majority of women at gyms steer clear of the weights room and don't
attempt any weights machines or free weights giving endless reasons why
they don't try
them. There is a belief amongst women that strength training has no
benefit for women and only ends up ‘bulking you
Here I explain the many reasons why you may want to
reconsider and start pumping that iron!
regularly will increase your overall strength. This will
make everyday activities seem a lot easier and can also help improve
your stamina in other sports.
Each pound of
muscle you gain through weight training can burn up to
another 50 calories a day. By weight training just a few times a week
you can build nearly 2 pounds of it over 2 months and don't worry,
you'll be losing at least 3 pounds of fat at the same time so you'll be
leaner and more toned.
This is one of the
major reasons women avoid weights - they fear it
will turn them into the incredible hulk! However, research has shown
that women generally do not gain bulk from strength training as they do
not have the same bulk-building amounts of testosterone (Roughly 10 to
30 percent less). You will however become leaner and more toned.
Research has shown
that weight training improves your bone mineral
density by as much as 13 percent in just 6 months. This is very
important as women are more prone to osteoporosis in old age.
weights can improve your overall performance and
additionally reduce the likelihood of injury. This is because it
strengthens your core and the ligaments and tendons that surround
joints which are zones prone to injuries.
can keep your heart healthy by increasing your HDL
(good) cholesterol and lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure
of type 2 diabetes
training has been shown to improve glucose utilisation
by up to 23 percent in just 4 months, reducing your risk of type 2
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It doesn't matter
how old you are, strength training improvements can
happen at any age- even 80 years old.
has been shown to improve women's self confidence and
reduce the symptoms of clinical depression. You'll feel like a real pro
in the gym!
has unlimited choices and variations which can liven up
an old routine. By adding different machines and floor weights to your
workout every week you'll feel much more excited about your workout and
motivated to train more.
You won't get
bulky or big by doing weights - if you do them correctly.
Women have lower levels of testosterone in their body so it’s
a lot harder to 'bulk up' than men.
One of the most
important benefits of strength training is that it can
increase your metabolic rate even hours after training.
strengthens muscles, tendons ligaments and bones thus
lowering the chance of injury. This is especially important as women
grow older and the risk of osteoporosis rises.
helps resolve muscle imbalances and poor posture as
well as improving balance as the core is strengthened. This gives you
rehabilitation and recovery
After injury, a
strength program is a vital component to speed up
recovery. Such injuries as knee damage rely on strong quads, calves and
strength in the tendons and ligaments supporting it.
A Harvard study
found that 10 weeks of strength training reduced
clinical depression symptoms more successfully than standard
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