Where do we even begin? First and most importantly lets clear a few myths up. Weight training is not the same as bodybuilding. Weight training is about improving muscle strength and muscle tone. I hear it all the time, especially from the girls, “I don’t want to strength train. Weight training will make you bulky and masculine.” I can only shake my head and wonder to myself where do they get this information!
MYTH 1: RESISTANCE TRAINING & MUSCLE MASS
Due to the fact that women do not, and cannot, naturally produce as much testosterone (one of the main hormones responsible for increasing muscle size) as males do, it is impossible for a woman to gain huge amounts of muscle mass by merely using some weights.
The image that first comes to some women’s mind is an over muscled female bodybuilder. What they don’t understand is those women have a crazy work ethic in the gym, and most also have a unique set of genetics. Also, most of these women, unfortunately, use anabolic steroids (synthetic testosterone).
MYTH 2: CARDIO & MUSCLE TONE
Listen ladies, sure doing cardio is great. It makes you sweat and makes you feel like you just burned a million calories. Plus its easy! But ask yourself, ‘is doing cardio building lean muscles?’ Or are you just burning fat?
The answer is you are just burning fat! Yes, you will look thinner with absolutely no muscle tone. But you might as well starve yourself to get those same results look wise. Now I’m not saying you should do that, but weight loss is weight loss no matter how you look at it.
MYTH 3: WEIGHT TRAINING & FITNESS RESULTS
Now you ask me, ‘what does strength training offer?’ Aside from burning calories, weight training also makes you stronger and gives your muscles that chiseled look you're after.
As if that wasn't enough, weight training also boosts your metabolism. Not to mention that strong muscles also helps you prevent injury.
By incorporating weight training into your routine, simple tasks such as picking up a heavy box, or your child, become easier and make injury less likely.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE
So should YOU Strength Train? If you want to lose weight, burn more fat, look and feel stronger, have stronger bones and be able to eat more without putting on extra weight from fat, ABSOLUTELY!
I always keep in mind of what one of my clients used too say to me “weights make it hard; cardio gets rid of the lard.”
Muscle is smooth, lean, hard and small; Fat is lumpy, flabby, soft and big - the choice is YOURS; which would you prefer??