Enter any gym and you will typically see ninety percent of clients (most women) are working their butts off on some sort of cardio machine…or are they? Did you know that adults who do not weight train lose 5-7 pounds of muscle every decade? Once we lose muscle mass we slow our resting metabolism making it harder and harder to lose that stubborn body fat. So why are so many women scared to strength train?
In my experience, many women are afraid of looking bulky resulting in appearing more like a man but women are very different from our counterparts- surprise right!? Unlike men, women typically don’t gain size from strength training because compared to men we just don’t have enough of the hormones that would cause us to bulk up. The other reason I hear a lot is that women are intimidated by the free weight area and that men will not want them there. These days that could not be further from the truth, and if you need more persuading here are 5 more reasons women should strength train and blast that body fat away for good!
5 Reasons Women Should Lift Weights
- Lose Fat –Weight training expert Wayne Wescott PhD, has proven in numerous studies that the average women who strength trains two to three times per week for eight weeks gained 1.75 pounds of lean muscle and lost 3.5 pounds of fat.
- Muscle Fights Obesity – As you build muscle mass, your resting metabolism increases so you start burning more calories all day long. Isn’t that awesome news! For each pound of muscle you gain, you’ll burn an average of 40 extra calories every day. As an example, if you were to gain three pounds of lean muscle you would burn an additional 3,600 calories a month resulting in a 10-12 pound fat loss over a year.
- Better Posture – Strength training exercises can lead to improved posture too and we have all heard the old saying “standing taller will make you look 10 pounds thinner”. Guess what, it works!
- It Strengthens Your Mental Health – Women who strength train commonly report feeling more confident and capable. Postpartum depression has also been reduced in new moms that have started a strength training program.
- Reduces Pain –Sensible strength training has also been shown to ease the pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This is good news, because women who suffer from arthritis pain need strength exercise to develop stronger muscles, bones, and connective tissue.
If you are ready to blast your body fat, Baby Boot Camp and Karna Fitness of the Capital District are just two of the many qualified strength training programs in our area. Our first class is always free!
Be Fit. Be Strong. Be Together!
Britta Hogue is a NETA certified Personal Trainer and owner of Baby Boot Camp and Karna Fitness of the Capital District of the Capital District, offering classes and nutrition programs for moms. Sign up for a free class at www.babybootcamp.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.