Lifting Weights: 5 Reasons Why It’s a Woman’s Best Friend
If you thought lifting weights was just for men, think again. Read about these top 5 reasons why lifting weights is a woman’s best friend.
I constantly hear from clients, when asked about their fitness goals, that they want to lose weight. Once I create their workout plan and they see the amount of weight lifting is included many immediately question why I designed their program that way.
They then express concerns about growing big and bulky.
Testosterone is the hormone that helps grow big and bulky muscles and women have way less of this hormone than men so it is virtually impossible for women to grow muscles like men.
With that said, the more weights you lift the more lean muscle mass you build. Also, consume between .6 to .8 grams of protein per pound of body weight. This will help you maintain, build and repair the lean muscle you’re building.
All of this muscle building is extremely important for women in particular for the following reasons.
Reason 1: Lifting weights helps to shape the body and curves
Doing cardio all day every day will help you lose weight and fat but your body will be shapeless. No curves or form.
The more lean muscle you build you can better shape your body such as your shoulders, back, legs or glutes.
Reason 2: Strengthens your bones
Lifting weights improves bone density and that is extremely important for women. As we age our bones tend to lose density making us susceptible to broken bones and osteoporosis.
The more weights you lift consistently the stronger your bones become and that is a VERY good reason for women to lift.
This will help decrease the likelihood of easily broken bones from a fall and osteoporosis.
Reason 3: Helps burn more calories
Now this reason right here should grab your attention. People tend to believe that cardio is the only way to burn fat and that simply isn’t true.
The other part of that is, while you are performing cardio your body is burning fat but once you stop, your body stops burning fat.
This is how weight lifting is different. Your body burns fat while you lift heavy weights and AFTER. Also, the more lean muscle mass your body carries the more calories you burn at rest.
Building lean muscle actually helps fire up and improve your metabolism which burns fat while you sit around, eat and sleep.
Reason 4: Makes you stronger
This might seem obvious but I felt the need to point it out because this is extremely important. When you get stronger from lifting heavy weights normal activities of daily living become easier.
It’s easier to move furniture, carry grocery bags and children. Women constantly complain about not having upper body strength so lifting weights can help remedy that.
Reason 5: Better fit into your clothes
As you lift weights and your body shapes up you will also notice it’s also slimming down. Muscle is leaner than fat therefore it takes up less space than fat. That means you can now pull out your clothes from 5 years ago and fit them again.
How amazing is that? Please realize, that may not necessarily translate to weight loss based on the scale but if you can fit into clothes many sizes smaller, consider that a non-scale victory.
I hope this inspires you to reconsider lifting more weights during your workout session than simply doing hours and hours of cardio. Your body will thank you for it.
6 Replies to "Lifting Weights: 5 Reasons Why It's a Woman’s Best Friend"
February 12, 2018 (6:53 am)
Yes to all those reasons and that it also makes me feel empowered. Even though I can’t lift super heavy stuff, it’s really awesome to meet the challenge where I am and know that I did it!
February 13, 2018 (9:05 am)
I adore lifting weights. For the longest time I thought cardio was enough and avoided the weights, but I am kind of slapping myself now – However, there is no point on living in the past!! I look towards a future full of HEAVY WEIGHTS!!
Daniel Fresquez March 8, 2018 (1:37 pm)
Well, I’m not a woman (obviously), but hopefully, my experiences with my wife and her weightlifting give me a little bit of cred to comment here.
When we first started our gym memberships, it was to lose weight, and we though weightlifting wasn’t very helpful. Oh were we wrong! My wife and I began lifting regularly, and she is super happy with her new figure. I’ve noticed considerable advancements in her confidence and drive to do other things as well.
Because women have less muscle mass in general, lifting improves body form like you said.
Some women, however, like my wife, are now going for big muscles, and don’t care as much about body shape anymore, they are just concerned with muscle mass and body fat percentage.
If you want to see stellar results concerning either of those, weightlifting is the way to go.
It’s starting to get to the point where I have to try harder just to keep up with her 🙂
Guava Fruit Drinks April 11, 2018 (5:22 am)
Very good article this one is for exercise for women, how to woman maintain health by weight lifting, it’s benefits, and all those things are described in this article, Thank you so much for sharing this type of article…
Veronica Myles July 28, 2018 (1:32 pm)
I always lift small weights now im lifting heavier weights since April. And when I first started I was so hungry…now I have gain weight. Im 5″11 weight 265 and im 59years old..Everyone says I look tone.. I see good change hard work.
Dirk Tiu December 25, 2018 (9:40 pm)
Thanks for sharing this article! I shared it to my wife.