The dreaded moment when i’m enjoying a social event and unsuspecting individuals broach the topic of my affinity for weight lifting. Enter an onslaught of many myths and uninformed ideas about how ‘girls should not lift weights’. This happens countless times and so it’s clear that these fears are held by many!
With a personal training qualification under my belt and a transformation experience of my own to share, I’m hoping to set the record straight:
1) You Will NOT Get Bulky
So lets start with the mother of all myths. Pretty much every client I ever train voices their fear of getting ‘bulky’ when I walk them into the weights area. It’s understandable.. we have been programmed to feel this way for years by the media. Unless you engage in the extra curriculum activity of injecting testosterone into your body (which I reaaally hope you don’t), you just don’t have the hormones as a female to gain that kind of size!
2) You Will Sculpt And Define Your Body
Lets talk curves. As you lift weights , and thus build muscle, your body will start to build curves in the form of a lifted bum, a sculpted waist and shapely thighs! Who can say no to that? Endurance training will cause weight loss but that weight could mean both muscle and fat (yes that could mean the loss of your prided kim k booty!). I’m by no means suggesting you kick all cardio, but counteract the loss of your curves through combining both cardio and weight training!
3) You Will Burn Fat
So many people think that weight training is ‘shallow’ and is just used to build muscle for aesthetic purposes. Contrary to cardio, after weight training, your body continues to burn fat for hours (or even days) after the workout is finished (burning calories whilst slumming it on the sofa doesn’t sound too bad does it?) Less fat equals lower risk of heart disease and tonnes of other nasty illnesses high up on the list of killers in the western world!
4) For The Sake of Your Bones
Weight lifting actually increases your bone density (makes them stronger!) which can protect us against osteoporosis , which unfortunately women are at greater risk of after menopause.
5) Long Term Results
Lifting weights increases the percentage of your body’s composition which is made up of muscle. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism, and the faster your metabolism the quicker you burn fat! Technical terms aside, what i’m getting at here is that weight training can change the way your body actually functions internally. Simplified.. you could be burning fat just sitting on your butt reading this if you weight trained more often!
So now that we’ve gotten past the perception of a pair of dumbbells leading down an inevitable road to man boobs, lets think about the empowerment we might experience. With the muscular strength i’ve gained over the last few years, it’s comforting to know that I have a greater ability to protect myself should I ever need to. Hopefully you never will, but it’s still great to get yourself into a position where you’re much better prepared. Granted, it’s not just about strength, but how you use it! But that’s for another post…
Anyway, morbid thoughts aside, strange as it sounds, becoming stronger on the outside has made me feel stronger on the inside and the sense of empowerment you’ll feel when you find yourself lifting weight you never thought you could, will be well worth the sweat!
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Thanks for reading x