5 Reasons Why Women Should Weight Lift

by Gemma Callaway
weight lifting

Far too many women associate weight lifting with being masculine, I want to change that.

I see women coming into the gym each and every day, desperately searching for a toned body. They jump on a spinning bike, join a HIIT class or combine a few squats and sit-ups, and wonder why that chiselled summer bod just isn’t jumping out at them, and I have a simple solution – if only they realised weight lifting isn’t just for men.

Don’t get me wrong, cardiovascular exercise is very important and many body builders need dragging onto a treadmill, but weight lifting has so many benefits.

Here’s a few!

  1. The first important one is improved BONE HEALTH. Osteoporosis, a medical condition which causes the bones to become brittle and weak, is a concern for postmenopausal women. Weight lifting is a great way to fight loss of bone mass and can actually help increase it. (Keep taking that Vitamin D though.)
  2. You will LOSE FAT. Following a muscle building programme (between 8-12 reps), will burn fat as well! (Cardio will help you burn fat, but it will also help you burn muscle, which isn’t so good if you’re after abs and a booty!)
  3. You will BURN MORE CALORIES. With bigger, stronger muscles you will be using more energy, thus burning more calories.
  4. You will BUILD A STRONG CORE. Plenty of weight lifting exercises require the use and stability of the core muscles (including your abs!) and will encourage the growth and strength of these to assist you.
  5. You will INCREASE YOUR STRENGTH. Being strong is definitely underrated by women, but I bet you wish for that extra bit of help when you’re carrying around too many shopping bags?

My weight lifting programme includes; leg extensions, leg curls, smith machine calf raises, dumbbell bicep curls, tricep cable pulldowns, dumbbell standing shoulder press, chest press, lat pulldowns and one arm dumbbell rows. I encourage you to have a chat with your gym instructors, get an induction or a training programme and just have a go!

Don’t be intimidated by the thought of big, heavy muscles. You don’t have nearly enough testosterone to turn into Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Keep up to date with Gemma and her progress in the fitness world here by following her on Twitter @GemCals

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