Ladies, listen up! It's ok to lift weights and be a bad ass. There are so many benefits to lifting weights...
Lifting weights won't get you "bulky" or turn you into some kind of she-hulk. But you will gain confidence, self-esteem and a be a bad ass.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO BE STRONG?
Metabolism and muscles: First, and perhaps most logical, is the effect that lifting weights has on fat loss. The more muscle a woman has, the more calories she will burn when at rest. Therefore, to put it simply, muscles speed up your metabolism, resulting in more effective fat loss.
Bone health: Many studies have shown that lifting weights regularly can increase bone density. Those of us in our 20s and 30s may not think about this often, but someday you will. And I doubt you will regret that you lifted weights and cared for your bone density before you even knew you needed to?
Independence: Being strong just makes life that bit easier. You know that furniture you need moved? Well, now you don't need a man to do it. You can do it yourself. How about those 15 bags of shopping in the car? One trip from the car to home. YOU GOT THIS, GIRL.
Confidence: Strong women exude a confidence that is mesmerising. I really believe that this comes from the knowledge that you can accomplish pretty impressive shit at the gym. When you realise your outer strength, you can tap into your inner strength, and that begins to radiate. Confidence is a very attractive quality, and that confidence starts to leak into every other aspect of life.
GIRL, YOU WON'T GET BULKY. HERE'S WHY.
Hormones: Most women simply do not possess the level of testosterone necessary to support a bulky physique. Therefore, any woman who does have a massively muscular physique is likely on a very strict and specific training program to support this level of physique. While we all have different genetics, and some of us are prone to having more muscle density than others (me being one of these women), as a general rule you have to train for the bulk to get the bulk.
Training model: Along those same lines as genetics, the way you train will play a significant role in determining how your body develops. Hypertrophy (increased bulk) is not as easy as you might think, and most bodybuilders/weight lifters work incredibly hard to make sure their training program supports maximum muscle growth in as short a time span as possible.
So basically, don't be afraid to get off that treadmill and lift some weights. You can lift and still have a body that YOU are comfortable with.
Strong women are empowering and we need to empower and motivate each other!
Grab a friend and get lifting!
Contact me if you need any guidance.