The benefits of weightlifting for women
Thank you for taking the time to check out our blog,following last week’s fat loss blog, I wanted to give you guys some information on the benefits of weightlifting and building muscle.
I have listed some of the most important benefits below, I hope these will help you to have a clearer understanding as to why you should add some Iron to your life!
1. Lose Body Fat
Weight training builds muscle, as lean muscle increases so you’re your metabolism. A higher metabolism means that you will burn more calories all day long.
2. Gain Strength without Bulking
One of the most common reasons women avoid weight training is because they are afraid of “bulking.” This is a misconception as it physically cannot happen. Women simply don’t have the testosterone to build muscle like men. Most women who do have this ‘look’ train seriously hard and an excessive amount-they may even be taking certain unnamed supplements.
Women have 10 to 30 times less testosterone than men and therefore women develop muscle definition and strength without the size.
3. Lower Risk of Osteoporosis
Weight training not only strengthens muscles, it strengthens your bones. Weight training increases bone density, which reduces the risk of fractures and broken bones. Weight training can increase spinal bone density to create a healthy, strong spine.
4. Burn More Calories
Weight training has been proven to raise your metabolism for up to 24 hours after a workout. The more intense the workout the more calories are burned. After an intense workout there is an increase in oxygen consumption, helping break down fat stores in the body.
5. Improve Posture and Reduce Back Pain
Weight-training will strengthen your back, shoulders, and core, helping to correct bad posture so that you can stand taller, with shoulders back and spine straight. A stronger back and core will also prevent lower back pain
6. Enhance Mood and Reduce Stress
Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that prevent pain, improve mood, and fight depression.
An increased in endorphin naturally reduces stress and anxiety. Endorphin’s also stimulate the mind, improving alertness and boosting energy. Weight-training can brighten your entire day or help you combat a bad one.
To conclude, weight training has so many health benefits and these are only a few of them! I would recommend weight training for a beginner two to three times a week to start with and not to stress about which body parts to train. To get the most effective workouts, train all body parts three times a week(one day on, one day off etc.) Weight lifting is not something to be afraid of nor intimidated by, and although we know the strength training environment can sometimes come across this way, we have lots of friendly Personal Trainers available to give you free inductions and initial sessions to get you comfortable with the machines and exercises.
We also have Tori available to create you a brief nutritional plan if required to help you achieve your fitness goals.
For any more advice feel free to give us a call on 0208 114 2222 and speak to one of our in-house Personal Trainers.