Thousands of women go to the gym every day to stay fit, but a portion of them are still hesitant to hit those weights. Perhaps this hesitancy is out of fear that they will become “too muscular” or “too manly,” but that’s simply not true. Lifting weights can have some astonishing results for women, both in their physiques and in their personalities, and we’re happy to tell you how.
Your confidence will shoot through the roof
This goes for men and women alike, but lifting weights can help to achieve a major confidence boost for yourself. We know how scary it can be going to the gym for the very first time, let alone lifting weights on a machine you may have never used before. You may worry that people are staring at you because you’re a new face, may be using the machine wrong, or look funny lifting.
However, if you can get past all that and focus on yourself, there’s no better feeling than working to make yourself a better and stronger person. After a couple of trips, you eventually learn how to operate all the machines you need and what a correct form looks like for specific workouts. Additionally, you’ll learn that a lot of people aren’t even really paying attention to you in the first place because they’re too busy focusing on their own workouts.
Plus, we haven’t even mentioned yet that you will look fabulous! If you’re scared that by lifting you’ll look too “manly” of muscles or something along those lines, don’t be. In fact, lifting can help your natural curves to pop out some more! You’ll feel very content when you know you look good and feel great at the same time.
You’ll feel more empowered
Not only will you be able to lift heavier weights as you continue to go to the gym more often, but everyday tasks will become much easier for you. No more struggling when lifting any heavy luggage or carrying shopping/grocery bags from point A to point B. When you realize you don’t have to ask for any assistance (especially when you don’t have the option in the first place,) you’ll feel so much more independent, which is a huge self-esteem boost.
Better yet, you may even start having people come up to ask you for help instead! Think about having other women come up to you to ask for help lifting something up, or even asking about something fitness-related, and you confidently being able to answer! Being able to help someone out, especially when it involves a physical task, is one of the greatest feelings that any woman can have.
You’ll burn more calories
As we mentioned before, we know that thousands of women go to the gym every day, and the majority of those women are always in the cardio section of the gym looking to solely lose fat. Well, lifting can do even better than that. Lifting can help you to gain muscle and to lose fat.
After a lifting session, an afterburn effect takes place in your body, also known as EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption.) Metabolic rates dramatically increase during this period and helps you to burn more calories throughout the day, even after your workout at the gym is over. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body is able to burn even when you are not working out!
Unfortunately, one downside to being a woman is that women are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, which means that they are at higher risk of breaking bones. However, this risk can be drastically minimized by lifting weights with intensity. Lifting weights with intensity means that you’re not leisurely taking your time while lifting weights; you’re taking little-to-no breaks in between sets and you are constantly feeling a burn in your workout. Not only will this help to strengthen your bones, but it’s also great for building/toning your muscles and preventing physical injuries as well.
You’ll be able to sculpt the “perfect” body
We put the word perfect in quotes because there is no such thing as the perfect body, but we all have a very desirable image of ourselves that we’ve always wanted to achieve. Unlike cardio, lifting weights can put muscle onto your body while also changing your shape and changing the way you look in your clothes. Depending on which feature of your body you want to make the most progress on, you can focus your workouts on those specific body parts in order to create the best version of yourself!
Carbs carbs carbs!!!
Alright, don’t get too excited, but lifting weights allows you to eat more carbs than if you hadn’t lifted! When you lift with intensity during your workouts, your body needs food to replenish itself for an efficient recovery, and eating a healthy source of carbs is the ideal way of doing that. There’s always many a debate as to whether carbs are good or bad for you, and it is worth studying so you can make a decision for yourself. However, at the end of the day, if you’re lifting on a consistent basis, you’re going to need some carbs in your system in order to make and maintain that physique that you’re after.
Are you a woman who frequently goes to the gym to lift? Or are you a woman who has been thinking about fitting a weight-lifting program into your lifestyle? Whether you’re the gym-goer or the interested individual, please tell us your own experiences and/or ask your questions in the comment section below! We’d love to hear from you!