ou may have heard the terrifying myths about women lifting weights.
It’ll make you bulky.
It’s bad for your joints.
If you stop lifting all that bulk will turn to fat.
Listen to the real reasons that women should include strength training as part of a balanced and inclusive workout programme at Xercise4Less Gyms. Here are five:
- You will lose more fat than doing cardio alone
- You will get stronger and look more toned
- You will improve your posture
- You will have more energy
- You will sleep better
The benefits of weightlifting for women sound pretty good, don’t they?
Our friendly Personal Trainers understand that you don’t want bulging biceps or thunderous thighs, but persuasive research indicates that regular strength training sessions can help women burn more fat, develop lean muscles and feel far more energised than cardio on its own. Unfortunately, women are still reluctant to lift real weights. According to a recent American study, just 20 percent of female gym members pump iron every week. Read on to see exactly why strong is the new skinny and why women definitely shouldn’t leave strength training to the men!
Non-Intimidating Power Lifting Workouts
At Xercise4Less Gyms we want you to feel strong because when you feel strong you feel confident. And strength training will help you gain real muscle without bulking up. Weight training helps you tone your body into a healthier shape and gives you a leaner physique. As you add muscle, your body fat percentage will decrease, and you’ll enjoy a faster metabolism leading to a leaner and stronger body. That’s why our Personal Training programmes include lifting weights as well as Les Mills group exercise classes. Real resistance training gets you to your fitness goals a lot quicker than cardio workouts on their own.
When you’re a female Xercise4Less gym member you don’t have to feel anxious about being judged by male body builders or measuring up to the dedicated power lifters in your local gym. You can lift weights in the inclusive and non-intimidating environment that is our Ladies Only gym zones. Our Female Only exercise areas contain all the free weights and strength training equipment you need to achieve your weightlifting targets. And our friendly Personal Trainers will be on hand to provide encouragement and technical advice.
Real Strength Training Results in Real Weight Loss
Contrary to many myths about bulking up when you make weightlifting part of your exercise programme, strength training is a major help in the battle of the bulge. You’ll burn more calories overall when you lift weights. Cardio does burn more calories during a workout session, but strength training keeps working on your body long after the cardio effect has burnt out. In fact, weight training is estimated to raise your fat-burning metabolism for up to 24 hours after a workout. It simply takes more calories to maintain muscle than it does to hold on to fat!
Gain Strength Without Bulking Up
Being afraid of bulking up is a common reason for women not to lift weights in the gym. Physically though women have to work a lot harder than men to add bulk to their physique. Why? Women have 10 to 30 times less testosterone than men so Xercise4Less female gym members can develop muscle definition without the size. And that’s even more important as you age. Women between 30 and 70 lose an average of 22 percent of their total muscle.
Build a Fit and Healthy Body
Are there no ends to the benefits of weight training for women? How about improved posture and balance? Lifting weights will improve how you stand and also reduce back pain as you strengthen your shoulders, core and back. Resistance training will build stronger muscles as well as stronger connective tissue to increase your body stability. As a bonus, strength training will also help prevent injury as your joints are strengthened considerably.
In addition, as lifting weights makes your bones stronger you lessen the risk of osteoporosis, a particular problem for ageing women. Your heart muscles too will be stronger and even daily physical motions like lifting, cleaning, bending are made easier due to improved body musculature. All these improvements add up to hugely increased energy for your life outside of an Xercise4Less gym.
Energise Your Mind and Body with Real Strength Training
It’s not just your body that will be supercharged when you’re lifting weights on a regular basis. Women weightlifters also find they’re more confident and less stressed or depressed. Women on a strength training programme also find they sleep much better. Studies have found that weight training markedly improves sleep quality the night after a workout. Lifting weights strengthens memory and cognitive functions as you age. Strengthen both your body and your brain when you start lifting weights.
Join Xercise4Less Gyms for Weightlifting Success
Ready to pump some iron? When you join the Xercise4Less gyms community you’re get expert weightlifting advice from our friendly and professional Personal Trainers. Get the most from your strength training and work out in our non-intimidating and inclusive Ladies Only gym zones. Lifting weights at your local Xercise4Less gym will transform your strength and fitness.