• Ciaran O’Connell

3 reasons women should lift weights

For too long there’s been a misconception that women lifting weights is wrong and they’ll become bulky. I’ll tell you with 100% certainty that it will not.

In most part it’s due to the hormones in women’s bodies compared to men. Men release much more free testosterone which gets used to help build muscle.

Luckily the tide seems to be changing around women lifting weights and I see more women than ever getting in to strength training using weights.

These are my top 3 reasons women should be lifting weights (and not just lower body):

1. Effective for fat loss

When you weight train you start to build lean muscle tissue. Lean muscle is metabolically active, meaning carbohydrates and body fat are burned for every use . The more muscle you have, the higher your BMR (basal metabolic rate), so the more calories you’ll burn during the a day.

Unlike cardio which can be tedious, boring and fairly high risk on joints, weight training has endless exercises to keep things fresh and interesting.

You’ll feel badass

There’s something extremely satisfying about seeing yourself become stronger.

The more often you lift weights and progressively make it harder, the stronger you’ll become.

The best part is that strength can come very quickly, especially compared to fat loss. So this is a fantastic motivation tool to keep pushing yourself to get stronger. Tell me I’m wrong that the stronger you feel, the more confident you become too!

It changes your body composition

If you’ve looked at an athlete before and wondered how to look as ‘toned’ as them, they’re definitely strength training.

It’s one thing to lose weight and fat, this can be done through many different way. But to really transform the look of your body, weight training is the essential ingredient.

By training upper body especially, you can start to create the appearance of a slimmer waist.

But it’s not just about the aesthetics. By resistance training you’ll start to find clothes fit better on your body and you feel more comfortable in them.

Using weights is a skill, and even the machines are daunting at times, so consult with a gym instructor or trainer to help you navigate the correct movements.

One you start weight training, you won’t go back! You’ll soon be lifting more than a lot of the men in the gym and crushing them at an arm wrestle

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