As a trainer, boxer and crossfitter I have learnt first hand how strong our females actually are, not only mentally but also physically. Typically us ladies high demands put upon us,  juggling work/life/family, so its important to get “bang for our buck” when it comes the precious time we have to train.

 

Ladies you should train with weights!

I want to dispel some of the common myths regarding females doing weight training. To achieve our deisgned physique we need to start moving some iron around! But what about all the talk about weight training making women big and bulky? First, it is physiologically impossible for us girls to put on large amounts of muscle mass; you’re body’s hormonal makeup is not one that will allow you to do so. The chemistry of men and women’s bodies is different. Regardless of how you train, how often you train, how much protein you eat, etc, you’re not going to even come close to the big, bulky physique of a female bodybuilder, it will not happen unlsess you are a freak of nature. Most these women you see use steroids, their natural hormonal profiles would never allow them to get that “big,” they resort to changing their body’s chemistry through the use of illegal drugs. Secondly, if the right training method is chosen, the hypertrophic (growth) response to resistance training can be even further reduced.

 

I find a lot of women train for the sole purpose of losing fat, burning calories, and trying to transform their physical appearance. The take away I want you to have from this blog is that the treadmill and sit ups is not a fast track way to get you the body you strive for. Here are some reasons to shift your focus from loosening weight to getting strong. I promise it will give you much better result and as you get stronger the aesthetics will become a side effect.

 

Progression with Strength training is measurable. You will see the weight of all the exercises begin to increase as you feel yourself get stronger and the sets will become easier. Strength training also is a proven a fast track way to enhance your Total Daily Energy Expenditure which will mean that your energy expenditure over the 24 hour period has a longer lasting effect than your treadmill or bike workout.

 

Training for strength is empowering. You can realise what you are cable of. Overcoming exercises or weights that you never thought possible makes you wonder “If I can do this – what else can I do?!” The body is capable of many crazy cool things-all you have to do is know how to train both your body and mind at the same time in order to beleive it.

 

Its fun. Its much more enjoyable to work on a lifting technique than clock watching the time on the treadmill. Getting stronger will make you want to train to become more instead of less. Don’t focus on calories burned within a session, aim for strength.

 

Its makes you lean, sexy and confident. Toned muscles, enhanced curves and less body fat all happen more easily when you start lifting weights.

 

What exercises are the best?

So you should get the idea by now if your workouts focus solely on losing weight or fat, change it to focus on gaining more strength and then you will start to see you body re-shape!

 

The best exercises for strength are simple compound bodyweight exercises and utilising kettle bells, barbells or dumbbells. Make your focus each time you workout to beat your previous performance. For example do an extra rep, increase the weight a bit or reduce the rest time between sets. Just do a little better than before. No matter what program or equipment you use, make getting stronger in some way your only goal, you won’t be disappointed with the results.

 

If you would like any more advise on strength training contact Liz direct info@fitforliving.co.uk