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Women & Weightlifting

There are so many benefits for women to lift weights. Coach Nico has put together a list of 10 reasons why women benefit from lifting weights.

1 . BE PHYSICALLY STRONGER

You will most definitely gain strength through lifting weights regularly and the muscle support around joints and ligaments is an added benefit

2. LOSE BODY FAT

You actually burn more calories by lifting weights than you would during a simple cardio session. When lifting weights, calories are burned during AND after the workout due to the increased amount of oxygen needed to maintain muscle cell growth and expenditure. It also boosts your metabolism throughout the day

3. GAIN STRENGTH WITHOUT BULK

Women are worried about becoming bulky through weightlifting but more often than not, women are actually empowered by lifting heavy weights. Now more than ever, we see women lifting heavy and looking damn good while doing it. Getting bulky is not a part of the process because one’s calorie expenditure is greater, especially when coupled with a HIIT or cardio program.

4. DECREASE RISK OF OSTEOPOROSIS

Weightlifting actually aides in building stronger and denser bones. Over time, women overwhelmingly suffer from loss of bone density but starting a weightlifting plan at any time in one’s life can help prevent the negative side effects of osteoporosis.

5. IMPROVE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

Weight training can improve your overall performance! Whereas cardio only improves endurance over time, weightlifting can increase strength, stamina, and endurance. Plus, you can switch between heavy strength training and HIIT training depending on your goals

6. REDUCE RISK OF INJURY

Developing our muscles helps prevents injury – it’s that simple. Muscle growth aids in supporting our joints and ligaments overtime

7. REDUCE RISK OF HEART DISEASE, TYPE 2 DIABETES, ETC.Weightlifting drastically improves the way our body processes sugar and can even reverse some of the effects of type 2 diabetes, if you have already been diagnosed. Not only can it help prevent type 2 diabetes, it can help keep one’s blood pressure low

8. IMPROVE ATTITUDE & FIGHT DEPRESSION

Weightlifting exercises reduces levels of stress hormone cortisol, that can potentially relieve feelings of anxiety and agitation

9. QUALITY SLEEP & INCREASED ENERGY

Weightlifting boosts energy compared to countless hours of cardio work which often leave you feeling drained. The extra pump in the gym lasts throughout the day, and when it is time for bed people report feeling more well-rested.

10. NEVER TOO LATE TO START

Weightlifting can be, and should be, started at any age! No matter your age, women should begin strength training. Especially as women reach menopause and bone density decreases over time, weightlifting can aid increasing one’s bone density.

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