“Weights training will make you look big and manly.”
“Its not what females should be doing.”
“Why do you lift heavy weights? You’ll look like a man.”
… So as far as I am aware, weights training make you manly, unfeminine, big and bulky. But not only that, it’s dangerous and bad for your joints…I’m here to tell you that this is not the case. Ultimately, this brings us to the stereotype that keeps too many women from wanting to weights train, and therefore missing out on the valuable benefits of resistance training.
Every individual who goes to the gym and uses the weights will have a different goal. You will have your power lifters, cross-fit athletes, strength training, fitness models, weightlifting individuals who all have separate goals. You can tailor your training to your specific goals. To put the rumours aside, lifting weights will not make you look unfeminine or damage your body. In fact, your body will become healthier, stronger and fitter.
5 INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF WEIGHT TRAINING
- MUSCLE ATTACKS FAT: A study published in 2008, Cell Metabolism, allowed researchers to demonstrate that “type 2” muscle fibres (also known as “fast twitch” muscle fibres), used when lifting weights, has been proven to improve your entire body metabolism.
- PERFORM BETTER IN YOUR SPORT: No matter what your sport is, whether this is swimming, football or squash etc, weights training will convert into better sporting performance. From personal experience as a swimmer, doing heavy squats in the gym improved both my power off the block and that off the wall when I was turning. Moreover, weightlifting has been proven to improve dexterity, endurance and hand-eye coordination, all combined will result in better performance.
- IMPROVED STATE OF MIND: When weight training is done on a more regularly basis, over time body confidence will increase and you will feel happier in yourself. Weight training will not only provide the physical benefit of making you strong, but it will also help you manage your weight more effectively. As you start to see/feel the positive physical changes in your body and develop a regular exercise routine, your ability to handle stress effectively will improve.
- MORE CALORIES BURNT DAILY: Our bodies work much harder to maintain muscle over fat. As acknowledged earlier, weight training can boost whole-body metabolism, meaning you burn more calories throughout the day.
- FLEXIBILTY: When individuals strength train, muscles are worked through their full range of motion, therefore improving overall body flexibility. With an increased flexibility you will reduce the risk of injuries and/or muscle pulls.