Benefits of Strength Training for Women
With more women strength training than ever before, we’re here to bust all the myths around lifting weights for women and tell you all about its benefits!
If you’ve been hitting the gym but haven’t seen transformative results then you might want to reach for the weights.
Weight training is an undeniably important part of any fitness plan – boosting your health and wellbeing, and allows you to gain gym-confidence. Traditionally, there has been a disparity between the way men and women train, with women sticking to more cardio-related workouts while their male counterparts can deadlift to their hearts content!
It's now more common to see females lifting dumbbells and barbells in the gym than it was, say, 5 to 10 years ago, and there's good reason for it. There are so many benefits you can reap from weight training such as:
Improved bone density, which can help to reduce the chances of developing osteoporosis
Supporting fat loss
Building strength, which in turn can help to boost confidence
Better overall mood
Improved energy levels
Before we delve into more benefits females can enjoy from lifting weights, let us answer the burning question…
WILL LIFTING WEIGHTS MAKE ME BULKY?
When it comes to strength & weight training, many wonderful ladies are worried that it will make them look “bulky”, especially if their goal is look slimmer. If you look at the science behind lifting weights, women, unlike men, don’t produce enough testosterone to elicit significant muscle gain. So be rest assured, it would take considerable time and effort to gain that much muscle, so unless you’re focused on building larger muscles, you can still enjoy using weights without the worry of bulking up.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WEIGHT WORKOUTS AND STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WOMEN?
As well as the amazing health benefits mentioned above, there are several other reasons ladies should be incorporating a weights program into their fitness plans.
Lifting Weights can help change your body composition
For most hitting the gym, one of the key reasons for getting down to the gym on a regular basis, is to achieve a certain image for themselves. When it comes to working out, women are usually after a “toned” look. It would be very difficult to achieve this result from just cardio training. You will be much more successful by learning how to lift weights and incorporating them into your routine.
Lifting weights can work wonders in achieving a more sculpted physique, especially if you combine with an effective cardio routine, while also improving such things as posture and a more balanced physique.
Improve your self-confidence
While it can be daunting to attempt something new in the gym, once you start and see changes in your strength, it can feel super motivating and empowering! Make sure to spend time learning the fundamentals, such as the squat and deadlift. If you’re ever unsure, don’t be afraid to ask a member of our gym team for advice or better yet, speak to one of our Personal Trainers for some 1-1s in the gym.
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Mixes up your training
There’s a huge variety of kit and machines you can use to keep your training fun and varied when doing weights. From free weights like dumbbells, kettlebells, and barbells, to equipment like the leg press or lat pull down. When it comes to seeing results, consistency is key, so if you can keep it fun you’ll never get bored in the gym, making it easier to stick to it and reap results in the long run.
Weight training will keep you strong for YEARS
When ageing both men and women can suffer a decrease in muscle strength, bone density, flexibility and balance, which can lead to an increased risk of injury. Regular weight training is a great to keep your body strong and supple as you get older.
It’s even more important for women, who face a higher risk of weaker bones and arthritis following menopause. Committing to regular strength training ensures you protect you body as much as you can from the ageing process.