There are still some people out there who believe that women should stick to the cardio, aerobics or fitness classes and leave the weights to the men.
There are even some celebrity "trainers" who say women shouldn't lift heavier weights than a 5 kilo dumbbell. Thankfully we are now at a point where women are coming round to the idea that lifting weights can bring incredible benefits.
Here are 6 reasons why we strongly believe more women should lift weights.
1) Improved Cardiovascular Health
Lifting weights not only can help to improve blood flow but can also help improve blood pressure.
2) Stronger bones
Something that becomes more of an issue for women as they age is a greater risk of developing osteoporosis. Weight training increases bone density and can help to prevent or delay osteoporosis.
3) Leaner and more athletic shape
It's fair to say that most women want to lose some weight and "tone up". To do this, training should be designed to promote an increase in lean muscle mass which is achieved by strength training.
4) Faster metabolism
By taking part in a structured strength training program, women will put more "meat" on their bones. This will in turn lead to a higher metabolism which means more calories will be burned as energy every day.
5) More confidence
In my time working with women I have found that lifting weights allows women to take on new challenges and do things that would have seemed impossible. It's also worth mentioning that lifting weights has been shown to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
6) Maintain independence later in life
Strength as a physical quality is something that can help women to stay mobile & independent later in life.
Anne-Marie came to us at the start of the year looking to change her body shape. She had tried regular boot camps and fitness classes but decided to try something different as she wasn't getting the results she wanted.
Spurred on by some of results other girls in our gym had achieved, Anne-Marie decided to take the plunge and get started with our Group Personal Training program. Fast forward a few months and the results he has achieved are exceptional.
Even if you have never lifted weights before, it isn't too late to start. Two to three strength training sessions a week can have a big impact on both your physical and mental health.
If you'd like to get started on a strength training program, get in touch and we will give you all the information you need to put your mind at rest that you can in fact take part and enjoy your time lifting weights.
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David Knowles is the owner, lead Coach & trainer, Dad x 5 & wannabe singer songwriter!