There is not a day that goes by where I don’t hear from a woman that she is afraid to lift weights because she doesn’t want to look like the following:
Well I’m happy to tell you that you are missing a major component called testosterone. I won’t go into detail but the reason most women look like this in bodybuilding (not figure or bikini so calm down) is that they are taking drugs that increase their overall testosterone which in turns gives you bigger muscles. By women only having about one-tenth the amount of testosterone that the average man has you would need to spend all day every day to start to see noticeable increase in muscle mass. Now that the elephant is out of the room is here some of the benefits of lifting.
- By lifting weights you will burn more calories outside the gym after training. When you weight train you build lean muscle mass, which speeds up your resting metabolism and burns more fat throughout the course of the day.
- Lifting weights will help strengthen your joints and ligaments. The BS rule we have all heard is that squatting is bad for your knees and couldn’t be further from the truth. By doing full depth squats you build the muscles of the lower body and core which in turn makes your body stronger and less prone to injury.
- When you lift it will go a long way in increasing your confidence in and out of the gym and make you feel like a badass. In general, lifting weights helps you sculpt a sexier and stronger physique. In the famous words of Sir Mix A lot “I’m tired of magazines saying flat butts are the thing”
- One of the least common by products of lifting is how great it is for your mental health and stress relief. There has been numerous studies that have shown that lifting and exercise helps you deal with anxiety and depression by building greater self-esteem and lowering stress.
Once and for all can we can stop this notion that lifting is going to make you look like a man and start getting in the weight room and start moving some weight.