Benefits of weight training for women
Lifting really works!
Ever wondered about that other area in the gym? You know, the one with all the heavy things in – and mostly men..?
Yes, the weights area is often deemed unknown territory for some women, but thankfully that’s changing and more women are realising the huge benefits of weight training.
Lifting weights can tone stubborn areas, aid fat and weight loss, reduce the risk of injury, boost mood, transforming your entire body and health!
Research has shown that women don’t have enough testosterone which is released during weight training.
How weightlifting effects the body:
Builds muscle tone and strength: Lifting may not build huge muscles for women, but it will definitely give you lean, defined ones. You’ll feel great about how you look, and confident in your body to do the other activities you enjoy, from playing sport to playing with the kids.
Reduces injury risk: The strength gains from weight training aren’t just muscular – it will also strengthen your bones and increase their density, reducing your risk of osteoporosis, breaks and fractures. Lifting weights also increases the strength in your connective tissues and joints, which will help prevent injury from other exercise and general activity.
Reduces body fat: Having more lean muscle means your metabolism will increase, so you burn more calories throughout the day – even when you’re not active.
Boosts your mood: The benefits aren't just physical – a recent study has shown that lifting weights is not only great for strength, fitness and overall health but can also help combat stress and depression. It releases endorphins preventing pain, improving mood and fighting depression, as well as reducing stress and anxiety. So you might be only one squat session or deadlift away from a good mood!
Convinced and ready to get lifting? If you have a gym membership, use the whole gym, experiment with what works for you – try squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead press. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
If you need a bit of support, don’t be afraid to ask the fitness team for advice – they are there to help and would love to show you what they know! Some of our centres run 'Weights for Women' workshops too – so check what your local Active Place offers. If not, or if you want something tailored to your specific goals, try personal training.
Joe Bastin, Personal Trainer at Andover Leisure Centre and Amateur British Powerlifting champion, says: “Training with weights really is for everyone, no matter what your age, gender or ability. Sometimes it can feel daunting heading for the weights area in the gym, but I find, once clients learn the basics and start to see the results, any reservations are quickly overcome.”
Whatever your needs and goals, there’s a weight training routine for you – so give it go and get pumping!