Weight lifting & women

Alanna Seated Shoulder PressMany women are skeptical of exercises that involve them lifting any sort of heavy weight. We are told that it will make us bulky, big, and unattractive. This has been an on going myth for quite some time and is one that I believe has held back many women from earning their dream physique.

There are a few things all women need to understand in order for them to become comfortable with the idea of lifting weights and standing on the “meat head” side of the gym. First, physically women do not produce enough testosterone throughout their bodies in order for them to grow largely in width, shape, and mass. This seems to be the number one question or concern that trainers are asked when introducing their female clients to a pair of dumbbells. Naturally the female body is built to be the bearer and nurturer of life, that being said we were created to hold a soft loving and natural looking stature.

Second, the weigh scale should not be any females focus when beginning a weight training program. It is not a realistic piece of equipment to use when trying to change your body. The reason for this is because muscle weighs more than fat but typically many females do not take that into consideration if they step on the scale and see their number has increased anywhere from 5-10 lbs. A better way to track your progress is by bi-weekly to monthly measurements, progress pictures, and feeling any difference in how your clothes fit. This will save you the emotional stress of looking down at those little feet and seeing a number pop up above them you do not want to see. Initially all women’s “scale numbers” will increase because in order to burn away any fat on the body we need to build a base of muscle first.

Thirdly is how lifting weights is going to benefit your body. Now that we have gotten past the worry of getting bulky and focusing on any numbers women need to realize that, especially with age, keeping your body, bones, and organs strong is vital for overall health and well being. A few of the benefits are as follows:

  • Reduced chances of osteoporosis
  • Reduced chances of obesity
  • Reduced chancesof any heart diseases
  • Increased flexibility
  • Decreased risk of diabetes
  • Improvement in sleep pattern
  • Improvements in mood

Now that you understand the concept and truth about weight lifting and women I am going to leave you with a kick ass beginners whole body workout!

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Alanna’s Workout

Alanna Moir About Alanna Moir

Former hockey player & bikini competitor turned Personal Trainer at @BlitzEdmonton! Now training for the Alberta Bodybuilding Association figure competition!

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