
So, start today lifting some light weights! You are closer than ever to a healthier you.