Should Females Lift Weights*

Thursday, 27 September 2018, By Blake Newman

Should Females Lift Weights?

With a huge misconception out there, that women shouldn't lift weights, here are some truths and myths about it all!

Truths:

Burn More Body Fat:

Weight training will increase your lean muscle, which will increase your metabolism. A higher metabolism means that you'll be able to burn more calories all day long.

Decrease of Osteoporosis:

Not only does weight training strengthen muscles, but it also strengthens our bones. By strengthening our bones, we're able to decrease the risk of fractures and broken bones.

Improve Posture and Reduce Back Pain:

A vast majority of females will have some type of back pain or posture, which can easily be fixed by strengthening your glutes, lower back and core.

Increase Mood and Reduce Stress:

When we exercise or weight train our body releases hormones called Endorphins. These Endorphins are neurotransmitters (messengers) that prevent pain improve mood and prevent depression.

Myths:

It'll Make You Bulky:

Women naturally have lower testosterone levels (the growth hormone required to build muscle). By having a lower level, the amount of training/diet/effort to build a significant amount of muscle is far, far higher than a male.

Women, on average, can only put on 100-200 grams of lean muscle per 3 months.

Cardio Burns More Calories Than Resistance Training:

As explained above, by weight training we increase our metabolism which will allow us to be burning calories throughout the day, even while we're sleeping, working and more! Compared to cardio, which you're only burning calories while you're training.

There are many, many reasons why women (and men) should be doing resistance training 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes minimum.

If you have any doubts about it, we'd love to have a chat with you and help you understand.




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