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Weight lifting for women has been a big source of anxiety for quite some time. However, we want to reiterate that there is no reason to be so shy. Incorporating weight lifting has endless benefits and will surely lead to astounding results. As long as you put emphasis on form, variation, and repetition, not only will you experience weight loss but a noticeable difference in body composition and even posture. Remember that fitness and health is not only about losing pounds but also about well-being overall.
What do we mean by this? Females have a tendency to focus intently on the number on the scale as opposed to how they look or feel. They automatically assume that if a number has stayed the same or gone up, it means that they look “bad”. This is false. Weight lifting might mean less fluctuation on the scale but that is only because muscle weighs more than fat. When you build muscle, it burns more calories throughout the day. And, when you burn more calories, it means you are burning more fat! In conclusion, burning fat means a lowered body fat percentage and a “leaner” or more “toned” look that ladies are always striving for.
Now, we are not saying to give up that elliptical of yours, but adding weight training at least 3 times a week can lead to noticeable results. We recommend splitting up which body parts you work on. For example, on Monday you can work on upper body, Wednesday can mean leg day, and Friday can be a full body workout!
In addition, go for the burn! Either lift heavy with lower repetitions (i.e. 10-12 for 3 rounds) or lighter weights for more repetitions (i.e. 15-20 for 3-5 rounds). Try this out for each move in your weight lifting routine and you will thank us later.
How do you feel about weight lifting?