By: Norman Burgos, Certified Personal Trainer
GetAlpha Fitness wants to de-bunk the idea that “women shouldn’t lift weights”. With over 10+ years of education and experience in nutrition and personal training men, women and athletes alike, we want you to know and understand why ALL women should be in the gym and NOT afraid to weight train!
Why you don’t “Bulk Up” when you Lift Weights
There is a stigma that women shouldn’t lift heavy because they will look “manly” – we couldn’t disagree more! And if you find a fitness professional that believes in that – fire them! Lifting weights; whether you’re starting out or experienced, are nothing but beneficial to your body. Because women and men have different hormone balances, when paired with the right nutrition and training, women’s genetic code allows their bodies to develop muscles differently. As women have more estrogen then testosterone, it allows their bodies to develop lean muscle easier than men.
The Benefits of Women Lifting Weights doesn’t stop with Esthetics
Weight training increases strength in your joints, muscles and ligaments, which in turn increases your lifespan. Focusing on using weights paired with cardio allows your muscles and heart to be conditioned to its fullest potential. This is essential for men and women equally as it benefits your overall health, inside and out.
Cardio, Cardio, Cardio and more Cardio
Let’s get this out of the way – we’re not trying to vilify the treadmill or the Stairmaster as they both have their time and place, think about it as the cherry on top of your sundae. That being said, we want women to understand that lifting weights not only benefits your muscles, heart and joints, but you’re able to burn more calories during and after a strength training session than just cardio alone. A study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that women who completed an hour-long strength-training workout burned an average of 100 more calories in the 24 hours afterward than they did when they hadn’t lifted weights. Muscle chews up calories even when you’re not in the gym. Replace 10 pounds of fat with 10 pounds of lean muscle and you’ll burn an additional 25 to 50 calories a day without even trying. All in all, we want you to make a change. Grab a kettlebell, use a leg press, try a squat rack or lift a dumbbell. No matter what type of weights interest you, try something different! You may be surprised by how much of a bad-ass you really are! Stay Alpha!
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