Monday, February 16, 2015

Women: Lift Heavy Weights

I’ve been lifting weights — semi-consistently — since I was about 13 years old, but I kept hearing that, as a female, weights were supposed to get me toned and give me muscle endurance. So lifting weights as a girl meant lifting light dumbells at a high repetition.

(I was also told not to do the bench press because it would make my breasts smaller, but that’s a rant for a different day.)

I learned from this article and other research that there is no reason for girls and women to lift weights any differently than men. People of all genders benefit from lifting heavy weights, and women usually don’t have the amount of testosterone required to get bulky.

As the article so clearly states: “If you are a woman and want to gain muscle and improve your shape and curves, then you are going to have to lift heavy weights. This means that instead doing endless reps with light weights, as the media often prescribes women to do, you need to lift some heavy weights and really challenge yourself!”

Unfortunately, any kind of strength training is what I so frequently skimp out on during the week, but I’m not sure why, especially since it probably takes the least amount of time than any of my cardio activities. I’ve been trying to stick with the 12-week program, four days per week, that’s outlined in this article, which requires upping the weight and lowering the reps every four weeks.

So far so good. I also hear that lifting heavier weights helps you to burn fat more quickly, too.

Happy lifting!

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