Why girls should lift weights

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Most women are scared of lifting weights…

There is the fear of getting big, bulky and butch!

Don’t worry, I hear ya, I used to be terrified thinking a run would be a better option. I can see why there are a lot of heavy weight females out there and that isn’t always what we are after. However we can’t compare to these women who have pumped themselves with steroids containing testosterone so they can reach their fully muscular physique…

Back to the goodness of weightlifting.

Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher Shona Vertue is a massive pioneer for women lifting weights

Shona:

“ Women need to drop the concept that lifting weight will make them bulky. If there is one line that PT’s hate the most it’s, “will this make me bulky…?” Lifting heavy things is a massive stress buster and can be extremely empowering! But it has many other benefits too!

 
Lifting weights is a great way to deplete stored sugar and facilitate fat loss. Weight training helps to stimulate the release of body fat from fat cells so that it can be burned for energy.
 
If your goal is to become leaner, building muscle will help. An increase in muscle mass will boost your metabolism significantly, as it raises what is called your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) – the amount of calories your body uses while resting. In short – the more muscle you have, the more your body will turn into a fat blasting machine!”

 

Still worried weight training will make you bulky?

Here’s some more information – I’ll try to keep the science to a minimum:
Testosterone is a hormone that enables us to build muscle faster, by synthesing proteins in order to rebuild muscle tissue.

 

Men naturally have more more, women have less naturally.

Because we have less, no matter how hard we train it is very difficult for us to ‘put on size’ in this way, without high levels of testosterone within the body. Physiologically, we just can’t do it ladies. So the next time your trainer hands you a pair of 10kg dumbbells, look back at him/her and smile. Remembering that you won’t look bulky, you’ll look good naked.

 

Extra tips:

*Use enough weight – if the resistance isn’t demanding enough, you will not see results.
*Change your program every 3-6 weeks
*See a qualified and reputable personal trainer to program properly for your body type and monitor good form (to avoid injury)
*Complete multi-jointed exercises for greater metabolic demand and therefore greater fat burn burn. e.g. Squats, Dead lifts, Chin Ups, Lunges

 

This is a fantastic article if you want to read more

Do you lift weights? what has it done to your body….

 

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About the author:

Madeleine is a qualified nutritional health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, creative chef, vociferous blogger, fledgling presenter and self-professed yoga enthusiast. She is committed to helping her clients enliven the hottest, healthiest, happiest versions of themselves. Through her website and consultations, Madeleine helps reeducate her clients in the appreciation and effects of eating wholesome, organic produce. She helps them to work towards better relationships with their bodies, boosts confidence, injects energy and sculpts beautiful silhouettes. She has a particular interest in the growing rate of IBS, and is working towards ways of eliminating it in daily life. Madeleine’s recent clients are Millie Mackintosh (t.v star and model), Caggie Dunlop (t.v personality and celebrated music artist), and not forgetting the fantastic Rocky Elsom (Australian rugby hero!). Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.

4 comments on “Why girls should lift weights

  1. I attend a Pump class & a Kettlebells class once a week. My arms have now become slender & toned, not bulky I think they are possibly my best feature. I love these classes & are indeed a great way to destress after a hectic day at work. Great tips on lowering weights as well as lifting thanks Maddie. Xx

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