Despite the overwhelming benefits of weight lifting for
women, why are so many women scared to lift weights?
Because they're fearful of turning into raging hulks or
gaining the muscle of an Arnold Schwarzenegger.
But this simply does not happen and should not prevent
women from using resistance training in their fat loss plans.
Men and women need to train and work out similarly if
they want to see results.
Most people want to:
1. Gain lean muscle or get toned up
2. Lose body fat
3. Increase strength/endurance/energy
Or all of the above.
And the thing is, whether you're a man or women, those
things are achieved the same way, using the same process of weight training,
cardio, and nutrition.
They have to be, it's cause and effect.
Much like a man and woman will get a sunburn the same
way (light or sun) a man and woman need to train the same way to get leaner
and more toned.
Human beings lose fat and gain lean muscle in the same
manner. Physiologically, they have to.
Now, some of the RESULTS will be different for men and
women, but the approach should be the same.
The reason the results may differ is that weight lifting
for women cannot build as much muscle as men can.
Women do not have enough testosterone in their bodies
to pack on a lot of muscle.
So they tend to lose fat and tone up, where as men will
gain more bulky muscle.
But again, the approach for men and women must be the
same if any results are to be achieved.
In fact, weight lifting for women is one of the best ways
to prevent against bone diseases.
Weight-lifting exercises monitored by University of Arizona
researchers showed that women can maintain and build their bone mass and
muscle strength in the hip and spine areas, where most fractures occur
from the brittle bone disease of osteoporosis.
The study also showed these exercises help build and preserve
the muscle mass lost during aging.
The more stimulation the bones receive, the denser they
It's important to gradually increase the weight in these
workouts. When you have reached the maximum amount you can lift, vary the
routines so you're putting different forces on muscles and bones.
Without a doubt, weight lifting for women should be top
priority when it comes to losing weight, toning up, or just plain getting
A few other benefits of weight lifting for women are:
*** It helps directly in weight loss because the more
lean muscle a women has, the more calories she burns even at rest!
*** Weight training can also help improve a person's mood.
*** People who begin weight training can expect substantial
increasing in strength.
*** Weight training also will increase muscle endurance,
making aerobic exercise easier.
Bottom line...weight lifting for women is a must for overall
Are you just starting out and beginning to learn how
to weight train?
Or maybe you're advanced and want to be doing the best
methods for losing weight and toning up.