For many women, entering the weight section of a gym can be intimidating - a commonly male dominated area as opposed to other parts of the gym. Whilst the number of women weightlifting is definitely increasing, it's definitely time to debunk all the myths of why women shouldn't left weights, and instead why they should lift weights! Women won't 'bulk up' the same as men - they may genetically not be able to get as 'big' as men, but workouts that help increase muscle strength and size have the same effect on health and fitness.
Whether you're a fitness fanatic, or a weightlifting beginner, the benefits are endless - fitness isn't just about cardio. Whilst it may be effective for some, introducing weight training a couple of times a week into your routine is reaping with benefits - for body and mind!
1. Increased Confidence and Mood
Results from many studies have shown that resistance exercise has played a huge role in reducing depressive symptoms. By moving and challenging our bodies, there's an increase in self-esteem, a reduction in anxiety and boosting your mood.
2. Increased Joint Health
Making weight lifting a core part of your fitness routine means your joints become more supported and protected. It can help ease pain, stiffness and swelling - putting slight stress on your bones can actually increase bone density, reducing risks of conditions such as osteoporosis.
3. Managing Weight
Weight training increases the number of calories burned in a work out - the muscle you have, the more calories you will burn. So, not only will weight training promote more muscle mass but it will lead to an increase in weight loss.
Weight training can be scary to first get into - so we've enlisted the help of Kay - one of our favourite personal trainers to share her top tips for beginners!
Since the beginning of her journey, she has earnt herself such titles as PCA Bikini Medium British Champion 2019 and only a couple of weeks ago, competed and won a place in the 2Bros British Finals. As a Personal Trainer and a Bikini Competitor, Kay is the perfect person to discuss women's weight training and overall fitness!
Are there any weight training exercises you could try at home?
There are so many exercises you can do at home, even with little equipment. If you have a set of dumbbells your can pretty much do a full body workout! With exercises like the dumbbell shoulder press, bent Over rows, squats and lunges you’ll be able to perform a huge range of exercises without the gym.
How can weight training aid weight loss?
My top tips for anyone looking to get into weight training would be to do your own research and if you can, invest in a PT ,coach or gym staff to get you started on the right foot. It’s best to ask for help at the start rather than going into in head first with no clue with what to do!