In this post we are going to talk about the benefits of strength training for women.
Women shouldn’t fear being strong and curvaceous. Natural curves symbolise a beautiful feminine shape. What woman doesn’t want a sexy back, a small waist and sculpted shoulders? Weight training from an aesthetic viewpoint can enhance the natural female shape endlessly– we haven’t even touched on the health benefits yet!
Strong women LIFT! Strength training also has a huge array of health benefits that your body will LOVE! Ignore the misconception that lifting weights will make you ‘bulky’ and ‘manly’ because this simply isn’t true. Women don’t have enough naturally occurring testosterone to achieve the muscular mass equivalent to that of men. Want to know how strength training can help you shed body fat, increase bone density & posture and enhance your pelvic floor function?
It’s a great weight loss tool – that won’t bore you!
Strength training is good fun, especially in a good ladies gym in Abu Dhabi, varied and different so if you are bored of the same old cardio routine you should mix up your exercise and weight loss regime with some strength training. It is excellent for burning body fat. Strength training revs up your metabolism and building new muscle also uses extra calories. Even when you are at rest your body has to use calories to maintain and repair any new muscle fibre. Westcott's research shows that the average woman who trains two to three times a week for eight weeks gains 1.75 pounds of lean weight or muscle and loses 3.5 pounds of fat.
Reduces your chances of developing osteoporosis – remain agile for longer!
As well as helping to condition your muscles and strengthen them, strength training also helps to build stronger bones. Having a membership to a ladies gym in Abu Dhabi will allow you to regularly strength train which can increase your bone density. With improved bone density comes a reduction in the risk of you obtaining fractures and broken bones.
Nearly two dozen cross-sectional and longitudinal studies have shown a direct and positive relationship between the effects of resistance training and bone density.
Post-menopausal women have the highest rates of osteoporosis. Oestrogen is a potent bone-builder and the decrease in oestrogen when periods stop increases risk of the condition. Start strength training today.
Improved posture and a reduction in back pain, hallelujah!
Strength training is an excellent aid for improving your posture and reducing back pain.
A structured weight-training program will effectively strengthen your back, shoulders, and core. When these areas are worked on and subsequently strengthened they will aid in correcting a bad posture so that you can wave goodbye to slouching at your desk, pushing your hips forward and not standing straight. With a stronger core also comes a reduction in lower back pain.
A stronger pelvic floor
Ladies, it’s very important to maintain a strong pelvic floor. So what’s the pelvic floor? The pelvic floor muscles are the layer of muscles that support the pelvic organs and span the bottom of the pelvis. These can be strengthened via a number of body weight moves and weight training methods. Achieving a strong pelvic floor can improve your bowel and bladder control, help to reduce the risk of prolapse and improve your recovery from childbirth and gynaecological surgery (in women).
If you haven’t been strength training before it’s time you started and joined a ladies gym in Abu Dhabi. As a woman there are so many benefits to strength training as discussed above! Strength training also helps to alleviate stress, enhance your mood and make you feel better about yourself. It’s a highly enjoyable form of exercise and the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget, it won’t make you ‘bulky’.
Most commonly asked questions and answers about women and weight training:
Q - Won’t lifting heavy make me look big and bulky like a man?
A - No, most definitely not. Lifting heavy and training with weights will sculpt and tone your muscles enhancing your natural curves but wont turn you into the incredible hulk. Remember the huge and ripped bodybuilders you see on the TV and in magazines take anabolic steroids and growth hormone supplements to name but a few which gives them that superhuman size.
Q - I hate cardio. Is it really necessary?
A – If you want to reveal your muscle tone then cardio is unfortunately a necessary evil but you aren’t alone in your hate of it, hardly anyone enjoys cardio for weight loss. Resistance training tones your muscle whereas cardio is more effective at stripping back that body fat to reveal the muscle underneath so the two go hand in hand. Cardio is also necessary for maintaining your cardiovascular fitness levels too.
Q - How long do I have to train to get that bubble butt look?
A - Patience is a virtue! The big mistake a lot of women and men make is that they think by hitting the gym hard for a few months this will give them the figures of all the instagram stars they follow. Unfortunately this isn’t true. Building natural muscle takes time, focus, dedication and most of all, patience! Be prepared to train for a few years before you see the bigger gains.
Q – I am a vegetarian/vegan, does this mean I wont be able to do bodybuilding
A - If you are a vegetarian then you can definitely partake in bodybuilding training and make just as much muscle gain as a meat eater. It’s a misconception that all bodybuilders are meat eaters; many of them are vegetarians and vegans. There are many proteins to choose from that aren’t animal based such as tofu, quorn, soya, hemp and pea protein to name but a few. You can also purchase some excellent protein powders that are vegetarian society approved and vegan so you can reach all your macro requirements.