Women's Training - The Benefits Of Weight Training And How It Won't Make You Bulky!
Many of us women avoid weight training because we think it will make us ‘bulky’. When in fact you couldn’t be far from wrong. Women are built differently to men, and Mans says we won’t become bulky because of our basic biology: “On average, testosterone levels in men are about seven to eight times as great as in women. And testosterone is the main hormone that builds muscles.” It takes a very strict diet, and a long period of time to build a lot of muscle, it doesn't just happen overnight and it certainly doesn’t happen after lifting a few weights in a class or two a week. So don’t worry girls, you aren’t going to get massive…
Weight training for women has lots and lots of benefits, not only for achieving our goals, but health benefits too. Many of us think to lose weight and get the body we want we have to slog it out on a cardio machine or pound the pavements running, which in time puts a lot of strain on the muscles and joints and will soon lead to an injury or two and could put you out of exercise for a few months!
Fat Loss Benefits
Weight training has far greater fat loss benefits than cardio due to muscle regrowth both during and after your session, your body burns the energy it needs to help the muscles grow and repair. Not only this but it helps to sculpt your body the way you want to. You can work on your best assets , and train certain body parts to manipulate the way you want your body to look, leaving you feeling amazing when you start to see your results!
Increase in bone density
When our bones are put under stress from the force of resistance training over a long period of time, they grow stronger and increase in density to withstand the extra load and force. Resistance training increases bone density and therefore decreases the chances of women and men developing osteoporosis later on in life.
Improve strength and confidence!
Every time you work out with weights, you become stronger, and so next time you’ll be able to lift more, which is both incredibly satisfying and motivating. Increasing your strength will make you far less dependent upon others for assistance in daily living. Chores will be easier, lifting kids, groceries, and laundry will no longer push you to the max. If your maximum strength is increased, daily tasks and routine exercise will be far less likely to cause injury. Not only this, but feeling strong and being able to lift more than some men in the gym can definitely boost our confidence!
Like any other exercise, having a good workout has shown to improve mental health, making us feel happier and healthier! Personally, whenever I feel a little stressed and need a mental boost, getting into the gym, lifting some weights and channelling my focus into some strength training really makes me feel more at ease. Knowing I have done something to benefit me and my health really makes me feel better every single day.
So hopefully this is a nice brief introduction to get you round the idea of weight training and how it can benefit your goals. Throughout the next few weeks I will be sharing a few exercises focusing on certain body parts that you can do in the gym to help build a toned, and lean physique.
Rachel N. x