Dal Dhaliwal, The Training Room Ambassador investigates the best ways that women can incorporate weights in their training and highlights some of the benefits of how weights can help.
Although numerous studies support the benefits of weight / strength training many women still stay away from weight training and stick to cardio. Some women fear they will bulk up or become masculine in appearance. This is a myth - women do not, and cannot; naturally produce as much testosterone – one of the main hormones responsible for increasing muscle size – as males do, it is impossible for a woman to gain huge amounts of muscle mass by merely touching some weights.
Unfortunately, the image that may come to mind is that of professional female bodybuilder. Most of these women, unfortunately, use anabolic steroids (synthetic testosterone) along with other drugs in order to achieve that high degree of muscularity. Believe me when I say that they do not look like that by accident. Women who conduct weight training without the use of steroids get the firm and fit cellulite free looking body that you see in most fitness and figure shows these days.
HERE ARE 6 BENEFITS OF WEIGHT TRAINING FOR WOMEN:
Strength training increases your metabolism: With the aging process women’s metabolism can slow down, this is due to the natural loss of muscle mass. Introducing weight training into your fitness routine will help to fire up your metabolism and you will burn calories even hours after your workout.
Your body will get leaner and tighter: Weight training will help you to achieve that lean, tighter, sculpted body. It helps to combat those lose wobbly parts and areas of your body – and can also help to prevent and improve cellulite.
Muscle is more active than Fat tissue: The lean muscle mass that you develop after training with weights will not only make your body look tighter and leaner - but will also help to burn more calories helping you to keep the weight off for good.
You can do it anywhere, anytime: The great thing about weight training is that you do not need a lot of space you can do it anywhere and anytime. Strength training workouts can even be done at home. You don’t even need any equipment or a gym. By simply using your own body weight to do exercises such as push ups, chair dips squats, lunges, pull ups, planks etc. is enough to tone and strengthen your whole body.
Weight training is good for your bones: Lifting weights can help prevent age-related bone loss such as Osteoporosis. It helps to strengthen you muscles and improve on balance, posture and keeps you stronger, which in turn decreases your chances of fall related bone fractures.
Timesaver: Plyometric Strength moves - explosive movements such as jump squats and burpees, workouts i.e. kettlebell workouts will help to burn lots of calories if done regularly. These types of workouts are a great timesaver because they are cardio, strength and sculpting all in one.
So to conclude, it is impossible for a woman to gain huge amounts of muscle mass by merely touching some weights. Weight training coupled with sensible eating will give you a sexy, firm, fit cellulite free looking body!
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