All women should focus on lifting weights and building muscle mass consistently through resistance-based exercise. Cardio bunnies beware! You might be running for the weight racks. It’s all about strong – not skinny folks.
Why Women Should Lift Weights
I worked out haphazardly for years. What does this mean? I had no real plan, no understanding of weights (they were scary), and usually defaulted to the elliptical or the treadmill when I made it to to the gym (cardio bunny days). This results in a bit of an endless loop. I’m not sure if you’ve been in this position, but many times I actually felt I was worse off for doing “my workouts.”
The reason it felt like a waste of time was that I would spend quite a bit of time on said elliptical or treadmill. I would then leave hungry and with the thought I could definitely eat more. What was happening? I was gaining more fat and losing more muscle. Certainly not a win or anything you want to see as the result of your hard work.
Even if you are a beginner to weight training or working out you have to start with dumbbells and equipment that creates resistance. This is why many of my exercises include these very things. A stability ball, sliders and mini bands are some of the effective ways to make your muscles engage more. If you pause to think about it – bodyweight isn’t really so easy. I think I could lift a 10 pound dumbbell more easily than I could do a full push up of my bodyweight. Food for thought.
Women Often Shy Away
I belong to a big commercial gym and I do see women lift weights. However, it is far less than men and often with a boyfriend or husband. I love to go to the gym with Scott. However, with our schedules it probably only happens 1-2 times a week. Maybe that’s why I’ve noticed this little trend at my gym. Most men are there with a plan. They know they need to keep working at the same exercises and find different ways to improve them. Different equipment. More weights. There are so many ways to add small variations that lead to big results. Women, well, for the most part I see them heading to the cardio equipment or to a class at the of the day. Perhaps it’s looking to get a social outlet or hesitancy that keeps them away from the weights. I’m not sure about the reason, but I know you have to start somewhere.
Benefits in Weight Training
Muscle sends out the signal that controls fat storage and fat burning. So more muscle means fat burning. Less muscle means fat storage. It’s the surefire way to get the results you are looking to see because it’s the only way to continue progress over many years. Cardio really should only be used in smaller doses to supplement your strength work.
Women need to lift weights to lose fat, build muscle, and increase bone density to name just a few of the top benefits. There is no reason to fear getting bulky or big. I If you are getting bulky then you’re aren’t doing exercise properly. For example, you are trying to build your booty, but your legs seems to be getting more muscular. I have been there and I get it.
It’s common, but it’s not that you are bulking up by lifting weights. This is where learning proper form and technique is so very crucial. You need to activate the right muscles and use effective techniques so you are training smarter – not harder or longer. In the end, it’s not what you do, but how you do it.
How About You?
- Do you lift weights?
- Do you workout with a partner or by yourself?