Should Women lift weights
Breaking down the facts
There is a lot of stigma around women lifting weights. Women will often think the that running/cardio is for women and weight lifting is for men. Often, concerns about “becoming too bulky” or simply not knowing how to start can put women off from strength training.
Women generally have 10-30 times less testosterone than most males they simply will not get overly bulky without the use of performance enhancing drugs. While men might gain weight and size, women would mostly develop muscle definition and strength without necessarily the size aspect of it.
Coming from a man, its not that easy to gain muscle, it takes a lot of time and discipline with a graduated program. If it really was that easy, there would probably be a lot more beefed up people around the place.
The benefits of strength training are reduced body fat, muscle definition, decreasing the risk of osteoporosis, reducing risk of injury, burning more calories, improving posture, and enhancing mood. Lifting weights also causes a thermal effect that will force your body continue to burn calories up to 48 hours later where as cardio has almost zero thermal affect.
So the next time you're in the gym don't be afraid to start adding weights into your program. Be sure to get assistance or guidance if you are unsure what to do.
Written by Jason Wisniewski