Why I love weights, and you should too …

Posted: June 22, 2013 in Fitness
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I decided to write this post because A) I DO love weights and B) I know a lot of women are scared of them. Let me clarify: some women believe that if they start lifting weights they’ll turn into a muscle woman who more closely resembles a man than a woman, complete with deep voice, pecs instead of boobs, and popping veins. While that’s definitely a look that some people find attractive, it’s not one that’s particularly feminine nor is it one that many women aspire to.  There’s also what I like to call the ‘scary boofhead factor’ – a lot of the weights areas in gyms are populated by men who are, quite frankly, intimidating. The grunting noises that come out of the mouths of some of them would rival Gorillas in the Mist, that’s for damn sure.

Man or woman? Who can say...

Man or woman? Who can say …

And of course there is also the fact that if you’re a beginner, you won’t always know how to use the weights correctly, what weights to use, and how many repetitions to do. This is where a personal trainer, or even just a friend who can show you how to keep correct form and give you an idea of what weights to begin with, comes in VERY handy. Even if you only pay a personal trainer for a couple of sessions to show you how to use all the equipment in the gym, it will be worth it. Luckily I have a rugby player boyfriend who comes in very handy when I feel like I’m not doing something right 🙂

Now, down to the important benefits that you’ll get from lifting weights, and what is a more realistic result …

Now this is more like it ...

Now this is more like it …

Lifting weights will give you:

  • Muscle definition – Yep, you can run, cycle or do any other form of cardio all you like, but you’ll just end up skinny with no shape. Muscle definition is what  lot of people call ‘tone’ – you look fit, not just a skinny bag of bones. Your curves will be in the right places (especially if you squat) and you’ll have killer arms (think Michelle Bridges, my own personal arm icon. And yes, I do realise I’m obsessed with her).
  • Strength – You know how you couldn’t open the pasta sauce jar? Or carry all your groceries up the stairs to your flat in one go? What about picking up your kids and carrying them around for an extended period of time? Yep – you’ll be able to do all those things way easier than you could before lifting weights.
  • Confidence – all these killer curves, definition and strength lead to a little thing called confidence. In fact, confidence is the probably the biggest bonus you’ll get from lifting weights. You’ll know you’re strong physically, and this leads to you thinking great things about yourself. Doesn’t mean you won’t ever have bad days again, but lifting weights leads to a great endorphin rush.
Ain't that the truth ...

Ain’t that the truth …

Now, where to start if you want to lift weights? Take a look at these great sites for beginner help:

  • Check out Nia Shanks and her awesome strength training tips for women
  • Weight Training For Beginners gives you a great day-by-day guide to basic weight training exercises
  • And there’s always YouTube! This is a good one but there are loads more on there
  • This is also a good short workout with weights on YouTube (don’t be put off by the intense music or the heavy weights she’s using!)

It’s important when lifting weights to ensure you keep good form, otherwise you risk injuring yourself, so always ask someone if you’re unsure if you’re doing something correctly.

Now this is not to say I am anti-cardio. But it’s a proven fact that muscle burns more fat, even when you’re resting, and I can vouch for the fact that you see way faster results lifting weights than you do running on a boring treadmill. I also just love to squat  🙂

This is why I squat ...

This is why I squat …

Anyone have any preferences – cardio or weights? Feel free to discuss 🙂

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

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Comments
  1. King Spivey says:

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up plus the rest of the site is really good.

  2. foodfitwell says:

    Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

  3. Rubin Acal says:

    I could not refrain from commenting. Very well written!

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