If you want to lose body fat, gain confidence, increase bone density, and look amazing, you have to LIFT WEIGHTS, It does not matter if you are a man or women.
More muscle equals more metabolism: The most important reason that you should be lifting weights is to lose fat and build muscle. The affect that lifting weights has on your body composition is profound. The more muscle a woman has, the more calories she will burn at rest. Basically, muscles speed up your metabolism, resulting in more effective fat loss.
If you are women in your 20’s and 30’s, you probably are not thinking about osteoporosis yet, but you should be. Many studies have shown that lifting weights regularly can increase bone density. Other forms of exercises just don’t cut it when you are trying to keep your bones strong and healthy. The only true way to do this is to lift heavy stuff and then put it back down. Be procative now, so you don’t have problems later.
Strength Makes Everything Easier
I can’t stand it when men, or anyone else thinks that women can’t be physically strong. Give me a break. Women are independent and can do things themselves. If you need to move something heavy, move furniture, or carry heavy loads from the store, don’t call the neighbour or wait for your hubby or boyfriend to come home. If you are lifting weights regularly and improve your strength, you can do it yourself!
Creating Independence for yourself is an amazing thing to feel. Enjoy the sense of accomplishment from completing a task that you thought you never could do. Lift some weights, get stronger, and get it done on your own.
Walking into the gym knowing that you are going to crush a workout is such a confidence booster. In the past, gym management and trainers directed women to the pink dumbbells, or to group fitness class to jump up and down on a small step aerobics box. In today’s gym atmosphere, I have found that many women are better at lifting weights than men. They work harder, push themselves to the limits and have better form.
When a woman realises her outer strength, she can tap into her inner strength. and that begins to radiate. Confidence is a very attractive quality and that gym confidence starts to leak into every other aspect of life. A strong girl in the weight room = a confident girl outside of the gym.
The “Bulky” Myth Debunked
The majority of women simply do not have the level of testosterone necessary to support a bulky physique naturally. Furthermore, any woman that does have a massively muscular physique may be supplementing with with hormones. There are, of course exceptions.
If it was so easy to gain muscle, no bodybuilder would complain about how they are not gaining muscle, every college frat guy would be huge, and defensive backs in football would get so huge they would turn into linebackers. Bottom line, even men with descent testosterone levels and above average genetics can not build muscle that easily.
Women often start out worried that they will get to bulky if they lift weights 2-4 days per week. They quickly find out that eating too much will make them look bulky, not the weight lifting. The reason is because we don’t train women to make them look too muscular. Physiologically women are different than men, and thus, see different results with different training methods. For someone looking to “bulk up” with muscle, the classic training method is endless amounts of sets of isolation exercises and body part splits. For fat-loss and body composition change, the focus should be full-body free weight training (squats, deadlifts, lunges, push-ups, pull-ups, rows and presses), kettlebell’s swings, Turkish Get-ups, loaded carries and metabolic conditioning finishers. By using a combination of compound and full-body movements you can build lean mass and decrease body fat.