Should women train for strength?

Strength training should be an important part of every women’s workout regimens, yet according to research only about 20% of women lift weights. Poor advice may be to blame.

Women often fall victim to false information circulating about lifting weights. By getting educated, women can do much to improve their workouts, their health, and how they look.

One of the more widely circulated myths regarding women and weightlifting is that women who lift heavy weights will get bulky. The fact is that when any person picks up progressively heavier weights as he or she gets acclimated to lifting, that individual will get stronger, but not necessarily bigger.

People who “bulk up” eat and train specifically for that purpose. It certainly doesn’t happen by accident.

In addition, women simply do not have the amount of testosterone necessary to bulk up without taking added measures designed to add bulk.

Correctly performed strength training will help virtually any woman lose more fat than she’ll gain in muscle. One who trains two to three times a week for two months can gain roughly one kilo of muscle, but will lose 1.5 – 1.75 kilos of fat.

Women who want to lose weight may should definitely employ strength training to reach their goals. Their body will be stronger and more toned.

Strength training also can help decrease one’s risk of osteoporosis, strengthen bones, improve posture, and reduce back pain. Weight training strengthens the muscles and bones that support the body. Women should be open to the idea of lifting weights as part of a balanced workout regimen.


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