5 Reasons Why All Women Should Lift Weights
Ladies, summer is over and you might be looking to add some spice to your fitness routine this Fall. Strength training, especially lifting a barbell, is one of the best things you can do for yourself, both mentally and physically! Together, let’s remove the intimidation and add weight training to your fitness routine!
Here are 5 reasons why all women should lift weights:
- Aesthetics: We all want to look good naked, and in our clothes, and lifting heavy weights will build the muscle to help you do just that. Weight training, more so than any other form of exercise, will build lean and defined muscles that will give you the look of being toned and firm (no one wants a saggy butt). Not only will your jeans fit better, research proves that your body will turn into a fat-torching furnace that will work harder and more effectively throughout the day to burn calories and keep your waistline trim.
- Self-confidence: Strong women are empowered women, and being able to bench press not only breaks the decades old stigma that men lift weights and women do cardio, but it gives you a sense of power and strength that you can’t find elsewhere. Knowing that you are strong enough to lift 100 pounds will give you a burst of confidence that will make you unstoppable in your daily life. Want the confidence to stand up for yourself at work? See how you feel after you have kept up with the big boys in the gym. No one will mess with you then.
- Total Badass: Today more than ever, there are so many different fitness studios and classes to try. Fitness is fun and accomplishing new skills is even more fun. Having the basic strength and body awareness from lifting weights will take you further in every other form of fitness you try. Yogis: how would you like to be able to get lower in chair pose, stronger in Warrior 2, and have the strength to flow through your vinyasas like a pro? Going back to the basics and building that strength in the weight room will make your practice even stronger on the mat. How about all the runners and spinners out there? Want to go faster? Sprint harder? Climb a higher hill? Regular routines of deadlifts and squats will build the strength to take you even further on that journey.
- Health: We don’t like to think about the future when we have to worry about our bone density, loss of muscle mass due to age, menopause, blood pressure…but these are issues we all will face. But we can do a lot now to set ourselves up to age like rock stars. No matter how old you are, the steps you take now will only help you stay younger and healthier. It has been proven that lifting heavy weights can reverse osteoporosis and improve bone density in women over 50. If you are younger, start building those strong bones now.
- FUN: Believe it or not, seeing how strong you really are and counting up how much weight you have on the barbell is super exciting. Lifting weights is fun, and getting strong, feeling strong and looking good should all happen in a way that you enjoy. I challenge you to make this your strongest year ever. Pick up a barbell and see how fulfilling and fun strength training really is.
Want to lift the barbell? Take your first class at 202strong for only $5. Sign up HERE and learn why the 202strong workouts are designed to get you stronger, fitter, and healthier than you ever have been.