Why Women Who Lift Feel Better
As a woman, you’re missing out on a huge feel-good factor if you don’t lift heavier weights, (beyond those pretty pink, green and purple one to five pounders).
Many women dread the idea of lifting weights. After all, men have been dominating this area of fitness for ages. Guys lift, get bulky and get massively muscular. For most of them, that is their ultimate goal. This has led to women believing they will get the same results if they lift. But that’s rarely true.
If women lift heavy while eating poorly, then it’s possible to carry fat on top of the muscles, thereby appearing larger. However, that’s very rare.
Most women get leaner as they build muscle. Their metabolism increases, they gain muscle definition and become more firm and toned, while losing inches.
Beyond that, heavier weights yields substantial benefits. So ditch those pink dumbbells and lift serious weight for serious results. The good news, you don’t have to do as many reps to achieve more results! Now that alone should cause you to relax and celebrate!
Fitness Magazine shares what really happens when women lift weights.
It Gives You Confidence
“I’ve been doing CrossFit for just over two years now, and I have never felt more confident or as capable as I do now thanks to lifting.
My arms and shoulders actually have visible muscle separation, my glutes are bigger and perkier, and I have real quads,” Nichole says. “I feel like I can wear whatever the hell I want because I love my body so much, not only for how it looks, but also for what it can do.
Lifting is the best thing I have ever done for myself.”
It Transforms Your Health
Being fit is the best thing I can do for my body,” says Lauren, who follows a PHUL routine (four days of lifting per week, each dedicated to power, hypertrophy, upper body, lower body) . “I have a lot of health issues, and my doctors are thrilled with how well weight lifting is working for me and my overall health.”
It Makes You Feel Feminine
One mom of two went from soft to rock hard, thanks to squats, power cleans, bench presses, and lots of deadlifts. “I am very, very proud that I recently deadlifted 10 pounds over my body weight,” Megan says. “When I first started working out I just wanted to be thin—I had a goal and I hit it but wasn’t satisfied. I felt frail and got a lot of comments about it. Lifting has made me feel strong and confident. I feel more womanly than I ever have in my life.”
It Makes You Love Your Body
“Lifting has changed my body in more than one way. Before, I was 150 pounds of no muscle, and I wasn’t happy with my body. Now, I’m 130 pounds, but can squat 180, deadlift 225, and bench 110,” Leah says. “Lifting has allowed me to love my body and be proud of what it can accomplish.”
It Earns You a Body You Never Thought You’d Have
“I think the thing that I love most about lifting in general is what I love about deadlifts: It’s all me. Whether I succeed, whether I fail, whether I gain strength, or put on visible muscle, that’s all me. Nobody can take that away from me, or claim any part of it. It’s all a cumulative effort of the time, of the effort, of the literal blood, sweat, and tears I’ve put in in the gym,” says Stephanie, who can deadlift close to 300 pounds.
A Word of Caution
Lifting should definitely be part of your go-to exercises in the gym. However, the best exercise regimen is ideally a mix of cardio and endurance training (lifting), but you can do that on alternate days. In fact, since it’s recommended to take a day off in between each lifting session, you can get back to your usual cardio routine on those days.
“I prefer shorter workouts that alternate focus. Cardio sprints one day, and weight circuits on the next. This makes it easier to give your all for that high intensity interval training effect.” LeAura Alderson, MyTrainerFitness.com
Do not be overwhelmed by the idea of lifting. Just start carefully, and pay close attention to your form, (that’s what all those mirrors are really for .
Proper form prevents injuries and maximizes the benefit of your efforts.
If you can hire a personal trainer, that’s the best way to get started, even if it’s for just a few sessions to teach you how to get off to a great start. For more on how you can afford a personal trainer and how to get the most for that investment, you might enjoy this article: Personal Trainer or Do-It-Yourself?, and this one on WOMEN: Build Muscle, Burn Fat and Lose Inches with My Gym Trainer.
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Best Dumbbells for Home Gyms, MyTrainerFitness.com
Personal Trainer or Do-It-Yourself?, MyTrainerFitness.com
What REALLY Happens When Women Lift Heavy Weights, FitnessMagazine.com
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